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Fri, 11/09/2012 - 00:06 by Ananth in response to classy tea for lazy people

Tea is basically the best!! I'm a big fan of Constant Comment and Green Tea, but my favorite tea of all time is Genmaicha. Roasted rice in tea is so good!!

We're still buried under work so once again I'm keeping it short - there's a ton of cool stuff in the store, see you next week!

Comments

That's pretty much what I

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Fri, 11/09/2012 - 00:28

That's pretty much what I do.

Have you ever tried wheat tea or barley tea? It's sooo good. I wonder if it's similar to roasted rice in tea.

Constant Comment

Comment by Zack (not verified) Fri, 11/09/2012 - 00:40

I have tins of loose leaf tea all over the apartment and somehow Constant Comment makes it into my cup. My friends have forsaken me as a philistine. :'(

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Comment by Happy (not verified) Fri, 11/09/2012 - 00:59

Hahahhaa it occurs to me this is pretty much what happens in 100% of asian restaurants. I didn't even know about teabags until well into my childhood. (I don't drink tea so it's all trivia to me anyway.)

Sorry for your loss

Comment by Urd202 (not verified) Fri, 11/09/2012 - 01:06

Is this like that whole "see your fortune in tea" stuff?

Makes sense for the updates to be on really general stuff, considering one of Yuko's relatives recently dying...

Let us know if you need anything. I hope all is well. :(

Ever since I started working

Comment by SterberksRabbit (not verified) Fri, 11/09/2012 - 03:14

Ever since I started working at Starbucks I get a free tin of tea or a pound of coffee a week. But I don't drink Coffee. So I've stopped drinking Soda and the Fraps at work, and now I only drink Tea and Water. SO. MUCH. TEA.

Harney & Sons?

Comment by Zyzzyva (not verified) Fri, 11/09/2012 - 04:05

Is that Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice?

Thanks for the suggestion. I'm going to brew some right now.

H&S Hot Cinnamon Spice is my

Comment by lys (not verified) Fri, 11/09/2012 - 08:09

H&S Hot Cinnamon Spice is my favourite!! I wondered if that was their tin too :)
Their Genmaicha is also really good. And roasted buckwheat tea... and Assam... and some of their herbal blends...

Well it's definitely a

Comment by MadH (not verified) Fri, 11/09/2012 - 15:53

Well it's definitely a Harney & Sons tin, if nothing else. I could recognize it anywhere. They make good stuff, but I could never get into their adored Hot Cinnamon Spice. Too naturally sweet for me :(

Sorry, I'll stick with bags,

Comment by Graham (not verified) Fri, 11/09/2012 - 04:25

Sorry, I'll stick with bags, thank you very much.

It's all about Control.

Comment by brian t (not verified) Fri, 11/09/2012 - 04:39

This is exactly what I do; not out of pretension, but because it lets me control how strong the tea is. Teabags have too much tea in them, the results have too much tannin for my taste. It all settles to the bottom, no chewing required. I got the idea from seeing how they do it in the Far East, they just spoon the tea in to a teapot, and if you get some leaves in your cup, so what?

But strong tea is the best

Comment by F Saunders (not verified) Fri, 11/09/2012 - 12:59

Man, those tea bags don't have ENOUGH tea in them for me. I likes me a stiff cuppa, stiff enough to stand a spoon in! Australian teas are nice and brisk like that. Now if only I could get some Solo in this hemisphere, then I'd be set.

I'm not into chewing the leaves, especially if they're cut super fine, but hey, whatever floats your boat. I just use a super fine tea strainer when brewing loose leaf. It looks summat like this:

http://www.tealish.com/product-p/finum%20permanent%20tea%20infuser.htm

STRAYA Black tea no sugar

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Mon, 11/12/2012 - 04:36

STRAYA

Black tea no sugar for life.

Tea Bags and English Breakfast

Comment by Ginger-Ben (not verified) Fri, 11/09/2012 - 07:10

Other tea is okay, but a properly brewed cup of English Breakfast Tea is my idea of beverage nirvana, followed in close second by Pepsi Max and Double Dissoronno neat on Ice in third.

Looking at the shop

Comment by Scroll (not verified) Fri, 11/09/2012 - 08:44

Any chance of there being new shirts in the nearish future? I can't see myself wearing the CMY cat shirt, I look bad in stripes and as much as I like the phoenix down shirt, I feel like it doesn't show my enjoyment/fanness of the comic.
I really would like to get a shirt though :(

Seconding this. I would love

Comment by Tibbunny (not verified) Wed, 11/14/2012 - 19:27

Seconding this. I would love if the PalentoLOLgy and ZooLOLogy shirts were restocked, especially.

Genmaicha

Comment by Indiraa (not verified) Fri, 11/09/2012 - 09:12

Genmaicha is my faaaaaave. I like the Choice brand stuff which does come in tea bags, so no chewing. Haha

Lazy without crunch.

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Fri, 11/09/2012 - 09:33

That's what I do, except I have a tea strainer shaped as a cup in my... cup. If I'm not lazy, I take it out. If I'm lazy I can just hold it on the other side of my cup and drink tea without leaves. It's an awesome strainer. Also comes with a lid/place to put used strainer.

