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Tea Wand?

hsh251 Sep 15, 2008 12:24 PM

I'm a big tea fan and found a Tea Wand at OneGoodie today. Any thoughts? Think it is worth it? Thanks.

  1. alkapal Sep 20, 2008 11:39 AM

    do you like sipping hot tea through a straw?

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    1. re: alkapal
      bitsubeats Sep 20, 2008 11:59 AM

      HAH, my sentiments exactly.

      I can't imagine myself slowly trying to sip piping hot tea through a straw. it sounds like a good method of torture

      1. re: bitsubeats
        alkapal Sep 20, 2008 03:13 PM

        several years ago, one of my college housemates brought one for me from argentina, made of silver-plated copper (?), but i used it only a couple of times. tea to me is comforting and "good" when i can sip it (or slurp it) from a bone china cup or mug!

        1. re: alkapal
          Luwak Sep 20, 2008 04:02 PM

          That was undoubtedly a “bombilla,” a metal straw with a strainer tip that’s used by the Gauchos (and others) to drink yerba mate. Yerba mate (or just “mate,” as it’s commonly referred to in South America) is a popular caffeine-containing herb that comes in both green and “roasted” form. It’s customarily brewed in a gourd (“guaje”) and sipped through the strainer-straw by many enthusiastic aficionados in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and neighboring countries.

          I haven’t heard of Norteamericanos using bombillas to sip “regular” (or herbal) tea here in the US, but I don’t see why you couldn’t if you wanted to. You can dispense with the strainers and infusers in that case.

          If you have a Mexican Mercado (market) nearby you might be able to find these accoutrements there.

          1. re: Luwak
            alkapal Sep 22, 2008 06:55 AM

            luwak, thanks for that information. with it, i found the great wiki article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mate_(be...

            i love how chow threads can lead one to learn all sorts of new things -- not only about food, but culture and history, too.

    2. leanneabe Sep 22, 2008 02:38 PM

      If you think you'd enjoy sipping hot tea through a straw, it's probably worth it. I'm very skeptical about their claim that you get more nutrients by sucking tea through a straw - it just doesn't make sense. I'd rather use a tea strainer and just sip out of a mug.

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