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Tea is a beverage made by steeping processed leaves, buds, or twigs of the tea bush, Camellia sinensis, in hot water for a few minutes. The processing can include oxidation, heating, drying, and the addition of other herbs, flowers, spices, and fruits.

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      09.01.2013 10:21
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      A swansong

      From the Oriental tea ceremony to the half-time cuppa during the footie finals, experience with tea can be as personal or as general, as everyday or mystical, as one chooses. Today I wanted to talk about my own experience. It started when I was about 12 years old. I had just started high school and after coming home on the bus (yuck) I was stressed, tired and vaguely irritated. Nothing soothed me as much as the process of boiling water, chucking a teabag in a mug, wait for it to brew while I changed into my pyjamas, and after adding about seven sugars, I would finally feel alive again. My relationship with tea lasted throughout high school, but unfortunately, this year, my 19th, tragedy struck: I got my first cavity. Now my dentist said, sans evil grin, that I should stop having sugar in my tea. This was a blow. Have you ever tasted tea without sugar? Maybe you have. Maybe you like it that way (sicko). But going from 2 sugars and milk to just milk tea is an excruciating trial of disgust and anger. I couldn't stomach it. Oh, I tried. Many minutes of toil went in to trying to finish a cup of tea. I have wrinkles, I'm sure, from the facial expressions I made. I couldn't do it. I just couldn't. Faced between the choice between sweet sweet British tea and the dentist's drill, I chose to preserve my teeth ahead of my culture. Some may call me a fool. Some, a defeatist. For me, I say all I can say: goodbye, tea. Now you're just a beverage that I used to drink.

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        28.10.2012 17:37
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        Excellent stuff!

        Tea is what many of us drink every single day, it's part of British culture and is a huge conversation starter. We all drink it for different reasons, some drink it for the caffeine, some drink it while having a chat, some for the taste, and some purely because it's become part of their daily routine. Me personally? It's all about the taste and pure enjoyment of drinking the tea. I hate the caffeine effect, it's the worst part of drinking tea for me, because you can't drink it at night!! I have always found tea to be the universal tongue loosener, besides beer. I always offer people a cup of tea when i want to have a chat. When i go to a cafe i always ask if someone wants a cup of tea on me, and that's it, the conversation starts over a cup of tea. It's also a very polite way of showing you care about someone, be it a friend or relative. Offering someone a cup of tea is a polite gesture and means a lot, even if the tea itself is no good, or if they refuse, it doesn't matter. I drink tea either once per day, or once every two days. I hate the caffeine effect because it leaves me feeling all wound up and ready to explode. Yes it's good energy but if you're sat at a desk all day itching to get out and do something less tedious, it's not exactly helping by downing a big mug of tea. Nor can you drink it at night just hours before bed, because you won't sleep. I could buy decaff but i think it tastes odd, and it costs a bit more than the regular stuff. Plus if you ask for decaff tea you get a few unusual looks. Well at least i do anyway, i'm not man enough to go for the full caffeine option it seems. Tea brings people together, it's drunk around the office, around the house, and there's nothing like going to a cafe with some mates or colleagues and just having a chin wag over a round of tea. It's part of british culture, it's what we do and without getting stereotypical, we are a massive tea importer, 2nd in europe in fact (Ireland is first in Europe, but they are our neighbours). We rank 7th globally. Overall then, tea is a huge part of society in it's many forms, and the reasons we drink it, and the reasons we like it but that main principal that we all love tea, it still there not only in the UK, but the whole world.

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          24.09.2012 14:54
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          Perfect for times of illness or to properly relax

          Before I went to University I used to drink only tea. However, the lifestyle forced me to coffee for a bit more of a kick awake in the morning. However, sometimes you can't help but want to sit down with a cup of tea just to unwind. Tea is much better at controlling caffeine distribution through the day. Basically instead of a huge kick of caffeine like coffee, it releases more slowly and steadily. Therefore if I know I have a long day ahead I might have a quick coffee just to pick me up and a tea aswell knowing it will keep me going after my coffee surge. Definetly no caffeine free here! I find that the best time to drink tea is when I'm unwell. It is not as bitter as coffee so you don't feel as sick trying to drink it, as it has a much smoother taste. Nothing beats a warm mug of tea in the hands with the hot steam hitting your face and a nice warm drink soothing your throat. Definetly something I like to savour a bit more than the rush of a coffee in the morning. For the adventurous out there I have one final suggestion. Wan't the best of both worlds? Try putting a tea bag and some coffee into the same cup and then make your cup as usual. Personally I thought the tea counteracted the bitterness of the coffee and since I am clearly a caffeine addict I got the benefits of both. Feel free to try it and let me know what you think.

