Tea bag maker? Where can I order one?

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I want one for personal use but have heard they are expensive. Any
outlets that might have them for comparison shopping?
Thank you,
Allen

Re: Tea bag maker? Where can I order one?
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You can buy empty tea bags all over the place (for example,
www.inpursuitoftea.com sells them), and one just puts tea therein
(crunching it up if necessary [it pains me to write that]), and just
throw it in the cup (maybe stapling the bag first).

A better idea is to buy a Chatsford mug infuser (off www.uptontea.com,
e.g.). It allows the leaves to expand better and to flow around,
making better tea. you might have to rinse it out, but it is more
convienent (and less messy, esp. if you get the one that includes a
case). You don't have soggy bags lying around, and you make better tea
(particularly since you don't have to crunch up a nice large-leaf
thing).

For a newbie, that is probably the best idea, esp. if they don't know
what teas they might be most interested in. Very versitile.

Another idea, is just throw the tea in any old glass or a guywan and
drink it while it steeps. Particluarly good for green, but passable
for Oolongs (light High Mountain or Formosa Jade, even Ti Kwan Yin).
If you can get used to a guywan, you can then decant it.

Black is best decanted. A guywan or a simple little teapot will do.
Loose tea is best, and maybe you'll find youself climbing up to higher
grades of tea. When I started drinking tea, I never thought I would
ever concern myself about it, and now I'm fairly obsessed (to the
chagrin of my pocketbook).

:-)

Happy infusions, and please consider some tea-bag alternatives,

ZBL

Re: Tea bag maker? Where can I order one?
On 25 Aug 2003 14:58:56 -0700, zephyrus20@hotmail.com (Zephyrus) wrote:

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I use the Bodum version of it (comes with their YOYO mug). Got it from
Cost Plus.  I assumed that the question had to with portability - how to
get a good cuppa when on the road and paraphernalia is a pain.

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My travel-tea eqipment--a guywan, a mug to boil water in and drink
from, and a cheap little heating coil. Sometimes I pack an Yixing, too
(for Pu-Erh, which I cannot live without). Not that strainers are bad,
but just to point out that nice traditional stuff isn't necessarily
inconvienient. :-)

ZBL

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I've purchased both of these types of empty tea bags.  The gauze bags work
well for large leaf teas with little dust.  The paper bags work well for cut
tea or tea with lots of just (like moroccan mint).
StashTea Gauze Filter Bags http://shopstashtea.com/700095.html StashTea Paper Filter Bags http://shopstashtea.com/700096.html
-LG

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Re: Tea bag maker? Where can I order one? Thanks
I use a pot with strainer at home and at one of my jobs, but have to
use bags at my second job. Can't take up the counter space and make a
slight mess with the strainer. Although I would be interested in a mug
infuser if it came in a 20-24 oz. size (I like to make a big cup).
Then it might be self enclosed and convenient enough to work.
Thanks,
Allen

Re: Tea bag maker? Where can I order one? Thanks
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You know, if you don't crunch up the leaves like in a tea bag, you can
often get more than one infusion out of the leaves (particularly with
Chinese teas). That way, you don't have to brew a huge cup if you
don't want to, just a few medium-sized ones. With an infuser basket
and not-astronomical-grade tea, I wouldn't think you would get more
than 2 or 3 infusions, but I would think 2 could be expected out of
Chinese teas.

Alternatively, you might be able to get a seriously big tea sock for
the big cup (a teapot-sized sock), and a sugar bowl would probably be
just the right size to hold it (not unaesthetic, either), so your
coworkers won't be exposed to a soggy sock of leaves. I hear that
pantyhose works for this, but have never tried it.

Another thing I noticed is that, soon after I started "seriously"
drinking tea, the amount I drank at a sitting sharply dropped.

I hear that Chinese folks with day jobs use a covered mug called a
zhong (8oz, I guess), with one set of leaves, and add water when they
run out as the day goes on. The tea is just drunk from mug while
steeping. Perhaps you could do this with whatever container you now
use, just throwing tea therein and drinking.

Good luck!

ZBL

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See: www.specialteas.com -> go to Tea Preparation.  They have great
Cup/Mug and Mug/Pot Paper Filters - I'm in your situation where I often
need a portable/disposable solution that doesn't involve a strainer.  
However, do look at the Tea Infuser, as I use that when "at my office"
and use the bags when travelling, at a customer, or otherwise "off site".

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use bags at my second job. Can't take up the counter space and make a
slight mess with the strainer. Although I would be interested in a mug
infuser if it came in a 20-24 oz. size (I like to make a big cup).
Then it might be self enclosed and convenient enough to work.
Thanks,
Allen
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You know, if you don't crunch up the leaves like in a tea bag, you can
often get more than one infusion out of the leaves (particularly with
Chinese teas). That way, you don't have to brew a huge cup if you
don't want to, just a few medium-sized ones. With an infuser basket
and not-astronomical-grade tea, I wouldn't think you would get more
than 2 or 3 infusions, but I would think 2 could be expected out of
Chinese teas.

Alternatively, you might be able to get a seriously big tea sock for
the big cup (a teapot-sized sock), and a sugar bowl would probably be
just the right size to hold it (not unaesthetic, either), so your
coworkers won't be exposed to a soggy sock of leaves. I hear that
pantyhose works for this, but have never tried it.

Another thing I noticed is that, soon after I started "seriously"
drinking tea, the amount I drank at a sitting sharply dropped.

I hear that Chinese folks with day jobs use a covered mug called a
zhong (8oz, I guess), with one set of leaves, and add water when they
run out as the day goes on. The tea is just drunk from mug while
steeping. Perhaps you could do this with whatever container you now
use, just throwing tea therein and drinking.

Good luck!

ZBL
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Re: Tea bag maker? Where can I order one?
No idea where to get a tea maker, but...

Japanese markets stock empty tea bags where you put the tea in and
turn a flap inside out to hold the tea in.  I'm sorry this sounds
complicated, but it's real simple.  You might consider them for
at-work use, I'll use them for teas or herbal mixes that have flowers,
especially ones that are good for more than one dunk.

-sew



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