Tea Links and info:

Some notes of mine on tea and tea making.


Water:
You must have good water, if you don't want to drink it, it will make bad tea. I use a very good water filter to clean it. Also if you have hard water, expect a film on top of the tea.

Tea kettle:
Microwaves make it tast funny, but electric and stove top varieties should work fine.

Tea pots:
Needs to be able to let the tea absorb the water and expand. So tea balls and tea bags are no good.
Recommended by Justin: http://www.adagio.com/teaware/ingenuiTEA_teapot.html?SID=5e13717ae653bbd305da7238a3170d60
The one I am looking at getting next: concert teapot  http://www.adagio.com/teaware/concert_teapot.html?SID=5e13717ae653bbd305da7238a3170d60


Types of tea:

Green, Black, White, Oolong, Red, Chi, more...

Good break down:
http://www.republicoftea.com/pages/chai.asp
 


Tea Temps:
Black tea  water at a full, rolling boil, 212 degrees.

Oolong tea (also known as wulong tea) should be made with water a little bit below boiling, between 190 and 203 degrees. The water should be steaming rapidly and there should many bubbles rising in in the kettle, but not really breaking the surface.

Green teas should be made with slightly cooler water, between 160 and 180 degrees. The steam should be wafting or gently swirling out of the kettle.

White teas should be made with even cooler water, anywhere from 150 to 160 degrees, when you see the very first hint of steam.

Puerh teas ether 2 ways with cooler water, similar to a green tea or make with boiling water and steep a long time.

Herbal teas typically boiling water.


Tea times:
Black teas steep 4-6 minutes.

Darjeelings steep 2-3 minutes.

Oolong teas (also known as wulong tea) vary dramatically and you need to experiment or follow the suggested steeping instructions on the bag. Many oolongs (wulongs) are perfect at 3-4 minutes, some need 6-8 minutes.

Green teas steeped for much less time, 2-3 minutes.

Whites teas around 2 minutes, some can be steeped much longer.

Puerh teas steeped at least 7-8 minutes, up to 20 minutes.

Herbals steeped a minimum of 4-6 minutes, some for up to 10 minutes.


CAFFEINE
PER 6-OZ. CUP, IN MILLIGRAMS
 

Espresso

(2 oz) 60-90 mg

Drip coffee

60-180 mg

Black tea

25-110 mg

Green tea

8-16 mg

Herbal tea

0 mg

Oolong tea

12-55 mg

White tea

5-15 mg


Tea Links
Good link on how to make tea:
http://tom.carlson.org/tea/

Where to buy (online):
http://www.teasource.com/
http://www.republicoftea.com/

Nice info on green tea...
http://www.greysteas.co.uk/greenteas.html

More info:
http://pages.ripco.net/%7Ec4ha2na9/tea/faq.html#2.

Green tea, Japanese and Chinese preparation:
http://www.takateagarden.com.au/brewing.htm

Green tea info:
http://www.shizuokatea.com/japanese-green-tea/how-to-brew-japanese-green-tea.html


The tea of 1984
http://www.booksatoz.com/witsend/tea/orwell.htm


 

Info from various sites , books, and my own experience, and is for my own personal reference. If you have info or comments to add please email me. coolate at gmail.com.