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          22.06.2012 20:26

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          Teatastic!

          I've never understood people who don't like a nice cup of tea! It can be adjusted to taste so if it's too bitter you can add sugar or more milk. My boyfriend is one of those strange folk who don't like tea but he's great at making it! His method is to boil the kettle and pour hot water over the tea bag but then to pour that first water away. Then pour on a second lot of water and let it brew (this usually means forget about it until reminded) and then add milk and sugar. I'm lazy and just throw it all in and squeeze the bag but I do look forward to the cuppas my fella makes for me. If you're patient I suggest trying his method. Tea is great in all weathers - I'm not sure about this thing about cooling you down but I don't think it makes you any hotter and I do think it quenches thirst quite well! I also find it to be a good hangover cure - I drink a couple of cups when I get in from a night out but then it's quite difficult to tell whether it's the alcohol or the tea that keeps me awake! I'm quite happy drinking the cheapest tea available but not a fan of the fancy perfumed types (earl grey and all that)!

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          10.06.2012 17:16
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          "Sit your *rse down in that chair and drink your goddamn TEA!"

          The Good The taste of course! Not a strikingly strong one but an inviting, smooth, defined (and varying) taste. Well it may take a bit of growing up to appreciate it (or see the point) but its always a pleasantry, at home, work or on holiday (Although I don't believe that "ave a cuppa tea, it'll cool ya down" lark). At home you can sit back, put the kettle on and relax with a warm mug of yum. At work you get to slack off and brew away for the whole office (could be seen as a negative if you have fussy co-workers or enjoy your work.. wait, what?). With a significantly lower caffeine content than Coffee, It can be used as a light pick me up or even a heavy sleeping aid (some brands boast decaffeinated qualities). You can pretty much make it whenever, for any occasion. In the morning before work, to accompany your lunch, after a sunday dinner, before bed etc Its prerequisites can be helpful, to wake you up, send you to sleep, aiding bowel movements or just to chill out. The Bad A piping hot mug of tea needs at least the slightest bit of attention so's not to get scolded and even patience whilst waiting for it to cool (unless you're one to put an ice cube in). Depending on your preference, your health could be at risk by the amount of tea you are consuming - having 3 sugars and loads of milk likely cause weight gain and I'd guess cavities too. You also need the right appliance to get it made, the almighty kettle! one which is taken for granted, it needs cleaning and electricity to work - or just bung a teapot on the stove.. The Choices Well to start there is a wide selection teas - standard black or green, flavoured lemon or apple, fragrant chai or earl grey. Of course brands differ too so you'll have to sip through a few before you find one that suits you. The way the tea is served is another option, in a china cup, mug or whatever, with a number of sugars (sweeteners or standard), amount (or type) of milk etc. If you really want to get into it, I could mention the order of preparation milk first or last? LAST damnit - It helps to know how much you're putting in thanks to the colour and your teabag hasn't been soaked and got soggy for a few minutes prior. Personally I tend to stick to the same brand, I'm a PGTips guy, with half a teaspoon of sugar and very, very little milk. I have my own mug with my name on and everything, I like me tea to taste of tea, nice and strong. Sometimes I go for a cup of the ol Chai (1 sugar, little milk) when its a bit chilly as it has a spicy and fragrant punch thanks to some cinnamon (smells like christmas). However during the endless times I suffer a cold or have a throat/nasal problem, I switch to green tea. Full of antioxidants and life preserving qualities (reducing high blood pressure, risk of stroke) it takes a while to get used to at first but is very beneficial. No milk to clog up more phlegmy wretchedness or fly out your nose at terminal velocity when you sneeze. And I'm going to leave you with that delightful image racing through your minds, to make a cup now.. of tea, not mucus. Cheers.

