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Well, I’ve been reduced to boiling water in the microwave. With a Dammann sachet, which is crazy. Man can you tell the difference. Years ago, before I was actually “into” tea, I used to boil water in the microwave at work and steep my teabags in them. These days I’ve always wondered how I was able to stand such bitter, yucky tea, but now I realize that microwaved water totally neutralizes any tea you put in it. I brought a bunch of Dammann sachets with me but it’s totally not worth using them in this, because while there are still hints of how good they are, it’s basically a waste. Oh well, if only North American hotels all had electric kettles like Asian hotels!

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Dylan Oxford

If you have one of the little personal coffee pots, you can just run it with no coffee, and it’s a passable kettle. Not great, but probably better then the microwave

K S

Here is a trick I learned with the microwave – after heating your water pour it into another vessel. The mixing of the hot water and air puts life back in the tea. Still not as good as a kettle but as you know, one is not always handy.

Dinosara

Dylan—I took one sniff of the plastic water container for the coffee maker and quickly put it back down again. It smelled so powerfully like coffee, and I’d rather have “flat” tea than tea that tastes like coffee blech

KS—I remembered you saying that and I poured it from one mug to another, although perhaps I need different sized vessels and better control over the pouring.

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Dylan Oxford

If you have one of the little personal coffee pots, you can just run it with no coffee, and it’s a passable kettle. Not great, but probably better then the microwave

K S

Here is a trick I learned with the microwave – after heating your water pour it into another vessel. The mixing of the hot water and air puts life back in the tea. Still not as good as a kettle but as you know, one is not always handy.

Dinosara

Dylan—I took one sniff of the plastic water container for the coffee maker and quickly put it back down again. It smelled so powerfully like coffee, and I’d rather have “flat” tea than tea that tastes like coffee blech

KS—I remembered you saying that and I poured it from one mug to another, although perhaps I need different sized vessels and better control over the pouring.

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-85: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
84-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.

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