A cup of tea...

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When you think about it, individual farms might produce say thousands of tonnes of tea a year, yet a major name like Typhoo will produce millions of tonnes. At that scale, it has to be blended and it will have to be producer agnostic. In bygone days, a good Breakfast blend was of Indian, Ceylon and Kenyan teas. Today, it's Rwanda and Malawi which have the mega-farms and can produce all manner of varietals.
 
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I saw a show yesterday where Greg Wallace goes into factories and annoys the staff while they show him their process. He was at the Typhoo factory. Quite interesting how they blend the teas from a lot of different producers to make their 'standard' flavour blend. The majority of the tea came from Africa and was processed, packed and shipped in around 7 hours from arrival. They also showed the paper mill in Scotland which makes the roll for the tea bags which apparently supplies 1 in 10 of all teabags globally.

I followed your link and watched this last night. Thanks. (And Greg Wallace is annoying).

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Ahhhhh, I've just run out of my LIO BAO Tea!!!!
Reordered, now the waiting begins :( P.
Hi! Just curious, never heard about this tea, which seems a kind of steamed&aged blend... I have found this one in ebay for example with a pretty good price considering its weight&age:


What could you tell me about it? Worth grabbing it from China?

Regards
 

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Hi! Just curious, never heard about this tea, which seems a kind of steamed&aged blend... I have found this one in ebay for example with a pretty good price considering its weight&age:


What could you tell me about it? Worth grabbing it from China?

Regards
Yes, well worth buying, it has a great taste and smel and I love it. I still buy it now, no more PG tips for me! :) P.
 
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Green tea only, has to be loose tea, not T bags, started drinking it about 8 years ago...not for any so called health benifits ( you will know that when you see the nick im in :) ) I just like it and like to buy it online or from ebay, Gunpowder is a fav as is oolong and a occasional matcha... Pretty much a acquired taste tho.
 
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Hi!

Finally my Liu Bao tea brick arrived some time ago:
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But not sure how to use it... It's a *really* hard brick, I could get some quantity with a lot of effort, but I think that not enough for a mug:

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What do you think? In this attempt I could only appreciate a weak earthy taste...

Regards
 
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Try using a thin screwdriver or an awl to pry the brick apart into slabs. The way it is made is by heaping layers of tea on top of each other so they do come apart in layers. Break off what you need from such a layer and go from there. The tea should be really thick and dark, like gravy!
 
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