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Title: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on May 27, 2009, 09:34:09 am
A place for tea lovers to discuss tea in all of it's yummy glory. And tea accessories. I don't think that it is possible to have a tea thread without discussing tea accessories.

We accept people at all levels of tea love, bagged or loose leaf.



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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Anju No. 469 on May 27, 2009, 09:37:37 am
Acceptance even if you only use Lagg's Green Tea?  :-\

Although to be honest I absolutely love Red Tea, it's just so terribly expensive here, along with all other teas.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on May 27, 2009, 09:40:18 am
The tea lovers were worried that we had totally co-opted the Coffee or Tea thread so we figured it made sense to start a Tea thread.

http://www.teavana.com/ Teavana's website A good place for those just trying loose leaf tea to go. There are many teas but it is not overwhelming.

http://www.teamerchants.com/Catalog/Default.aspx Tea Gschwender a good place for all tea lovers to go. Tons of teas and tea goodies. It can be a bit more overwhelming then Teavan because there are thousands of teas. It is a good place to go when you are ready to experiment a bit more.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on May 27, 2009, 09:41:05 am
Anju were do you live? I posted a couple of websites that sell loose leaf tea at pretty good prices.

I have never heard of Lagg's Green Tea
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Anju No. 469 on May 27, 2009, 09:42:13 am
I live in Mexico !
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on May 27, 2009, 09:44:00 am
http://www.republicoftea.com/?gclid=CKan_rv43JoCFQ-5FQodtExy3Q The Republic of Tea has reasonably good tea in bags. They have Red Teas and Green Teas. Price wise they are a bit more expensive then the loose leaf teas and they do not have the same variety. You can find Republic of Tea in stores like Whole Foods and World Market.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on May 27, 2009, 09:48:35 am
I live in Mexico !

Check and see if some of these stores ship to Mexico. Republic of Tea can be purchased through Amazon. It looks like Teavana is sold through Amazon as well. Adagio are suppose to be good but I have never had any of their tea. They are also available through Amazon.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: bkworm8it on May 27, 2009, 09:50:06 am
I love tea, just have a very hard time finding those I love. I mostly use loose leaf but like Stashes rose tea on occasions which is bagged.

My favorite is Pacific Sum from Special Teas Inc in Victoria BC.  Its a...you guessed it a black tea, actually its a Ceylon black tea, orange peel, rose blossoms, marigold, and vanilla pieces.  They had an Earl Grey Special that I got a very small amount to try when I ordered more Pacific Sun. It's Ceylon black tea, Oil of bergamot, jasmine, lemongrass, lemon peel. I like it a lot but can't really afford to pay for the product and the outrageous shipping from Canada  :-\.

 So had my mom take me to the new tea shop in Olympia for my birthday to see if I can find something closer to home.  I found and like Harney & Sons Paris tea.  Its a Flavored black tea.  Also Golden Moon Rose. Don't know the maker as it is bought by the ounce form the store. Its another Black tea with rose flavor and petals.  

She purchased some different teas so we went to her house and had a taste test. I didn't like any she bought but she did like the Paris tea.

I have two tea strainers but they are awkward to use. I'm thinking about getting one that looks like a little cup and sits inside your cup. They seem easier to fill.

My favorite is tea and Cinnamon bread for evening snack.

Prof, what teas do you like?

Theresam


Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: bkworm8it on May 27, 2009, 09:55:13 am
Acceptance even if you only use Lagg's Green Tea?  :-\

Although to be honest I absolutely love Red Tea, it's just so terribly expensive here, along with all other teas.

I don't think I've tried a Red Tea. Is it much different than green tea. I've tried several green teas and they just aren't my thing but did find one that I considered purchasing while at the tea shop. They had a sample that agreed with my taste buds.

theresam
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on May 27, 2009, 09:59:24 am
Red tea is not actually a tea. It is an herbal infusion. It comes from the Rooibos plant in South Africa. It is caffine free and proports to have 100 times the anti oxidants of green tea. It has an earth taste but is quite yummy. I drink about five different red teas. Red Team Ginger, Lemon, Chocolate, Capetown (hibiscus, rose, blue mallow, and marigold), and Jungle Fire (cinnamon, nutmeg). Good stuff. Especially for people who want something hot to drink at night but don't want the caffeine.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: bkworm8it on May 27, 2009, 10:04:51 am
Red tea is not actually a tea. It is an herbal infusion. It comes from the Rooibos plant in South Africa. It is caffine free and proports to have 100 times the anti oxidants of green tea. It has an earth taste but is quite yummy. I drink about five different red teas. Red Team Ginger, Lemon, Chocolate, Capetown (hibiscus, rose, blue mallow, and marigold), and Jungle Fire (cinnamon, nutmeg). Good stuff. Especially for people who want something hot to drink at night but don't want the caffeine.

Thanks Prof, the capetown sounds like something I'd like. For some reason caffeine from tea doesn't bother me. It's the only caffeine drink I can have that doesn't give me a headache.

theresam



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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on May 27, 2009, 10:12:00 am
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gf?url=search-alias%3Dgourmet&field-keywords=teavana+tea&x=0&y=0 This is what I get when I type in Teavana Tea at Amazon search

I love tea, just have a very hard time finding those I love. I mostly use loose leaf but like Stashes rose tea on occasions which is bagged.

My favorite is Pacific Sum from Special Teas Inc in Victoria BC.  Its a...you guessed it a black tea, actually its a Ceylon black tea, orange peel, rose blossoms, marigold, and vanilla pieces.  They had an Earl Grey Special that I got a very small amount to try when I ordered more Pacific Sun. It's Ceylon black tea, Oil of bergamot, jasmine, lemongrass, lemon peel. I like it a lot but can't really afford to pay for the product and the outrageous shipping from Canada  :-\.

 So had my mom take me to the new tea shop in Olympia for my birthday to see if I can find something closer to home.  I found and like Harney & Sons Paris tea.  Its a Flavored black tea.  Also Golden Moon Rose. Don't know the maker as it is bought by the ounce form the store. Its another Black tea with rose flavor and petals.   

She purchased some different teas so we went to her house and had a taste test. I didn't like any she bought but she did like the Paris tea.

I have two tea strainers but they are awkward to use. I'm thinking about getting one that looks like a little cup and sits inside your cup. They seem easier to fill.

My favorite is tea and Cinnamon bread for evening snack.

Prof, what teas do you like?

Theresam




Where do you live? Teavana has stores across the US. Also there are some great internet based tea stores. I linked my favorites in an earlier post.

It sounds like you are thinking about an infuser basket. Those work great. Zarafina makes a tea machine that works well. It is on sale on Amazon right now and can be found at Tuesday Morning for even less then the price on Amazon.

I have something like 40 loose leaf teas. I am a bit addicted.

All of my current favorites come from Tea Gschwender. Some can be found at other stores but some of the blends are Gschwedner only. My favorites (ie the ones I refill)

Green:

Bancha
Sencha
Green Tea Ginger
Jasmine Pearls (Very infrequently purchased because they are expensive)

Oolongs:

Formosa Fancy Oolong Ming Xing
Bossa Nova (Oolong with Vanilla, a must have)
Sumatra Oolong Barison

Darjeelings:

Margaret's Hope
Avongrove

Black Tea:

Earl Grey Imperior
Anna's

Black/Green Blend:

Arabian Night

Reds:

Lemon
Capetown
Chocolate
Jungle Fire
Ginger
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on May 27, 2009, 10:12:45 am
Thanks Prof, the capetown sounds like something I'd like. For some reason caffeine from tea doesn't bother me. It's the only caffeine drink I can have that doesn't give me a headache.

theresam

Tea tends to have less caffeine then coffee and soda. Green teas tend to have less caffeine then black teas.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Sanveann on May 27, 2009, 10:14:57 am
We're not very fancy here ... we mostly drink PG Tips :)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on May 27, 2009, 10:18:41 am
We're not very fancy here ... we mostly drink PG Tips :)

PG Tips?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on May 27, 2009, 10:33:50 am
I mostly drink black teas in various varieties. But I also like green tea. Rooibos is ok, I have some but it's not my favorite. Not really my cup of tea  :D I have a lovely Persian loose leaf that I buy at the local Persian market, it does have bergamot oil in it. I find it interesting that I love it, but I have hated every Earl Grey I've ever tried. I've mostly bought Republic of Tea. I love the Ginger Peach, Vanilla Almond and Blackberry Sage and they have some very nice green teas.

I'm very disappointed in most attempts at chai I've found packaged in dried form although the concentrates are ok. I need to practice more on the stove top steeping my own concentrates since I love chai lattes.  

Forgot to add that we get some very nice green teas at the local Asian market but I leave that decision up to my daughter since she is the one knowledgeable in that area.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on May 27, 2009, 10:38:49 am
For those new to the tea discussions....Crash knows her tea.  She has not steered me wrong yet and totally converted me from the occasional cup of bag tea to obsessing about loose tea, teavana, and the zarafina teamaker.  I love to hear about everybody's favorite teas...my current favorite is mixing Teavana's Emerald Bamboo Forest (white tea), with Blueberry Bliss (Rooibos Tea). I'm enjoying a cup right now.  Looking forward to hearing about everybody's favorites and to finding new loose tea converts.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on May 27, 2009, 10:49:33 am
I mostly drink black teas in various varieties. But I also like green tea. Rooibos is ok, I have some but it's not my favorite. Not really my cup of tea  :D I have a lovely Persian loose leaf that I buy at the local Persian market, it does have bergamot oil in it. I find it interesting that I love it, but I have hated every Earl Grey I've ever tried. I've mostly bought Republic of Tea. I love the Ginger Peach, Vanilla Almond and Blackberry Sage and they have some very nice green teas.

I'm very disappointed in most attempts at chai I've found packaged in dried form although the concentrates are ok. I need to practice more on the stove top steeping my own concentrates since I love chai lattes. 

Forgot to add that we get some very nice green teas at the local Asian market but I leave that decision up to my daughter since she is the one knowledgeable in that area.

I started with the Republic of Tea and moved out to Teavana. I found that the Teavana teas were just as good, if not a bit better, and less expensive. The three that you mentioned were three of my favorites. Very yummy and distinctive.

I love the idea of buying teas at specialty markets. I have not found any of those were I live. The Persian tea you mentioned sounds really good.

A suggestion on the Chai making. Try one of those Italaian espresso machines. You know the silver ones that you use on the stove top? I use that to make Yerba Matte lattes and love them. I think the way the water is forced through the filter leads to more flavor concentration. No idea, it is a guess.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Anju No. 469 on May 27, 2009, 11:04:02 am
Check and see if some of these stores ship to Mexico. Republic of Tea can be purchased through Amazon. It looks like Teavana is sold through Amazon as well. Adagio are suppose to be good but I have never had any of their tea. They are also available through Amazon.

You would not believe how horrible the duty is!  Usually, at a minimum, the cost of the item if not double!  I and my friends ten to stock up when taking trips NOB by vehicle, my current "mule" is loaded so will have to wait until next trip.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on May 27, 2009, 11:05:58 am
I have one of those, I can't remember what it's called anymore though. I think my main problem is getting the proportions right for my taste. The boxed chai tends to be black tea with a little spice, I like mine in the north Indian style and much stronger flavor more spices less actual tea.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: bkworm8it on May 27, 2009, 11:07:38 am
Tea tends to have less caffeine then coffee and soda. Green teas tend to have less caffeine then black teas.

That must be why I like black tea LOL. Got to get caffeine where I can.

I live in Tacoma, WA. So Victoria isn't really too far from me. But a faerie ride would cost way more than the shipping LOL.

There is a Tuesday Mornings near me. I'll check them out next time I'm near the store.  The tea shop we were at stated that we needed different infuser cups for different flavors as the flavor stays in the infuser even after washing. Have you used one? is this true?  I know that you don't want to use a coffee maker that has been used for coffee to make hot water as it keeps the coffee taste, but didn't know that teas did this as well.

That's a lot of teas. I'm lucky to find 3-4 that I even like. Though I do like Oolong. Forgot to check the tea shop we were at for pricing as they are usually expensive.

I'll check out the websites you listed.

thanks

Theresam
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on May 27, 2009, 11:11:01 am
I meant to post this in the other thread and never got around to it. As much as I love the Zarafina my only complaint is that it only makes 2 cups at a time and that the tea pot doesn't hold the heat for very long. I've been coveting a cast iron Japanese tea pot for awhile now but haven't bought one. I'd like to be able to make at least 4-6 cups of tea at a time because I rarely drink tea alone. My daughter always drinks with me and we often want more than one cup.

I hadn't seen the Zo hot water dispensers before and now I want one of those too.  :o
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on May 27, 2009, 11:14:48 am
 The tea shop we were at stated that we needed different infuser cups for different flavors as the flavor stays in the infuser even after washing. Have you used one? is this true?  I know that you don't want to use a coffee maker that has been used for coffee to make hot water as it keeps the coffee taste, but didn't know that teas did this as well.



I've noticed that if I'm lazy about cleaning out the infuser basket in my Zarafina it can keep the smell of the tea, the vanilla almond has been notorious for this at my house. I have used vinegar to soak it in for cleaning, I'm doing it anyway to get off the tea stains and it helps deodorize. It's not a problem except when I get lazy though. I can't imagine having a different infuser for every flavor but I can see reserving one for white tea and maybe even green if you drink black tea a lot.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on May 27, 2009, 11:21:16 am
I have one of those, I can't remember what it's called anymore though. I think my main problem is getting the proportions right for my taste. The boxed chai tends to be black tea with a little spice, I like mine in the north Indian style and much stronger flavor more spices less actual tea.

It is more of an art then anything. I put in one teaspoon for each 6 ounces I am making. I get my Chai through Tea Gschwender and enjoy it. There is plenty of spice to it for me.

You would not believe how horrible the duty is!  Usually, at a minimum, the cost of the item if not double!  I and my friends ten to stock up when taking trips NOB by vehicle, my current "mule" is loaded so will have to wait until next trip.

Gotcha. Teavana has stores in Mexico. Check their website. I have no idea how close they are to you. But if they have stores in Mexico, you might be able to order from them without having to pay the duty. Just a thought.

That must be why I like black tea LOL. Got to get caffeine where I can.

I live in Tacoma, WA. So Victoria isn't really too far from me. But a faerie ride would cost way more than the shipping LOL.

There is a Tuesday Mornings near me. I'll check them out next time I'm near the store.  The tea shop we were at stated that we needed different infuser cups for different flavors as the flavor stays in the infuser even after washing. Have you used one? is this true?  I know that you don't want to use a coffee maker that has been used for coffee to make hot water as it keeps the coffee taste, but didn't know that teas did this as well.

That's a lot of teas. I'm lucky to find 3-4 that I even like. Though I do like Oolong. Forgot to check the tea shop we were at for pricing as they are usually expensive.

I'll check out the websites you listed.

thanks

Theresam

I use one infuser for all of my teas. I guess I am not picky enough to worry about the flavor leeching. I can see where it would be more of a problem with White teas because they are pretty delicate in flavor. The Oolongs are a bit more pricey but ohh so good. The Bossa Nova is actually not all that badly priced.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: tessa on May 27, 2009, 11:42:09 am
I'm just a plain Lipton Tea girl    I use a Mr Coffee with 5 tea bags and 10 cups of water, and I'm good till lunch.  (When I do drink coffee it's Dunkin Donuts)

Tessa
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Sweety18 on May 27, 2009, 11:44:12 am
I love tea, I drink at least one cup a day (religiously) and then some days two or three.




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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on May 27, 2009, 11:54:04 am
I'm just a plain Lipton Tea girl    I use a Mr Coffee with 5 tea bags and 10 cups of water, and I'm good till lunch.  (When I do drink coffee it's Dunkin Donuts)

Tessa

A good place to start. There are sooooo many tea adventures waiting for you when you decide you want to branch out a bit.

Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on May 27, 2009, 11:55:04 am
I love tea, I drink at least one cup a day (religiously) and then some days two or three.
What type? Do share with the group.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on May 27, 2009, 02:07:15 pm
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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on May 27, 2009, 02:30:22 pm
You guys are absolutely the worst enablers LOL

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: VictoriaP on May 27, 2009, 02:40:34 pm
LOL--Lipton is my "daily" tea.  It's what I grew up on & I'm a girl of habit.  **ducks head in shame**

I love Earl Grey but have a mild allergy to the bergamot, so it doesn't work well for my all day drinking habit.  I often use Teavana Rooibos teas for the evenings--chai, orange + vanilla, or peach + blueberry bliss (which is an EXCELLENT iced tea...I think I'll go pull out the big infuser.....).

Theresa, there's a Teavana in Bellevue Square.  I don't think they have one further down, but if you ever make it up to the Eastside, it's a terrific place to stop.  There's also British Pantry in Redmond (lots of UK products, plus a little pub), and I believe there's still a tea shop in Issaquah's Gilman Village as well.  Hubby is a Yorkshire Gold drinker from time he spent in England, and those are the two places we tend to pick it up.



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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Anju No. 469 on May 27, 2009, 03:23:58 pm
Thanks Prof - Teavana is in Mexico City and Acapulco, a little ways from us but I'll check out the possibility of ordering from them.

The things you learn on kboards.com  ;)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: bkworm8it on May 27, 2009, 03:40:07 pm
LOL--Lipton is my "daily" tea.  It's what I grew up on & I'm a girl of habit.  **ducks head in shame**

Theresa, there's a Teavana in Bellevue Square.  I don't think they have one further down, but if you ever make it up to the Eastside, it's a terrific place to stop.  There's also British Pantry in Redmond (lots of UK products, plus a little pub), and I believe there's still a tea shop in Issaquah's Gilman Village as well.  Hubby is a Yorkshire Gold drinker from time he spent in England, and those are the two places we tend to pick it up.

Thanks VictoriaP, maybe I can talk my mom into a visit to Bellevue. I love Bellevue square but since I moved to the south end of WA I haven't made it back up that way, it's been about 8 years!

I also drink lipton,,,, or at least until I started branching out into other teas. It's part of the reason I like mostly black teas and Orange Pekoe.

Anyone take theirs with Milk, cream, or soy?

theresam
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on May 27, 2009, 03:59:41 pm
Nope. I take mine straight. Milk and cream prevent the anti-oxidants from absorbing so it is best not to use mile or cream in your green or red teas.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: VictoriaP on May 27, 2009, 04:07:06 pm
Milk here in black tea; also in the rooibos chai.  The other red teas I can take with or without milk.

Just dug around in the pantry and found a Teavana Rooibos Peach + Herbal Strawberry/Kiwi blend that I'd picked up just for iced tea after sampling it in the Bellevue store.  Brewing up a second container of it now as I know the first pitcher will be gone quickly!  Unfortunately there's not a lot of leaf left, so I either need to put the Kindle & laptop down to go shopping.....or order it online.  LOL

Has anyone tried their rock sugar?  http://www.teavana.com/Tea-Products/Rock-Sugar-Honey/German-Rock-Cane-Sugar-1-lb.axd (http://www.teavana.com/Tea-Products/Rock-Sugar-Honey/German-Rock-Cane-Sugar-1-lb.axd)  I've often wondered if there's any real advantage to using that over the plain white stuff, especially when brewing iced tea.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on May 27, 2009, 04:09:24 pm
I only use milk when I'm drink masala chai. As for sugar, when I do use it I use honey in hot tea and homemade simple syrup in iced. I just keep it in a canning jar in the fridge.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on May 27, 2009, 05:00:25 pm
I don't use sugar or milk but I have wondered about the rock sugar they sell at Teavana.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Sanveann on May 27, 2009, 05:15:12 pm
PG Tips?

It's an English brand. My DH's father is from England originally, and they're all MAJOR tea drinkers! I'd never heard of PG Tips before I met DH, but it's all he'll drink.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on May 27, 2009, 05:16:01 pm
I think I saw PG Tips brand at World Market yesterday.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: bkworm8it on May 27, 2009, 07:28:56 pm
Good to know about not putting milk/cream in red or green teas.

I actually only use cream when I'm out to tea. I love going to places for 'High tea'. I enjoy all the goodies and the teas. Its pretty much the only time I allow myself milk or cream in my tea. Every few years I'm able to talk my mom or sister into a 'tea party'  ;D.

Hadn't thought about sugar. I've always used the plain white sugar. I usually put the sugar in then the infuser then pour boiling water over it and steep.  I keep trying to make iced tea in those glass tea makers you get from the store, but have yet to figure out how many bags and do I sugar when making or drinking.  ::) ??? My last container broke and the new one leaks. Maybe I wasn't meant to drink iced tea LOL.

theresam
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: RavenclawPrefect on May 27, 2009, 08:16:49 pm
I am not a huge tea drinker, before getting on this board, Bengal Spice was about as adventurous as I would get in tea.

I visited Teavana last week and now have samurai chai mate/white avurvedic chai mix and Rooibos sweet amore.   I usually alternate between the two of them but have to admit, I like the samurai mix better.  I don't know if I am making the Rooibos wrong or what.    1.5 teaspoons for 5-6 min gave me flavored water.  I added more tea the next time and it was too strong.  I have settled into just under 2 teaspoons and it is much better.  The Samurai mix is just a light but spicy tea that I really like.  I like it when it goes cold in my cup too.

Husband drinks cinnamon or Bengal Spice tea in the winter and iced tea (Lipton..brewed) pretty much year round.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MonaSW on May 27, 2009, 08:17:07 pm
I adore Spice Traders and Teas - their website is a little primitive, but their tea rocks. I've had several of their teas including Earl Grey, Irish Breakfast, Pirate Chai, Raspberry and Winter Storm. http://www.spicetradersteas.com/

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Solarraven on May 27, 2009, 08:20:17 pm
I'm new to the tea thread and I like many different teas I have black, green,silver and a load of herbals on hand some display teas
but one of the highlights of my Tea life was when we lived in San Bruno Ca ( near San Francisco ) in a house built in 1907  that was fenced on the sides with a multitude of Camellias . The neighbor "Queen" across the street who was around 90 plus and had been born in the house she lived in told me that when she was a little girl, Mr. Chang  ( I think he was the cook) used to make tea from the bushes which he had planted .
So I gave it a shot and managed to come up with a pretty passable oolong.   We moved about eleven years ago and alas  the new residents have removed all the plants since then.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MonaSW on May 27, 2009, 08:23:17 pm
We moved about eleven years ago and alas  the new residents have removed all the plants since then.

What a crime, that's one of the things I dislike when someone moves into a house with lovely established plants like that.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on May 27, 2009, 08:37:53 pm
oooh ...what's that?

It's a hot water dispenser. It has 4 temps it can be set to maintain.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Sweety18 on May 27, 2009, 08:47:58 pm
What type? Do share with the group.

I don't know, I'll have to check.  It comes in tea-bags, nothing fancy.  Also forgot to mention, I also drink green tea once in a while, very good for the digestive system.



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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on May 27, 2009, 09:03:36 pm
Has anyone tried their rock sugar?  http://www.teavana.com/Tea-Products/Rock-Sugar-Honey/German-Rock-Cane-Sugar-1-lb.axd (http://www.teavana.com/Tea-Products/Rock-Sugar-Honey/German-Rock-Cane-Sugar-1-lb.axd)  I've often wondered if there's any real advantage to using that over the plain white stuff, especially when brewing iced tea.

I bought some of Teavana's rock sugar the last time I ordered tea.  It is good; I don't like the 'edge' white sugar gives to my tea so I don't use it.  I do like the rock sugar, and I've found that I've been able to cut back on the amount of sugar I use with the rock sugar.  It adds a very slight honey flavor, and I would say that it tastes mellow, with a richness like brown sugar.  Not molasses-y, but it is to honey what brown sugar is to white, if that makes sense.

FYI: I added rock sugar to my iced tea, and I noticed that it left small brown floaties in the tea.  I like my iced tea to be perfectly clear, so the next time I make it, I'll strain it after I've sweetened it.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Angela on May 27, 2009, 10:37:12 pm
Thanks Prof - Teavana is in Mexico City and Acapulco, a little ways from us but I'll check out the possibility of ordering from them.

The things you learn on kboards.com  ;)

Dona, I would be more than happy to send you some teas.  :)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on May 28, 2009, 06:09:57 am
I would love to plant tea plants. I am going to have to look into that. Prof Crash's homemade tea. How cool would that be?

For the bag tea drinkers, I hope that you are inspired to try something new. Loose leaf is not that difficult to make and I think you will be surprised at how much a difference that it makes. If not loose leaf, there are some really good bagged teas out there, like Republic of Tea, with a decent variety that I think people would enjoy.

The most depressing tea moment of my life came when travelling in Egypt. The Egyptians have a great tea culture that I was excited to experience. Every where we went, they served Lipton. It was so depressing. Good thing I brought along my own stash of teas and tea filters so I could make my own tea. (sigh)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on May 28, 2009, 07:31:28 am
I"m trying to figure out what my tea flavor of the day will be
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on May 28, 2009, 07:44:43 am
I have already had a pot of Rooibos Jungle Fire and am now having a pot of Darjeeling Lingia (one of the award contending teas from Gschwender).

I am back to 25 loose leaf teas at the office so my process starts with "Red, Black, Oolong, or Green." If black "Black or Darjeeling" Then it comes down to eeny meeny miney mo.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on May 28, 2009, 07:50:53 am
I have to try oolong again but somebody here said oolongs tasted like feet...then I had a cup and could only think about feet and couldn't finish it.  I need to get over this!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on May 28, 2009, 07:57:36 am
Yes you do. I have never had an Oolong that tastes like feet. I have three Oolongs that are on my must reorder list. They are all very yummy and do not taste like feet. One tastes like vanilla, so maybe it tastes like the foot of someone who washes with a vanilla scented soap?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on May 28, 2009, 08:59:49 am
And now I am drinking a pot of Arabian Nights. A nice green/black blend with sunflower, jasmine, and rose blossoms.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: bkworm8it on May 28, 2009, 09:32:44 am
mmmm Oolong......

