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I really should get a mug warmer. I like my tea hot! and this tea is especially good while its hot. But alas, my current cup is tepid. I do all the after dinner chores and I think its safe to make tea. But then one of my seven pets gets into trouble, makes a mess, vomits, it’s always something. If its not the pets then its my husband, asking me to make him tea after I already made mine. Then I have to go to the bathroom. And of course, there will always be some chore that I forgot that I can’t leave undone. Same thing every night. About the only time I get hot tea is in the morning before school when I’m in such a hurry that I sip it carefully while too hot and end up not having time to finish the cup before I have to go.

TheTeaFairy

Shelley, I feel exhausted after reading this, lol! YOU DESERVE HOT TEA!
Have you thought about double walled ceramic travel mugs? I use them at home when I know I’ll be having a situation similar as yours… I like them cause they don’t hold the aftertaste that most travel mugs retain.

Shelley_Lorraine

i don’t have any travel mugs yet because I haven’t found one that really speaks to me. Do the ceramic ones come in smaller “normal” mug sizes? I know larger size means hotter for longer, but I just don’t enjoy tea as much out of a super-size mug. :)

TheTeaFairy

Mine is 16oz, and I never saw a small one, you’re right, but I’m pretty sure the standard is more like 12oz, mine is really big…keep looking, ya never know :-)

Shelley_Lorraine

I’ll get a tall travel mug for traveling sometime, but at home I prefer the feel of a 10-12oz mug with a normal mug shape and handle. its cozier. :) It’s ironic that my husband likes really huge and heavy mugs, but he doesn’t like his drinks as hot as I like mine. Those giant mugs of his keep his drinks hot for so long though! lol.

Dr Jim

One trick to try is to just put a piece of paper on the top of the mug while you are busy. Something like half of the heat loss is due to evaporation and this will stop when the vapor under the paper reaches equilibrium.

Shelley_Lorraine

I’ll have to try that next time. Thanks :)

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TheTeaFairy

Shelley, I feel exhausted after reading this, lol! YOU DESERVE HOT TEA!
Have you thought about double walled ceramic travel mugs? I use them at home when I know I’ll be having a situation similar as yours… I like them cause they don’t hold the aftertaste that most travel mugs retain.

Shelley_Lorraine

i don’t have any travel mugs yet because I haven’t found one that really speaks to me. Do the ceramic ones come in smaller “normal” mug sizes? I know larger size means hotter for longer, but I just don’t enjoy tea as much out of a super-size mug. :)

TheTeaFairy

Mine is 16oz, and I never saw a small one, you’re right, but I’m pretty sure the standard is more like 12oz, mine is really big…keep looking, ya never know :-)

Shelley_Lorraine

I’ll get a tall travel mug for traveling sometime, but at home I prefer the feel of a 10-12oz mug with a normal mug shape and handle. its cozier. :) It’s ironic that my husband likes really huge and heavy mugs, but he doesn’t like his drinks as hot as I like mine. Those giant mugs of his keep his drinks hot for so long though! lol.

Dr Jim

One trick to try is to just put a piece of paper on the top of the mug while you are busy. Something like half of the heat loss is due to evaporation and this will stop when the vapor under the paper reaches equilibrium.

Shelley_Lorraine

I’ll have to try that next time. Thanks :)

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Name: Shelley Lorraine Limegrover
Location: Wyoming
Occupation: Student and Evil Genius
Ward: 3 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, 1 Cocker spaniel, 1 super cranky but lovable siamese cat, one bipolar black turkish angora, and my husband’s black and white cat.

Hobbies: Learning, reading books, math, physics (have a degree in it), literature (have a degree in it too), anthropology, traveling, piano, and making TEA, of course (^o^)

Future plans: World domination >-)
Graduate school for Comparative literature (in German, Latin, and Greek) (this will be my 4th degree, but first/only graduate one :) )

Favorite teas: Kukicha, Green teas in general, aged oolongs, charcoal roasted oolong, taiwanese oolongs, Assam . . .

Don’t like: Genmaicha, Earl Grey, Darjeelings, ginger, coconut, smokey teas (even mild ones), nut flavors, overwhelmingly strong floral flavor (esp. Jasmine), most della derra and adagio teas. . .

My Rating System

100 My happiness absolutely depends on it

95 Will definitely repurchase

85: Might repurchase (teas that depend on my mood)

75 Won’t repurchase (but I would drink it again if offered).

65: meh

45: I reluctantly finished a cup.

15: Couldn’t finish a cup.

I simplified my ratings to single numbers rather than ranges because I can’t precisely compare so many teas with a system more detailed than this.

An unrated tea most often one that I recognize as having significantly notable quality, but that does not suit me personally. Sometimes, I leave teas unrated for other reasons, such as I am undecided or I brewed it wrong, etc.

Note: Boiling temp. barely reaches 200 where I am (and a few times it sticks at 195, I assume due to unexplainable shifts in altitude or the position of the moon. . .aliens?. . .).

Location

Wyoming

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