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Matthew Elam
(slashpastor) - F

Locale: Colorado now!!!
Hot tea drinkers HELP! on 02/27/2008 14:42:15 MST Print View

What is the best way to transport Tea Leaves? Loose or in bags. I need help planning for a long distance trip. I am very weight conscious but just HAVE to have tea!

What do you guys do?

Gail Lusk
(AlohaTink) - F

Locale: In the Middle of No Where!
Tea Bags on 02/27/2008 15:12:18 MST Print View

I do the tea bags, because I find it easier and I do not have to carry a tea ball.

Of course you have the added trash weight of the used bags... so I think it may work out to be about the same in weight?

Rob Mcrae
(emptyman) - F

Locale: the other, big Ontario
matthew re:Hot tea drinkers HELP on 02/27/2008 15:55:12 MST Print View

Tea - a topic close to my heart.
I am a real tea fanatic, and I don't mess around. When camping, if I don't have my tea, (just like any day) then it is not even worth living. I mean, having a perfect cup of earl grey on a still, cool morning in the woods is one of life's true pleasures. Who's with me!?

That said, I have tried every way to drink my tea, and my favourite method I have ever found is to use a filter straw - like the ones that they sell for drinking yerba mate. It is often called a bombilla. (see

why? it means you can bring loose tea of any quantity and drink it in any container at any temperature with zero waste. ( you can even use it for an ultralight solution to coffee - if that's your cup of tea...)
Tea bags are fine - but they produce bulk and waste (if you are having open fires then go ahead) and more importantly, offer poorer quality leaves (!)and they allow no versatility.
Tea straws can be bought that are plastic (not heavy metal as is traditional) and can handle boiling water. You may find them at a tea shop or online.

On the same note, if you like sweeteners, you may want to discover Stevia. It is like 300 times sweeter than sugar, has zero calories and can be very conveniently brought in a powder state in a tiny zip-lock for a fraction of the weight of sugar with all the sweetness you want in your tea (or oatmeal or whatever).

OK. That's my rant. Hope that helps.

Mark Verber
(verber) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Hot tea drinkers HELP! on 02/27/2008 15:55:44 MST Print View

I have not done a weight comparison... but I would bet the tea bags will be lighter than the container holding loose tea + a tea ball assuming a regular resupply.

If you are willing to pay an even higher weight penalty for a air tight container, the loose tea would have a taste edge and you avoid waste. For many people (including me) the taste difference isn't worth it, especially since everything seems to taste better in the back country.

Besides weight, another advantage of the tea bags is that it can be useful for cleanup. If you make tea after cooking in a pot, the boiling can sterilizes, the tea's tannic acid will help cut the grease left over, the tea-bag itself as a fragile sponge.


Edited by verber on 02/27/2008 15:58:17 MST.

cary bertoncini
(cbert) - F

Locale: N. California
i drink tea but i don't consider myself hot on 02/27/2008 16:07:16 MST Print View

i like the tea straw idea - gonna have to try it

i'd think for a night or two, bags be easiest way to go, but the longer the trip, the more the loose tea would be better

Matthew Elam
(slashpastor) - F

Locale: Colorado now!!!
Tea Help... on 02/27/2008 18:31:23 MST Print View

Thanks Rob for the straw idea! With loose tea and a fresh resupply, my thru hike this year will go much better! I MUST have my tea in the back woods. it makes everything normal.

Plus, if I go with loose tea then I can save weight with a water tight bag like the ones they sell on this site.

Any other ideas?

Rob Mcrae
(emptyman) - F

Locale: the other, big Ontario
hot tea drinkers... not cary, but mat on 02/27/2008 19:34:11 MST Print View

Cary, that's very funny - I didn't catch that the first time.

Mat, my only other suggestion is that you go with an alcohol stove, if you don't already. The Cat stove is the greatest thing - it is cheap, super UL, and easy. And best of all, SILENT!
Also- you only bring the amount of fuel you need. If you already do that- just disregard. But it is worth the small effort to figure it out if you don't know already - but make sure you use a windscreen.


Matthew Elam
(slashpastor) - F

Locale: Colorado now!!!
Ooohh the Hottness... on 02/27/2008 19:48:23 MST Print View

Yeah... windscreen... learned that one the hard way.