Arabian Nights sounds good.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Debra Purdy Kong on May 28, 2009, 12:27:32 pm
I'm happy to have found this thread because I'm a tea drinker from way back. About three weeks ago, I was given a cup of lavender/peppermint tea at a spa. I didn't think I'd like it because the combination sounded strange, but it was absolutely delicious. Very soothing. The spa makes their own blends, so I'm not sure it's available elsewhere, but if you do find it, give this blend a try.

Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on May 28, 2009, 01:40:18 pm
I'm happy to have found this thread because I'm a tea drinker from way back. About three weeks ago, I was given a cup of lavender/peppermint tea at a spa. I didn't think I'd like it because the combination sounded strange, but it was absolutely delicious. Very soothing. The spa makes their own blends, so I'm not sure it's available elsewhere, but if you do find it, give this blend a try.


Sounds delicious!  Good spa's always have good teas! 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on May 28, 2009, 01:43:58 pm
I'm happy to have found this thread because I'm a tea drinker from way back. About three weeks ago, I was given a cup of lavender/peppermint tea at a spa. I didn't think I'd like it because the combination sounded strange, but it was absolutely delicious. Very soothing. The spa makes their own blends, so I'm not sure it's available elsewhere, but if you do find it, give this blend a try.

Sounds good. You could try to buy a lavender and peppermint tea and do some experimentation. Or ask them how they blend it. I am sure they wouldn't mind sharing it with a customer.

What other teas do yu drink? Where do you shop? What accessories do you have? Do share.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on May 28, 2009, 02:31:20 pm
YAY!  Hi gang.  Happy to have found the thread, I was thinking the other (coffee/tea) thread had gotten slow lately.  Thanks for letting me know there's a new thread, Crash!

I have just ordered my THIRD Zarafina and I'm blaming Crash AND Cowgirl.  I love the one I got for my office so I am taking the one I got for my DD for Christmas and using it at home.  This third one will be the Christmas gift.  She'll love it.

Someone else mentioned (Cowgirl?) that the tea cools much faster and I did notice that.  Wonder why that is?  Does the machine wait until it's cool enough to drink before it dispenses?  

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on May 28, 2009, 02:36:05 pm
Songbird...I actually don't like hot tea or anything else too hot for that matter....so I always let it cool anyway.  I am usually brewing on white or herbal and the tea doesn't and isn't supposed to get too hot.  If you are brewing on the black tea setting I assume the tea would be hotter.   Does that make sense?   
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on May 28, 2009, 03:52:18 pm
My tea stays nice and hot. I drink the 16 ounces all at once though. I do think that it dispenses it closer to drinking temperature then when you make your with boiling water.



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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MonaSW on May 28, 2009, 06:14:25 pm
I haven't noticed that the tea from my Zarafina cools fast. But if the pot is cold, that might make a difference. You could always warm the pot before the tea dispenses.

If you drink bagged tea and want to try loose tea, try using tea filter bags. I use them a lot.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Debra Purdy Kong on May 28, 2009, 07:47:15 pm
Sounds good. You could try to buy a lavender and peppermint tea and do some experimentation. Or ask them how they blend it. I am sure they wouldn't mind sharing it with a customer.

What other teas do yu drink? Where do you shop? What accessories do you have? Do share.

Well, I'm a big green tea drinker and there are a lot of different types I've been trying but I haven't found a perfect one yet. There's a Chinese restaurant we go to that offers a lovely green tea that has a distinct smoky flavor. I don't know what it's called, but it's terrific.

Also, when I was at a writers' conference in Anchorage in Sept. 07, I wandered into a cute shop that sold all sorts of things and offered free cups of tea using their own blends. This blend had some orange and cinnamon in it, plus a few other spices and it was absolute heaven. I bought a bag to take home and it lasted about four months. It reminded me of the spices you find in those mixes for hot cider at Christmas time. There's a new tea shop in my area, so I'll see if I can find something similar.

And as for the lovely lavender/peppermint tea, well the spa sells their blends so I'm saving my money for my next trip!

 

Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Susan in VA on May 28, 2009, 09:00:01 pm

This seems like a good place to ask about identifying a particular tea.  Years ago, before I became a tea drinker, there was a tea shop that sold a black tea with blueish blossoms in it.  A friend always wanted it shipped as a special treat.  Supposedly it was the Best Tea Ever.  Now that I've come to appreciate tea, I've been wondering about that tea  --  but the store is no longer there (and was overseas anyway), and the friend is also not longer there, and I have no idea what the stuff was called.  (Maybe I never knew; I just nodded toward that particular bin and asked for a pound or so.)  Do blue blossoms sound familiar to anyone?  It was their best-selling tea, and also one of the most expensive ones they sold, if that helps.  And I think the leaves were relatively large.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Mike D. aka jmiked on May 28, 2009, 09:12:47 pm
I'm just a plain Lipton Tea girl    I use a Mr Coffee with 5 tea bags and 10 cups of water, and I'm good till lunch.  (When I do drink coffee it's Dunkin Donuts)

Tessa

When I make iced tea I use a Mr. Tea and Luzianne tea — one caffeine-free family size and one caffeine family size in the hopper.

I've not been drinking much hot tea since I had to move out of my house to have some renovations done. Yet another reason for getting back in soon!

Mike
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MonaSW on May 28, 2009, 09:34:40 pm
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Harvey, you crack me up! ;)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on May 28, 2009, 09:38:40 pm
mmmnnnnn Luzianne the Southern classic iced tea
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on May 29, 2009, 05:04:24 am
Songbird...I actually don't like hot tea or anything else too hot for that matter....so I always let it cool anyway.  I am usually brewing on white or herbal and the tea doesn't and isn't supposed to get too hot.  If you are brewing on the black tea setting I assume the tea would be hotter.   Does that make sense?   

It does make sense.  I also prefer it to have cooled a bit before I drink it, so this is not a negative in my book.  The teas I've been drinking for the last few days are Rooibos, so I've been using the Herbal setting.

My tea stays nice and hot. I drink the 16 ounces all at once though. I do think that it dispenses it closer to drinking temperature then when you make your with boiling water.

See, that's what I think too.  That it's closer to drinking temp because it keeps the water at perfect brewing temp. 

It also could be because I get distracted (LOOK!  A butterfly!) and it may sit there longer because I don't have my timer going off saying "HEY YOU, the TEA is done!"

LOL on whoever added the three tea maker pictures to my thread!  Just call me Songbird-Three-Teas (a shout out to Monty Python fans).
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on May 29, 2009, 06:01:18 am
This seems like a good place to ask about identifying a particular tea.  Years ago, before I became a tea drinker, there was a tea shop that sold a black tea with blueish blossoms in it.  A friend always wanted it shipped as a special treat.  Supposedly it was the Best Tea Ever.  Now that I've come to appreciate tea, I've been wondering about that tea  --  but the store is no longer there (and was overseas anyway), and the friend is also not longer there, and I have no idea what the stuff was called.  (Maybe I never knew; I just nodded toward that particular bin and asked for a pound or so.)  Do blue blossoms sound familiar to anyone?  It was their best-selling tea, and also one of the most expensive ones they sold, if that helps.  And I think the leaves were relatively large.

My guess is that the flower is blue mallow. Many of the teas that I drink include blue mallow. I don't have any tea that has only blue mallow. If the leaves were large and it was expensive my guess would be that it was a first pick tea. The initial production of the tea plant in season is suppose to be the best. The leaves are carefully hand picked to prevent bruising so they are pretty expensive. I don't know of too many pure black teas that are first picks, those are normally Darjeelings, Assams, or Oolongs. This is based on my experience tea shopping only.



Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Susan in VA on May 29, 2009, 06:05:05 am

Thanks!  I'll look for an Assam that contains blue mallow...  I'm curious why people thought it was so special.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on May 29, 2009, 06:10:21 am
http://www.teamerchants.com/Catalog/SearchResultsView.aspx?SearchTerm=blue+mallow

These are the results at Gschwender when I did a search for blue mallow.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on May 29, 2009, 06:16:09 am
http://www.teamerchants.com/Catalog/SearchResultsView.aspx?SearchTerm=blue+mallow

These are the results at Gschwender when I did a search for blue mallow.
You are like our very own Tea Sommelier
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Susan in VA on May 29, 2009, 06:18:41 am
You beat me to it.  I'm still in the middle of my first morning cup, not awake enough to search yet <insert smiley with zzz's over it>

The only one of those that looks halfway right (with black tea!) is the blueberry yoghurt one, but the flavor description is completely different....  it was described to me as something that tastes like a tropical vacation.  Whatever that means.  To me yoghurt and blueberries don't suggest the tropics.  Anyway, there's a lot of other stuff in there as well, in the picture.  The one I recall had black tea and these blue blossoms, nothing else.  Definitely not a herbal.  I'll keep looking once I'm a bit more awake...  thanks for getting me started on the search!  If I find one I'll post about it.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on May 29, 2009, 06:20:37 am
None of them sound like what you are describing. Sorry. It could have been a store specific blend. I took a stroll through the Edmond's tea at Gschwender, they are the high end premium teas, and didn't find any with blue mallow.

Did the blue flower in it look like what you remember? It could be that I have misidentified the blue flower.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Solarraven on May 29, 2009, 12:29:24 pm
this discussion lead me to take a look and my tea stash  my fallback is Constant Comment, I have some Earl Grey but it is a bit too strongly bergamont flavored for my taste . Just starting on my second tin of Adagio brand Forest Berries black tea finished the Leo sample that came with it . Then I have Rishi silver needle and Jasmine pearls I have a couple of single serve Numi Display tea cones and a stack of different Tea posy display teas in different flavors  the Calendula jasmine was quite good the carnation was spicy. I just got some matcha  because I want to make green tea ice cream
The Herbal teas I have on hand are Roo Boos , wildberry zinger , Celestial Seasons sleepy time, I also still have some powdered chai  not so fond of it. I also use some herbs and flowers  in my garden  for teas particularly the hibiscus and lemon balm, Rose petals, strawberry leaves , sage and marjoram( for sore throats)as well and mint and lemon I have a tea tree and have used some of that in medicinal teas
when we lived in San Bruno I would get a Lindon tea  at the Mexican deli  but have not found that here. I have Jasmine and lavendar and mandarin trees to flavor tea from those
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on May 29, 2009, 12:59:55 pm
Solarraven: I tend to find traditional Earl Grey too strong myself. I am Drinking Earl Grey Imperior without any problems (Tea Gschwender) and Earl Grey Creamer (Teavana) without any problems. There are many variations on Earl Grey. Lady Grey is actually pretty yummy.

It sounds like you have an interesting collection of teas. The Rishi Silver Needle tea sounds good.



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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Susan in VA on May 29, 2009, 02:25:16 pm
None of them sound like what you are describing. Sorry. It could have been a store specific blend. I took a stroll through the Edmond's tea at Gschwender, they are the high end premium teas, and didn't find any with blue mallow.

Did the blue flower in it look like what you remember? It could be that I have misidentified the blue flower.

I think you got the right blue flower!  There can't be many that, when dried, retain that bright blue color.  Maybe a store-specific blend, I guess....  I haven't had a chance to look further because we lost power in this area for a few hours today, so scheduling (and therefore computer time) is a bit off today.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on May 29, 2009, 02:34:37 pm
Solarraven...sounds like you have a pretty good tea stash.  Do you dry the herbs and flowers from your garden before you put them in your tea...if so how do you do that? 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Carol Hanrahan on May 29, 2009, 02:49:40 pm
What a wonderful thread!  I love tea - esp the black teas.  My very favorite is Earl Grey Double Bergamot, which I have to order on amazon and it comes 6 boxes at a time, so it lasts me awhile.  There is a little British store down in San Clemente where I love to get Scottish breakfast tea and Yorkshire tea.
As far as accompaniments, I love to use my good china teapots - I have 3 that I routinely use, along with matching tea cups.  And I bought some old sterling teaspoons on ebay, quite reasonably, that i also use.  I guess it's my little morning routine, that I share with my two daughters.
Funny, they bring their girlfriends over and ask me to make them tea - I'll make them 2 or 3 pots full and they sit around and drink it!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Susan in VA on May 29, 2009, 02:57:37 pm
Funny, they bring their girlfriends over and ask me to make them tea - I'll make them 2 or 3 pots full and they sit around and drink it!

That sounds so cozy  --  how old are your daughters?  (wondering whether that's a habit I can encourage here...)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on May 29, 2009, 03:01:22 pm
What a wonderful thread!  I love tea - esp the black teas.  My very favorite is Earl Grey Double Bergamot, which I have to order on amazon and it comes 6 boxes at a time, so it lasts me awhile.  There is a little British store down in San Clemente where I love to get Scottish breakfast tea and Yorkshire tea.
As far as accompaniments, I love to use my good china teapots - I have 3 that I routinely use, along with matching tea cups.  And I bought some old sterling teaspoons on ebay, quite reasonably, that i also use.  I guess it's my little morning routine, that I share with my two daughters.
Funny, they bring their girlfriends over and ask me to make them tea - I'll make them 2 or 3 pots full and they sit around and drink it!
It's the simple things like drinking tea in the mornings with you that your daughters will always remember.  I love that.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on May 29, 2009, 03:27:24 pm
I have 100.00 Amazon GC burning a hole in my pocket now and I can't figure out what to spend it on. I'm not buying tea from them and I really don't need anymore anyway. I've got over a dozen full jars and a at least that many small sample bags.

I'm tempted to get the hot water boiler/dispenser but that will just feed my desire for a new cast iron tea pot and more tea cup accessories LOL

Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Carol Hanrahan on May 29, 2009, 03:30:50 pm
One is s senior in high school, the other a sophomore.  The senior - usually I fix her tea in a travel mug and she grabs it on the way out the door, drinks it in class.  Her friends are the ones most likely to come over and sit around the kitchen table with tea.
My sophomore - I fix her tea and set it on the counter in the bathroom right before I get her up, so she goes in there and has it as she gets ready.
That's our hectic lives.  On weekends though, we are more likely to sit at breakfast and drink it together!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Susan in VA on May 29, 2009, 03:35:49 pm

That sounds nice.  I'm hoping we'll get there... mine's only six and I've told her she can try green tea anytime (thinking she's probably not ready for black, with the caffeine), but so far there's no interest at all.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Carol Hanrahan on May 29, 2009, 03:42:30 pm
I hate to admit it, but I made my daughters' tea a little sweet.... to encourage them. 
I don't think they started liking tea till they were in 7th or 8th grades.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on May 29, 2009, 03:43:29 pm
I have 100.00 Amazon GC burning a hole in my pocket now and I can't figure out what to spend it on. I'm not buying tea from them and I really don't need anymore anyway. I've got over a dozen full jars and a at least that many small sample bags.

I'm tempted to get the hot water boiler/dispenser but that will just feed my desire for a new cast iron tea pot and more tea cup accessories LOL



Far be it from me to suggest something other then tea but how about books? (grins) Or a Zarafina Tea Machine
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on May 29, 2009, 03:45:29 pm
What a wonderful thread!  I love tea - esp the black teas.  My very favorite is Earl Grey Double Bergamot, which I have to order on amazon and it comes 6 boxes at a time, so it lasts me awhile.  There is a little British store down in San Clemente where I love to get Scottish breakfast tea and Yorkshire tea.
As far as accompaniments, I love to use my good china teapots - I have 3 that I routinely use, along with matching tea cups.  And I bought some old sterling teaspoons on ebay, quite reasonably, that i also use.  I guess it's my little morning routine, that I share with my two daughters.
Funny, they bring their girlfriends over and ask me to make them tea - I'll make them 2 or 3 pots full and they sit around and drink it!

Welcome.

OK, I have to ask: Bagged tea or loose leaf?

It sounds like you are helping your daughters develop a health morning routine!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Carol Hanrahan on May 29, 2009, 03:49:28 pm
I have to confess, usually it's bagged.
Now I do like loose leaf, and I have purchased some silver tea strainers (I am REALLY bad about the antique English sterling stuff), but then the tea sometimes gets too strong and/or a little bitter towards the end of the teapot.  So that's why I go with the teabags, I can pop them out after so many minutes.  Into the compost container.  :)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on May 29, 2009, 03:52:10 pm
I have to confess, usually it's bagged.
Now I do like loose leaf, and I have purchased some silver tea strainers (I am REALLY bad about the antique English sterling stuff), but then the tea sometimes gets too strong and/or a little bitter towards the end of the teapot.  So that's why I go with the teabags, I can pop them out after so many minutes.  Into the compost container.  :)

Might I suggest a basket infuser. You can set it inside the tea pot and then pull it out at the right time. The tea does not taste bitter.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Carol Hanrahan on May 29, 2009, 03:54:21 pm
I know about those.  Can you really tell the difference between bagged and loose?  Also, about how much does a basket infuser hold?  I usually put at least 2 bags in a teapot, and sometimes three.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on May 29, 2009, 04:05:53 pm
Far be it from me to suggest something other then tea but how about books? (grins) Or a Zarafina Tea Machine

Yeah, I do have a tea book on one of my wishlists. I really don't "need" another Zarafina. I kinda wanted a bigger ticket new gadget to play with.



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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: KBoards Admin on May 29, 2009, 05:14:32 pm
Harvey, you crack me up! ;)
YAY!  Hi gang.  Happy to have found the thread, I was thinking the other (coffee/tea) thread had gotten slow lately.  Thanks for letting me know there's a new thread, Crash!

I have just ordered my THIRD Zarafina and I'm blaming Crash AND Cowgirl.  I love the one I got for my office so I am taking the one I got for my DD for Christmas and using it at home.  This third one will be the Christmas gift.  She'll love it.

Someone else mentioned (Cowgirl?) that the tea cools much faster and I did notice that.  Wonder why that is?  Does the machine wait until it's cool enough to drink before it dispenses? 

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31M%2Bg07o7oL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Zarafina-Maker-Suite-Ceramic-Serving/dp/B000HJNJNO%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB000HJNJNO)(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31M%2Bg07o7oL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Zarafina-Maker-Suite-Ceramic-Serving/dp/B000HJNJNO%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB000HJNJNO)(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31M%2Bg07o7oL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Zarafina-Maker-Suite-Ceramic-Serving/dp/B000HJNJNO%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB000HJNJNO)

I have to find ways to amuse myself as I do my morning rounds, adding links here and there!  :D
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on May 29, 2009, 05:26:47 pm
I know about those.  Can you really tell the difference between bagged and loose?  Also, about how much does a basket infuser hold?  I usually put at least 2 bags in a teapot, and sometimes three.

Check Tea Gschwender's web page. They have many sizes of infuser baskets. The other possibility is to use filters and pull the filter.

In my opinion, loose leaf tea tastes a great deal better then bagged tea. Loose leaf tea, especially the stuff from the better stores, is a higher quality leaf. Most of the tea in bagged teas is the tea deemed to be too broken or not good enough to sell as loose leaf. So you start with a better quality of tea.

As I understand it (and this is research from the net and tea sites) the loose leaf tea leaves retain more of the natural oils then the broken bits found in the bags. So you get more of the natural flavors and more of the stuff that is good for you from the loose leaf tea then from bags. Plus, loose leaf tends to be cheaper per cup because you are not paying for the packaging and you are buying in bulk.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on May 29, 2009, 10:14:37 pm
Crash...you converted me!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on May 31, 2009, 11:52:08 am
You guys are absolutely the worst enablers LOL

I now want

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41A2qUk9AUL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Zojirushi-CD-WBC40-4-Liter-Electric-Champagne/dp/B00114Z464%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB00114Z464)

ok I decided to order the hot water dispenser. I'm sure I'll still use my Zarafina but this will be nice too. I love that it's waiting for me hot at any moment I want tea.

I'm making some silver rain white tea for breakfast right now and have some sushi rice cooking in my Zo for lunch. Off to shop for a cast iron tea set.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on May 31, 2009, 01:27:45 pm
Today's flavor is... Garden Aria & Imperial Acai blueberry (50/50, white tea from Teavana).
Yesterday I was at Marshall's and found some Bombay Chai loose tea by The Boston Tea Company which I think makes Bentley tea.  It was 6.99 for almost 5 oz and came in a pretty good tin to store it in.   I was pleasantly surprised by how good it was!  You never know what you find at Marshalls or TJX.  They also had a citrus flavored Black tea by the same company that I may just have to go back to get.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Sienna_98 on May 31, 2009, 02:04:36 pm
I have an older version of the Zo electric kettle (hot water dispenser) that I use at work and I love it.  I have the 3 liter version (http://www.amazon.com/Zojirushi-CD-WBC30-Electric-3-Liter-Champagne/dp/B0011528S0%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB0011528S0) and go through about 5 - 6 liters a week.  I got really lucky on mine though, because I bought if off of craigslist from someone who had gotten hers as a Christmas present (this was probably May) and had no idea she was selling a $170 electric kettle for $15! :o

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/4136njUcndL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Zojirushi-CD-WBC30-Electric-3-Liter-Champagne/dp/B0011528S0%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB0011528S0)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on May 31, 2009, 02:07:33 pm
I have a hot water kettle on my wedding registry. The Zarafina works great at the office but I want to be able to have larger batches of tea at home so a Kettle would be nice.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on May 31, 2009, 02:15:45 pm
Wow 15 dollars, that is a steal! Congrats on that deal!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Chad Winters on May 31, 2009, 05:10:14 pm
man...that Zarafina is tempting

I bought several different kinds of Assams from TG......turns out they are just too bitter for me.

Has anyone ever had High Tea at The Empress Hotel in Victoria, BC? http://www.fairmont.com/empress/GuestServices/Restaurants/AfternoonTea.htm (http://www.fairmont.com/empress/GuestServices/Restaurants/AfternoonTea.htm)
My wife and I did that after our Alaska Cruise a few years and really loved it. I would love to find tea like they served there. I thought the Assams sounded simlar but definitely did not taste similar   :P

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The Empress Blend:
The Empress blend is a selection of seasonal, quality teas, created exclusively for The Fairmont Empress by the Metropolitan Tea Company. With components from Assam (thick malty and full bodied), Kenya (floral-like flavor and a golden coppery infusion), South India (superb fruity and sprightly flavor), Ceylon (airy, almost piquant flavor), and China (burgundy depth with light oaky notes), it is truly one of the finest blends in the world.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: KBoards Admin on May 31, 2009, 05:52:05 pm
My wife and I have had high tea at the Empress. Very enjoyable, and one of those things you "have to do" when visiting Victoria.

I love that whole inner harbour area in Victoria. We spent our anniversary there about five years ago.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on May 31, 2009, 06:24:51 pm
In Arizona they have high tea at the Phoenician Hotel...it's wonderful!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Lynn on May 31, 2009, 07:04:01 pm
I have enjoyed reading through this thread, I love tea but consider myself a novice ;D. For the most part I drink bagged red rose because that is what we had when I was growing up. A friend sent me some tea as a Christmas present I think in 2007. They are in bags but also in tight sealed tins. How long does tea last? I can smell the different additives (?). It looks like I have a mix of Rooibos blends and black blends.
I guess I'll just have to experiment with them about how long to steep. Or I suppose the sites you listed probably give suggestions for beginners like me!

Lynn L
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on May 31, 2009, 07:12:01 pm
Big difference between brewing Black teas and Rooibos...If you go to teavana's website it will tell you the time and temp to brew the different teas.  I'm no expert but In the past 6 months I've learned from the different websites. Profcrash is our resident expert and will probably be back on here tomorrow and she may have a few pointers for you.  Hang out here and you'll learn a lot about tea.  I'm liking tea so much that I'm drinking less and less diet coke...and I was an addict.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on May 31, 2009, 07:43:19 pm
man...that Zarafina is tempting

I bought several different kinds of Assams from TG......turns out they are just too bitter for me.

Has anyone ever had High Tea at The Empress Hotel in Victoria, BC? http://www.fairmont.com/empress/GuestServices/Restaurants/AfternoonTea.htm (http://www.fairmont.com/empress/GuestServices/Restaurants/AfternoonTea.htm)
My wife and I did that after our Alaska Cruise a few years and really loved it. I would love to find tea like they served there. I thought the Assams sounded simlar but definitely did not taste similar   :P

--------------------------
The Empress Blend:
The Empress blend is a selection of seasonal, quality teas, created exclusively for The Fairmont Empress by the Metropolitan Tea Company. With components from Assam (thick malty and full bodied), Kenya (floral-like flavor and a golden coppery infusion), South India (superb fruity and sprightly flavor), Ceylon (airy, almost piquant flavor), and China (burgundy depth with light oaky notes), it is truly one of the finest blends in the world.

You might call them and see if they sell the blend that they use. It sounds like they are using a black green blend (Chinese teas tend to be green) and they are clearly using many different blacks.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Aravis60 on May 31, 2009, 08:00:24 pm
I love tea and have been enjoying this thread as well. For Christmas, my mom got me a Primula gift set.
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51tQnnwGa9L._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Primula-Flowering-40-Ounce-Loose-Variety/dp/B001QXD53E%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB001QXD53E)
Watching the flower bloom in the teapot is fun! Does anyone else have one of these?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Chad Winters on May 31, 2009, 08:04:27 pm
You might call them and see if they sell the blend that they use. It sounds like they are using a black green blend (Chinese teas tend to be green) and they are clearly using many different blacks.
I don't understand black/green blends... Do you brew it like a black and "burn" the green tea?



(http://www.lduhtrp.net/image-3356897-10676870) (http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-3356897-10676870)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on May 31, 2009, 08:06:36 pm
I don't understand black/green blends... Do you brew it like a black and "burn" the green tea?