Sweet Tea

Comment by 13thprotector (not verified) Fri, 11/09/2012 - 10:39

Is it so bad that I like sweet tea? Well... I'd like to try all those different teas, though its always too hot down here. :(
I bet they all taste so good. I'll never be able to try them without someone else having messed them up because of their sense of taste is dead...

Sweet Tea is delicious. So is American unsweetened iced tea.

Comment by F Saunders (not verified) Fri, 11/09/2012 - 13:04

You can make lots of delicious iced/sweet teas from regular black tea or herbal tea (tisanes/infusions for you purists).

Chai makes a lovely sweet tea. Just brew enough to make a quart or two and then remove the tea leaves and add sugar while it's hot (sugar dissolves easily in hot water). Let cool on the stove a bit before you pop it in a pitcher and refrigerate.

Chai is great with milk even when cold. Constant Comment would make a lovely cold tea too.

Find some Blackcurrant

Comment by MadH (not verified) Fri, 11/09/2012 - 15:59

Find some Blackcurrant blended tea. That stuff is great when turned into a sweet iced tea! (though watch it, it might not need as much sugar as your normal sweet tea!)

My recipe is always 7 teabags (or equivalent spoonfuls of loose tea) in a pot of water just turned off from a boil, steeped overnight. In the morning, dump it into a 32 oz bottle (I usually reuse a washed juice bottle for this) and fill it the rest of the way with water. Add sugar to taste and shake it! Delicious.

Well, I might try it :3

Comment by 13thprotector (not verified) Tue, 11/13/2012 - 09:55

I might have to try them, I like to try new things, tea's all good and all, I just don't like bitter stuff. >_<
All I've ever had was sweet tea(all livin' down south). But it's finally starting to get cold down here... I'll start drinking these other teas that are hot like coco and sweet like a peach. :P

Coffee presses work rather

Comment by Lysander (not verified) Fri, 11/09/2012 - 10:44

Coffee presses work rather well with loose tea, depending on the grade. My brother just recently gave me a tea-brewing device that filters the leaves out as it pours. It's awesome, but I keep using the wrong measuring spoon and end up with an over-caffeinated brew that has me twitching for the rest of the day.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxtRGEVsSOc

call me Captin Picard

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Fri, 11/09/2012 - 11:33

Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.

Teeeea

Comment by Origamigryphon (not verified) Fri, 11/09/2012 - 11:34

My favorites are Chamomile and Bengal Spice <3

It actually has a name

Comment by A tea drinker (not verified) Fri, 11/09/2012 - 11:52

It's actually called grandpa style.

Constant Comment in my fav

Comment by Mavuriku (not verified) Fri, 11/09/2012 - 12:14

Constant Comment in my fav too!

Oh yummm, genmaicha is the

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Fri, 11/09/2012 - 12:32

Oh yummm, genmaicha is the best *O* The flavor of the roasted rice is so beautiful. My mom actually just brought me a bag of genmaicha from Japan /droooool

As someone who sells loose

Comment by 01011010 (not verified) Fri, 11/09/2012 - 12:39

As someone who sells loose teas for a living I am HORRIFIED by this page and it's comments.

You'll just have to realize

Comment by Macca (not verified) Fri, 11/09/2012 - 16:08

You'll just have to realize that most of us are from the USA, and here the majority of tea drunk is sweet iced tea. I'm not a fan of the USA's lack of tea appreciation either, but there's not really anything you can do. We're not Ireland, y'know? Let 'em have whatever they want. We can hoard the good stuff for ourselves. I like Keemun teas best, myself.

Rice Tea

Comment by Cole (not verified) Fri, 11/09/2012 - 13:06

In my Japanese class, we once had a "tea party" to try out all of these different types of tea. I started with green, worked my way up to rice, then finally rice and mushroom. I realized that the teas got progressively tastier, but then I realized that they were just becoming soup.

Yesssss. Genmaicha is the

Comment by inusushi (not verified) Fri, 11/09/2012 - 14:13

Yesssss. Genmaicha is the best. #2 is Jasmine. Earl Grey is the only black tea I'll drink.

I keep wanting to try

Comment by Shauna (not verified) Fri, 11/09/2012 - 15:53

I keep wanting to try loose-leaf tea, I even inherited a box of loose-leaf tea from a leaving roommate but tea bags are so easy, and because of costco I have so many.

I'm not sure what is "hard"

Comment by Macca (not verified) Fri, 11/09/2012 - 20:29

I'm not sure what is "hard" about using loose tea other than the fact that if you don't want tea bits in your drink, you have to go out and buy a strainer of some kind? Then just toss the leaves out (you'd have to toss the teabag anyway) and then the only extra thing is to rinse the strainer (if you even used one) which takes 2 seconds, literally.

I get that you have a lot of teabags and you want to use them up, but there's nothing hard or lengthy about brewing loose tea...

