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    Verity Fisher
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    lazyliteratus said:
    I remember reading somewhere that caffeine technically doesn’t act as a traditional stimulant. What it does is block some sort of chemical from registering to the rest of your body that it’s still tired. Unlike coffee, which sends more of these little suckers to damn up your “ZZZzzzzzzzz”-s, tea-..uh…-ine is time-released, thanks to those lovely little tannins.

    But take this with a grain o’ salt (or sugar) and read up on it yourself.

    The theanine mitigates the effect of the caffeine, from what I understand. Coffee has nothing to regulate the caffeine’s effect and that’s why it has more of a hardcore wake-uppineess about it. You still have to factor in for habituation, personal metabolism and psychology though, I guess

  • #6297

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    Darn it! iPad keyboard stuffed up again. What I was going to say was, the good thing about twitter is it’s a ‘choose your own’, and so far as I’m concerned if someone is offensive/snobbish/not my cup of tea (ha!) then I will just unfollow them. I’ve done this a few times – it helps to keep my twitter stream more manageable anyway – and am not the least fussed if someone unfollows me… 

    But back to the topic in hand, I’d be interested to hear from @jackie a bit more about the context of the remarks about how snobbish the tea community is, not necessarily who said it (although I can’t help being curious) but what sparked them to say so…
  • #6296

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    Hmm, I’d be interested to know who said that. I don’t consider that the tea community I’m part of on twitter is snobbish in general, and I have made some lovely friends who I would never have had the chance to meet otherwise, which is terrific. 

    That said I think in every community of ‘X’ lovers – whether it’s tea, coffee, films, books, whatever we happen to be talking about – there are always going to be snobbish people who are all about the ‘if you don’t do things THIS way then you’re not one of us’, and also people being people some are just unpleasant or rub you up the wrong way or say offensive things. Te GOOD 
  • #6276

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    Darn it, stupid keypad keeps messing up on me and now I’m hogging the thread. Whoops. Before anything else goes wrong I will just say that @lochantea‘s insights into the workings of the Indian tea market and the anti-India stance of the UK Tea Council chair are fascinating. Is there a reason for his aversion to India??

  • #6275

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    Keyboard on my iPad went a bit funny on me and I couldn’t finish my last comment. 

    I hadn’t thought about the difficulties still attendant on physically transporting tea from a region like Assam to the areas where the auctions are. Everything seems so instant these days but tea manufacture still takes a lot of time, I guess!
    I like the British marketing strategy too 🙂
  • #6274

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    A really interesting discussion on an interesting topic. 

    I thought the point about the chemical residue levels as an issue for the international markets was of particular note. I also found the last paragraph enlightening:

    Another disadvantage is the distance factor which Assam tea faces. “Assam tea to reach Dubai takes 45 days whereas Kenyan tea takes 15-20 days. The tea buyers would not wait for so long to buy Assam tea and they take whatever is offered to them,” Sarma, who travels around the world to buy tea, said.’

  • #6265

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    @jopj thank you! I will do!

    @jackie thanks my dear 😉 maybe one day….!! 🙂 
  • #6228

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    I really do love Giddapahar teas. I can’t even say exactly why – I have had so many nice Darjeelings from so many different estates – but there is really something special about Giddapahar. I have also had some beautiful teas from Castleton, though. Risheehat is another favourite. I haven’t actually tried a lot of the from this year, though – I bought up big on Thunderbolt Teas in their sale of autumn and second flushes from 2009 and 2010, because being in the southern hemisphere I find that the new season teas are too light for the cold weather which we are having just when the first flush is available! But I’ll be looking for some first flushes to see me through the southern summer… Recommendations welcome!

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