The specific blend will give you directions on how to make it, at least all of mine do. The ones I make are treated like a black tea with the green adding a hint of flavor to the tea.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 01, 2009, 06:23:12 am
I am starting the morning with a Rooibos Capetown from Gschwender. Rooibos with hibiscus blossoms, rose, and blue mallow blossoms, and marigold blossoms.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 01, 2009, 09:05:51 am
My Flavor of the day...Snow Geisha with Rooibos Tropica both from teavana!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on June 01, 2009, 09:41:23 am
Sounds like a Rooibos kind of day.  I'm having Rooibos Tropics from Adagio Teas, a tea from one of the sample sets I got.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 01, 2009, 09:48:41 am
My mid-morning tea was  Darjeeling Lingia. I am having a cup of Gemancha with my lunch (Sencha with toasted rice, yummy).
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: VictoriaP on June 01, 2009, 11:55:20 am
I love tea and have been enjoying this thread as well. For Christmas, my mom got me a Primula gift set.
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51tQnnwGa9L._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Primula-Flowering-40-Ounce-Loose-Variety/dp/B001QXD53E%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB001QXD53E)
Watching the flower bloom in the teapot is fun! Does anyone else have one of these?

THAT is seriously cool!  I have no idea if I'd like those teas, but now I want to see one "bloom". :)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 01, 2009, 12:10:19 pm
THAT is seriously cool!  I have no idea if I'd like those teas, but now I want to see one "bloom". :)

You can find them at World Market and I think Whole Foods. The are pretty common now. I use them when I have teas because they are pretty. hmmmmm Maybe I can use small clear tea pots with the pretty flowering teas as centerpieces at the wedding.....

My afternoon tea: Orange Blossom Oolong.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 01, 2009, 12:25:49 pm
I saw those tea flowers at World Market.  They did look pretty cool.  Love the idea of the flowering teas as centerpieces.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 01, 2009, 12:42:15 pm
OK I am trying the Pineapple Mango Black tea that came with the Gschwender Award Winning/Nominated tea set. It is actually good. I say this some surprise because I rarely like the fruity teas. When I put the tea into the infuser basket, you could see the dehydrated mango and pineapple. The flavors are nicely balanced and not over powering. I think I might like it better then the Orange Blossom Oolong.

hmmm how to convince the fiance that flowering tea pots would be a good centerpiece...
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Marine Mom on June 01, 2009, 01:27:37 pm
This seems like a good place to ask about identifying a particular tea.  Years ago, before I became a tea drinker, there was a tea shop that sold a black tea with blueish blossoms in it.  A friend always wanted it shipped as a special treat.  Supposedly it was the Best Tea Ever.  Now that I've come to appreciate tea, I've been wondering about that tea  --  but the store is no longer there (and was overseas anyway), and the friend is also not longer there, and I have no idea what the stuff was called.  (Maybe I never knew; I just nodded toward that particular bin and asked for a pound or so.)  Do blue blossoms sound familiar to anyone?  It was their best-selling tea, and also one of the most expensive ones they sold, if that helps.  And I think the leaves were relatively large.

Susan,
I have a tea by Twinings that has blue blossoms as you describe. It's called Lady Grey and is a counterpart to Earl Grey with bergamot, plus the addition of lemon and orange, with a sprinkling of cornflowers, about the color of the tin in the link below. It's pretty good, reminds me a bit of Constant Comment with the orange flavor.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51J27K4HDAL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Twinings-Lady-Grey-Loose-3-53-Ounce/dp/B000F4H5FO%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB000F4H5FO)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 01, 2009, 01:32:11 pm
Lady Grey is a good tea. I have enjoyed many a cup. It is one of the Earl Grey's that I can drink without eating something because it has less bergamot or the bergamot is better balanced by something in the tea. It is not a very expensive tea though.

Marine Mom: What other teas do you drink?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Carolyn Kephart on June 01, 2009, 01:55:39 pm
What a fun thread. :)

When I was in Japan last summer, the blistering heat made cold green tea a sublime pleasure; it was always readily available in bottles thanks to that country's ubiquitous vending machines. When I returned home I couldn't find the taste I wanted--plain. No citrus, no other flavors, just the tea, thanks. Then I discovered powered Kroger instant green tea, and life is wonderful. It tastes just like Kyoto.

Regarding high tea at the Victoria Empress, it was just too pricey for me when I visited long ago. I've given high teas, though, with all the trimmings--breads, cakes, scones with cream and jam, every bite homemade. Loose Twining's Darjeeling is the bev of choice at such times.

CK
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Marine Mom on June 01, 2009, 01:58:06 pm
Lady Grey is a good tea. I have enjoyed many a cup. It is one of the Earl Grey's that I can drink without eating something because it has less bergamot or the bergamot is better balanced by something in the tea. It is not a very expensive tea though.

Marine Mom: What other teas do you drink?

Oh, I have a few that I like. My current favorite (hot tea) is Twinings Prince of Wales--a black tea that has a nice richness to it.  In the winter I love a steaming pot of Lapsang Souchong. It will curl your hair but I love it! Real dark smoky flavor.
A recent discovery for me is Stash Premium Double Spice Chai Black Tea (http://www.amazon.com/Stash-Premium-Double-Spice-18-Count/dp/B000CQC064%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB000CQC064).

Also, I make a couple gallons of iced tea a day, sometimes adding some Earl Grey for interest, but usually just the gallon size Tetley Private Estate Iced Tea (http://www.amazon.com/Tetley-Private-Estate-1-Ounce-Units/dp/B000YTALSS%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB000YTALSS).
I sweeten it with Crystal Light tea to a ratio of 1 qt instant to 3 qts fresh brewed. I'm sure using instant sounds like sacrilege on this thread  :-[ but it gives just the right amount of half sweetness without clouding the tea---a challenge when making it in the quantities I do. Not very exotic, but it's great refreshment for little cost. And my kids and all their friends love it! All those antioxidants, and we stay away from the soda...
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on June 01, 2009, 02:27:20 pm
I have enjoyed reading through this thread, I love tea but consider myself a novice ;D. For the most part I drink bagged red rose because that is what we had when I was growing up. A friend sent me some tea as a Christmas present I think in 2007. They are in bags but also in tight sealed tins. How long does tea last? I can smell the different additives (?). It looks like I have a mix of Rooibos blends and black blends.
I guess I'll just have to experiment with them about how long to steep. Or I suppose the sites you listed probably give suggestions for beginners like me!

Lynn L

Lynn,
If you live somewhere near a Teavana location (http://www.teavana.com/shop.axd/StoreLocations), it is a great way to get started in tea.  You can go into the store and they take these huge tins from the wall and open them to let you smell and see the tea before you purchase.  They also usually have a couple of teas made so that you can taste one or two kinds, although they tend to blend two different flavors of tea together.  Even if you don't buy any loose tea, you can order just a cup to sip and try, but I find that they made the one I ordered too strong for my taste.  I want to go, now!   :D

Oh, and tea is supposed to last a year in a well sealed tin.  Time to get you some more tea!  ;)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 01, 2009, 02:50:35 pm
While I push the loose leaf tea (it tastes so good, and is so yummy, and is less expensive) what really matters is that people enjoy the tea that they have.

Tea is all about relaxing and feeling refreshed no matter what is going on at that moment.

Enjoy what you enjoy.

And then find a Teavana or other such tea store near you and be ready to be truly amazed at all the yummy varieties out there.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 01, 2009, 03:34:38 pm
While I push the loose leaf tea (it tastes so good, and is so yummy, and is less expensive) what really matters is that people enjoy the tea that they have.

Tea is all about relaxing and feeling refreshed no matter what is going on at that moment.

Enjoy what you enjoy.

And then find a Teavana or other such tea store near you and be ready to be truly amazed at all the yummy varieties out there.
You are right...I love the loose tea varieties but I also still love Fresh & Easy's pomegranate white tea bags.  I travel a lot and the bag teas as easy to pack!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Carolyn Kephart on June 01, 2009, 03:37:29 pm
Speaking of Teavana, there's one only too near me, and I go there mainly to sigh with frustrated desire over the teapots. It's always got the coolest clientele, and the staff's delightful.

CK
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 01, 2009, 04:20:17 pm
I always spend too much money when I go to teavana!!!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Lynn on June 01, 2009, 05:33:04 pm
There is a Teavana about an hour from me- may have to do that this next Thursday off. Would like to get the Zarafina too!
I noticed when looking at the Zarafina on Amazon, a Kindle 2 cover was listed in the Customers who bought this item also bought section. Maybe that is a sign I need to buy one!
Lynn L
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 01, 2009, 05:37:00 pm
If you have a Tuesday Morning store near you they had the Zarafina last week for $39....$10 cheaper than Amazon... 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Lynn on June 01, 2009, 05:48:14 pm
There is a Tuesday Morning in the same city as the Teavana store- guess a road trip is in the future!

Lynn L
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 01, 2009, 06:33:50 pm
The $39 price is amazing.  These were originally $149.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MonaSW on June 01, 2009, 06:42:19 pm
The $39 price is amazing.  These were originally $149.

I know. I bought mine when it was $149.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: koolmnbv on June 01, 2009, 08:09:33 pm
I was wondering if anyone has tried or heard of Wu-Long tea.

My mom ordered some online. She heard it's supposed to aid in weight loss, help with blood pressure etc. Just wanted to know if any one has had positive results with it etc.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 01, 2009, 08:15:53 pm
I have not heard of it. I tend not to buy into the hype on teas helping with weight loss. More likely then not if they do it is because people are drinking more water and that helps them stay full. I could be wrong, but that is my guess.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Debra Purdy Kong on June 01, 2009, 08:49:02 pm
I was wondering if anyone has tried or heard of Wu-Long tea.

My mom ordered some online. She heard it's supposed to aid in weight loss, help with blood pressure etc. Just wanted to know if any one has had positive results with it etc.

I've never heard of it. Does anyone know if there really is a tea that aids in weight loss?

Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MonaSW on June 01, 2009, 09:05:04 pm
I've never heard of it. Does anyone know if there really is a tea that aids in weight loss?

Don't know, I just drink what I like. This morning was Wild Sweet Orange by Tazo. Yum.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: VictoriaP on June 01, 2009, 09:30:43 pm
hmmm how to convince the fiance that flowering tea pots would be a good centerpiece...

Honey, I used to photograph weddings.  The fiance almost never has a say in what decorations are at the reception.  Heck, I never met a groom who cared! LOL

Now finding a decent price on that many clear glass teapots.......that could be an issue!  :D

I need to make a Teavana run tomorrow if I can swing it; I'm out of my favorites for iced tea.  The rooibos vanilla/orange mix isn't bad, but it's just not quite as good iced as it is hot, and it's just getting too hot outside to drink my usual amounts of hot tea.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 01, 2009, 09:40:41 pm
Last week the Zarafina was down to 41 dollars on Amazon.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 02, 2009, 06:02:59 am
Honey, I used to photograph weddings.  The fiance almost never has a say in what decorations are at the reception.  Heck, I never met a groom who cared! LOL

Now finding a decent price on that many clear glass teapots.......that could be an issue!  :D

I need to make a Teavana run tomorrow if I can swing it; I'm out of my favorites for iced tea.  The rooibos vanilla/orange mix isn't bad, but it's just not quite as good iced as it is hot, and it's just getting too hot outside to drink my usual amounts of hot tea.

LOL. He cares. Kind of. He said that it sounds great and go for it. I think it was "It will save money on flowers" that won him over. He suggested glass bowls instead of tea pots, I said I wanted tea pots. He said OK. So maybe he doesn't really care and is only worried with the price. (grins)

Target sells Bobum glass tea pots for about $15. We are going to have 11 tables. I figure three boxes of flowering tea things will cost about $30. No one is going to drink the tea so I can get slightly cheaper tea then I would drink.  So we have our centerpieces.

Life is good.

And I am brewing a pot of Roobois Lemon to have with my oatmeal.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on June 02, 2009, 06:29:19 am
LOL. He cares. Kind of. He said that it sounds great and go for it. I think it was "It will save money on flowers" that won him over. He suggested glass bowls instead of tea pots, I said I wanted tea pots. He said OK. So maybe he doesn't really care and is only worried with the price. (grins)

Target sells Bobum glass tea pots for about $15. We are going to have 11 tables. I figure three boxes of flowering tea things will cost about $30. No one is going to drink the tea so I can get slightly cheaper tea then I would drink.  So we have our centerpieces.

Life is good.

And I am brewing a pot of Roobois Lemon to have with my oatmeal.

Those will make beautiful centerpieces, Crash!

I stumbled into work this morning and decided I needed the caffiene of a black tea instead of a Rooibos, so am drinking the Assam Mangalam I got from TG.  So far every tea I've had tastes better since I got the Zarafina.  Thanks for talking me into that one, Cowgirl and Crash!

I stopped at Tuesday Morning over the weekend and was a little sad that I had spent $25 extra for the Zarafinas I've purchased, but I'm over that now! It's worth it, and I know my daughter will love hers too.  Now the only problem will be putting it away until Christmas (once it gets here), then remembering WHERE I put it when Christmas rolls around!  ;D
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 02, 2009, 06:29:30 am
Crash...That's a pretty cheap centerpiece if you go with the Target option.  WE'll need pictures of course!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 02, 2009, 06:34:46 am
Songbird...you're welcome on the Zarafina.  It makes a world of difference in the taste of the tea. I bought an extra one just to have in case something happens to the one I got.  At the close out price at Tuesday Morning it sounds to me like they aren't going to make them anymore or at least not the present model.   
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on June 02, 2009, 07:06:33 am
Songbird...you're welcome on the Zarafina.  It makes a world of difference in the taste of the tea. I bought an extra one just to have in case something happens to the one I got.  At the close out price at Tuesday Morning it sounds to me like they aren't going to make them anymore or at least not the present model.   

Ooooo... a BACKUP.  I don't have a backup Zarafina.  Maybe I'll stop by Tuesday Morning and get one!  Then I'll be Songbird-FOUR-Teas!  Maybe... if I can think of a place to put it.  AND I just realized I didn't spend an extra $25, I only spent an extra $16.72.  At Tuesday Morning I have to pay tax.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 02, 2009, 07:58:38 am
I have created monsters. (evil grin)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 02, 2009, 08:00:17 am
I don't know if people care or not but...

I have been brewing my Darjeelings on the Oolong setting on my Zarafina. The labels for my Darjeeling's have the same temperature and time as the Oolongs. I am finding that I prefer the Darjeeling on the new setting.

More of an FYI

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31M%2Bg07o7oL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Zarafina-Maker-Suite-Ceramic-Serving/dp/B000HJNJNO%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB000HJNJNO)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 02, 2009, 08:19:39 am
I don't know if people care or not but...

I have been brewing my Darjeelings on the Oolong setting on my Zarafina. The labels for my Darjeeling's have the same temperature and time as the Oolongs. I am finding that I prefer the Darjeeling on the new setting.

More of an FYI

Good to know!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 02, 2009, 11:01:40 am
I just finished a pot of Sencha. It went surprisingly well with my Pepper and Salt Popcorn.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 02, 2009, 11:55:14 am
OK. I tired Gschwenders Summer Romance herbal tea. It came in my 11 tea sampler of Gschwedner's winning and top three placing teas. It has raspberries, strawberries, apple, hibiscus, rose hips, elderberries, and vanilla. It sounds good but tastes really, really bland. I sure wouldn't want to spill it on anyone because it would leave a huge stain on their clothes. It is a deep, deep red color. It smells good but the taste is very weak. The package calls for two teaspoons for each 8 ounce cup. I used five teaspoons to make 16 ounces and brewed it on the herbal cycle once. Bland.

I am brewing it on the herbal cycle again to see if it gets any stronger.

It sounds good but the herbal teas just don't get enough flavor to make me happy. Looking at it I think you could eat it as a snack with all the dried fruit in it.

ETA: A second brewing made it stronger. Maybe a little sugar would draw out the sweetness of the fruit. It is not a tea I see myself drinking a lot of.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on June 02, 2009, 12:42:45 pm
OK. I tired Gschwenders Summer Romance herbal tea. It came in my 11 tea sampler of Gschwedner's winning and top three placing teas. It has raspberries, strawberries, apple, hibiscus, rose hips, elderberries, and vanilla. It sounds good but tastes really, really bland. I sure wouldn't want to spill it on anyone because it would leave a huge stain on their clothes. It is a deep, deep red color. It smells good but the taste is very weak. The package calls for two teaspoons for each 8 ounce cup. I used five teaspoons to make 16 ounces and brewed it on the herbal cycle once. Bland.

I am brewing it on the herbal cycle again to see if it gets any stronger.

It sounds good but the herbal teas just don't get enough flavor to make me happy. Looking at it I think you could eat it as a snack with all the dried fruit in it.

I have a couple of those teas and I'm thinking I'd enjoy them as a snack more than a tea.  Like you I prefer a stronger flavor.

Right now I'm brewing some white tea lychee.  Let's see if I don't dislike it as much from the 'fina.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 02, 2009, 01:25:34 pm
I love the fruity teas so I'd probably like the Summer Romance.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 02, 2009, 01:27:25 pm
I made a pot of rose black tea to drink iced.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 02, 2009, 01:30:10 pm
Well I just brewed a quick cup of black tea in the perfect teamaker instead of the zarafina...the phone rang, I forgot I was brewing the tea and 15 minutes later I had to throw it away!  It was horrible.  That's why the zarafina works for me.  I don't know why I just didn't do one cup in there....ugh
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 02, 2009, 01:33:31 pm
oh no, that sucks. That is a great thing about the zarafina you don't have to worry about over brewed bitter tea.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 02, 2009, 01:34:50 pm
oh no, that sucks. That is a great thing about the zarafina you don't have to worry about over brewed bitter tea.
I know...you'd think I would have learned that by now.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Chad Winters on June 02, 2009, 01:40:21 pm
I had China Golden Yunnan from TG today. Very good! It was smooth and malty black tea without bitterness. One of my new favs!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on June 02, 2009, 01:43:14 pm
Yay for new favs!  BAH on bitter over brewed tea (and shame on you Cowgirl... SHAME!).

The white tea was not nearly as yucky from the 'fina, so I'll not throw the bag out.  I will also never order it again.  Meh.

Have a good evening, all!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: VictoriaP on June 02, 2009, 01:46:46 pm
DH & I both are notorious about forgetting, so we finally developed the habit of using a timer whenever we make tea.  It's the only way we can manage it.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 02, 2009, 02:48:06 pm
BAH on bitter over brewed tea (and shame on you Cowgirl... SHAME!).
I deserved that!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MonaSW on June 02, 2009, 05:58:56 pm
What I want is a TeaWaker (TeasMade). They are very popular in the UK. Not so much over here. http://www.teasmade.com/
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 03, 2009, 02:55:16 am
LOL looks interesting. But you cannot set the tea type.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on June 03, 2009, 05:06:19 am
What I want is a TeaWaker (TeasMade). They are very popular in the UK. Not so much over here. http://www.teasmade.com/

I would never remember to put the water in at night.  I can just see it... getting in bed and looking at the clock, saying "CRAP" because I forgot the water.  I'd go get it, but the water is WAAYYYY down the stairs... telling myself "I'll get it when I get up in the middle of the night," but of course I won't because I'm really still asleep.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 03, 2009, 07:43:49 am
I wonder if the TeaWaker has different tea settings?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 03, 2009, 02:42:16 pm
My Zo hot water machine came today and I already made a cup of cherry green tea and a cup of vanilla almond black. So far I'm liking it.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41A2qUk9AUL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Zojirushi-CD-WBC40-4-Liter-Electric-Champagne/dp/B00114Z464%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB00114Z464)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Carol Hanrahan on June 03, 2009, 02:57:10 pm
Just finished making three batches of jam, so now I'm pooped, and tea sounds so good.  I'm off to get a cup....
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on June 03, 2009, 05:01:37 pm
Carol--what kind of jam?

Okay, so I broke down and bought a Zarafina from Tuesday Morning yesterday (on a Tuesday morning!).  I'm trying to decide if I want to bring it to work, because it'll get used and abused there.  But I'll be able to make great tea for awhile...hmmmmmm

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31M%2Bg07o7oL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Zarafina-Maker-Suite-Ceramic-Serving/dp/B000HJNJNO%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB000HJNJNO)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 03, 2009, 06:05:01 pm
frojazz...I'd use it wherever you drink the most tea. Have you tried it out yet?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on June 03, 2009, 06:16:28 pm
Oh, I didn't say: it is a backup machine.  I have had one for about a year now, but at $39, I couldn't pass up getting another.  It makes such good tea.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 03, 2009, 06:18:56 pm
Yah I got a back up also. I paid $49 on amazon and thought that price was amazing until the Tuesday Morning ad came out for $39. I have even thought about getting a third one to give as a gift sometime.  

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31M%2Bg07o7oL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Zarafina-Maker-Suite-Ceramic-Serving/dp/B000HJNJNO%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB000HJNJNO)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 03, 2009, 06:32:16 pm
If you have two, bring the old one to the office and leave the new one at home.

Carol: What type of jam and what type of tea?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on June 04, 2009, 04:47:54 am
Mornin' y'all.  This morning's tea = water.  I've got an upset tummy and haven't braved anything else yet today.  Maybe later.

Jazz, I agree with Crash.  Old one to office and new one at home.  I have mine at the office, but it's on my desk in my office so no one else uses it.

MMmmmm...  home made jam.

Cowgirl, I know what you mean. I'm trying to think of someone else to give one to just so I can buy one at Tuesday Morning!  LOL!  Maybe I WILL get one to save as a backup.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 04, 2009, 05:58:33 am
Rooibos Jungle Fire for breakfast today. Nice and spicy.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 04, 2009, 06:36:11 am
That Jungle Fire sounds like a good one.   I'm trying to decide what the flavor of the day will be.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Carol Hanrahan on June 04, 2009, 07:20:08 am
Jam:  4 batches!  I was pooped!
2 batches pineapple-apricot
1 batch strawberry
1 batch blueberry-red raspberry  (In my book, Baling, this is Aunt Jess' secret jam recipe that always wins!)

Plus I froze apricots to use later when I can't get 'em in the store.
Trying to decide today if I should do some more.....

And the tea?  Yorkshire Tea by Taylors of Harrogate.  Off for my second cup....
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on June 04, 2009, 07:28:16 am
Jam:  4 batches!  I was pooped!
2 batches pineapple-apricot
1 batch strawberry
1 batch blueberry-red raspberry  (In my book, Baling, this is Aunt Jess' secret jam recipe that always wins!)

Plus I froze apricots to use later when I can't get 'em in the store.
Trying to decide today if I should do some more.....

And the tea?  Yorkshire Tea by Taylors of Harrogate.  Off for my second cup....

Dibs on pineapple/apricot!  ;D
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 04, 2009, 07:35:48 am
Carol...I'll take a jar of strawberry please!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 04, 2009, 07:51:59 am
blueberry-raspberry for me!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Carol Hanrahan on June 04, 2009, 07:57:05 am
Now mind you, this is not the low-cal stuff.  You would shudder to know the proportions of fruit to sugar!  In fact, it's best to not even think about it, just enjoy it! 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 04, 2009, 08:00:29 am
I would hope it's not the low-cal stuff!!!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 04, 2009, 08:07:55 am
I assume that anything that tastes good and that I like is low cal.

Currently I am working on a pot (16 ounces) of Anna's. Black tea with raspberry. Yummy.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on June 04, 2009, 08:14:35 am
Low cal jam?  Aren't there laws against that?  There should be.  It's like saying low cal chocolate!  <<shudder>>  Give me the sugary real stuff every time, please.  I'll just pretend it's calorie free.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 04, 2009, 08:32:28 am
Ok, it was very nice to wake up to perfectly hot water and I made a huge mug of ginger peach tea, I wasn't totally sure about the hot water dispenser but it's convincing me. Plus my daughter made tea on her own. She usually waits for me to make a pot in the zarafina so it's nice she will use the hot water.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41A2qUk9AUL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Zojirushi-CD-WBC40-4-Liter-Electric-Champagne/dp/B00114Z464%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB00114Z464)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 04, 2009, 08:34:52 am
Ok, it was very nice to wake up to perfectly hot water and I made a huge mug of ginger peach tea, I wasn't totally sure about the hot water dispenser but it's convincing me. Plus my daughter made tea on her own. She usually waits for me to make a pot in the zarafina so it's nice she will use the hot water.



LOL that is a nice side benefit.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 04, 2009, 11:09:57 am
I just made a pot of Darjeeling Avongove.

Ah tea, how I love you.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on June 04, 2009, 11:53:46 am
I just made a pot (is two cups a pot?) of Bossa Nova.  It's my first tea of the day and it smells fabulous.  Ahhhhhh... it's almost two o'clock and my work day is almost over.  I took a vacation day tomorrow and can't wait to sleep in.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 04, 2009, 11:57:18 am
I love Bossa Nova. Enjoy tomorrow!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: ltlredfairy on June 04, 2009, 03:11:27 pm
Hello all. I am new to the tea thread and not yet sure if reading back 8 pages will answer my question/tip or not. I too am a tea lover - recently have discovered a love of OOlong tea. I buy some of my teas from www.tenren.com - I was recently at Epcot in Orlando and while in "China" I saw some tea bags with rice included. Is any one familiar with this practice and what is the purpose? In addition to the Oolong tea, I love ginger tea with a bit of honey to tone down the peppery bite.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on June 04, 2009, 04:06:46 pm
Hello all. I am new to the tea thread and not yet sure if reading back 8 pages will answer my question/tip or not. I too am a tea lover - recently have discovered a love of OOlong tea. I buy some of my teas from www.tenren.com - I was recently at Epcot in Orlando and while in "China" I saw some tea bags with rice included. Is any one familiar with this practice and what is the purpose? In addition to the Oolong tea, I love ginger tea with a bit of honey to tone down the peppery bite.
Welcome, red!  I'm not sure about the rice, but I think there are kinds of tea where the rice is actually part of the flavor.  ???  Maybe Crash, our local tea expert, knows.