Loose leaf tea is the best,

Comment by fireball87 (not verified) Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:00

Loose leaf tea is the best, for sure, but I don't really consider adding "use a french press to strain the leaves out" to complicate the process all that much. The fact that when I brew tea I steep the leaves 3 times, and then throw it all in the fridge, does, but 15-20 minutes for 90oz isn't really a huge commitment.

Wait, so I was wrong this whole time?

Comment by Android 21 3/7 (not verified) Fri, 11/09/2012 - 20:48

That's not the proper way to make tea? ...Huh... Well, I'm not one for loose tea anyhow. My family boils barley and/or dried corn. And sometimes we buy premixed plum tea in little portable packages.

Bombilla

Comment by tudza (not verified) Fri, 11/09/2012 - 21:38

You could get one of these things:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombilla

Trouble with most of them is they are made of metal and get really hot. I found one made of bamboo that works great though.

Harney & Sons genmaicha is

Comment by Mandala (not verified) Sat, 11/10/2012 - 11:22

Harney & Sons genmaicha is the best.

Harney & Sons any-kind-of-tea is pretty much the best.

(P.S. I feel I must defend the reputation of American tea-drinkers by saying that I drink several cups of tea a day.)

Couple of months back I

Comment by Asimech (not verified) Sat, 11/10/2012 - 11:23

Couple of months back I found, and bought, one of these things:

http://www.magisso.com/teacup_media

Easiest way of making a single cup of tea I know, since it's so easy to clean and I prefer milder tea. Also I often re-use the leaves.

I don't know the international availability though.

Yeah whenever I go to the

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Sat, 11/10/2012 - 21:46

Yeah whenever I go to the store I usually go to I can't find any just tea bags. I just end up using my coffee filters folded up.

I have a teapot that has a

Comment by Melony (not verified) Sun, 11/11/2012 - 09:55

I have a teapot that has a strainer in the lid, so I don't have to worry about it. I also have a couple of different little strainers that you put in the cup that are extremely cute. I have a Tea-Rex and a Rubber Tea-Ducky.

Tea

Comment by Maileigh (not verified) Sun, 11/11/2012 - 15:52

My favorite is a mix of Samurai Chai Matte and Ayurvedic White Chai. It tastes great hot and cold.

Mmmmmm...

Teabags

Comment by Kou (not verified) Sun, 11/11/2012 - 21:38

I guess you probably don't mind it all loose in the cup (it's true it settles to the bottom mostly since that's how I used to do it, too) but if you're ever looking for teabags and not the metal strainers, you can buy packs of empty teabags at Sunrise Mart in St. Marks! Just in case you didn't know :'D You can just spoon a little into the bag, fold it over and then voila! No chewing and gritty stuff at the bottom!

Hey, regarding the Guns of

Comment by hohhoi (not verified) Mon, 11/12/2012 - 07:19

Hey, regarding the Guns of Icarus online post you made a little while back. You might want to check out "Air Buccaneers" http://www.ludocraft.com/games/airbuccaneers/
Which is very similar(but different), but had it's first version made in 2004, so I think they were first.

For a reason or other I couldn't comment on the post I'm talking about, but decided to put it here anyway. :)

Guns of Icarus

Comment by Emi (not verified) Tue, 11/13/2012 - 17:14

But Guns of Icarus Online has Conrad, so bonus points!
It's interesting. We get compared to Air Buccaneers a lot, but our origins were very different. GoI Online was the sequel to a little single player Unity game that myself and a handful of friends made in 2009. It's very different than the Unreal Mod Air Buccaneers, and we only found out about that mod after we started work on the multi-player GoI Online. While both games have airships, thematically and gameplay-wise they are pretty different, so I think you can enjoy both.

Ok. Thanks for the

Comment by Hohhoi (not verified) Wed, 11/14/2012 - 11:11

Ok. Thanks for the clarification. Just to clear it up: I meant in no way to bash either game, I just wanted to share. :) In any case, GoI sounds interesting and I might try it some time.

Genmaicha

Comment by Nopi (not verified) Mon, 11/12/2012 - 09:34

I love the comment section! I can only get genmaicha at the sushi restaurant in the next town over, 1 hour away, and Jlist only has powdered instant genmaicha x.x Now I know where to get good stuff online x)

It took me until college to

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Mon, 11/12/2012 - 14:19

It took me until college to realize that people *didn't* drink loose tea that way! I'm first-gen Chinese and my dad especially is a huge tea nerd and we've never had a teapot. Loose tea all the way!

(Except for now. Because I'm in college, and poor, and I don't want to deal with tea leaves at 3 AM in a sink with no water pressure)

Why would you dump tea

Comment by Reed (not verified) Tue, 11/13/2012 - 09:51

Why would you dump tea leaves in the sink? Dump them in the trash, then rinse in the sink - there's only a few left by then, so it's no big deal either way.

Why chew it? just spit it

Comment by AckAckAck (not verified) Tue, 11/13/2012 - 03:19

Why chew it? just spit it out to the ground or a spittoon. Your cowboy ancestors are ashamed on you!

Yes me also. Pretty much yes.

Comment by SmallLindsay (not verified) Tue, 11/13/2012 - 17:21

Yes me also. Pretty much yes.