Has anyone tried grinding tea leaves for a tea mix?

I been thinking of actually grinding some Lapsang or Sencha just to experiment on making a tea mix. Has anyone out here actually gone through all the trouble in grinding tea leaves?

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I have blended mixes, but I have yet to grind any for tea. I will be getting a tea grinder soon though.

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CK select said

Grinding Lapsang, that sounds interesting. My sister bought a tea grinder from a Japanese goods store a few years back. She ground green tea to make sort of a matcha powder. It definitely wasn’t as fine as the store bought matcha but it was pretty good (and cheap).

(Just as an example) Looked kind of like this http://www.ebay.com/itm/PORLEX-GREEN-TEA-Grinder-Mill-Matcha-Green-Tea-Powder-/221181934772?trksid=p3284.m263&trkparms=algo%3DSIC%26its%3DI%26itu%3DUCI%252BIA%252BUA%252BFICS%252BUFI%26otn%3D21%26pmod%3D370751611878%26ps%3D54

thnx for the suggestion, I’m thinking of grinding some teas such as Lapsang or even Darjeeling for a tea mix.

I need one of those :)

yup, that is the one I’m going to be getting.
also makes me wonder if the texture of Tencha itself is part of why matcha is so soft and fine…as opposed to powdered sencha, bancha etc.

darky said

isn’t that something u can do with a mortar and pestle?

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Yep, I made a seasoning tho, with Lapsang actually, I grinded it with a coffee grinder and some sea salt and other things for a smokey rub for meats(ribs), it was yummy good :)

CK select said

That sounds good, did you just experiment with amounts? Want to share the recipe :D

Honestly, i just made it up that one time as something special I didn’t even measure out amounts or anything and alls I really remember for was Lapsang and Sea Salt seems like there was some “other thing” but I not remember at all. I will ask lance tomorrow tho if he remember what else i used in there he may know, he knows all the things that i forget lol

Also if you are interested in Seasoning/spice made with Tea check these out http://www.steapshoppe.com/tea-spices.html Really tasty stuff i have almost all of those tea spices.
Sorry Anthony Bazic, not trying to jack your thread or anything i just had to take the chance to plug these spices cuz they are just so good :)

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yssah said

saw Dr Tea do it in one of his videos

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rantHappy said

I’ve done it for baking. but I just mix it with sugar to make a tea infused confectioners sugar type of deal.

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I did it once to make a chai chocolate chip cookie recipe. I didn’t have a grinder or a mortar and pestle so I improvised with a ramekin and ice cream scoop… it worked well but it took forever! :)

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tperez said

I used a coffee grinder on some sencha that I’d had sitting around for a while. I couldn’t get it fine enough for matcha, but its nice for putting in smoothies or dropping a bit in a water bottle

Grinding lapsang is a cool idea, maybe you could make a soup with it as a base

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cteresa said

It´s worth a try I guess, but beware. with tea particularly flavoured tea, the more broken it gets the more bitter and taninnic it brews. And eating tea might be sort of like eating the skins of wine-type grapes (that is eurgh. wine grapes have thick and strong and bitter skins), just very tanninic and intense, even ground down, dunno how it would work. It´s just a few types of tea on very special conditions which can be powdered ok.

Lapsang Souchong is IMO really versatile in cooking, but you can use it just as a rub, or you can use it to perfume salt, or just (as I do with earl grey or a couple other teas) make an ammount of strong tea and use it as you would use broth. LS goes excellently as broth for stuff which has a touch of umami like mushroom risotto for example.

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