I'm brewing a pot of Green Tea Heaven (Teavana).  Y-u-m!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 04, 2009, 04:10:31 pm
ok...how happy am I right now?  I was at my closest mall today and they just opened Teavana so I don't have to go into Scottsdale.  So I bought...
Aztec Fire  - everybody here seems to like this one so I needed to give it a try
Jasmine Dragon Pearls
Apple lemon pomagranate
taracco ruby orange
pistachio apple pie
strawberry Parasio   (my favorite)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 04, 2009, 04:11:44 pm
Green Tea Heaven?  You mean I missed one  at Teavana today?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 04, 2009, 04:12:09 pm
Congratulations on your score!


I made a cup of green tea earlier and now I think I'm going to go swimming.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 04, 2009, 04:14:38 pm
Congratulations on your score!


I made a cup of green tea earlier and now I think I'm going to go swimming.
I'm also going to jump in the pool with a margarita!!!!  I'll sample my new tea tomorow
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on June 04, 2009, 04:28:23 pm
ok...how happy am I right now?  I was at my closest mall today and they just opened Teavana so I don't have to go into Scottsdale.  So I bought...
Aztec Fire  - everybody here seems to like this one so I needed to give it a try
Jasmine Dragon Pearls
Apple lemon pomagranate
taracco ruby orange
pistachio apple pie
strawberry Parasio   (my favorite)


Oh!  I have apple lemon pomagranate!  You'll have to say how you like that one.  I like it; it is different...like green apples without the sour.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 04, 2009, 06:37:58 pm
Frojazz...I'll let you know...since you asked I'll try it in the a.m.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 04, 2009, 06:48:30 pm
I guess it's around the world of tea today. I hit ginger peach, green, honey apricot rooibos, vanilla strawberry rooibos and something else I can't remember. Instant hot water is proving to be really nice. I'm drinking much more variety of tea a day than I usually do.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 04, 2009, 07:14:27 pm
Welcome ltlredfairy!

http://www.teamerchants.com/buy/1/6/72/Japan-Genmaicha/702.aspx

Genmaicha is the tea you are discussing. Strange that it was being sold in the China pavillion as it is a Japanese tea. It is a toasted rice mixed with Sencha. The Japanese developed this tea to stretch the tea supply. It was a way of making the tea last longer when the war was in progress. It is one of my favorites. I have heard that this practice was started in World War II but that might not be the case.

Green Tea Heaven is really good.

I am not certain that a Teavan closer to you is a good thing. I mean, it is good for your local economy but not necessarily for you.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 05, 2009, 08:00:18 am
 I changed my mind and went with the aztec fire this morning.  I think I'm in love!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 05, 2009, 08:07:05 am
Aztec Fire is very, very good.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 05, 2009, 08:22:24 am
Teavana has a facebook page.   A lot of good talk about their tea.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 05, 2009, 08:41:45 am
Cool. I am drinking Earl Grey Imperior from Gschwender. It is one of my favorite Earl Greys. It has the taste of Earl Grey but I don't get the funky stomach.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: ltlredfairy on June 05, 2009, 09:43:27 am
Welcome ltlredfairy!

http://www.teamerchants.com/buy/1/6/72/Japan-Genmaicha/702.aspx

Genmaicha is the tea you are discussing. Strange that it was being sold in the China pavillion as it is a Japanese tea. It is a toasted rice mixed with Sencha. The Japanese developed this tea to stretch the tea supply. It was a way of making the tea last longer when the war was in progress. It is one of my favorites. I have heard that this practice was started in World War II but that might not be the case.

Green Tea Heaven is really good.

I am not certain that a Teavan closer to you is a good thing. I mean, it is good for your local economy but not necessarily for you.

I could have been in the Japan pavillion now that you mention it - we went all over the "world" so many times while there. I was in Hawaii a few weeks ago and got a Guava Ginseng Green Tea that is so good and a hibiscus one as well. It is nice to find other tea lovers out there. I will check into the rice teas - more out of curiosity than anything else. Alabama is rather "backwards" in some of their thinking and finding a good place to supply tea is not easy that is why I order online. Please send your favorite tea links to me in PM so I broaden my horizons.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 05, 2009, 10:09:42 am
The third or fourth post in this thread has my two favorite stores.

http://www.teavana.com/ Teavana is a good beginning store. They have many very good teas and the staff at the store is really helpful. They do a good amount of work with blending teas. They do not have any stores in Alabama. Sorry.

http://www.teamerchants.com/Catalogs/Tea.aspx Tea Gschwender is my favorite tea store. They have a massive selection, carry all the traditional teas, and then carry many teas that most places don't have. They have won awards for their tea and are pretty competitive in most of the tea categories. They do not have stores in the US, well they do but there are only two in Chicago.

If you let people know what type of tea you like I am sure we can provide you with a few suggestions.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: ltlredfairy on June 05, 2009, 12:39:08 pm
I will check those links - tyvm. I am not sure what I like or don't like. I enjoy trying many different teas and am afraid I am just barely scraping the surface as to what there is available to me. I am open to try anything once  :-\
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 05, 2009, 12:50:00 pm
Do you prefer green teas or black? Do you like fruity or not? Even really basic flavor preferences are helpful.

I have 27 loose leaf teas on my shelf including reds, greens, blacks, and Oolongs. They include a few fruity (Anna's and a Pineapple Mango), Unflavored greens and flavored greens. They are all over the place.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: ltlredfairy on June 05, 2009, 03:54:27 pm
Do you prefer green teas or black? Do you like fruity or not? Even really basic flavor preferences are helpful.

I have 27 loose leaf teas on my shelf including reds, greens, blacks, and Oolongs. They include a few fruity (Anna's and a Pineapple Mango), Unflavored greens and flavored greens. They are all over the place.

Frankly, until reading this thread, I had no idea there were so many teas!  :o I do know I like green & Oolongs - blacks not so much and would love to try a red. I am fond of cinnamon, ginger and have tried a guava and hibiscus that I found very pleasing. I guess I have a lot of sampling to do. Maybe, could you suggest one or two from the tea Gschwendner sight you previously mentioned? Do they have a good sampler pack? Does not matter if it is bag or looseleaf - I have a looseleaf pot I am fond of as well as a strainer.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Magpie on June 05, 2009, 04:55:33 pm
The women on my moms side of the family seem to like hot tea (Lipton) with vinegar. I've never tried it. Do any of you enjoy tea prepared this way? :-\
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 05, 2009, 05:08:27 pm
The women on my moms side of the family seem to like hot tea (Lipton) with vinegar. I've never tried it. Do any of you enjoy tea prepared this way? :-\
Hmmm...That's a new one to me!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 05, 2009, 06:24:04 pm
Frankly, until reading this thread, I had no idea there were so many teas!  :o I do know I like green & Oolongs - blacks not so much and would love to try a red. I am fond of cinnamon, ginger and have tried a guava and hibiscus that I found very pleasing. I guess I have a lot of sampling to do. Maybe, could you suggest one or two from the tea Gschwendner sight you previously mentioned? Do they have a good sampler pack? Does not matter if it is bag or looseleaf - I have a looseleaf pot I am fond of as well as a strainer.

You can make hibiscus tisane by just buying jamaica flowers in the section of the market that sells Latin American food. They tend to steep strongly and will stain so be careful. I usually just make enough for huge jug of ice tea for the fridge and sweeten it a little with some simple syrup. 'tis yummy
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 06, 2009, 05:59:44 am
The women on my moms side of the family seem to like hot tea (Lipton) with vinegar. I've never tried it. Do any of you enjoy tea prepared this way? :-\
Very interesting.  Where are they from?  What country is their family from? 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 06, 2009, 06:48:58 am
So last night my daughter and I went to the local Teavana to look at teapots and we picked up the http://www.teavana.com/Tea-Products/Tea-Makers-Infusers/Camellia-Cylindre-Glass-Tea-Maker.axd and used it with some Peach Momotaro. Boy does that make a lot of tea with the rebrews, I put the rest in a pitcher in the fridge to have iced today. We also picked up some lovely new tea mugs with infusers and some Gyokuro Imperial Green Tea and some Japanese Wild Cherry with Sencha which was oh so yummy.

Thanks for the rec for the store, I didn't know we had two stores locally.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 06, 2009, 07:29:25 am
I would shop in teavana all day.  I just love smelling all that tea and looking at the accessories.  My flavor of the day was the featured one at Teavana this week...Apple, lemon pomegranate with Taracco Ruby Orange...very good and fruity.  Last night I tried the Pistachio Apple Pie and I swore I was eating an apple pie.  I made my husband taste it and he couldn't believe how good it was.  I'll make a tea lover out of him yet!
I'm off to chick on Rasputina's new teapot.   
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 06, 2009, 07:44:50 am
I Love the cylinder teamaker but I'm afraid one little tap of my granite counter top would soon be the end to that.  I have broken 6 wine glasses in the past month.  I now buy cheap ones on sale at TJM.  I also saw the SurL LeMer glass teapot is 50% off and is now 12.47 but  on back order.  I think these are the ones profcrash was looking at for centerpieces.  Maybe she bought them which is why they are now on back order!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on June 06, 2009, 08:32:50 am
I saw the reviews of the cylinder teamaker, and I don't think one would last long at my house.  I'm clumsy, so my motto is that if something (plant, dish, article of clothing, etc) doesn't survive, then it wasn't meant to be mine!  Anyway, I just spent about an hour looking at teapots.  I would like to find something to make and store 1-2 liters of iced tea.  I found some plastic iced tea pitchers on teavana's website, but they are not available in that combination when I tried to add it to my cart.  ???  I need something taller and without too large a handle to fit in my refrigerator.  Anyone have suggestions?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 06, 2009, 08:40:34 am
OK so we have some folks who need the cast iron because they are harder to brek then glass. (grins)

I have not bought my tea pots for the wedding yet. I could do that this weekend.

I am glad that you are enjoying the Wild Cherry with Sencha.

My favorite Oolong is Bossa Nova, it has vanilla in it and is lovely. I have an Orange Oolong that I am liking right now. I am trying to think of green with cinnamon and am failing to come up with one. I know my favorite Red Tea is called Jungle Fire and has nutmeg and cinnamon in it. Very good.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 06, 2009, 08:53:39 am
Yeah I saw the reviews too. I agree they need cast iron, heck I still want a cast iron pot. I just haven't gotten around to going to Chinatown to get one yet. I do really like the glass one I bought though. And the Peach Momotaro tastes even better cold, it makes awesome iced tea, the peach flavor is more pronounced cold. I made a cup of Gyokuro Imperial for breakfast and it has a lovely grassy flavor.

Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 06, 2009, 09:00:21 am
I saw the reviews of the cylinder teamaker, and I don't think one would last long at my house.  I'm clumsy, so my motto is that if something (plant, dish, article of clothing, etc) doesn't survive, then it wasn't meant to be mine!  Anyway, I just spent about an hour looking at teapots.  I would like to find something to make and store 1-2 liters of iced tea.  I found some plastic iced tea pitchers on teavana's website, but they are not available in that combination when I tried to add it to my cart.  ???  I need something taller and without too large a handle to fit in my refrigerator.  Anyone have suggestions?

I prefer glass for pitchers over plastic mainly because I don't like how plastic can leech smells. Especially if you are using teas with a delicate flavor. Plastic is fine for black iced tea IME though. I'd just brew the tea double strength and pour over ice. Alternatively you can brew normally and then just put in the fridge. Depends how impatient you are. Look for thick quality glass pitchers at any nice housewares department or place that sells good barwear. The one I use for iced tea is the same one I use for sangria.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 06, 2009, 09:22:49 am
Rasputina...do You have a good sangria recipe?  I know some like it with red wine and some with white...
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 06, 2009, 09:32:42 am
Rasputina...do You have a good sangria recipe?  I know some like it with red wine and some with white...

I just tend to throw together whatever I have on hand that sounds good at the time. My basic is red wine, some fresh orange juice, sliced up citrus and some kind of water to dilute. I try and do complementary flavors. For white wine, pineapple juice and some tropical fruits slices are nice like mangoes. I will say I totally don't get the concept of apples in sangria but for some reason it's quite popular in restaurant recipes.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: 1131 on June 06, 2009, 05:12:52 pm
Wow, so many teas.  It's black tea for me, or green, or white, or herbal.  Unfortunately I switched to decaf several years ago in a misguided attempt to cut down on the amount of caffeine I was drinking and now I can't handle the caffeine...and I love black tea. :-\  There just isn't the same variety in decaf that I enjoyed before I switched.  I haven't found a good place to by tea in this town but it seems like people here like Tea Gschwendner and Teavana.  I'll have to give them a try.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 06, 2009, 06:35:05 pm
The white, rooibos and herbal teas are about 99% caffeine free.  You need to find your way to Teavana.  The staff is  pretty knowledgeable about their tea.  Also if you hang out here long enough you'll learn a lot... especially from Profcrash.   
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: 1131 on June 06, 2009, 06:42:49 pm
Thanks, I'll check out Teavana.  Not so much a rooibos fan but I'll definitely check on the other 2.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 06, 2009, 06:54:18 pm
I love that glass teapot, the screen at the top holds back every single tiny piece of tea when you pour. We finished off the pitcher of Peach Momotaro and I made a pitcher of Wintergreen Lemon herbal iced. I think I'm going to go back to the shop and get some Fruita Bomba and more of the Japanese Wild Cherry with Sencha. I haven't tried it iced but I have a feeling it would be wonderful. I'm definitely getting more Peach Momotaro also. I had only bought 2oz of each yesterday because I wanted to try them before getting an larger amount.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 06, 2009, 06:55:53 pm
Thanks, I'll check out Teavana.  Not so much a rooibos fan but I'll definitely check on the other 2.

If you like white, Teavana's Peach Momotaro is incredible.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: 1131 on June 06, 2009, 07:13:05 pm
OK, I'm on Teavana now and my shopping bag contains decaf English Breakfast because that's a must for me.  I also have Gyokuro Imperial because the description looked so good.  That one may not stay in my shopping bag because of the price though.  I have also added Peppermint Organic Herbal Tea and Peach Momotaro (looks like it's my day to splurge) and Raspberry Black Flavored & Scented Black Tea.  The only thing I'm missing is Lemon.  I still a little of that, some Earl Grey and some Darjeeling left so I'll have to save that for another time.  I can see from this site that I'll have to get some tins and a new pot or two as well.  Now all I have to do is hit "place order".  Somebody stop me, this is some serious book money here.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: 1131 on June 06, 2009, 07:49:51 pm
Since nobody stepped up to stop me I pushed place order.  Now I'm off to work to make the money to pay for this. 
Thanks for the suggestions.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 06, 2009, 08:06:09 pm
OK, I'm on Teavana now and my shopping bag contains decaf English Breakfast because that's a must for me.  I also have Gyokuro Imperial because the description looked so good.  That one may not stay in my shopping bag because of the price though.  I have also added Peppermint Organic Herbal Tea and Peach Momotaro (looks like it's my day to splurge) and Raspberry Black Flavored & Scented Black Tea.  The only thing I'm missing is Lemon.  I still a little of that, some Earl Grey and some Darjeeling left so I'll have to save that for another time.  I can see from this site that I'll have to get some tins and a new pot or two as well.  Now all I have to do is hit "place order".  Somebody stop me, this is some serious book money here.

Welcome!! Another tea lover. (grins)

I always treat myself to a more expensive tea. It is not that much extra cash and I drink it when I am feeling really down or really happy. It is a nice treat. Especially if I have a scone in the house.

The Green Lemon at Teavana is really good. I think it is a sencha with lemon grass. Good stuff and green tea is lower in caffine then Black tea.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 06, 2009, 09:02:10 pm
Sorry I wasn't here to push you LOL I was watching opera. The Gyokuro Imperial is really nice. Oh and I got a gallon of tea out of one of the Peach Momotaro. The woman at Teavana said you could steep 4-5 32 oz pots out of it. So even though it is one of their higher priced teas it's really worth it. You get about 7-8 blooms in 2 oz. We drank 2 pots hot and then the rest I ended up putting in the fridge for iced.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 07, 2009, 08:20:59 am
If I had been on I would have talked you into buying a few more....If you like the herbals the Aztec Fire is a winner!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Meredith Sinclair on June 07, 2009, 08:34:44 am
ok, I don't know if this is good enough for this thread... I love hot tea, but can't afford the fancy kind. But I read someone mentioning Lipton, soooo I am going to "come out" so to speak and just say it. I LOVE Celestial Seasonings, "India Spice Chai" and get all weak in the knees when I see it anywhere.... I gotta have it. ;)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Brendan Carroll on June 07, 2009, 09:00:17 am
Hello, tea lovers.  A friend directed me to this spot and I was amazed to find a place to ask this burning question I've had for over a year now.  I want to buy this for my girl because I think it would be extremely romantic to have a little teaparty for her because she loves hot tea (I like it too and everytime I hear the words, I want to go to a Chinese restaurant and order it Yum!)  Anyway, my question is 'Has anyone tried a teaposy?'  Are they as good as they look?  Are they worth the money?  I would hate to spend money on something that might be a big flop.  Help is appreciated, but keep it quiet what they are because she might be peeking.  :)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 07, 2009, 09:02:06 am
I love the expensive tea because of the many different varitiies but I also love Fresh and Easy's bagged pomegranate white tea....20 bags for $2.15.  I like to travel with them because they are individually wrapped and it's quick, easy and tastes really good.  
There's nothing wrong with liking what you like!  
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 07, 2009, 09:06:43 am
Hello, tea lovers.  A friend directed me to this spot and I was amazed to find a place to ask this burning question I've had for over a year now.  I want to buy this for my girl because I think it would be extremely romantic to have a little teaparty for her because she loves hot tea (I like it too and everytime I hear the words, I want to go to a Chinese restaurant and order it Yum!)  Anyway, my question is 'Has anyone tried a teaposy?'  Are they as good as they look?  Are they worth the money?  I would hate to spend money on something that might be a big flop.  Help is appreciated, but keep it quiet what they are because she might be peeking.  :)
I think those are the blooming teas that you put in the clear teapots.  They have them at Teavana and I hear they are great and look good.  The clear teapots you put them in are on sale on the Teavana website (check it out and you'll see it blooming in the pot) but are backordered. I ordered one just so I can see this tea bloom inside.  I think it's a great gift if your friend loves tea.  If she doesn't like you can send it to me!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 07, 2009, 09:21:56 am
Hello, tea lovers.  A friend directed me to this spot and I was amazed to find a place to ask this burning question I've had for over a year now.  I want to buy this for my girl because I think it would be extremely romantic to have a little teaparty for her because she loves hot tea (I like it too and everytime I hear the words, I want to go to a Chinese restaurant and order it Yum!)  Anyway, my question is 'Has anyone tried a teaposy?'  Are they as good as they look?  Are they worth the money?  I would hate to spend money on something that might be a big flop.  Help is appreciated, but keep it quiet what they are because she might be peeking.  :)

Are you talking about blooming tea? I'm not familiar with the term tea posy. The Peach Momotaro is a blooming tea that is fabulous. It's actually the first one I tried. I was a skeptic too and always saw the sets with the pots and the tea but never bought one. Once I smelled the Peach Momotaro I had to try it though. Very yummy. I can't speak for the others on the market as I never tried them, I was never willing to fork out the money for their sets just to be disappointed in crappy tea that looks pretty.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 07, 2009, 09:35:41 am
If you google teaposy it looks like it is the blooming tea and glass pots similar to the one Teavana has.  I think Teaposy is the brand of blooming tea.  It looks like they have a store in Rochester, NY. I'm actually going to be in the Western New York area the week of June 14th.  If I have time I might just check it out.  I'd love to see one in person and maybe sample their tea.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 07, 2009, 09:43:06 am
There is a teaposy youtube video but I can't get it to post here...maybe somebody can figure that out.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Brendan Carroll on June 07, 2009, 09:55:38 am
Thankyou ladies very much.  I did go and watch the videos and they were very informative.  I guess I'll try it out and see if she likes it.  :) Brendan
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 07, 2009, 09:58:02 am
Brendan...let us know!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 07, 2009, 10:07:43 am
I have had teaposy before. They are good. I think Teavana is a better quality blooming flower, but that is me. I enjoyed the teaposy's that I had.

Loose leaf tea is not all that expensive. Most of the teas that I buy work out to $0.25 a cup. The start up cost is not that expensive. You can buy a decent basket filter for under $10. With that, you are ready to go. I think you will find that if you look into it, you will find loose leaf tea gives you a larger variety of tea options and it tastes better. Also, you get more of the health benefits of the teas you are drinking because you get more of the natural oils which is where the nutrients and flavor tend to be found.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on June 07, 2009, 10:33:27 am
Is there a way to find out if you can reuse your tea leaves to make another pot?  I've been just trying them as I have time to see if they will re-steep well and putting a mark on the label.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 07, 2009, 10:50:47 am
You can reuse tea leaves for another pot, but I use them within a few hours. I've never tried to store them for any length of time. I'd think they would start to decompose fairly quickly and get an off taste and slimy.

Oh and the Zo hot water pot is proving so popular that the hubby is getting rid of his coffee maker and just making coffee 1 cup at a time.

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 07, 2009, 11:12:05 am
I reinfuse and if not making another pot right away I put it in the fridge right in the basket filter.  This was a suggestion to me by a Teavana salesperson.  Actually by putting in the fridge
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 07, 2009, 11:18:27 am
How long did they say was safe to store it?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 07, 2009, 11:48:35 am
I am looking at the Imperial Blooming Tea Collection.  It looks so interesting and has so many health benefits. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 07, 2009, 12:11:00 pm
My next question would be what do you sweeten your teas with, if anything?  I'm sure it's a personal preference.  I don't really like sugar in my hot teas, but it seems wrong to use Splenda in such beautiful teas.
Suggestions please.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 07, 2009, 12:31:44 pm
How long did they say was safe to store it?
They implied the next day.  I have always used it the next day and actually I find that the reinfused tea that has been in the fridge seems to be stronger than reinfusing it right away. 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 07, 2009, 12:34:01 pm
My next question would be what do you sweeten your teas with, if anything?  I'm sure it's a personal preference.  I don't really like sugar in my hot teas, but it seems wrong to use Splenda in such beautiful teas.
Suggestions please.
deb
I don't use anything except.  I do put a little splenda in the pistachio apple pie because it really does taste like I'm eating pie.... I only put a tiny bit in.  I need to get that rock sugar they sell just for the occasional change.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 07, 2009, 12:34:55 pm
For hot tea, I like honey. For iced I use a variety of either homemade simple syrup or Torani syrups. But I only use the Torani if I'm making plain black iced tea. I've used rock sugar before but I don't have it very often.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on June 07, 2009, 01:34:16 pm
I use simple syrup for my iced teas and rock sugar for hot.  I'll use honey when I'm sick or have an upset tummy.  I think any sweetener that you prefer works!  ;)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on June 07, 2009, 01:37:47 pm
They implied the next day.  I have always used it the next day and actually I find that the reinfused tea that has been in the fridge seems to be stronger than reinfusing it right away. 

I would not have thought that it would be stronger.  I'll have to try this.

I have Moroccan Mint Flavored Green Tea from Teavana and found that the second brew actually tastes better than the first.  Sometimes I'll give hubby the first cup and add extra sugar so he doesn't notice!!  I was wondering if anyone else has any specific flavors that work this way.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 07, 2009, 01:38:06 pm
Thank you for all of the replies.  I have the Blooming tea in my shopping cart and some rock cane sugar.  I'm looking at other teas, but I think I'm going to stop there and try these first before I venture any further.  Although it's really tempting to get the strawberry paraiso and garden aria.  They look very refreshing for summer. 
You all are such good enablers. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 07, 2009, 02:13:25 pm
Thank you for all of the replies.  I have the Blooming tea in my shopping cart and some rock cane sugar.  I'm looking at other teas, but I think I'm going to stop there and try these first before I venture any further.  Although it's really tempting to get the strawberry paraiso and garden aria.  They look very refreshing for summer. 
You all are such good enablers. 
deb
I have both Garden Aria and Strawberry Parasio.  The Strawberry is one of my favorites.  You will see strawberry and popcorn in there and you will taste both...love it!  I blend the Garden Aria with the Imperial Acai Blueberry  ...very good.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 07, 2009, 03:22:06 pm
I placed my order, Imperial Blooming II Collection.  It has teas flowers (I think that's the right term) and a couple of glass something or others (I'll learn the terms eventually), and perhaps one other thing that I now cannot recall.  Plus I got the raw sugar. 
I am very excited about my purchase.  I need to get completely off of coffee.  I am currently drinking Hill's Brothers instant mixes.  I know that doesn't necessarily classify as real coffee.  But the large amounts of cream in it makes it easier on my stomach.  I see an internist next week and I know the very first thing he is going to say is give up coffee.  So I'll be one step ahead.
I'll be sure to let you all know how I like it.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 07, 2009, 03:25:11 pm
I'm clicking on to see what is in that Imperial Blooming II Colection.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 07, 2009, 03:59:33 pm
Is the Imperial Blooming II collection at Teavana?

I don't use any sweeteners. If I did, I would use honey or raw sugar.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 07, 2009, 04:02:44 pm
Yes, it is at Teavana.  And I did buy the raw sugar as well.  
deb

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: VictoriaP on June 07, 2009, 04:25:11 pm
I think raw sugar is my next purchase.

