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Rex
Wednesday, October 24, 2007, 5:45pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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I finally located a mesh tea ball for my Itaru's but I discovered that I still prefer to put it loose in the cup, brew it long & then strain it...it comes out stronger that way & I like it strong...it tastes nutty sort of like the coffee that I gave up.  It's too weak if I put the same amount of leaves in my tea ball & just soak it...even for a long time.  Just sharing my preference.    
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Rex, I never tried it that way.  I always use the strainer with the wooden handle and it sits in the cup for 3 minutes or longer.  Perhaps I'll try it your way as I do like strong tea.
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I don't like the tea balls either.  It seems to restrict the flow of water throughout the tea leaves.  I have a deep mesh tea cylinder, the shape of an empty toilet paper roll, closed off on the bottom.  You put the strainer in the cup.  Add the tea leaves, and pour on the water.  When it's steeped enough, just lift out the strainer.



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Hmmm. I've always used the tea ball, and love the way if turns out. I guess to each her own.


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I am with you Drea on the tea ball.  Pour the water...let sit for a couple of minutes and throw the tea ball in for a minute or two.  Yummilicious.

I have about 10 tea balls that I fill up periodically with Mr. Itaru's so that when I am on the run I can just grab one out of the container and go.  Also, do it for other loose teas.  Rooibus included.  Like right now...got to go back to work and will grab one.  Water is already in portable cup.  Bye.  

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I don't like the tea balls either.  It seems to restrict the flow of water throughout the tea leaves.  I have a deep mesh tea cylinder, the shape of an empty toilet paper roll, closed off on the bottom.  You put the strainer in the cup.  Add the tea leaves, and pour on the water.  When it's steeped enough, just lift out the strainer.


I prefer brewing tea this way for the same reason.

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Here is a link to some good strainers:  CLICK  Scroll to the bottom of the listings, and you will find the kind I like.  Mine is called "SwissGold Tea Filter for Teapot or Mug", and it comes with a lid for steeping the tea.

If you want a cheaper one, Mountain Rose Herbals has a nice one:
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It is called "Mesh Tea Infuser, Handled".  Click on the little camera to see a photo.  It looks good, but I prefer a deeper one that sits low into the hot water.  That's why I pay the extra for the SwissGold.  Mine is 9 years old and is still in good shape.



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Forgive my ignorance, but what's Mr. Itaru's?  A tea mix?  A coffee sub?  Does it have caffeine?


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Dr. D's favorite green tea, and the one for sale through the NAP store.  Green tea/roasted brown rice.



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Dr. D's favorite green tea, and the one for sale through the NAP store.  Green tea/roasted brown rice.


Mine too...have a bag coming again next week.  yeeeessss.

Debra



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Victoria...great link for tea strainers.  Thanks
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You're welcome, Rex.  I actually got mine from a specialty coffee shop, the kind where you can buy tea and coffee by the cup or by the pound. The store also sells all the gadgets such as varieties of coffee and tea making supplies.



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