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            23.05.2012 12:53
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            Great drink for the adults

            It is known world wide that the English (as a whole) like a nice cup of tea, and I'm not exception. Tea is cheap, and also very fast to make, but what exactly is it, and is it any good for us. Hopefully in the next few paragraphs, you'll learn a little more. Tea is an 'aromatic beverage prepared by pouring boiling hot water over cured leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant'. This particular plant is usually found in foreign climates and is particularly native to South and East Asia. However it can be grown anywhere, under the right conditions. Even a small company in Pembrokeshire, Wales has been able to grow a couple of plants in polytunnels, and now sell the tea, as a kind of cottage industry. What some people find confusing with Tea, is the many different types. Certainly when I was younger, there were no tea bags, like there are today. It was done by spooning tea leaves into a tea pot, and then pouring boiling water over them. When it had brewed, you would then pour it out into a cup, through a strainer. It was the strainers job to catch all the leaves. But this day and age it is more common to use tea bags. It is these bags that contain the leaves, rather than the strainer. So why so many different types you might ask? Well this is mainly down to the techniques used to produce and process the plant itself. Here's a few examples: White Tea - Wilted and unoxidised Yellow Tea - Unwilted and unoxidised but allowed to yellow Green Tea - Unwilted and unoxidised Oolong Tea - Wilted, Bruised and partially oxidised Black Tea - Wilted, Sometimes crushed, and fully oxidised Post-Fermented Tea - Green Tea that has been allowed to ferment Tea has many health benefits. These come in the way of anti-oxidants, mainly catechins which have anti cancer properties for certain organs. But most importantly it can be a very relaxing drink, which has very few calories (with skimmed milk) and can be refreshing in hot and cold weather. I personally drink Tetley Tea. I usually buy the boxes from home and bargain, and try not to pay more than 1p a Tea Bag, although if you don't shop around, in the some of the supermarkets, this could be anything upto 2p a bag. Obviously all the other flavours and makes, vary quite a lot in price. They obviously do in taste too, so it is worth trying a few, to find out which ones you like. Copyright stebiz 2012 - also on ciao.co.uk

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              02.02.2012 00:25
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              Tea is simply tip top!

              Its such an English thing to drink tea and I for one am mad about it. George Orwell even wrote a whole essay on the subject called A Nice Cup Of Tea which takes you through the 11 outstanding points of a cup of tea. Now its not for me to take George's words so if you are interested in his thoughts type that into any search engine and you will find his divine essay. Anyway, the crux of his essay was this: milk before or after teabag? It is was unites and divides us a nation, as humanity. I am a 'milk after teabag' kinda girl but don't worry I won't hold it against you if you like yours the other way around, although I may be a little perplexed. But so much more perplexing is people how don't drink tea. I just don't trust them. What is that all about? My ex boyfriend was a builder who didn't drink tea and that was frankly disturbing. We soon parted company. I think it was for the best. I think our relationship with beverages can be crafted by our work habits. I was a carer for the elderly for many years and it was there I formed my deep love for the teapot. It became a ritual with my little old ladies, putting the pot on was a bonding exercise, a little something they could do for me as I was helping with their personal care or house work. There are so many colloquialisms that come from this warm beverage, tea and sympathy is probably the best known and the most adhered to. I have lost count of the low times in my life where tea was served. So practical tips for tea, my favourite is to keep a large selection of tea in your home to cater for every time of day and night. Always, I repeat, always start with a standard cup of Breakfast tea (with Caffeine) and put the milk in after the tea bag. It just tastes better that way, trust me. For lunch time teas I suggest something a little fruity to clear the palate after dinner, maybe a ginger and lemon Twinnings? Or a Raspberry maybe? Choose to compliment your meal not contrast. Another tip top tip for tea is to warm the cup. I learnt this from my little old ladies and boy were they right. Just tip in a little bit of boiled water into the cup and swirl around for 30 seconds. It'll make your beverage feel warmer for longer. Straight after work it has to be back to a nice Earl Grey, something a little indulgent, preferably without milk and a slice of lemon, the traditional way. Last thing at night I suggest Jasmine, its so soothing and relaxing. Tea has been with me through the best and worst of times. I love it. From the fruity caffeine free teas that are great last thing at night to the gorgeous green teas from China, right through to a milky cup of English builders tea (one sugar please) to wake you up in the morning. Try, love and enjoy them all. To tea! Here here. xx

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              02.08.2011 15:48
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              Tea-Total

              Tea is the new 'in' thing. Forget your traditional builders tea! You can steep just about anything and create something that could shake off an army. Ever since I travelled to Bolivia and became hooked on Cinammon Tea, I have stopped taking milk with my regular Tea. I don't drink coffee or respond well to stimulants so will often have a de-caff in the evening (Apparently a strong cup of tea can have just as much caffeine in it as coffee!) So what other tea do I like? Well I've tried various flavoured green teas but they leave a lot to be desired in term of flavour. The aroma is heavenly but the tea tastes just like hot water! I am currently drinking Dandelion Tea as I have heard this is good for water retention (as an occasional underwear model, retaining water is not a good look on camera!) A former housemate of mine only used tea leaves; the preparation is slightly longer but it is definitely worth the wait. The strongest brew I have had! Why just this weekend I had a Ginseng and Blackcurrant Tea at Cafe Rouge - very posh indeed! For me, tea is calming, it can feel quite cleansing (maybe just a placebo effect based on all the hype about green teas!), and its quite filling for very little money! I also find tea helps with constipation. So tea maybe something we drink with milk and get laughed at by the rest of the world for doing, but its not the be all and end all. So next time you're in the supermarket, try something different and be opened up to a whole new world of hot drinks! Now if only they could invent a way of tea staying warmer for longer...