We use kosher salt in a salt cellar that looks remarkably like my sugar bowl.......

(No, I didn't mix them up, just thought I did.  At least this time.)


So, regarding herbal/rooibos iced teas:  No matter what I do, I can't seem to get mine to have the depth of flavor that I taste in the samples at Teavana.  I don't think it's because they're sitting around too long before drinking--after all, typically Teavana makes those great big urns in the morning, I shouldn't have to make a fresh cup each time.  But I'm having a heck of time getting the right balance of ice/tea/brewing water, and they always seem a bit weak.  What am I doing wrong?

Current mix is Rooibos Peach Bloom & Herbal Strawberry Kiwi, mixed, with sugar to taste.  Teavana recommends 3 tsp/8 ounces/8 minutes, and I'm brewing 32 ounces at a time in their large Perfect TeaMaker.

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on June 07, 2009, 08:47:56 pm
ok. I have some new places to look for tea. I drink TONS of looseleaf tea (4+ cups per brewing) But I get it from a place none of you has mentioned. If anyone lives in/near San Francisco, go to the Stonestown Mall, and find the LUPICIA tea store. I can go in there and sniff for hours. and since I live in Tx, I spend close to $200 on teas every trip. my absolute FAVORITE is Hibiscus Cinnamon which is available year round, some of the teas they carry are seasonal. I like White Christmas, Jingle Bells, and a few others.
One I did NOT care for though, was called Momo.. Smelled lemony and I was looking for a lemon tea, but ew.. no.. They are based out of Japan and do have a US website:
https://www.lupiciausa.com/
If you browse around on the website there is just a TON of information about tea to read.

A place I used to buy my soapmaking herbs from is also based in San Francisco and they also carry looseleaf teas, but I have only tried their chai blend. And while I like it, it is not a favorite.
http://www.sfherb.com/store/loose-tea,category.asp
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Carol Hanrahan on June 07, 2009, 08:57:15 pm
Wow, my brother lives in San Fran, and for Christmas he gave me Lupicia tea!  He loves it and so do I!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 07, 2009, 09:46:19 pm
Thanks Btackitt..I love finding out about new tea sites.  Welcome to the Tea Thread! The framboise tea sounds yummy.  I love anything with raspberries in it.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: 1131 on June 07, 2009, 10:06:46 pm
ok, I don't know if this is good enough for this thread... I love hot tea, but can't afford the fancy kind. But I read someone mentioning Lipton, soooo I am going to "come out" so to speak and just say it. I LOVE Celestial Seasonings, "India Spice Chai" and get all weak in the knees when I see it anywhere.... I gotta have it. ;)

And I like Red Rose (especially iced)  Shh! don't tell anyone. 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: 1131 on June 08, 2009, 01:15:53 am
Sorry I wasn't here to push you LOL I was watching opera. The Gyokuro Imperial is really nice. Oh and I got a gallon of tea out of one of the Peach Momotaro. The woman at Teavana said you could steep 4-5 32 oz pots out of it. So even though it is one of their higher priced teas it's really worth it. You get about 7-8 blooms in 2 oz. We drank 2 pots hot and then the rest I ended up putting in the fridge for iced.
If I had been on I would have talked you into buying a few more....If you like the herbals the Aztec Fire is a winner!

Y'all are bad for me. :D  There seems to be an enabling theme on this board.  It's a good thing I'm not into accessories.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 08, 2009, 06:47:07 am
And I like Red Rose (especially iced)  Shh! don't tell anyone. 
Your secret is safe with me!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 08, 2009, 06:50:47 am
UGH I woke up this morning and my allergies are driving me crazy, I'm making some ginger peach tea.
Title: Water for Tea
Post by: Rasputina on June 08, 2009, 11:33:28 am
I'm rethinking my water I use for tea. I've been using my fridges filtered water all along. Which does a pretty good job. But now that I'm using the 4 liter water heater/dispenser standing in front of the fridge with my pitcher waiting for the water to fill it up 2x is getting old, it doesn't come out that fast since it's meant for glasses. I bought some gallon bottles of spring water which tasted good and is convenient for filling but it's a hassle to lug all those gallons home, unless I just make the hubby add them to his milk runs on the way home from work. Plus there is the trash issue associated with the jugs. We are going through almost a gallon a day. And I'm not counting the filtered water I use for cooking.

So I'm weighing my options. What do you guys use?

The tap water here is horrible, very hard water area. I just want filtered water, I won't use an RO for health reasons. I can't use an in faucet filter because I have a pull out kitchen faucet. So I'm left with buying bottled either delivery or picking it up myself or doing a pitcher filter. The pitcher filters I've looked at do not filter a whole gallon at once, which really what I need. 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Sailor on June 08, 2009, 11:39:31 am
I use the Reverse Osmosis water for my coffee and teas.  What are the health reasons you won't use it?  I haven't heard of anything.

For drinking I use bottled water, mostly Arrowhead.  I also had a water pitcher filter, but it takes soooo loooong for it to cycle through.  And I also have a pull out for my faucet.

Sailor
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: VictoriaP on June 08, 2009, 11:44:43 am
Depending on your situation, you may be able to add a second small faucet next to your normal one and filter just the water that goes to the smaller faucet.  We did this in a previous house where the tap water was unbearable.  It does typically require adding another hole to the sink edge, and room enough under the sink to put the additional plumbing and filter.  Installation is a nuisance, but it's a lot more convenient after that than hauling bottled water.

I've also done bottled delivery, and I'd probably do that again over trying to manage it myself with bottles from the store.  But then you need the room for the dispenser, and the ability to manage a five gallon bottle which is awkward both in terms of size & weight.

And yes, we've done the pitcher filter route as well.  Have you seen this one?:
 
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/4173COSzRPL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Brita-35530-Ultramax-Dispenser/dp/B00009LHZH%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB00009LHZH)

The description says it has a 1.13 gallon capacity.  I have an older model which we used for a time before installing the separate faucet on the sink, and it seemed to work well.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 08, 2009, 12:08:13 pm
I use the Reverse Osmosis water for my coffee and teas.  What are the health reasons you won't use it?  I haven't heard of anything.

For drinking I use bottled water, mostly Arrowhead.  I also had a water pitcher filter, but it takes soooo loooong for it to cycle through.  And I also have a pull out for my faucet.

Sailor

I see 2 problems with RO. First is that they waste a lot of water for the amount that they filter. Second, Because of the removal of minerals it causes leeching of minerals from the body because the way water works is it seeks to be balanced and I'm concerned about the health impacts of that. Distilled water also has this problem regarding minerals.

I talked to the hubby and he is considering an in line under counter filter system but I'm leaning towards just getting delivery. They will delivery once a month, it's about the same cost as buying from the store in prefilled gallon jugs without the trash accumulation because at least they recycle the water jugs and I don't have to haul it or remember to buy it. 

Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Sailor on June 08, 2009, 12:14:32 pm

And yes, we've done the pitcher filter route as well.  Have you seen this one?:
 
The description says it has a 1.13 gallon capacity.  I have an older model which we used for a time before installing the separate faucet on the sink, and it seemed to work well.
I haven't seen this large Britta filter system.  This would fit right in the fridge and give cold water.  Sounds like something I will be looking into for my drinking water, I hate buying all that bottled water, I would like something cheaper and this looks like it.

I see 2 problems with RO. First is that they waste a lot of water for the amount that they filter. Second, Because of the removal of minerals it causes leeching of minerals from the body because the way water works is it seeks to be balanced and I'm concerned about the health impacts of that. Distilled water also has this problem regarding minerals.
Yes, I too am concerned with all the waste of water.  I only use it for coffee or tea though, so it's not using all that much since it's only for me.  I see how it can leach out all the minerals, that's bad.  Might be why I am having cramps in my calf muscles latly.

I will keep my eye on the water part of the thread.  Water is very important.

Sailor
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 08, 2009, 12:41:00 pm
I must say in our last house there was an RO already there when we moved in and the water tasted awesome. So I can see how it's tempting. I love the taste of distilled also. But I made a decision not to drink it anymore.

Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 09, 2009, 07:17:25 am
I had a wonderful 12 hour long meeting yesterday. Yes, that was fun. (eye roll)

This morning I am having a cup of Rooibos Lemon. I am preparing to brew a pot of something black. I am not sure what though...
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 09, 2009, 07:28:35 am
Wondered where you were yesterday....
I'm drinking a cup of Strawberry Paraiso (White).
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on June 09, 2009, 08:22:58 am
Today's beverage of choice: Diet Coke.  I needed the caffiene since I can't seem to get more than 4 or 5 hours of sleep the last few nights.  I'd have been snoozing by the end of the 12 hour meeting.  Maybe that's what I need!  You could tape one of those for me...
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 09, 2009, 08:59:12 am
It is always fun to go and listen to people discuss a process that you already know and use as if it is something new. And then you get to go through 6 hours of "practice" using silly examples. The good news was I had some loose leaf infuser bags with me and went through my normal amount of tea. The bad, I was limited to the sencha and mint teas that I had with me.

I have decided on Formosa Fancy Oolong for my lunch tea.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 09, 2009, 11:04:19 am
I'm making some apricot honey iced tea for lunch.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 09, 2009, 11:28:44 am
Anna's for my afternoon nosh. Black tea with Raspberry.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Carol Hanrahan on June 09, 2009, 02:29:34 pm
Just finished making three batches of jam, so now I'm pooped, and tea sounds so good.  I'm off to get a cup....

That was last week.  So today, three more batches. and I'm pooped again.
Strawberry, blue berry-red raspberry, and peach today. Now for a nice cup of tea......

(Now I can put all the jam-making stuff away!)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on June 09, 2009, 05:45:45 pm
I remember spending summers at my aunt's home. We would get up early and go berry picking for hours, then come home and she would make jams, jellies, pies etc., then get ready for the next day.
And hm. I drank tons of iced tea out of canteens while we did it.

Today's flavor for dinner, Lupicia's Strawberry- Vanilla to go with my strawberry shortcake dessert.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 09, 2009, 05:55:54 pm
oooh...that Strawberry-Vanilla sounds delicious.  I love anything Strawberry or Raspberry.   And...I'll take a piece of that strawberry shortcake please.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on June 10, 2009, 05:08:50 am
Morning tea lovers!  This morning I am having Shogun green tea.  It's green tea with raspberry, rhubarb, apple, and vanilla.  Yum!  It's part of a sampler I got from TG.  When I tried it before I had the Zarafina I liked it, but with the 'fina it's MUCHO better!  ;D

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41UQRS7I2vL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Zarafina-Maker-Suite-Ceramic-Serving/dp/B000HJNJNO%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB000HJNJNO)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on June 10, 2009, 08:14:25 am
So, regarding herbal/rooibos iced teas:  No matter what I do, I can't seem to get mine to have the depth of flavor that I taste in the samples at Teavana.  I don't think it's because they're sitting around too long before drinking--after all, typically Teavana makes those great big urns in the morning, I shouldn't have to make a fresh cup each time.  But I'm having a heck of time getting the right balance of ice/tea/brewing water, and they always seem a bit weak.  What am I doing wrong?

Current mix is Rooibos Peach Bloom & Herbal Strawberry Kiwi, mixed, with sugar to taste.  Teavana recommends 3 tsp/8 ounces/8 minutes, and I'm brewing 32 ounces at a time in their large Perfect TeaMaker.

That Herbal Strawberry Kiwi (http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-3356897-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3DF17FD2E3-0C26-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FThe-Teas%2FHerbal-Teas%2FStrawberry-Kiwi-Herbal-Tea.axd&cjsku=X01+09+08+05+3)(http://www.lduhtrp.net/image-3356897-10555880) sounds great.

With herbal and rooibos teas, do you heat the water to 208o?  Are you brewing them long enough?  I found that once I purchased a Zarafina tea maker (http://www.amazon.com/Zarafina-Maker-Suite-Ceramic-Serving/dp/B000HJNJNO%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB000HJNJNO) (now only $39 at Tuesday Morning stores), both my herbal and rooibos teas came out much more interesting.  I think it may be partly due to the teamaker keeping the water at the high temperature for the full time the tea is brewed, since brewing is 5-6 minutes.  Also, when I make iced tea, I make it like regular tea and put it in the fridge.  It is hard to wait for the tea to cool, but I know it will turn out well.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 10, 2009, 08:47:48 am
I had my water dispenser at 175 for green tea and brewed some rooibos and it came out great. I don't think temp is probably the issue. You may not be getting the tea to water ratio correct.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: VictoriaP on June 10, 2009, 09:34:01 am
That Herbal Strawberry Kiwi sounds great.

With herbal and rooibos teas, do you heat the water to 208o?  Are you brewing them long enough?  I found that once I purchased a Zarafina tea maker (now only $39 at Tuesday Morning stores), both my herbal and rooibos teas came out much more interesting.  I think it may be partly due to the teamaker keeping the water at the high temperature for the full time the tea is brewed, since brewing is 5-6 minutes.  Also, when I make iced tea, I make it like regular tea and put it in the fridge.  It is hard to wait for the tea to cool, but I know it will turn out well.
I had my water dispenser at 175 for green tea and brewed some rooibos and it came out great. I don't think temp is probably the issue. You may not be getting the tea to water ratio correct.

I won't go so far as to say I've been checking the temperature, but we use an electric kettle to bring water to a full rolling boil.  It has an automatic shutoff, so it stays on the boil for a minute or two typically before it turns off.

I think Rasputina has it right though--I suspect I wasn't using quite enough, though I was following the directions.  And the tea I was originally using was probably a bit elderly; I'm not sure when I bought it, so it had probably lost some of the flavor over time.

I know Rooibos is one of those teas that doesn't tend to change much as far as brewing time goes.  You literally can't overbrew it, unlike black tea, though we do use a timer set to the recommended time (8 minutes in this case).   We went out this weekend & bought a fresh batch of the same half and half mix.  I've been making it with heaping tablespoons rather than level ones, and that also seems to make a difference.  Two batches, plus filling my pitcher halfway with ice, seems to be making a tea with a much stronger flavor.  I'm also letting it cool down and then chilling it before drinking, rather than simply pouring over ice.  Means I have to pre-prep a bit to have enough tea for the day, but it seems to be working out better.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 10, 2009, 11:07:35 am
Rooibos is one of the 1 1/2 tsp per 8oz cup teas too. Which is why I suspected it it might be a ratio to water issue. When I make iced I do double the tea and 1/2 the water and when it's done brewing fill with ice. That glass teapot I posted earlier in the thread has been awesome for iced tea. I love that it have markers on the size of the pot to easily tell how much water is half.

I made a cup of Gykoro Imperial green for breakfast. I need to go get some chores done though.

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on June 10, 2009, 07:21:43 pm
Tonight I decided to break out one of my unopened Christmas flavors. *Carol*
it has Black tea, flaked coconut, rose petals, strawberry leaves, stevia leaves, and......... something that just says flavors .. *snicker* Oh well, I like it. (from Lupicia)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 11, 2009, 07:23:31 am
I see NAtural Flavors on a decent number of tea packages. It seems to be common although I have no clue what it is.

Morning tea: Rooibos Lemon
Breakfast tea: Darjeeling Lingia
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 11, 2009, 09:54:57 am
I'm at my daughters and am without my zarafina for 10 days...The tea is just not the same.  Not sure how I managed before I had that machine.  I think I need to go to Tuesday Mornings to buy a third Zarafina so I can keep it here when I visit (which is a lot) .    

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41UQRS7I2vL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Zarafina-Maker-Suite-Ceramic-Serving/dp/B000HJNJNO%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB000HJNJNO)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 11, 2009, 10:13:18 am
Sounds like a plan, the price is insanely low so why not?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 11, 2009, 03:09:08 pm
I received my Blooming Tea set from Teavana today.  I am so excited to give them a try.  I keep smelling them but can't decide which one to try first.  I'm thinking strawberry in the morning.  But it's a long time till morning and I'll probably change my mind a dozen times.  That is, if I don't decide to make me some this evening.  
deb

(http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Teavana/EGS%20JM%20IMP%202008_d?.jpg) (http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-3356897-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3D957ED2E3-0C26-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FThe-Teas%2FTea-Gifts%2FImperial-Blooming-Tea-Collection.axd&cjsku=EGS+JM+IMP+2008)(http://www.tqlkg.com/image-3356897-10555880)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 11, 2009, 05:19:06 pm
I am sipping my first cup of Teavana (http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-3356897-10552961)(http://www.tqlkg.com/image-3356897-10552961) Minty Divinity Blooming Tea.  First of all, awesome watching it "bloom".  Second, it smells like an Andies mint.  And the taste is really good.  I love it.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on June 11, 2009, 05:34:31 pm
drenee-
I'm glad that you tried one tonight!  Minty Divinity Blooming Tea sounds fantastic.  :)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 11, 2009, 05:38:29 pm
drenee....can you reinfuse the blooming teas?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 11, 2009, 05:39:38 pm
I don't know.  I was wondering that myself.  I could use another cup this evening. 

*off to the site to see what it says*

And you know, I feel so special with my cup of special tea.  Thanks everyone. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Aravis60 on June 11, 2009, 05:41:53 pm
You can with the ones that I have.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 11, 2009, 05:43:31 pm
That's right, that's what the box said, "good for multiple infusions".  I turned the water back on before I came in to post.  LOL.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 11, 2009, 05:44:24 pm
Good to know about the blooming teas.  How many cups does one bloom make. 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 11, 2009, 05:44:42 pm
drenee....can you reinfuse the blooming teas?

Yeah, the woman at Teava told me you can rebrew them 4-5 times and that they are made to be brewed in a 32oz pot. I got a gallon off mine.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 11, 2009, 05:46:01 pm
That is very exciting to know.  Let me ask this.  Can I put the blooming tea ball that I've used into the frig overnight to reuse in the morning? 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 11, 2009, 05:47:58 pm
The first time I did it, I just left it in the pot and rebrewed and transfered what I didn't drink hot into another pitcher for the fridge. Worked fine. After reading here that Teavana said it was ok to save the leaves I made a pot yesterday and put it in the fridge overnight and it was great today.

Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 11, 2009, 05:51:09 pm
I was very surprised by the tea results after reinfusing the next day. 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 11, 2009, 05:51:51 pm
I'm so excited about this.  I know when I go to the doctor on Monday he's going to make me go completely off coffee, all kinds, not any, nada.  And I'm going to be able to say okay, I already have.  AND, I replaced it with something really good.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 11, 2009, 05:53:12 pm
I've been looking at the Rooibos.  It has some claims that it can help with allergies.  Does anyone have any experience with either just the flavor of these teas, or the allergy benefits?
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 11, 2009, 05:56:38 pm
Rooibos is my new favorite tea...They are really good.  The pistachio apple pie (http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-3356897-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3DA51E464B-152A-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FThe-Teas%2FRooibos-Teas%2FPistachio-Apple-Pie-Rooibos-Tea.axd&cjsku=X01+10+09+19+3)(http://www.lduhtrp.net/image-3356897-10555880) (teavana)  is to die for.  A lot of flavor and they say you can't overbrew them like some of the black and white teas.  I don't know about the allergy claims but it's worth a try.  

(http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Teavana/X01%2010%2009%2019_d?.jpg) (http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-3356897-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3DA51E464B-152A-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FThe-Teas%2FRooibos-Teas%2FPistachio-Apple-Pie-Rooibos-Tea.axd&cjsku=X01+10+09+19+3)(http://www.lduhtrp.net/image-3356897-10555880)

I have several other Rooibos favorites but I'm not home for the next 2 weeks so I can't look at my stash.  
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Aravis60 on June 11, 2009, 05:58:23 pm
I've been looking at the Rooibos.  It has some claims that it can help with allergies.  Does anyone have any experience with either just the flavor of these teas, or the allergy benefits?
deb
I've never heard this, but as a fellow allergy sufferer, I'm always looking for something that helps and isn't more medication.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 11, 2009, 06:02:33 pm
Same here, Aravis.  My current allergy meds are not working and I do not want to go to shots quite yet.  I read about the allergy benefits in a little booklet they sent with my order.  So then I looked it up on their website and they say "Rooibos teas may also help to relieve allergies, increase iron absorption, and aid in digestion. They also promote healthy skin, teeth, and bones and are suitable for those with a sensitive central nervous system."

Since I have problems with low iron as well, sounds like I should give it a try. 

deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Aravis60 on June 11, 2009, 06:04:29 pm
Yeah! Another good reason to buy more tea!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 11, 2009, 06:05:28 pm
That's my thinking.
I would have ordered today, except I ordered my DG skin for the K2 I bought.  I need to quit spending.  LOL.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 11, 2009, 06:07:33 pm
hmmm Maybe that is why I have not needed the allergy meds this year. I have been drinking 16 ounces of Rooibos a day. Excellent.

That Mint blooming tea sounds wonderful. I might have to go looking for some. I'll call it experimentation for the wedding centerpieces. I have to know which blooming teas look the prettiest. So lots of sampling is needed.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 11, 2009, 06:09:26 pm
Seriously, no allergy meds???  That is so encouraging.  I'm off to buy tea.  I'm not waiting.  I'm tired of sneezing. 

deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 11, 2009, 06:14:04 pm
Question: Should I just buy the 2oz size, or go with the 4oz.?  How much does 2oz actually make?
thank you,
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 11, 2009, 06:16:58 pm
I think 2 oz makes abut 24 to 30 cups of tea.  I like to get 2 oz until I find I really love the tea.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 11, 2009, 06:19:33 pm
Great!!!  Thank you again.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 11, 2009, 06:23:22 pm
Has anyone tried Yin Yang Dragon Rooibos (http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-3356897-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3D7080D2E3-0C26-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FThe-Teas%2FNew-Teas%2FYin-Yang-Dragon-Rooibos-Tea.axd&cjsku=X01+10+09+23+3)(http://www.awltovhc.com/image-3356897-10555880)?

deb

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 11, 2009, 07:11:20 pm
I've been looking at the Rooibos.  It has some claims that it can help with allergies.  Does anyone have any experience with either just the flavor of these teas, or the allergy benefits?
deb

It hasn't helped my allergies at all. I'm curious how much or often you have to drink it to get the effect.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 11, 2009, 07:28:06 pm
I have really mild allergies. I normally sneeze and get red eyes. I have been drinking 16 ounces of Red Tea in the morning for about a year now. I have yet to take my Zyrtek (sp) this year.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MonaSW on June 11, 2009, 07:38:41 pm
Having a nice cup of Earl Grey this evening. Ahhh.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 12, 2009, 06:09:46 am
I have been searching all morning for a teamaker for when I get some loose tea.  Then it occurred to me, I have a coffee press.  After a little bit of searching I discovered that it will work well with my loose teas as well.  I'm happy.  Off to place another order.
Thank you enablers.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 12, 2009, 06:22:21 am
If you have used the coffee press for coffee you will not want to make tea in it. I would suggest another coffee press or one of the perfect teamakers from Teavana or Gschwender or an infuser basket.

http://www.teamerchants.com/buy/3/41/281/Large-Tea-Filter/3132.aspx Tea Filter
http://www.teamerchants.com/buy/3/41/6000.aspx Teamaker
http://www.teavana.com/Loose-Leaf-Teas/Perfect-Tea-Accessories/Teavana-Perfect-Tea-Maker-16oz.axd Tea Maker
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 12, 2009, 06:24:55 am
I was just thinking that.  I was thinking about the oils that coffee has that might effect the tea.  Thanks for confirming that for me.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on June 12, 2009, 02:18:45 pm
I use a 4 cup coffee press, bought just for tea. Hubby has his own 2 cup press for coffee. and neer the twain shall meet. :)

Funny thing. I broke mine.. almost cried (really) then realized SBX sold them, so I ran down to pick one up, and the little barrista goes, "Oh don't you love coffee made in the press" I said "good gods no. I hate coffee. This is for my tea." She's startled and sputters, "but, but it's a coffee press!"
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 12, 2009, 03:35:08 pm
ok I did an experiment. I left my blooming tea flower ( peach momotaro ) in the pot now for 2 days. Day 1 I made 2 pichers and put the second one in the fridge, drank some the next day. Rebrewed it last night and put back in the fridge. Just had some and it's great.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: kevindorsey on June 12, 2009, 03:46:16 pm
Great, Strong Black tea.  Ahmad is good.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 12, 2009, 07:00:49 pm
I left my blooming Minty Divinity in the fridge last night.  I just warmed up a cup and it tastes amazing.  I boiled more water, covered it again, and will try it again tomorrow to see how it tastes.  It looks just as good as the first pot. 
I stopped at Bed, Bath and Beyond and looked at a new coffee press, but since my loose teas haven't arrived yet anyway, I decided not to purchase today.  Had the grandsons with me and they weren't that crazy about looking for tea pots.  LOL
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 12, 2009, 07:10:25 pm
ARRGGGHHHH I have four months...

Makes list

1) Florist
2) Photographer
3) Officiant
4) Alcohol for tonight
5) Alcohol for the next four months
6) Alcohol for the event
7) Music

going to get a beer now. I think I am past tea...
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 12, 2009, 07:14:40 pm
ARRGGGHHHH I have four months...

Makes list

1) Florist
2) Photographer
3) Officiant
4) Alcohol for tonight
5) Alcohol for the next four months
6) Alcohol for the event
7) Music

going to get a beer now. I think I am past tea...

Somewhere along the line I think I missed the post that said you were getting married.  But I think it's pretty clear with the above post. 
My best friend's daughter is getting married in just a few weeks.  I know it's frustrating.  Hang in there. 
Your post really made me chuckle.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: 1131 on June 12, 2009, 07:26:26 pm
I'm still waiting for may Tevanna order but this darjeeling I'm drinking right now tastes pretty good.  Although I think I read in some posts that it tastes like feet.  I have a coffee press I will have to try on my tea tomorrow.  It's an unused gift because I don't like coffee.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 12, 2009, 07:32:52 pm
I'm still waiting for may Tevanna order but this darjeeling I'm drinking right now tastes pretty good.  Although I think I read in some posts that it tastes like feet.  I have a coffee press I will have to try on my tea tomorrow.  It's an unused gift because I don't like coffee.