Strike, poof, fizzle,... Strike, poof, fizzle,... grabbed a rock! Strike, poof, fizzle,... Strike, poof, fizzle,...

Oh grab the jerky already!

Yeah... Then I discovered the Caldera Cone! Whew.

Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
tea.... on 03/01/2008 08:25:19 MST Print View

here is an article I wrote some time ago on the subject of tea....

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(stewby15) - F
Tea Straw on 03/01/2008 09:10:52 MST Print View


Edited by stewby15 on 03/09/2014 16:26:43 MDT.

Denis Hazlewood
(redleader) - MLife

Locale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul
Re: matthew re:Hot tea drinkers HELP on 03/04/2008 21:30:31 MST Print View

My favorite is Darjeeling with dried Jasmine blossoms. Think I'll go brew a cupa right now.

Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
Re: Re: matthew re:Hot tea drinkers HELP on 03/09/2008 17:35:34 MDT Print View

Artisan Tea

At home we often have a cup of Artisan Tea after dinner. These bloom beautifully and this particular one is Green Tea with Jasmine flowers.

On the trail I often take the mini Dragon's Tears (Jasmine tea).

Matthew Elam
(slashpastor) - F

Locale: Colorado now!!!
Wow! on 03/09/2008 18:58:43 MDT Print View

Wow! I think that is way too pretty to drink! But hey! I'll try anything once.


Christopher Chupka

Locale: NTX
Earl Grey on 03/09/2008 20:40:03 MDT Print View

On the Earl for me with skim milk and half a teaspoon of sugar please. Actually the Lipton orange pekoe is my favorite. But I never take it on the trail 'cause tea with creamer is just awful.

Edited by FatTexan on 03/09/2008 20:41:23 MDT.

Joseph Reeves

Locale: Southeast Alaska
Tea matters on 03/09/2008 21:14:27 MDT Print View

We switched to tea a couple of years ago for long distances (kayaking) to save volume associated with coffee and all of its accouterments. Now its all tea, all the time. We started with the tea ball in a larger container (making tea for two) and have now settled on loose tea in our own mugs. The tea leaves stay in the bottom of the mug with the right tea; that is long leaf. We store the tea in two freezer bags: Persian and English Breakfast. A level spork full will provide enough for breakfast -- two mugs using the same leaves. Our 25 day supply doesn't fill a pint baggie. The same holds for hiking. This is a photograph from this weekend. Or, look here if it does not load. morning's tea after a night on the beach

I just finished reading Shackleton's narrative of the farthest south trip where they ran out of tea on the return to the coast and dug around in the inbound camps to find the leaves they used on that part of the trip. They found the tea," invigorating".

Edited by Umnak on 03/09/2008 23:04:44 MDT.

Denis Hazlewood
(redleader) - MLife

Locale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul
Wildchild Hot tea drinkers HELP on 03/09/2008 23:42:30 MDT Print View

I can almost smell the jasmine, just looking at your photo. Beautiful!

Christopher Holden
(back2basics) - F - MLife

Locale: Southeast USA
filterthingamabob on 03/10/2008 04:25:18 MDT Print View

I bought this thing at the local tea/herb shop. It's a small hoop with a cloth sock on it. Put tea leaves in there, rest on edge of mug and let steep. After second cup (why only enjoy it once?), invert sock portion and sling toward the ground. Use a few ounces of water from platypus to rinse remaining leaves from cloth and squeeze out excess water. Toss in mesh pocket on backpack to dry.
Sometimes when I know work will take me on the road and away from home for extended periods, I'll take along my Jetboil PCS/Java Press. Works just as well for tea as it does coffee.

Denis Hazlewood
(redleader) - MLife

Locale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul
Re: filterthingamabob on 03/10/2008 13:14:24 MDT Print View

Us real ultra light backpackers don't got to carry no stinkin' tea-hoop-cloth-sock thingee. We just shuck a boot an' peel off a SmartWool. Adds a certain wilderness essense you just can't match any other way.

Rod Lawlor
(Rod_Lawlor) - MLife

Locale: Australia
Re: Re: filterthingamabob on 03/11/2008 02:51:27 MDT Print View

If'n youall is wearin' Smartwools, you ain't no rootin tootin ULWer.

We don't wear no stinkin' socks, and we strain our tea thru the holes in our shoes.

Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
teas on 03/11/2008 11:19:32 MDT Print View

these work really well...