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                16.06.2011 21:47
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                Tea is a very common and popular drink with many varietys avalible

                Why Tea? * * * * * * tea is just a refreshing hot drink which comes in so many different flavours and strengths. The amount of combinations avalible means that as long as you like flavoured hot water then there is going to be a tea for you! Most popular teas * * * * * * * * * * Traditional teas like pg, tetley, yorkshire and early gray are the more common teas being drunk and served in cafes and resturants. Herbal teas include peppermint, camonmile, and fennel and fruit teas include cranberry, orange and lemon. Remedy / Diet * * * * * * * * Teas can be drunk to help allievate pains and symptoms such as camonmile calms nerves, ginger helps nausea, peppermint is good for digestion. There are also slimming teas which are meant to aid dieters and teas which are caffeen free.

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                25.11.2010 12:49
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                Go and put the kettle on!

                The Brits certainly love their tea, don't they? I have an abiding memory of a big brown earthenware teapot at home with a cream knitted tea-cosy and there always seemed to be a pot of tea stewing on the stove. In those days, the tea was loose, kept in a big tea caddy - the sort that now change hands for silly money. A strainer was used if you wanted to be posh, but for everyday drinking you were just as likely to get some tea leaves in the bottom of your cup and if you weren't careful in your mouth as well. Nowadays, where we put such a high price on convenience, 96% of all cups of tea brewed each day are brewed from tea bags. 98% of people take their tea with milk but only 30% take sugar. These and other fascinating snippets of information were researched and published by the UK Tea Council. The same august body has advised that the recommended number of cups per day is 4. Also, that tea is just as good at contributing to your recommended water intake as water itself. In our house, in general terms, I'm the one who tends to drink coffee and my wife drinks the tea. In fact, she drinks gallons of the stuff and I have told her it can't be good for her. I have never actually counted but I am sure the cup count, especially on a cold day like today, would be 12 or 15 per day. At a conservative 12, with each cup holding circa 250ml, that's 3 litres a day! Wow! Medical opinion seems divided as to how much is too much and whether there are any side effects to worry about. Most tea drinkers suffer from the obvious issue of going to the toilet rather frequently. Some say that too much tea can give you constipation. The levels of Fluoride, Caffeine and Tannin in the drink can also cause problems. The more you know or read, the more you worry about these things. That said, tea has to be one of the cheapest and simplest drinks to hydrate your body. We have as a nation always drunk a lot of tea and we no doubt always will. The UK sits second in the tea consumption league, drinking on average ten times as much as an American. Who sits at the top of the table? Turkey! A final word to all those coffee addicts out there..... you're looking at almost 200 calories for a latte in Starbucks - that's before you put any cream or sugar in. The equivalent calorific count for a cup of tea is....... 2! I'll drink to that.

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                  05.05.2010 21:25
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                  Lovely tea!! 5/5

                  It is known that after water, tea is the most widely-consumed beverage in the world which has made the tea business extremely rich indeed. Tea has and still is a long tradition that has existed in England for many centuries since it was imported in Britain way back in the 1660s and continues to dominate today. Infact it has a nice cooling, slightly, bitter, astringent flavour which so many people including my self so very much enjoy drinking. Even my daughter loved drinking tea from when she was as young as 12 month old. "Tea" also refers to the aromatic beverage prepared from the cured leaves by combination with hot or boiling water. There is no one that I have come across that does not like drinking tea as it's drunken by all different ages' groups and even more popular with the older generation. I always try to make sure that I never run out of tea and to have a box of tea bags in my cupboard. Having said that my favourite tea bags I like to drink is PG tips or Typhoo and twinnings as a second and third choice. However there are so many teas such as white, yellow, green, ooling, iced tea, black and pu-erh. And there are over 2000 varieties of tea like botanicals and fruits, herbal and more. To make a great tasting cup of tea its best to use fresh water and boil it in the kettle and then after fully boiled place the hot water over the tea bag. You can add whatever you want such as milk, sugar, etc... And then allow the tea to cool for around a minute or so, but for best results it's best to drink it whilst hot before it gets cold as it tastes better when hot. Drinking tea is very relaxing and quite therapeutic for me. I tend to like drinking tea when sitting comfortably on my sofa with my feet up. I love to dunk biscuits in my tea such as rich tea biscuits and chocolate digestives. Highly recommended

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                    12.04.2010 01:02

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                    Its just part of the regime isn't it....

