Reply Wed 16 Nov, 2011 08:05 am
I drink plenty of tea (both bagged and loose). Just curious, when one steeps a cup or a pot of tea from loose tea, sometimes a small amount of loose tea or loose tea flotsam infiltrates past the tea filter and lands in the mug.

Hypothetically, is there any nutritional benefits (albeit infinitesimally small) from consuming these rogue tea bits?
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jespah
 
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Reply Wed 16 Nov, 2011 08:18 am
@tsarstepan,
Must depend on the contents of said tea bits. Rose hips are a good source of Vitamin C, ergo rose hip tea is probably da bomb for that. Dunno 'bout anything else. Fiber, maybe.
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roger
 
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Reply Wed 16 Nov, 2011 01:30 pm
@tsarstepan,
Actually, I think it exfiltrates.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Wed 16 Nov, 2011 02:20 pm
@roger,
If I make an Urban Dictionary submission for loose tea flotsam I have to use exfiltrates in the word definition! Brilliant word usage Roger! Laughing
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Wed 16 Nov, 2011 02:36 pm
@roger,
Waiting approval by the Urban Dictionary editors:
Quote:
Loose tea flotsam
[loos tee flot-suhm]
Noun
The small particles of loose tea leaves etc... that have could not be filtered out of a freshly brewed cup, mug, or tea pot of hot tea when loose tea is used instead of tea bags.

Professor Stiffupperlip: You were particularly careless today with my tea, Sarah. Far too much debris has exfiltrated into my Earl Grey.
Sarah, the teacher's assistant: Sorry Professor, that's just loose tea flotsam. I'll get you another cup. Perhaps, you should use tea bags instead of loose tea leaves for your morning cup of tea?
Professor Stiffupperlip: PERISH THE THOUGHT!

by tsarofthetearoom on Nov 16, 2011

tags: flotsam, floaties, beverage flotsam, loose tea flotsum, tea, loose tea, tea leaves
Ceili
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Reply Wed 16 Nov, 2011 02:39 pm
I'm told you can see your future in the fibrous flotsam.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 16 Nov, 2011 05:06 pm
@Ceili,
Some jetsam will take care of that for you.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 17 Nov, 2011 11:19 am
@tsarstepan,
tsarstepan wrote:

Waiting approval by the Urban Dictionary editors:

It's officially a recognized word now:
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Loose%20tea%20flotsam
ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 17 Nov, 2011 12:03 pm
@tsarstepan,
tsarstepan wrote:

Waiting approval by the Urban Dictionary editors:
Quote:
Loose tea flotsam
[loos tee flot-suhm]
Noun
The small particles of loose tea leaves etc... that have could not be



do they edit this sort of thing or just put it in the way it's presented?
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 17 Nov, 2011 12:13 pm
@ehBeth,
It's the Urban Dictionary. The submissions are approved and entered warts, misspellings, grammatical errors, et al. Embarrassed
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Linkat
 
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Reply Thu 17 Nov, 2011 01:41 pm
@tsarstepan,
I am so proud of you - you are now famous.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 17 Nov, 2011 02:37 pm
@Linkat,
Now, I'm just waiting for the royalty checks to start rolling in! Razz
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Thu 17 Nov, 2011 03:04 pm
@tsarstepan,
Then again, you could buy a better filter and have no flotsam whatsoever...

Apropos tea - they have good tea here http://shop.tgtea.com/store/
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 17 Nov, 2011 03:16 pm
@CalamityJane,
The only thing I know that keeps the flotsam out of the cup are tea bags ... empty tea bags to put the loose tea in.

I just need to go buy some more but for now, the metal filter gotta do. I need my daily dose of tea. Very Happy
http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQvFrk5PopFBIAiGgAJTm22t7XqsqCZUrkOjOaTCdtyxqOZh15uRWfEag
ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 17 Nov, 2011 03:23 pm
@CalamityJane,
I use paper tea filters from a company like the one CJane linked to

http://shop.tgtea.com/store/category/12/19/Tea-Preparation/_Tea-Filters/


http://images.nitrosell.com/product_images/10/2363/3127_papierfilter_becher.jpg


they fit into a little shell that is suspended over the cup - or the bags can be hung off the inside of a small tea pot

no flotsam

the ceramic egg I use is also quite flotsam-free
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Thu 17 Nov, 2011 03:51 pm
@ehBeth,
Exactly!
They have cloth ones too you can re-use...

http://www.hochland-kaffee.de/kDATA/addons/oscommerce/images/511250_l.jpg
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Thu 17 Nov, 2011 03:52 pm
@tsarstepan,
tsar,
does the Bremen Haus in Manhattan still exist? They had great coffee and tea equipment to buy, you might find the filters there for sure.
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Rockhead
 
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Reply Thu 17 Nov, 2011 04:02 pm
@tsarstepan,
or you can use an old sock.

be sure to wash it real good first...
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 17 Nov, 2011 06:59 pm
@Rockhead,
Cj... I know of a few tea places to go for a better alternative tea tool. And nothing is coming up on Google for the Breman Haus other then it may have been in Yorkville which was my neighborhood when I lived in the Upper Eastside. And then I don't ever remember hearing of that store.

The neighborhood used to have a great tea and coffee shop called M. Rohrs but they went defunct less then two years ago.

Rockhead? If I go the sock route, washing the sock would depend on what kind of tea I was drinking. Dirty socks would give a more earthier malty flavor to strong Irish breakfast blend tea but would overpower the subtleties in an English breakfast tea. Razz
ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 17 Nov, 2011 07:00 pm
@CalamityJane,
I have a couple of those cloth ones as well. They're hard to keep nice.
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