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I am so glad we have a foodie forum for these edgy posts. I shudder to think what Anty would do with that title. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/cool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Cool"><br><br>
I've always liked tea. It has been one of my favorite comfort things since the childhood days of tea and toast when I was sick. As an adult, I graduated from Tetley & Lipton to a wonderful brand called Bewley's I discovered in Ireland and I still order online today. I moved into the world of flavored teas when I met my now-ex, who was addicted to just about anything from Celestial Seasonings. My old boss at Merck could always tell when I was stressing out because my office smelled of Mandarin Orange Spice tea.<br><br>
Since I met my friend the spice lady at my farmer's market, I have yet again branched out into the venue of loose tea and tea balls. She gets the most unbelievable flavored, rooibos, white teas and chai that I have ever tasted and each time I go there I unearth a new treasure. There is a definite difference between bagged tea, no matter how high the quality, and loose, fresh tea. I am hooked.<br><br>
Do you use loose tea? Bagged teas, even the non-supermarket brand? And has anyone tried Teavana yet? My old partner at work told me about it but I haven't been there.<br><br>
What is your favorite??
 

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I'm a huge Teavana fan! Love their loose teas. I bought a great contraption there that is basically a clear mug with a filger on the bottom. You put your leaves and hot water in, and when the steeping is done, you set it on top of your tea mug and it drains the delicious liquid into your mug.<br><br>
The only thing about Teavana is that the high school kids who work there (at least near me) cycle through there so often; some are terrible at making ready-brewed drinks.
 

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My partner told me about that too. I guess I will have to suck it up and go to the mall it's in. I hate that mall, it is really big and trafficky and annoying, but that's the only Teavana store in the area, I think. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sad"><br><br>
He said there is a great sleep inducing tea there that really works.
 

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Oh, genie.. go to teavana! I love that place!! It's my reward when I go to the mall!!! My fave: almond biscotti mixed with vanilla bean. You can get them to mix whatever you want and you can buy it made for you (sugar/cream whatever you want they do it!) and also buy loose tea. That's what I like to do. I use a tea ball which is easy enough to use and clean (I just rinse it out and wash it in the dishwasher every few times). Their thai tea blend (NOT chai.. this is different) is also very good.<br><br>
I also use tea bags when I'm short on time, like in the mornings before I run sometimes. I love Prince of Wales tea from Twinings. PG Tips from England (but I saw it at Whole Foods the other day! Yea!!) is also good, but it is stronger than regular american tea. I can't steep it long and normally I can let tea steep forever and it's fine for my taste.<br><br>
I'm getting another headache tonight. I think I might make some tea now, in fact! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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I'm a ball girl. There is this mail order place in NY called the Whistling Kettle that has the most amazing fruit green teas (loose leaf of course) that I have been using all summer to make ice tea.
 

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i am mostly a bag girl, mostly for ease...i did buy some loose leaf tea from whole foods not too long ago and i use a steeper thing that sits in the mug for that. my current fave is either jasmine green tea by twinnings or republic of tea vanilla coconut white tea. both are very delicately flavored but very yummy!
 

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Ok I enjoy tea, but a lot of the ones I have tried are a bit too bitter for me so I have to put a lot of sugar in them. I can't use artifical sweetners due to a medical condition. So lately I have not been drinking alot of tea because of the added calories. Can any of you recommend a good tea that is not too bitter that I could try without needing to put sugar in it?
 

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Try jasmine tea, perhaps? It has its own sweetness and fragrance that is quite lovely.<br><br>
also, do not brew the tea (esp black tea) too long, or it will become bitter.<br><br>
I've recently stopped having sweetener in tea (mostly), but I did it by gradually decreasing the amount of sugar, not by going cold turkey. I still put honey in tea when I am treating a sore throat. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 
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