                    I absolutely love a cup of tea. It is a sort of phenomenon in England for several reasons: Taste~~ It has its own unique taste that is like nothing like anything else. Everyone has their own way of doing it: with milk, without milk, with sugar or without. There are also orders of doing everything. For me, I always put the tea in the pot, then the sugar in the mug, then the tea in the mug, and lastly the cold milk. The Variety~~ Because tea is produced right around the globe, you get such a variety of tastes from the weak earl's grey to the fantastic Ceylon tea (from Sri Lanka) The History~~ It's such a great image: English man sipping cup of tea. In asterix and obelix, the famous french B.D, they portray the English in one book as having a magic potion which is tea. It is this potion that makes them undefeatable! There are always a couple of problems though: Tea sometimes stains the teeth yellow, and if you take sugar, you can find yourself falling into the familiar trap of tooth rotting. My overall opinion~~ Of course I couldn't work without tea. It helps me function in the morning... typically english.

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                    21.03.2010 10:26
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                    Great beverage

                    Tea is the second most commonly consumed beverage in the world after water and has been drunk by humans for thousands of years. Tea comes in several forms such as Green, Black, White and oolong.In most of the world tea is most commonly served as a hot beverage, made by steeping the tea leaves in boiling water for 1-5 minutes, then adding optional milk and sugar, in the United States however it is commonly served cold as 'Iced tea' Like coffee tea contains caffeine, albeit only around half as much as a similar sized serving of coffee (50mg/100mg). The difference is that tea also contains theanine which counters the over stimulating effects of coffee or 'The jitters' while adding the the concentration boosting effects. The antioxidants in tea make it a great beverage for keeping a healthy body and is often cited to be the cause of the 'japanese paradox' with higher rates of smoking (and green tea consumption) then the western world but lower rates of cancer. Tea however has been shows to reduce iron absorption and thianine absorption but adding milk counters this minor downfall by binding to the tannins preventing them from destroying the nutrients. So sit back and enjoy a nice cuppa.

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                    14.02.2010 00:19
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                    How do you take yours?

                    Tea, a simple yet household drink, possibly still fighting it out with it's arch nemisis Coffee to be the top spot of the house. Tea is often the word used to break the ice, or lead the way to a conversation if you have guests. Many people have tea in many different ways, you have your traditional teabag, milk water voila. But you can add sugar, have it black without milk; and their is a whole host of herbal teas which are perseeved as a healthier option. I personally don't drink a lot of hot drinks, if I do have tea though it's with milk and a sweetener (as I belive this is a little healither than a spoonful of sugar.) Standard household tea often can be made in two ways. Putting 2 or 3 teacbags into a teapot, adding the water and let the tea generate within the pot. Or by putting a teabag within each individual cup, then adding the water and straining the tea bag. I personally prefer the teapot way as you use less teabags and is less messy. Teabags can be found almost everywere and vary in price. I don't mind what tea I drink, as long as I have a sweetener I'll drink it.

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                    16.12.2009 11:33
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                    Tea - the drink of the gods?

                    "Is there no Latin word for Tea? Upon my soul, if I had known that I would have let the vulgar stuff alone." Perhaps we may safely assume that Hilaire Belloc was joking somewhat when he said this: tea is, of course, a relaxing, soothing drink for all occasions. It can prepare you for a long journey, give you a few minutes' respite in the middle, or soothe you at journey's end. You can have it as a warming beverage in a large mug on a cold winter's day, or in a dainty teacup as part of a civilised summer party. To make such a versatile drink, is it not very difficult? Not at all, dear reader. One simply places the teabag in a cup or mug, adds boiling water and leaves to brew for a minute or two. Remove the teabag, add milk (or lemon, if you're really posh) and sugar to taste, and you have what is known as a brew, a cuppa: the renowned cup of tea.

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                    Tea is a beverage made by steeping processed leaves, buds, or twigs of the tea bush, Camellia sinensis, in hot water for a few minutes. The processing can include oxidation, heating, drying, and the addition of other herbs, flowers, spices, and fruits.