It was an Oolong that tasted like feet. The tea store owner sold a poster a weight loss Oolong with instructions to steep it for 8 minutes (or something really silly). It sounded like a bad tea to start with that was way over steeped.

Somewhere along the line I think I missed the post that said you were getting married.  But I think it's pretty clear with the above post. 
My best friend's daughter is getting married in just a few weeks.  I know it's frustrating.  Hang in there. 
Your post really made me chuckle.
deb

Yup. In October. We got engaged last July.  It seemed like enough time....
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 12, 2009, 08:21:02 pm
I still can't get over that oolong feet comment.  I need to taste some at Teavana before I buy any.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on June 13, 2009, 05:30:59 am
little bit of a scratchy throat this morning when I woke up.. gonna do lemon tea with honey.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 13, 2009, 05:39:23 am
I resteeped my Minty Divinity six times.  The sixth time, this morning, is looking a bit weak. 
I think I'll do the Strawberry next.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on June 13, 2009, 09:09:15 am
I resteeped my Minty Divinity six times.
deb

I really wish they sold this one separately.  :-\
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 13, 2009, 09:17:59 am
I know, frojazz, I was very disappointed to find I could not get it or the others they sent in my box except in the box set I just bought.  It is so very good. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 13, 2009, 02:26:43 pm
I just got back from Teavana and they had the Imperial Blooming set on sale 30% off. It's not the same as the one currently on their website as it only comes with 2 tins but I bought it anyway. I'm going to give it to my mom. I got her a Zarafina awhile back.

I'm having some iced fruita bomba for lunch.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 13, 2009, 02:41:38 pm
I want to go to a Teavana store sooooo bad.     

I went to their site, checked and there is a Teavana at the Ross Park Mall in Pittsburgh.   That's not exactly close, but probably worth a visit. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Sailor on June 13, 2009, 03:21:31 pm
I am very Tea'ed Off today so I am drinking coffee.

Sailor
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 13, 2009, 06:35:45 pm
I want to go to a Teavana store sooooo bad.     

I went to their site, checked and there is a Teavana at the Ross Park Mall in Pittsburgh.   That's not exactly close, but probably worth a visit. 
deb
When you go take lots of money.  Once I start smelling and tasting the various teas...I always spend way more than I expect to.  I bought a zarafina for my daughter's house today so when I visit I'll be able to maintain the standard of tea I've become accustomed to. 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 13, 2009, 06:42:48 pm
Thank you for that advice, Cowgirl.  I have some things in my shopping cart online, but I think I'll wait and make a trip in person.  I think that will be more fun.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: VictoriaP on June 13, 2009, 07:39:13 pm
Thank you for that advice, Cowgirl.  I have some things in my shopping cart online, but I think I'll wait and make a trip in person.  I think that will be more fun.
deb

Just be forewarned, I've found that they aren't carrying some teas in the stores, but I can get them on their site.  The Rooibos Vanilla is one--neither of the closest stores has it any longer, but it's still available online.   ???
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MonaSW on June 13, 2009, 09:18:11 pm
Another of my favorite teas is Wild Sweet Orange by Tazo.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 14, 2009, 05:09:46 am
Just be forewarned, I've found that they aren't carrying some teas in the stores, but I can get them on their site.  The Rooibos Vanilla is one--neither of the closest stores has it any longer, but it's still available online.   ???
Good to know.  I don't order online.  I need to smell before I buy!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 14, 2009, 06:57:53 am
I checked out how far it is to a Teavana store.  About 45 or 50 minutes.  In Sunday traffic that should be accurate.  So I was looking at the mall site to make sure the Teavana store had not closed.  It is still there, and guess what?   It's right next door to Godivas!!!  This is going to be a really good day. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 14, 2009, 09:32:30 am
I checked out how far it is to a Teavana store.  About 45 or 50 minutes.  In Sunday traffic that should be accurate.  So I was looking at the mall site to make sure the Teavana store had not closed.  It is still there, and guess what?   It's right next door to Godivas!!!  This is going to be a really good day. 
deb

LOL what a great combination. Enjoy yourself. As a proud American I want to say Thank you for helping to stimulate the economy.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 14, 2009, 10:38:21 pm
ok, the pina colada herbal tea at Teavana is awesome. Can't really taste the pineapple, but the coconut shows up and there is a nice jamaica/hibiscus base. Tres yummy.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 15, 2009, 04:57:39 am
oooh....Godiva and Tea...If you like chocolate try Teavana's Azteca Fire (http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-3356897-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3D1480D2E3-0C26-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FTea-Gift-Center%2FGifts-for-Any-Taste%2FGift-Ideas-for-Spicy-Friends%2FAzteca-Fire-Herbal-Tea.axd&cjsku=X01+09+08+14+3)(http://www.lduhtrp.net/image-3356897-10555880). I think it's a Rooibos.  

(http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Teavana/X01%2009%2008%2014_d?.jpg) (http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-3356897-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3D1480D2E3-0C26-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FTea-Gift-Center%2FGifts-for-Any-Taste%2FGift-Ideas-for-Spicy-Friends%2FAzteca-Fire-Herbal-Tea.axd&cjsku=X01+09+08+14+3)
(http://www.awltovhc.com/image-3356897-10555880)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 15, 2009, 06:55:40 am
Actually it is a herbal. No rooibos found in it.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 15, 2009, 09:24:37 am
So, for breakfast I had my Rooibos with lemon. For lunch I am having my Earl Grey Imperior. mmm tea
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 15, 2009, 09:57:48 am
I had Rooibus Orange for breakfast.  Resteeped with some Ginseng Vitality Rooibus for my mid morning iced tea. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 15, 2009, 10:04:10 am
I am onto a cup (does 24 ounces count as a cup?) of Genmaicha.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 15, 2009, 10:08:00 am
I've been calling 22oz. a cup.  So go for it.  

I spent a ton of money at the Teavana store (http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-3356897-10552961)(http://www.tqlkg.com/image-3356897-10552961) yesterday.  But I can tell you this, I'm very happy with my purchases.  I'm working caffeine out of my system gradually.  I'm happier with the flavors than I ever would have dreamed I'd be.  Thank you to all of you enablers for steering me in the right direction.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 15, 2009, 10:12:55 am
I wish I could do the save the tea in the fridge thing but most of my tea is drunk at work and I can't see it being easily found in the work fridge. Never mind what it might end up absorbing while sitting in the fridge. I could work on resteeping the last batch of tea I suppose. But then I might not want that same tea. The hard questions in life.

I am going to point out that with the resteeping, that 2 ounce of tea goes a lot further then the bag tells you. 2 ounces make 30 cups of tea. If you are able to resteep, 2 ounces seems to make closer to 60 cups of tea. Further dropping the cost of your tea. Aint life wonderful.

drenee, why do you need to cut caffeine out of your diet? Are low levels of caffeine ok? If so you can stick with greens and white teas. I know that I have fibrous breasts and that my doctor freaked out when I came back from studying in Italy. I had been drinking five to six shots of espresso a day (think in lattes and other espresso based drinks). She ordered me off caffeine real fast. I didn't start drinking caffeine again until late in grad school and then that was in my tea and the occassional soft drink.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 15, 2009, 10:40:52 am
Prof, I have had a duodenal ulcer, and at times a bleeding duodenal ulcer, for 40-plus years.  They always take me off the coffee and tea and then over time I start drinking them again.  Coffee, because of the acid in it, is actually the one I need to get rid of the most.   
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 15, 2009, 10:43:16 am
Gotcha. What does your doctor say about the lower caffeine teas? I would think that whites would not be bad for you, they have less caffeine and they are not acidic in nature. I can see where you would need to avoid anything in the Earl Grey family and all of the Oolongs.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 15, 2009, 10:46:30 am
Yesterday I stuck with the Rooibus teas.  They seem to have a lot of ingredients to help stomach problems, allergies, etc.  I am going to go make a note in my tea catalog to stay away from the ones you've mentioned.  I would not have know that.  Thank you. 
I visited my doctor this morning actually.  Scheduled an endoscopy for next month.  He was very pleased with my research (i.e. asking you guys lots of questions), and my choices. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 15, 2009, 10:50:07 am
Earl Grey's have bergamot which can be hard on the stomach. I know I struggle with Earl Grey's unless I am eating something. The Oolong's are processed in a slightly different way. I love them but they are stronger then most of the black teas that I drink. Which strikes me as weird because Oolongs are fired longer then a green but shorter then a black.

I would read the descriptions of teas carefully. Some of them discuss the level of acidity in the tea. I would suggest avoiding Sencha's. I love my sencha but I find that it is a bit harder to handle on an empty stomach then the banchas. That is my own experience, maybe others can chime in.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 15, 2009, 10:50:47 am
You are such a wealth of information, Prof, thank you.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 15, 2009, 10:52:08 am
Just sharing my personal observations. I would hate for you to have a tea and have it cause problems for you. I think different people respond to the various ingredients differently. What is fine for one person is not fine for the others.

But thank you. (blushes)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: 1131 on June 16, 2009, 12:51:29 am
I got my 1st Tevanna order today.  I tried the English Breakfast (http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-3356897-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3DEE7ED2E3-0C26-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FLoose-Leaf-Teas%2FBlack-Tea%2FEnglish-Breakfast-High-Grown-Black-Tea.axd&cjsku=X01+01+00+10+4)(http://www.awltovhc.com/image-3356897-10555880).  It was very good.  Now I have to decide what to try next.  Lets see, Black? Green? Herbal? Maybe I'll just close my eyes and pick one at random.

(http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Teavana/X01%2001%2000%2010_d?.jpg) (http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-3356897-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3DEE7ED2E3-0C26-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FLoose-Leaf-Teas%2FBlack-Tea%2FEnglish-Breakfast-High-Grown-Black-Tea.axd&cjsku=X01+01+00+10+4)(http://www.ftjcfx.com/image-3356897-10555880)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 16, 2009, 03:28:25 am
imallbs, good luck.  I had such a hard time deciding. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 16, 2009, 06:01:07 am
heheheh let us know what your tastes normally run (Fruit, mint, strong, mild) and we might have a suggestion or two.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: vikingwarrior22 on June 16, 2009, 07:11:51 am
Not to be thoiught a goofball, ;) however I really like Lipton Tea in a bag best....vw
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 16, 2009, 07:20:28 am
What other teas have you tried?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: sam on June 16, 2009, 08:39:18 am
So I am not sure if anyone has posted this or not, but I love this teapot!

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41ExOnEAcUL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Adagio-Teas-0-Ingenuitea-Teapot/dp/B000FPN8TK%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB000FPN8TK)

My mom got it for me and I make tea almost everyday now.  I even use it to put over ice and it works great for that as well.  You can also use loose tea leaves or bags.

I thought I would share because I don't think I can live without it now!

Sam
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 16, 2009, 09:02:38 am
Yup. It is a great idea. Teavana and Gschwender sell some thing similar. I would say 75% of the people posting in this thread have one. (looks at hers).

What type of tea do you drink? Where do you get it from? What are your favorites? Do share.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Chad Winters on June 16, 2009, 09:04:55 am
I noticed one of the commenters brought up the question of BPA containing plastic.  The FDA recently started rasing warning flags about heating liquids in BPA plastic. I wonder if all 3 version contain that?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Chad Winters on June 16, 2009, 09:06:42 am
Oh...to answer my own question:

Teavana.com:
 "Teavana® Perfect Tea Maker (32oz.)
The Teavana Perfect Teamaker creates the perfect cup of tea for tea lovers on the go. Just add loose tea, 32oz of hot water and steep. Drain the tea by placing it onto your favorite mug. Prepares four 8oz cups of tea. Dishwasher safe.
 
Does not contain Bisphenol A (BPA). Fits perfectly on our Perfect Tea Pitcher for those making iced tea. "

Teavana Perfect Tea Maker (32oz.) (http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-3356897-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3DD17ED2E3-0C26-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FTea-Products%2FTea-Makers-Infusers%2FTeavana-Perfect-Tea-Maker-32oz.axd&cjsku=PAC+TE+TM+LG)(http://www.awltovhc.com/image-3356897-10555880)

(http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Teavana/PAC%20TE%20TM%20LG_d?.jpg) (http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-3356897-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3DD17ED2E3-0C26-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FTea-Products%2FTea-Makers-Infusers%2FTeavana-Perfect-Tea-Maker-32oz.axd&cjsku=PAC+TE+TM+LG)(http://www.lduhtrp.net/image-3356897-10555880)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: sam on June 16, 2009, 09:19:15 am
We have a hot water spickit?? that is really hot so my tea is instantanious!  No BPA worries for me...

Sam
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 16, 2009, 11:01:17 am
We have a hot water spickit?? that is really hot so my tea is instantanious!  No BPA worries for me...

Sam

One small problem... Water that hot should only be used with black teas and some darjeelings and Oolongs. It should not be used for green or whaite teas. They are too delicate to handle that hot temperature and the tea does not taste as good.

Which is why I have my Zarafina. Perfect tea temperatures.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41UQRS7I2vL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Zarafina-Maker-Suite-Ceramic-Serving/dp/B000HJNJNO%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB000HJNJNO)

For the record, the Oolongs do not seem to do well with a second steeping. My Formosa Oolong is pretty weak the second time around.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: 1131 on June 16, 2009, 10:48:38 pm
I'm drinking Tevanna's Gyokuro Imperial (http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-3356897-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3D317FD2E3-0C26-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FLoose-Leaf-Teas%2FThe-Doctors-Green-Teas%2FGyokuro-Imperial-Green-Tea.axd&cjsku=X01+03+02+07)(http://www.tqlkg.com/image-3356897-10555880) right now.  I don't think I've had a green tea that can compare to this one.  How will I ever go back to China Tips?

(http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Teavana/X01%2003%2002%2007_d?.jpg) (http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-3356897-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3D317FD2E3-0C26-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FLoose-Leaf-Teas%2FThe-Doctors-Green-Teas%2FGyokuro-Imperial-Green-Tea.axd&cjsku=X01+03+02+07)(http://www.lduhtrp.net/image-3356897-10555880)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 17, 2009, 06:41:10 am
heheheh Welcome to the joy that is loose leaf tea. It tastes so good and has so many health benefits. The experimentation is half the fun.

There are plenty of ways to take your loose leaf tea with you on the road. You can buy filter bags that you put the loose leaf into and then dispose of. I use them on plane flights.

I did find a bagged loose leaf that is really good that I would buy. It is produced by Harney and Sons. The dragon pearl jasmine actually is dragon pearls. They are in a silk satchel that allows the tea to fully open. Not so much with the dragon pearls because the pearls really need a ton of space but the 6 other teas that they had opened quite nicely.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 17, 2009, 06:43:06 am
http://www.harney.com/wrappedsachets.html

It looks like they sell loose leaf tea as well. I am not sure if I like their tea better then Gschwender or Teavan but their tea bags are awesome.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 17, 2009, 11:11:33 am
Question for those who resteep. I am noticing that I get more tea out of my second pot. I think it is because the leaves have already been expanded in their first use so the water is not absorbed into the tea leaves on the second pot. Has anyone else noticed this?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 17, 2009, 11:13:21 am
I haven't noticed volume wise, but I've been pretty much exclusively been using my new glass pot and it holds a lot so I wouldn't notice a small difference in volume in it. Your hypothesis makes sense though.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on June 17, 2009, 11:54:30 am
Question for those who resteep. I am noticing that I get more tea out of my second pot. I think it is because the leaves have already been expanded in their first use so the water is not absorbed into the tea leaves on the second pot. Has anyone else noticed this?

This happens to me as well.  I notice it particularly in my Zarafina.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on June 17, 2009, 08:58:21 pm
My DD came home from a visit to San Francisco today, and she brought mom a present . Lupicia Tea, in my alltime favorite flavor. Hibiscus cinnamon. I have been out for a couple weeks. I am happy tonight drinking my way through my 4th cup.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 18, 2009, 05:49:48 am
LOL that is great! It is amazing how easy it is to miss a favorite tea.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 18, 2009, 06:11:52 pm
I'm finally home after traveling for over a week.  First thing before I unpacked I brewed a pot of Pacific Sunrise (Rooibos)...oh it's good to be home.  I missed all the tea chatter.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Aravis60 on June 18, 2009, 08:20:14 pm
I've been having trouble sleeping lately, so right now I am having a cup of Sleepytime before I go to bed.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 18, 2009, 08:22:28 pm
Help it works. If you have not tried it loose leaf chamomile is awesome. The whole flower tea tastes so much better then the bagged stuff. It is one of my all time favorites.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Aravis60 on June 18, 2009, 08:25:22 pm
Thanks for the tip. I'll have to get some. I had the insomnia under control for a while, but it really seems to be coming back.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: KBoards Admin on June 18, 2009, 10:18:07 pm
Hey, you tea passionistas,
  This tea thread has come to the attention of the folks at Teavana, and they've set me up with some affiliate links. So, from time to time, I'll be putting text and image links into the posts in this thread. Using those links will result in you getting great tea products, and will help support our forums at the same time.
  Thanks, Teavana.

Teavana: Healthy, delicious Teas (http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-3356897-10552961)(http://www.tqlkg.com/image-3356897-10552961)

Direct link: http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-3356897-10552961
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 19, 2009, 05:36:14 am
Awesome Harvey....I'm one of Teavana's best customers.  I even talked a Teavana Salesperson this week into going to Tuesday Morning to buy a Zarafina...Maybe they will contact you next.  There's a lot of chatter about the Zarafina on here!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 19, 2009, 05:38:29 am
I forgot to add I'm drinking a cup of Teavana's  Cloud 9 Rooibos as I type this.

(http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Teavana/X01%2010%2009%2017_d?.jpg) (http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-3313010-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3D5C80D2E3-0C26-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FThe-Teas%2FRooibos-Teas%2FCloud-9-Rooibos-Tea.axd&cjsku=X01+10+09+17+3)(http://www.ftjcfx.com/image-3313010-10555880)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 19, 2009, 05:40:05 am
Oh my gosh, that is so exciting, Harvey. 
When I did an on-line order week before last and filled out the questionnaire I said I had heard through Kindleboards.  And then when I went to a store in Pittsburgh on Sunday I told them I was there because of Kindleboards.  I will definitely be doing more ordering from Teavana.  And now I feel even better about it. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 19, 2009, 06:00:55 am
Do we get a discount? It is only fair given the amount of business we have sent their way.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 19, 2009, 06:03:47 am
Do we get a discount? It is only fair given the amount of business we have sent their way.
Yes we have.  I have a question for you......I brew my Rooibos on the herbal setting on the Zarafina.  Is that the right setting?  It tastes great but maybe it would be even better if I used a different setting....just not sure.   
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 19, 2009, 06:12:23 am
I use the herbal setting for my Rooibos. hmmm a discount. I might need to get tea from teavana again.

Do I get a larger discount for enabling everyone? :-P
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 19, 2009, 06:12:57 am
You definitely enabled me!! 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 19, 2009, 06:14:31 am
Yep...you are definitely an enabler.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 19, 2009, 06:16:14 am
Harvey,

How did they find out about us? I know that we have sent about 10 or 11 folks to their stores and websites but I didn't think they would notice that. This really is awesome. I am excited for the board and the revenue we will generate for the board.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 19, 2009, 06:24:05 am
I would like to know how they found out also.  I know I've sent two emails in the last week, and I referenced Kindleboards.  Perhaps others have done the same when asked how they found out about Teavana. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 19, 2009, 06:26:52 am
heheheh I should have said something when I submitted my order to Gschwender. (grins)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 19, 2009, 06:28:26 am
I am also a Teavana fan on Facebook and referenced the kindle boards there.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 19, 2009, 06:32:21 am
LOL Awesome
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on June 19, 2009, 06:47:26 am
Well, since so many of you were talking about rebrewing your teas, I tried it this morning with my tea from last night. that was a no-go. But it made me wonder how much actual liquid tea total are you getting from each brewing? one brewing for me is about 6 cups. so if you get 3 brewings of 2 cups each we are about the same. I use about 1 1/2-2 tsp of loose tea and get a nice strong brew from a rooibos based tea.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 19, 2009, 06:52:21 am
I have tried re-steeping three different teas and they were not strong enough for my liking. So I won't be doing any more re-steeping.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 19, 2009, 06:55:59 am
I have experimented with the reinfusions as well with very good results.  I have a 22oz. tea pot and refused my Rooibos three times and each pot was very good. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 19, 2009, 07:41:44 am
I think it is based on how strong you like your tea. I have my Zarafina set for strong and bagged. The bagged setting makes it brew the tea a bit longer making it a bit stronger. The re-steeped tea tastes fine, it is just not strong enough for my liking. Maybe I will try tossing in half the amount I normally use and see if that adds enough punch for me.

Are we the first non-Kindle related product to gain an affiliate?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 19, 2009, 07:45:46 am
I don't know if Endless would be considered K related or not.  Don't they sell shoes and handbags? 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 19, 2009, 07:53:32 am
Cool Harvey. Most likely they found out from the links here to their site.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 19, 2009, 08:06:07 am
The bummer is that the link does not work while I am at work. I can open Teavana's site fine but the link that opens the site is considered a popup. Harvey, could you just put in the URL without the hard link. That way I could copy and paste it in and get to the site.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Anju No. 469 on June 19, 2009, 03:51:27 pm
I do plan to go to the Mexican website - thanks ProfCrash tea enabler - soon, but will definitely do through KB.

Thanks Harvey
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: KBoards Admin on June 19, 2009, 05:11:45 pm
The bummer is that the link does not work while I am at work. I can open Teavana's site fine but the link that opens the site is considered a popup. Harvey, could you just put in the URL without the hard link. That way I could copy and paste it in and get to the site.

Yes, here it is: http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-3356897-10552961

I put it in my earlier post in this thread, as well. Thanks!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: KBoards Admin on June 19, 2009, 05:15:07 pm
...
Are we the first non-Kindle related product to gain an affiliate?

Yes, and I think it's remarkable that, from the enthusiasm of this single thread, Teavana is interested in a relationship with KindleBoards. They are even considering being a "sponsor" of this thread, which could lead to some giveaways or special discounts. They seem to be great to work with. I believe they're based out of Atlanta.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 19, 2009, 05:25:57 pm
Wonderful news!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 19, 2009, 05:28:32 pm
WOOHOOO Go tea thread. We seriously need a tea enabler signature bar. Anyone know how to make one?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 19, 2009, 05:34:32 pm
Harvey, you posted the link earlier. I need the URl so I can access it at work. At work, clicking on the link caused the filter to kick blocking an ad. By cutting and pasting the URl I can get around that. Silly, I know, but it is what I have to do.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 19, 2009, 07:02:58 pm
Yahoo!!!!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: KBoards Admin on June 19, 2009, 07:08:13 pm
Oh my gosh, that is so exciting, Harvey.  
When I did an on-line order week before last and filled out the questionnaire I said I had heard through Kindleboards.  And then when I went to a store in Pittsburgh on Sunday I told them I was there because of Kindleboards.  I will definitely be doing more ordering from Teavana.  And now I feel even better about it.  
deb

I think your references to KindleBoards definitely made a difference - - thanks!!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: KBoards Admin on June 19, 2009, 07:10:20 pm
Harvey, you posted the link earlier. I need the URl so I can access it at work. At work, clicking on the link caused the filter to kick blocking an ad. By cutting and pasting the URl I can get around that. Silly, I know, but it is what I have to do.

Hmm, does it work if you copy/paste the URL below (rather than clicking on it)?

http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-3356897-10552961

That's the only way to get to the Teavana site and pass it our affiliate information. It's a redirected link, so I guess that is why your setup is blocking it. Sorry for that inconvenience!!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 19, 2009, 07:25:33 pm
Yup the copy and paste normally works on sites that don't work. Thanks!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: 1131 on June 19, 2009, 10:50:54 pm
I'm enjoying my 1st taste of Teavana's Monkey Picked Oolong as I am reading this thread.  While it is very good, Oolong isn't my most favoritist tea - which is good considering how much it costs.

I can see from this thread that I will also be purusing tea accessories.  
I picked this up as a Christmas gift.  After reading how much people here like it....I don't know.  I keep telling myself I don't have any place to put it and I really do need to use it as a gift, right?
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31M%2Bg07o7oL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Zarafina-Maker-Suite-Ceramic-Serving/dp/B000HJNJNO%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB000HJNJNO)

This, on the other hand, may work fine

(http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Teavana/PAC%20TE%20TM%20LG_d?.jpg) (http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-3356897-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3DD17ED2E3-0C26-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FTea-Products%2FTea-Makers-Infusers%2FTeavana-Perfect-Tea-Maker-32oz.axd&cjsku=PAC+TE+TM+LG)(http://www.lduhtrp.net/image-3356897-10555880)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on June 20, 2009, 05:55:11 am
I'm enjoying my 1st taste of Teavana's Monkey Picked Oolong as I am reading this thread.  While it is very good, Oolong isn't my most favoritist tea - which is good considering how much it costs.

I can see from this thread that I will also be purusing tea accessories.  
I picked this up as a Christmas gift.  After reading how much people here like it....I don't know.  I keep telling myself I don't have any place to put it and I really do need to use it as a gift, right?
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31M%2Bg07o7oL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Zarafina-Maker-Suite-Ceramic-Serving/dp/B000HJNJNO%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB000HJNJNO)

This, on the other hand, may work fine

(http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Teavana/PAC%20TE%20TM%20LG_d?.jpg) (http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-3356897-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3DD17ED2E3-0C26-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FTea-Products%2FTea-Makers-Infusers%2FTeavana-Perfect-Tea-Maker-32oz.axd&cjsku=PAC+TE+TM+LG)(http://www.lduhtrp.net/image-3356897-10555880)

The Zarafina is AWESOME and you will hate yourself if you don't get it. ;D  Seriously, though, I have the perfect teamaker from Teavana, (two in the 16 oz size and one in the 32 oz size). then I got a Zarafina to use at the office and LOVED it so much I bought another one for at home and one for my daughter for Christmas.  I'll still use the perfect tea maker, it'll travel with me on vacations.  The larger perfect teamaker will get use when I want more than one large cup of tea at a time.  But I'm hooked on my Zarafina and use it every day.  The teas I've had from my Zarafina have been fabulous because it factors out my human errors (water not hot enough or TOO hot, brewing too long, etc.).  I can't say enough positive things about it.  GET ONE!  :)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 20, 2009, 06:37:58 am
Songbird is right on.  I loved the perfect teamaker but if you overbrew some of the teas you will have to throw it out.  The Zarafina makes the tea to perfection for exactly the right amount of time and then dispenses it.  I bought 3 of them.  2 for home (one in case something happens to the first one) and one to lealve at my daughters since I'm there so much.  
GET ONE!
I trying to figure out what flavor to start my day off.....

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31M%2Bg07o7oL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Zarafina-Maker-Suite-Ceramic-Serving/dp/B000HJNJNO%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB000HJNJNO)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 20, 2009, 08:41:14 am
heheheh

I use my Zarafina at the office, I don't have one at home. I have a larger glass tea pot and a heat pad that I use. Itend to like my teas stronger then most folks so I rarely have to throw away a pot of tea.

The perfect teamaker is great. I have one in the office for friends to use and one at home for when I want a smaller amount of tea.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 20, 2009, 08:43:57 am
For my first pot fo the day I went with Jasmine Dragon Pearls (Green Tea)  with Rooibos Tropica mix

(http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Teavana/X01%2006%2005%2001_d?.jpg) (http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-3356897-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3DAE7FD2E3-0C26-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FLoose-Leaf-Teas%2FGreen-Tea%2FJasmine-Dragon-Phoenix-Pearls-Scented-Green-Tea.axd&cjsku=X01+06+05+01+2)(http://www.lduhtrp.net/image-3356897-10555880)  (http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Teavana/X01%2010%2009%2000_d?.jpg) (http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-3356897-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3D3080D2E3-0C26-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FTea-Gift-Center%2FGifts-for-Any-Taste%2FGift-Ideas-for-Sweet-Friends%2FRooibos-Tropica-Rooibos-Tea.axd&cjsku=X01+10+09+00+3)(http://www.ftjcfx.com/image-3356897-10555880)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 20, 2009, 08:45:48 am
hmmm interesting mix. I love my Jasmine Dragon Pearls solo.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 20, 2009, 08:50:08 am
hmmm interesting mix. I love my Jasmine Dragon Pearls solo.
I love the way those Pearls blow up!  I think I had that mix at the store so out of habbit I mix them together. I will have to try it solo next time.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 20, 2009, 08:51:51 am
A friend of mine at worked called the pearls my seaweed tea. The name has stuck. (grins)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 20, 2009, 08:53:34 am
Your friend is right...it does look like seaweed after it "Blows Up"....
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 20, 2009, 11:06:23 am
Our new favorite iced tea for the summer, pina colada herbal tea with Torani guava syrup. Yummmm

(http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Teavana/X01%2009%2008%2002_d?.jpg) (http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-3313010-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3D9D1E464B-152A-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FThe-Teas%2FHerbal-Teas%2FPina-Colada-Herbal-Tea.axd&cjsku=X01+09+08+02+3)(http://www.awltovhc.com/image-3313010-10555880)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 20, 2009, 11:37:22 am
Our new favorite iced tea for the summer, pina colada herbal tea with Torani guava syrup. Yummmm
Ohhhh I love pina colada flavored anything.  I bought the Pacific Sunrise Rooibos just for that reason.  

(http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Teavana/X01%2010%2009%2021_d?.jpg) (http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-3313010-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3D6880D2E3-0C26-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FThe-Teas%2FRooibos-Teas%2FPacific-Sunrise-Rooibos-Tea.axd&cjsku=X01+10+09+21+3)
(http://www.tqlkg.com/image-3313010-10555880)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: VictoriaP on June 20, 2009, 01:58:23 pm
Our new favorite iced tea for the summer, pina colada herbal tea with Torani guava syrup. Yummmm

YUM!!!  That sounds delicious!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: 1131 on June 20, 2009, 02:08:16 pm
You all are so bad.  Do you haunt the accessories board too?  :D

I seriously do not have room for the Zarafina.  I have two counters, the longest of which is 2 1/2 feet and my cupboards are full, so until until the remodeling genie visits me (right after the unlimited money genie stops by), there will be no more small appliances.  I'll just have to be very careful when brewing my tea and be jealous of my sister since she is getting the Zarafina.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: 1131 on June 20, 2009, 03:01:20 pm
I have to take back what I said about Teavana's (http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-3356897-10552961)(http://www.tqlkg.com/image-3356897-10552961) Monkey Picked Oolong, the part about it not being a favorite.  This is a great tea.  After I finished it all I wanted was more. <sigh> I guess I just have great taste.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 20, 2009, 03:33:15 pm
I'll have to try the pacific sunrise too. We just tried the pina colada for the first time last weekend and we are almost out of the 2oz I bought for tasting. We will be buying it it's own large tin and filling it up. My daughter loves it.

The zarafina is really nice. I will admit I haven't used mine once since I got the (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41A2qUk9AUL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Zojirushi-CD-WBC40-4-Liter-Electric-Champagne/dp/B00114Z464%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB00114Z464) it's been very convenient and we have replaced the coffee pot too. We just use the hot water out of it for tea coffee or whatever else we need hot water for. I do keep the zarafina out just in case.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: kevindorsey on June 20, 2009, 04:58:42 pm
Ahmad Tea is my favourite. 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 20, 2009, 06:38:03 pm
Ahmad Tea is my favourite. 
OOOOH...what is that?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 21, 2009, 08:10:07 am
I made a pitcher of apricot honey rooibos iced tea for breakfast. Too hot here for hot tea in the summer.







It's not teavana tea, just thought I'd let Harvey know before he spends forever searching their site for the link. LOL

Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 21, 2009, 08:23:58 am
I'm on my fourth cup of Strawberry Parasio White tea.  It tastes like strawberries and popcorn.  Two of my favorite things.  Now let's see if I can get the picture in my post....hmmm can't do it through linkmaker ...how do I do this????
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 21, 2009, 08:28:18 am
I was wondering how Harvey was making the links too.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 21, 2009, 08:52:07 am
At one point in time I had the html code memorized for pictures and picture links. That was when I was in grad school, supervising a survey lab, and spent most of my time goofing off on the net.

I am finding that I drink most of my tea at the office. I tend to only have a pot or two on the weekends at home.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on June 21, 2009, 01:08:04 pm
Yesterday I stopped at Teavana and this morning I tried some of my new teas.  I mixed the Six Summits Oolong (http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-3356897-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3D0E7FD2E3-0C26-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FThe-Teas%2FOolong-Teas%2FSix-Summits-Oolong-Tea.axd&cjsku=X01+02+01+07+2)(http://www.ftjcfx.com/image-3356897-10555880) with Sweet Fruit Garden (http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-3356897-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3D1880D2E3-0C26-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FThe-Teas%2FHerbal-Teas%2FSweet-Fruit-Garden-Herbal-Tea.axd&cjsku=X01+09+08+18+3)(http://www.ftjcfx.com/image-3356897-10555880). Now I'm waiting for the second infusion to finish brewing.  YUM!  I also picked up some Peach Tranquility  (http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-3356897-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3D2080D2E3-0C26-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FThe-Teas%2FHerbal-Teas%2FPeach-Tranquility-Herbal-Tea.axd&cjsku=X01+09+08+20+3)(http://www.lduhtrp.net/image-3356897-10555880) and some Maracuya Passion Oolong  (http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-3356897-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3D177FD2E3-0C26-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FThe-Teas%2FOolong-Teas%2FMaracuya-Passion-Oolong-Tea.axd&cjsku=X01+02+01+10+3)(http://www.awltovhc.com/image-3356897-10555880) to blend.  I'll try that one tomorrow.  The girl at Teavana suggested Peach Tranquility with Sencha as well so I'll probably get some of that next time.  

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: PJP on June 21, 2009, 03:12:50 pm
Has anyone ordered from adagio ? I ordered from them a few years ago and was very pleased but have been ordering from Gschwendner . I really love Gschwendner but adagio's shipping is only 3.75 for me .
PJP
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: KBoards Admin on June 21, 2009, 03:12:58 pm
I was wondering how Harvey was making the links too.

It's kind of a manual exercise: I have to sign into the affiliates area for Teavana, search for the product, and generate a link. Then convert that link from HTML to bbcode. There's no link-making tool that would make that easier, unfortunately.

If you want, you can insert a picture of course by pulling the image location from the Teavana product pages, and wrapping it in IMG tags. But it would not be a clickable image link.

Maybe something will occur to me to make this a little easier, but in the meantime I've added it to my daily "walk the beat" routine here at KindleBoards. :)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on June 21, 2009, 03:27:28 pm
Has anyone ordered from adagio ? I ordered from them a few years ago and was very pleased but have been ordering from Gschwendner . I really love Gschwendner but adagio's shipping is only 3.75 for me .
PJP

I got a Rooibos sampler from adagio, through Amazon, and it was wonderful (if I do this right the link will be below... it's my first attempt at creating a link).  I would totally order from them again.

Rooibos Teas Sampler, 6 tins (http://www.amazon.com/Rooibos-Teas-Sampler-6-tins/dp/B0000CFXYA%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB0000CFXYA)

eta: no picture, but that's the link.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: KBoards Admin on June 21, 2009, 03:29:47 pm
That's a perfect link - thanks, Songbird! Here's the image link, too:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/514NGK8RFVL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Rooibos-Teas-Sampler-6-tins/dp/B0000CFXYA%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB0000CFXYA)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 21, 2009, 06:23:53 pm
Has anyone ordered from adagio ? I ordered from them a few years ago and was very pleased but have been ordering from Gschwendner . I really love Gschwendner but adagio's shipping is only 3.75 for me .
PJP

I don't pay shipping when I buy from Gschwender but I always spend more then the minimum for free shipping.  I think it is $50.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Buttercup on June 21, 2009, 07:19:56 pm
I have the Adagio InginuiTea contraption and a bunch of their loose tea.  Here's my question for all of you.  What's the shelf life of loose tea in those little metal containers?  The reason I ask is that I bought all this stuff a few years ago and didn't use it as much as I thought I would and I don't know if the tea is still good or not. 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 21, 2009, 07:36:57 pm
The best thing to do is taste it. Make a cup and see how it comes out. If it's properly stored it can last a couple years even though people will say drink in 6 months.



edited because apparently I can't spell.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 21, 2009, 07:46:17 pm
I have heard 6 months to a year.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Buttercup on June 21, 2009, 07:57:57 pm
Thanks ... maybe I'll try a few and see how they are.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on June 21, 2009, 08:02:13 pm
OK.. I followed one of Harvey's new picture links to teavana.
I got:
Bangkok Lemongrass
Sweet Amore Tea
Apple Lemon Pomegranate
Rooibos Lemon Twist
Black Dragon Pearl

Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 21, 2009, 08:26:12 pm
If it's in a good tin tea should last 1 year.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: 1131 on June 21, 2009, 10:54:37 pm
I looked at the Bangkok Lemongrass and was very tempted.  I love a good lemon tea.  I would be interested to know what you think of it.  Right now I'm drinking more of the Monkey Picked Oolong that I was so wrong about when I 1st tried it.  I'm going to try re-steeping it to see if I can stretch it a little.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 22, 2009, 05:54:48 am
ahhh Oolongs. The misunderstood tea. (grins)

I am having my morning cup of Red Tea. Today it is Rooibos Lemon.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 22, 2009, 08:07:19 am
well the links to Teavana are not going to work at work. That is fine.

I am jazzed for the site that this has happened. If Teavana has some great deals, I am sure I will order from them.  I probably will do most of my ordering from Gschwender. I love their selection and the quality of their teas. There are four teas that I love from Teavana that I can't get from Gschwender, I'll make sure to use the links for those tea orders.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 22, 2009, 08:21:34 am
My pot o' the morning is Cloud 9 Rooibos.  I seem to be on a Rooibos kick lately.  This one has a lot of coconut flavor in it.   
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 22, 2009, 08:53:59 am
For my morning snack I had Green Tea Ginger and for my later morning snack, I am having Earl Grey Imperior. I have managed to eat three plus cups of raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and grapes. I love summer.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 22, 2009, 08:55:50 am
Not sure who in this thread has an ipod touch or an iphone but I found two useful apps for tea. One of them is tea time which is just a basic tea timer, with scroll wheels for lining up type of tea, strength desired and loose or bagged it also gives you recommended temp to steep for each tea and counts down steeping time and chimes when it's ready.

The other app is called Tasting notes. It is pre set up to input info on teas you've had, you can rate them 1-100, list name, describe dry leaf appearance, wet leaf appearance, liquor color, aroma, taste and it also has a comments section, you can add a picture and save where to get it on the web. Tasting notes is not just for tea, it's preset up for whiskey, coffee, cigars, tea, wine and beer. It also has a wine cellar list. I think it will be helpful when shopping to remember which teas I love and which I didn't like, it's hard for me to remember the exact names of all the teas otherwise.  You can also add any custom section to keep tasting notes of. I added chocolate and deleted the cigars, coffee and whiskey and beer on mine.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 22, 2009, 09:03:17 am
Cool

And a chocolate chip scone goes great with Earl Grey.

What, I just ate three plus cups of fruit.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 22, 2009, 10:51:20 am
For the last two days I have been drinking a mixture of Ginsing Vitality Rooibos, Blueberry Bliss Rooibos, and Honeybush Vanilla Herbal on ice.  Really really good.
deb

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 22, 2009, 11:03:54 am
I am on a cup of Rooibos Capetown. I let my office mates decide what tea to have this time.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Chad Winters on June 22, 2009, 01:17:52 pm
Not sure who in this thread has an ipod touch or an iphone but I found two useful apps for tea. One of them is tea time which is just a basic tea timer, with scroll wheels for lining up type of tea, strength desired and loose or bagged it also gives you recommended temp to steep for each tea and counts down steeping time and chimes when it's ready.

The other app is called Tasting notes. It is pre set up to input info on teas you've had, you can rate them 1-100, list name, describe dry leaf appearance, wet leaf appearance, liquor color, aroma, taste and it also has a comments section, you can add a picture and save where to get it on the web. Tasting notes is not just for tea, it's preset up for whiskey, coffee, cigars, tea, wine and beer. It also has a wine cellar list. I think it will be helpful when shopping to remember which teas I love and which I didn't like, it's hard for me to remember the exact names of all the teas otherwise.  You can also add any custom section to keep tasting notes of. I added chocolate and deleted the cigars, coffee and whiskey and beer on mine.

"dry feet" "wet feet"     ;)    *for the old timers on this thread*
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 22, 2009, 01:28:21 pm
For the last two days I have been drinking a mixture of Ginsing Vitality Rooibos, Blueberry Bliss Rooibos, and Honeybush Vanilla Herbal on ice.  Really really good.
deb
Deb...that sounds delicious.  I have the blueberry bliss already so I'll have to pick up the other two next time I'm at the Mall.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 22, 2009, 03:33:03 pm
I was very happy that I was able to blend so well.  I used more Blueberry than the other two.  And the blend is amazingly good. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on June 22, 2009, 04:27:46 pm
Wow.  I'm gone for a couple of days and look what I miss!  Teavana rocks.  I'm gonna have to go and purchase that glass iced tea pitcher now!

Minimum order for Tea Gschwendner is $35 for free shipping, so it is easier for me to meet that than the $50 minimum for Teavana's free shipping charge.  However, at Teavana, if you order more than 16oz of tea (1 pound), you will get 10% off all teas purchased.  This 10% off seems to kick in for me at about the $50 mark.  (I don't want to go back and see who wrote that TG was $50 for free shipping.)

I looked at the Bangkok Lemongrass and was very tempted.  I love a good lemon tea.  I would be interested to know what you think of it.  Right now I'm drinking more of the Monkey Picked Oolong that I was so wrong about when I 1st tried it.  I'm going to try re-steeping it to see if I can stretch it a little.

Bangkok Lemongrass is wonderful.  It is lemony but has some vanilla (which I thought was a strange combo when I looked at the ingredients before I bought it) which 'rounds out' the lemon flavor.  It is easily my favorite tea.  I find myself trying to save it for later, but I really have been trying to treat myself and drink it when I want.  I might neglect some of the other kinds I like, though!

Have I said, yet?  It is good to be back!

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 22, 2009, 06:03:50 pm
Frojazz...welcome back!
Teavana gives the 10% off in the store too if you buy 16 oz of tea. 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 23, 2009, 07:26:47 am
Welcome back Frojazz!

Teavana is a great store. I like the wide variety at Gschwender and the fact that their teas win awards. It makes me think that their tea is a high quality. I know Teavana's teas are a high quality and there are several I will order from them.

I am going to have to try the Bangkok Lemongrass. It sounds yummy.

This morning I had Rooibos Ginger. I just prepared a pot of arabian Nights. A green black blend with sunflower, rose blossom, and jasmine. I'll have that with my banana.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 23, 2009, 07:29:58 am
ProfCrash..I really like smelling the tea before I buy which is why I love the Teavana stores...but one of these days I will order from Gschwender based on your recommendation.   
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Chad Winters on June 23, 2009, 07:31:48 am
I am going to have to try the Bangkok Lemongrass. It sounds yummy.

as long as it doesn't taste like grass.  :P  I've had a few of those in the green teas that made me think of hay bales.....
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 23, 2009, 07:49:55 am
Cowgirl: That is why I have always recommended Teavana. It is a great place to go because the staff is knowledgeable and it gives people a chance to smell the teas. It is a wonderful store.

Lemon Grass teas rarely taste like grass. More like lemon with a twist. It is good stuff.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Chad Winters on June 23, 2009, 07:52:40 am
another one on on the TBT listed (To Be Tasted)
that's almost as long as my TBR list!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 23, 2009, 07:53:36 am
another one on on the TBT listed (To Be Tasted)
that's almost as long as my TBR list!


Well, taste a different tea every time you sit down to read. You will be well hydrated, increase the number of anti-oxidents in your system, and well read. What a great combo!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 23, 2009, 08:57:01 am
I made a pot of blooming white tiger for breakfast
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 23, 2009, 09:09:19 am
I made a pot of blooming white tiger for breakfast
Oooh...I'll be over for a cup.  I'll bring some scones. 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 23, 2009, 09:09:57 am
I am trying to decide what tea I want for lunch. I am thinking Bancha.

hmmmm I need to order more Bancha. I am down to two pots worth.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on June 23, 2009, 09:12:11 am
I made a pot of blooming white tiger for breakfast

MMmmm, that sounds yummy.  I'm on my second 16 oz cup of Earl Grey Creme for the morning.  Between the flavor and the aroma this tea has a very calming effect on me.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 23, 2009, 09:13:43 am
Earl Grey Creme is my favorite of the Teavana teas. It is very calming and really, really yummy.

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 23, 2009, 09:14:30 am
Oooh...I'll be over for a cup.  I'll bring some scones. 

We love scones here, come on over :)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 23, 2009, 06:59:10 pm
So, maybe I should just not bother posting what tea I'm drinking for the rest of the summer? LOL


Went to teavana today and bought a pound of pina colada LOL


I guess I know what I'll be drinking HAHA

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: VictoriaP on June 23, 2009, 08:18:09 pm
So, maybe I should just not bother posting what tea I'm drinking for the rest of the summer? LOL


Went to teavana today and bought a pound of pina colada LOL


I guess I know what I'll be drinking HAHA

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LOL--I'm amazed at how fast it disappears though--bought a pound each of the rooibos peach & strawberry kiwi for my iced tea just 3 weeks ago.  I'm already through more than a third of it!

(makes a note on the iPhone to get over to Teavana to try the Pina Colada......)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 24, 2009, 07:03:00 am
If you like their Pina Colada you need to try their Pacific Sunrise Rooibos...ohhhhhh...I need to brew a pot right now.  

(http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Teavana/X01%2010%2009%2021_d?.jpg) (http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-3313010-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3D6880D2E3-0C26-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FThe-Teas%2FRooibos-Teas%2FPacific-Sunrise-Rooibos-Tea.axd&cjsku=X01+10+09+21+3)(http://www.tqlkg.com/image-3313010-10555880)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Buttercup on June 24, 2009, 07:34:29 am
Ok guys and gals, I'm going to make a concerted effort to drink more tea!  I had 2 cups of PG Tips special blend last night and am now about to sip on a venti Tazo Earl Grey from Starbucks.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 24, 2009, 07:37:07 am
Buttercup...hang around here and we'll enable you.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Buttercup on June 24, 2009, 07:38:45 am
Oh, I have no doubt about that ;)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 24, 2009, 10:15:19 am
And our enabling is cheaper then the coffee drinkers enabling. Better for you too. (evil grin)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on June 24, 2009, 11:13:14 am
And our enabling is cheaper then the coffee drinkers enabling. Better for you too. (evil grin)

Oh yeah... CHEAP!  LOL!  Between Cowgirl enabling the Zarafinas and you with the loose tea in the first dang place my poor credit card has almost melted!  ;D
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 24, 2009, 11:15:04 am
But look at all that money you saved on the Zarafina sale! 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on June 24, 2009, 11:19:06 am
True enough, and I love them!  But still spent $150 I wouldn't have otherwise...  ::)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 24, 2009, 11:44:09 am
It's true, the enabling here is really bad LOL

I already had a Zarafina before I came here but I still managed to buy a new glass tea pot, a rice maker, 2 oberon covers and decal girl skins along with some new tea.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31M%2Bg07o7oL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Zarafina-Maker-Suite-Ceramic-Serving/dp/B000HJNJNO%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB000HJNJNO)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 24, 2009, 12:44:40 pm
I went back to the Teavana store  (http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-3356897-10552961)(http://www.tqlkg.com/image-3356897-10552961) today and got me more Ginsing Vitality, Honeybush Vanilla, and I got some Pacific Sunrise, Pina Colora and Raspberry Sangria.  

I also got a pitcher for iced tea.  It was a new one they just got in the stores last week.  It's called Amandine Decanter, 67oz.  I picked up a perfect teamaker for travel also.  
deb

(http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Teavana/XPI%20GB%20CLR%2064_d?.jpg) (http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-3313010-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3D68D7831A-DA4B-DE11-BF23-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FTea-Products%2FTeawares-Accessories%2FTea-Accessories%2FPerfect-Iced-Tea-Pitcher.axd&cjsku=XPI+GB+CLR+64)
(http://www.awltovhc.com/image-3313010-10555880)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 24, 2009, 02:41:39 pm
Let me know how you like the Raspberry Sangria.   
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on June 24, 2009, 03:44:47 pm
I went back to the Teavana store today and got me more Ginsing Vitality, Honeybush Vanilla, and I got some Pacific Sunrise, Pina Colora and Raspberry Sangria. 

Honeybush Vanilla is good.  I also have Rooibos Vanilla, and Honeybush definately has more of a honey taste to it.

You'll have to let us know how Pacific Sunrise tastes; it sounds good.

(We sure are keeping Harvey busy, aren't we?)  :)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 24, 2009, 05:10:53 pm
Pacific Sunrise is one of my favorites.  It tastes a lot like  pina colada.  If you love coconut you'll love this one.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 24, 2009, 06:19:08 pm
I was just on facebook and I got a notice from Teavana that they have free ground shipping if you order before Friday and use FACEBOOK as the coupon code. I was going to go the store to order that german rock sugar but for free I'll have them deliver it.  I'll click on Teavana through kindleboards so Harvey can get the credit rather than facebook.

> Teavana: Healthy, delicious Teas (http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-3356897-10552961)(http://www.tqlkg.com/image-3356897-10552961)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 25, 2009, 03:09:24 am
I got the Pacific Sunrise and the Pina Colada because of you all talking about them on here.  I have my blueberry for today. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on June 25, 2009, 05:20:59 am
I was just on facebook and I got a notice from Teavana that they have free ground shipping if you order before Friday and use FACEBOOK as the coupon code. I was going to go the store to order that german rock sugar but for free I'll have them deliver it.  I'll click on Teavana through kindleboards so Harvey can get the credit rather than facebook.

There goes another $50!  LOL!  I ended up ordering:
Japanese Wild Cherry Flavored and Scented Green Tea,
Rooibos Sweet Amore,
Pacific Sunrise,
Strawberry Kiwi Herbal Tea,
some tins to keep them in.

Now I can't wait to get them!  I declined the magazine...
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 25, 2009, 05:53:27 am
Sits back with her Rooibos Chocolate and reads the boards.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 25, 2009, 06:02:13 am
Describe the chocolate for me please.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on June 25, 2009, 06:48:21 am
Starting the day with a blend of Maracuva Passion Oolong (not footy at all!) and Peach Tranquility.  Yummmmmm.

(http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Teavana/X01%2009%2008%2020_d?.jpg) (http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-3356897-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3D2080D2E3-0C26-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FThe-Teas%2FHerbal-Teas%2FPeach-Tranquility-Herbal-Tea.axd&cjsku=X01+09+08+20+3)(http://www.ftjcfx.com/image-3356897-10555880)(http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Teavana/X01%2002%2001%2010_d?.jpg) (http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-3356897-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3D177FD2E3-0C26-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FThe-Teas%2FOolong-Teas%2FMaracuya-Passion-Oolong-Tea.axd&cjsku=X01+02+01+10+3)(http://www.tqlkg.com/image-3356897-10555880)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 25, 2009, 06:55:56 am
I love the Japanese wild cherry. Yumm
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 25, 2009, 07:05:31 am
I wanted to try the Japanese Wild Cherry, but I already have so many flavors.  I need to save something for later. 

I have another question.  I made my iced tea in my new pitcher.  It has a strainer built in.  I love that.  But I was wondering if I should store what I don't drink overnight in the frig.  I thought I had heard that it might make it bitter.  I did it last night and this morning it does not taste bitter.  I'm wondering if I heard right or if I have really bad taste buds.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 25, 2009, 07:38:58 am
I don't store my iced tea with the leaves still in it ( except the blooming white teas that I am going to reuse the flower). I make it and pour the leftovers it in another pitcher. Black tea is the most notorious for turning bitter if you leave the leaves in IME.   
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 25, 2009, 07:41:19 am
I'm using Rooibos teas.  I guess I'll do that also, but it's so pretty in the new glass pitcher.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 25, 2009, 07:46:59 am
The glass teapot I posted is what I'm using exclusively to make iced tea now and I've noticed I don't have leftover iced tea very often. Since it makes about 4 glasses I end up brewing fresh multiple times a day now, since I'm drinking with my daughter. I don't really make iced tea for the fridge anymore. We can make a pot instantly so no need. We just enjoy the prettiness in the pitcher while it's brewing :)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 25, 2009, 02:35:21 pm
Deb...When you make your iced tea do you double the amount of tea you use like they say ...
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 25, 2009, 02:37:48 pm
I made a cup of Japanese wild cherry for lunch. 'twas yummy.

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 25, 2009, 06:40:28 pm
I wanted my 1,000 post to be on The Tea Thread with all my tea drinking buddies.  To celebrate I just brewed a pot of pistachio apple pie rooibos.  Cheers!!!  

(http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Teavana/X01%2010%2009%2019_d?.jpg) (http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-3313010-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3DA51E464B-152A-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FThe-Teas%2FRooibos-Teas%2FPistachio-Apple-Pie-Rooibos-Tea.axd&cjsku=X01+10+09+19+3)(http://www.ftjcfx.com/image-3313010-10555880)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on June 25, 2009, 06:52:03 pm
I wanted my 1,000 post to be on The Tea Thread with all my tea drinking buddies.  To celebrate I just brewed a pot of pistachio apple pie rooibos.  Cheers!!!   

!!!Congratulations, Cowgirl!!!

Thank you for gracing our very own Tea Thread with your 1000th post!  I'll drink (a cup of Moroccan Mint) to that!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: KBoards Admin on June 25, 2009, 07:04:42 pm
...
(We sure are keeping Harvey busy, aren't we?)  :)

Yes, you're keeping me hopping! :D
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 25, 2009, 07:08:42 pm
oooo now that sounds yummy cowgirl!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 25, 2009, 07:55:52 pm
Well, we don't want to disappoint Teavana.

Congrats Cowgirl!!!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 26, 2009, 05:21:51 am
Deb...When you make your iced tea do you double the amount of tea you use like they say ...
Yes, I do double the amount. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: angelad on June 26, 2009, 11:07:48 am
I made a cup of Japanese wild cherry for lunch. 'twas yummy.

(http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Teavana/X01%2006%2005%2006_d?.jpg) (http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-3313010-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3DC37FD2E3-0C26-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FThe-Teas%2FFlavored-Scented-Green-Teas%2FJapanese-Wild-Cherry-Flavored-Green-Tea.axd&cjsku=X01+06+05+06+3)(http://www.ftjcfx.com/image-3313010-10555880)

Looks yum!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 26, 2009, 12:12:19 pm
I made a pitcher of fruita bomba iced tea for lunch

(http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Teavana/X01%2006%2005%2014_d?.jpg) (http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-3356897-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3DD57FD2E3-0C26-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FTea-Gift-Center%2FGifts-for-Any-Taste%2FGift-Ideas-for-Sweet-Friends%2FFruta-Bomba-Green-Tea.axd&cjsku=X01+06+05+14+3)(http://www.awltovhc.com/image-3356897-10555880)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 26, 2009, 12:18:17 pm
I made a pitcher of fruita bomba iced tea for lunch
oooh ..that sounds good.  I'm drinking Imperial Blueberry Acai with Garden Aria.  It's very fruity.  

(http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Teavana/X01%2004%2003%2013_d?.jpg) (http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-3356897-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3D737FD2E3-0C26-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FTea-Gift-Center%2FGifts-by-Price%2FTea-Gifts-under-20%2FImperial-Acai-Blueberry-White-Tea.axd&cjsku=X01+04+03+13+3)(http://www.ftjcfx.com/image-3356897-10555880)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: 1131 on June 26, 2009, 06:38:50 pm
I'm sitting her enjoying a early evening cup of English Breakfast thinking - How did I go through all that tea so fast?  Looks like another trip to Teavana (http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-3356897-10552961)(http://www.tqlkg.com/image-3356897-10552961) (online) at least it will give me a chance to try the Bangkok Lemongrass and an accessory or two.  The perfect tea maker seems to be calling my name.  There I just heard it again, it's really soft.  It's saying Brenda, Brenda I want to go home with you.  How can I let ignore such a plea...

(http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Teavana/X01%2009%2008%2025_d?.jpg) (http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-3313010-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3D2C80D2E3-0C26-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FTea-Gift-Center%2FGifts-for-Any-Taste%2FGift-Ideas-for-Mellow-Friends%2FBangkok-Lemongrass-Rooibos-Tea.axd&cjsku=X01+09+08+25+3)(http://www.awltovhc.com/image-3313010-10555880)  (http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Teavana/PAC%20TE%20TM%20LG_d?.jpg) (http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-3313010-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3DD17ED2E3-0C26-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FTea-Products%2FTea-Makers-Infusers%2FTeavana-Perfect-Tea-Maker-32oz.axd&cjsku=PAC+TE+TM+LG)(http://www.tqlkg.com/image-3313010-10555880)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 26, 2009, 07:38:50 pm
If you hurry you can get the free shipping even if it's under $50.  I think the coupon is good till the end of today.  Coupon code is FACEBOOK

> Teavana link (http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-3356897-10552961)(http://www.tqlkg.com/image-3356897-10552961)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on June 28, 2009, 05:40:24 am
So, I had to make an emergency flight out to San Francisco, I blew a bit of $ at Lupicia while here. (Let's not discuss the fact that I left my Kindle charger at home)

As I sit here waiting for my rode to the airport I was looking at the Teavana website, and noticed a flavor under their *new teas* that I might be interested in. I would like to know if any of you have tried the Swiss Vervaine Melange Herbal Tea?

(http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Teavana/X01%2010%2010%2001_d?.jpg) (http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-3313010-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3D7480D2E3-0C26-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FTea-Gift-Center%2FGifts-for-Any-Taste%2FGift-Ideas-for-Flowery-Friends%2FSwiss-Vervaine-Melange-Herbal-Tea.axd&cjsku=X01+10+10+01+3)(http://www.ftjcfx.com/image-3313010-10555880)

 Or the Utopian Jewel Oolong tea?

(http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Teavana/X01%2002%2001%2009_d?.jpg) (http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-3313010-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3D137FD2E3-0C26-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FThe-Teas%2FNew-Teas%2FUtopian-Jewel-Oolong-Tea.axd&cjsku=X01+02+01+09+3)(http://www.awltovhc.com/image-3313010-10555880)


Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 28, 2009, 08:20:55 am
BT...haven't tried either of those but the Swiss Vervaine Melange Herbal sounds interesting.  Boo Hoo on leaving the charger at home.  I hope it was fully charged before you left home so you were able to get some reading in.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on June 28, 2009, 12:31:29 pm
I haven't tried either one, but they both have great reviews.  Utopian has malt in it, and I really don't like malt flavoring.  I'd skip that one.  But I would try the Swiss Vervaine; it looks yummy.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: VictoriaP on June 28, 2009, 02:54:36 pm
I'm sitting her enjoying a early evening cup of English Breakfast thinking - How did I go through all that tea so fast?  Looks like another trip to Teavana (http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-3356897-10552961)(http://www.tqlkg.com/image-3356897-10552961) (online) at least it will give me a chance to try the Bangkok Lemongrass and an accessory or two.  The perfect tea maker seems to be calling my name.  There I just heard it again, it's really soft.  It's saying Brenda, Brenda I want to go home with you.  How can I let ignore such a plea...


Don't ignore it. :D

Actually, I was really anti loose tea until I got a perfect teamaker.  I now have two--the small one for single servings (I use 20 ounce Starbucks mugs to drink nearly everything!) and the larger one for making iced tea.  I'm actually going to pick up a second large so I can make two batches as once, which will make a full pitcher of iced tea, about a day's worth.  LOL  I'll probably get their Perfect Iced Tea Pitcher as well if they have it locally.

(http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Teavana/PAC%20TE%20TM%20SM_d?.jpg) (http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-3356897-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3DD37ED2E3-0C26-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FLoose-Leaf-Teas%2FPerfect-Tea-Accessories%2FTeavana-Perfect-Tea-Maker-16oz.axd&cjsku=PAC+TE+TM+SM)(http://www.awltovhc.com/image-3356897-10555880)  (http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Teavana/PAC%20TE%20TM%20LG_d?.jpg) (http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-3356897-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3DD17ED2E3-0C26-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FTea-Products%2FTea-Makers-Infusers%2FTeavana-Perfect-Tea-Maker-32oz.axd&cjsku=PAC+TE+TM+LG)(http://www.awltovhc.com/image-3356897-10555880)  (http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Teavana/XPI%20GB%20CLR%2064_d?.jpg) (http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-3356897-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3D68D7831A-DA4B-DE11-BF23-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FTea-Products%2FTeawares-Accessories%2FTea-Accessories%2FPerfect-Iced-Tea-Pitcher.axd&cjsku=XPI+GB+CLR+64)(http://www.awltovhc.com/image-3356897-10555880)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 28, 2009, 02:59:25 pm
Is the perfect tea maker plastic?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: VictoriaP on June 28, 2009, 03:28:06 pm
It is.  For me, that's a plus as I have terrible luck with even tempered glass.



(http://www.tqlkg.com/image-3356897-10602500) (http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-3356897-10602500)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 28, 2009, 05:34:35 pm
I loved the plastic perfect teamaker until I got the zarafina.   I still use the perfect teamaker when I just need one cup but my problem with that was forgeting about it and brewing my white teas too long.  It's a no brainer with the Zarafina.  I need a trip to Teavana to smell that new Swiss Vervaine.  I need to smell before I buy.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41UQRS7I2vL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Zarafina-Maker-Suite-Ceramic-Serving/dp/B000HJNJNO%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB000HJNJNO)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on June 28, 2009, 07:02:02 pm
I brought my 2nd Zarafina to work today! :) I finally decided that I'll keep it in the breakroom cupboard.  I have the directions with it so that if someone else wants to use it, hopefully they won't submerge the water heater.  (Keeping my fingers crossed.)  I don't have a desk; I only have a locker in the breakroom, so this was the best I could come up with.  Now I have to figure out what kinds of tea to have at work and what kinds to leave home.

I had a very yummy mug of Roobios Vanilla today.

For those with multiple Zarafinas--did you notice if your tea pots are different?  My older one has a smallish handle with a pad on the pot, but the newer one has a much larger handle.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: VictoriaP on June 28, 2009, 07:25:12 pm
I loved the plastic perfect teamaker until I got the zarafina.   I still use the perfect teamaker when I just need one cup but my problem with that was forgeting about it and brewing my white teas too long.  It's a no brainer with the Zarafina.  I need a trip to Teavana to smell that new Swiss Vervaine.  I need to smell before I buy.

Luckily, all I ever brew is Rooibos or Rooibos herbal blends.  You can leave them brewing forever without any bitterness.  But we have set up a routine where whoever is making tea sets a timer (sometimes the iPhone, usually one in the kitchen) as a reminder that, hey, you left the tea on the counter again!  LOL

Ran into Teavana tonight for a refill on my Rooibos Peach Blossom & herbal Strawberry Kiwi combo (iced).  I can't believe I went through so much tea so fast!  I did get their Perfect Pitcher & another 32 ounce Teamaker so I can brew a full day's iced tea in one sitting. I'll probably end up going through it even faster this way, but even with adding sugar, the calories are a LOT lower than if I were drinking cola or even juice all day long.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on June 29, 2009, 05:03:13 am
I Finally had found a Tuesday Morning store. Was all set to go to it last Thursday after class, and instead, found myself on my way to the airport. I am home now, so planning on going in today. I hope those teamakers are still on sale, as between my order from teavana and what I purchased at Lupica, I have like 12 new flavors to try as well as a few old favorites.
Note: my absolute favorite was on 50% sale at lupicia, so I bought all 11 packages they had left.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 29, 2009, 05:53:22 am
I need to find a Tuesday Morning and pick up a back up Zarafina machine. Maybe one for the home until the one we have on the wedding registry comes.

For the bag tea drinkers in our midsts. We love you dearly. We think it is great that you are drinking tea in its bagged form. I think you will be surprised at how much better the loose leaf tastes and how easy it is to make.

I had the Earl Grey 69 from Gschwender last night. It is one of their teas that finished in the top three of the International Tea Awards. It was amazingly good. By far the best Earl Grey I have had. It was actually pretty easy on the stomach but had great flavor. I was really, really impressed. Normally I will call something yummy. This was out of this world good. And it was an Earl Grey. I have found my Earl Grey nirvana.

This morning I am drinking Rooibos with Lemon for breakfast.

Have a wonderful day and enjoy your tea!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 29, 2009, 07:26:39 am
If your Tuesday Morning doesn't have one I"m sure they could call another store to get you one.
I have to go to the Mall today so I'm sure I'll stop by the new Teavana store there to see if there's anything new. 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 29, 2009, 08:25:41 am
hmmm. I just had a pot of Ceylon Pekoe Uva Highlands. Something about it is not sitting right. I think I am going to have to try brewing it on the Oolong setting and see if I prefer it that way. It is a bit acidic, more so then the Earl Grey's I normally drink (Earl Grey 69 is a new addition but not acidic).

I'll report back on it when I have tried it with a shorter steeping time. I can taste some goodness in it, but I think I finally found a tea that I can actually say I steeped long enough to find it too strong.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 29, 2009, 08:43:49 am
I had a cup of hot ginger peach black tea ( not teavana so poor Harvey doesn't go on a useless link mission LOL)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 29, 2009, 09:27:26 am
I had a cup of Camomile Blossom Tea. Nothing is better then a cup of loose leaf Camomile tea. Oh so yummy.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: VictoriaP on June 29, 2009, 11:40:14 am
Made my first batch of iced tea using two Perfect Teamakers & the coordinating pitcher.  Definitely a lot faster using two Teamakers at once, LOL.  One thing I hadn't thought about though was how much lighter the plastic pitcher is over the glass ones I've been using.  Picking up a full pitcher was a lot easier!  I do wonder how well it will hold up over time.

And I did get confirmation that my Rooibos Vanilla has been discontinued, and is only available on the website (not the stores) until supplies run out. :(  I'm trying to figure out how much of it I'll drink in a year's time since that's the maximum it should be stored.

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 29, 2009, 11:56:51 am
Gschwender has Rooibos Vanilla. All is not lost.

Really folks, I love Teavana, it is a great store, but it is not the only one out there.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 29, 2009, 01:50:14 pm
Don't ignore it. :D

Actually, I was really anti loose tea until I got a perfect teamaker.  I now have two--the small one for single servings (I use 20 ounce Starbucks mugs to drink nearly everything!) and the larger one for making iced tea.  I'm actually going to pick up a second large so I can make two batches as once, which will make a full pitcher of iced tea, about a day's worth.  LOL  I'll probably get their Perfect Iced Tea Pitcher as well if they have it locally.

You could probably just resteep the leaves to get an easy full pitcher.

I'm making a pitcher of fruta bomba iced tea.

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 29, 2009, 01:53:44 pm
Gschwender has Rooibos Vanilla. All is not lost.

Really folks, I love Teavana, it is a great store, but it is not the only one out there.

The main reason I'm shopping at teavana is because it's local and I don't have to order online, wait for shipping or guess if I will like the flavor. Being able to smell it, and taste it before buying is a big plus. There have been some that sounded good on paper but I didn't like.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 29, 2009, 03:35:52 pm
The main reason I'm shopping at teavana is because it's local and I don't have to order online, wait for shipping or guess if I will like the flavor. Being able to smell it, and taste it before buying is a big plus. There have been some that sounded good on paper but I didn't like.
I'm the same way.  I really need to smell it.  I just got back from teavana and I bought some of the raspberry sangria that somebody suggested here. If you like a tarty fruity flavor (which I do) you'd love it.  

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Chad Winters on June 29, 2009, 03:47:38 pm
Last patient of the day is done.....enjoying Earl Grey Creme   :)



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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: VictoriaP on June 29, 2009, 03:48:38 pm
I'm another one who prefers to shop for tea in person, but realistically, rooibos vanilla is about as straightforward a flavor as we'll ever find.  I can probably get away with ordering that one sight unseen.  LOL

I've never tried resteeping.  What teas does it work with?

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 29, 2009, 03:54:08 pm
I usually like Rooibos and white teas and I always resteep. 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 29, 2009, 04:03:45 pm
I've been able to resteep all teas with success. From white to black and herbals.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on June 29, 2009, 04:12:12 pm
*peeks around* ok.. DH not here, I bought a zarafina today. SHH don't tell him.. hehe

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 29, 2009, 05:14:57 pm
*peeks around* ok.. DH not here, I bought a zarafina today. SHH don't tell him.. hehe

Your secret is safe with us!!!  You will love it.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on June 29, 2009, 05:18:38 pm
Victoria, is that the honeybush vanilla that is not going to be available in stores? 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: VictoriaP on June 29, 2009, 05:21:59 pm
Nope, the Rooibos Vanilla is the one that's discontinued (redbush tea, rather than honeybush).  They keep offering up the Honeybush Vanilla as a substitute, so I'm sure they're planning on keeping it around.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Lynn on June 29, 2009, 05:23:31 pm
I stopped at a Tuesday Morning when I was up in Michigan - they did not have a Zarafina :'(. Oh well, guess I'll just have to order it from Amazon. It will end up costing about the same once I figure in the tax and gas to get to the nearest store here.

Lynn L

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on June 29, 2009, 05:24:25 pm
I've been able to re-steep Moroccan Mint (it actually tastes better the 2nd time), but I find that steeping it on medium or weak the first time works better than steeping it right away on strong.  I've re-steeped it up to 3 times (a total of 4 brewings), and I've been satisfied with the results.  Usually, though, I'm ready for a different kind before I get that far with the process.  There are kinds of green tea that are a little weak for me the first time, so rebrewing those doesn't work for me.

I also like to shop at Teavana and smell what I'm getting myself into (!) before purchasing, but I ordered from Tea Gschwender and I have to say that it was a very exciting day when I opened and smelled all these teas I'd never 'met' before!  Plus, they have a much larger selection compared to Teavana, and they carry so many award-winning teas.  As long as you know what kinds you like (green, white, black, fruity, minty etc) and pay close attention to all of the ingredients (I avoid licorice), you can not go wrong.  Plus TG sends you little packets of other kinds of tea just to try.  Love it!

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 29, 2009, 08:10:42 pm
ok it's still 105 at 8 pm so too hot for tea. I'm going for a brain freeze. I made strawberry julius in the margaritaville frozen concoction maker. LOL
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 29, 2009, 08:14:10 pm
I enjoy smelling and tasting myself. But I am comfortable that I know what types of teas I lean towards and will order teas that are similar. If I flavor I like is out, I'll go look other places.

Admittedly I lean towards Gschwender (which is bad for the board I know) for all the reasons frojazz listed above. If I am in the mall that has Teavana I will stop in and buy the teas I know that I like. It is not worth a 30 minute drive both ways to shop at the store. But that is me.

Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: KBoards Admin on June 29, 2009, 11:03:13 pm
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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 30, 2009, 05:56:43 am
Starting the morning with Rooibos Capetown.

Have a great day everyone.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 30, 2009, 07:13:09 am
Have you all seen this promotion happening now at Teavana? Passing it on!

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You beat me to it Harvey...I was just on their website and noticed the challenge...I have to come up with something.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 30, 2009, 07:34:20 am
I thought you had a few of your own blends?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Chad Winters on June 30, 2009, 07:39:36 am
what happened to the Stinky Feet blend we had earlier. I bet that would be a winner :)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 30, 2009, 07:52:37 am
I have a few blends I use but they aren't original...mostly from salespeople at the store.  I need something really really good. 

By the way...when I was at Teavana yesterday they had cards you fill out...just name and email address and they will send you a $10 off email to use in their store...I also think you can use it on-line but not 100% sure on that.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 30, 2009, 08:13:10 am
Coolness
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 30, 2009, 09:05:18 am
Well I just got back from dropping my daughter off at the airport. She is flying back east to visit her boyfriend and will be gone for a week. I don't think the hubby and I have been home alone for a while week since she was born, I don't know what to do with myself. Usually she and I share pots of tea. I already miss her.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 30, 2009, 09:17:13 am
Well I just got back from dropping my daughter off at the airport. She is flying back east to visit her boyfriend and will be gone for a week. I don't think the hubby and I have been home alone for a while week since she was born, I don't know what to do with myself. Usually she and I share pots of tea. I already miss her.
Awe...I know the feeling.  My daughter is my best friend. I'm in AZ and she's in ST. Louis.  It's hard...put some brandy in that tea!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 30, 2009, 09:19:29 am
My Mom said the hardest day she had was when I drove out of the driveway on my way to graduate school. She said it was the only time she cried when one of the kids left the house. There is a Mother- Daughter bond that is just really special.

Make yourself a pot of tea and smile at all the pots you have shared with her.

The weird thing is, my Dad is the one who loves tea, not my Mom. Although Mom and I do go out for tea when I visit because it is something that we like doing together.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 30, 2009, 09:29:23 am
Thanks cowgirl and profcrash :)

I decided to make the most of the empty house and went for a morning skinny dip and made a cup of honey apricot red tea.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Aravis60 on June 30, 2009, 09:31:04 am
The weird thing is, my Dad is the one who loves tea, not my Mom. Although Mom and I do go out for tea when I visit because it is something that we like doing together.
My mom likes hot tea but can't stand iced and my dad likes iced tea but can't stand hot. I wonder if there are very many people who feel that way. ??? I like it all.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 30, 2009, 09:43:57 am
I don't like ice tea. I like my tea hot.

Thanks cowgirl and profcrash :)

I decided to make the most of the empty house and went for a morning skinny dip and made a cup of honey apricot red tea.

That sounds like a great solution.  :-)

I have to admit to missing my Mom a fair amount. I wish they were closer to me but my life has taken me across the country from them. It sucks but I do see my Parents at least three times a year.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 30, 2009, 10:09:41 am
The hardest day I had was when I dropped my daughter off for her freshman year at college.  When I went to leave we were standing outside by my car and I thought how can I say goodby... and then the heavens opened up and it started raining so hard that there was no time to linger on a long goodby. I cryed all the way home.   Little did I know my daughter would come home every weekend (3 hour drive each way) so I cried for nothing!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 30, 2009, 10:36:31 am
aww cowgirl I can relate to that. I don't think it's totally hit me yet, right now it's almost like any other day that she slept in and I'm just doing my own thing.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 30, 2009, 10:36:55 am
My poor parents. I went to college a good 6 hour drive from my parents (about 3 hours total travel time if they flew). Then I moved to a 6 hour plane flight. They raised us on the East Coast and moved to the West Coast when I was in high school. Now three of the four of us live East of the Mississippi. We all know that it is not ideal but only one of us likes So Cal and we all are more comfortable on the East Coast.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: VictoriaP on June 30, 2009, 11:03:53 am
Now see, my family were coffee drinkers.  They started giving me weak Lipton with lots of sugar & milk at a really young age so I wouldn't bug them for coffee in restaurants.  LOL

I love coffee too (finally got that somewhere in my teens), but seriously, 38 years later, i'm still drinking every cup of tea I can get my hands on!

Now DH's parents are both tea drinkers.  Nothing too fancy for either of them, but she drinks a flavored black iced tea all day & he likes a black vanilla caramel blend hot.  We've finally graduated them this year to an electric kettle after years of the ancient whistling kettle on the stove.  Next up, loose tea! After that, maybe a Zarafina......

We're half a country away from his family and a whole country away from mine, and the constant debate is on where & when to move.  We'll end up closer to his at some point, I'm sure.

And Rasputina, that sounds like a terrific morning to me. :)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on June 30, 2009, 11:17:39 am
http://www.teamerchants.com/buy/1/1/96/Caramel/916.aspx This is a caramel tea that I drink. It is really good and pretty cheap. $4.90 for 1.76 ounces. That will make about 20 cups of tea.

I did not see a similar tea at Teavana.

Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 30, 2009, 11:32:54 am
I grew up drinking iced tea, the typical southern sweet tea although for years I drank it unsweetened. Lately I like it a little sweetened sometimes.



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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on June 30, 2009, 11:34:22 am
I drink my tea unsweetened but I did just order some of that rock cane sugar from teavana just to try it.

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on June 30, 2009, 05:30:22 pm
Let me know how you like the rock cane sugar. I've had it before but not teavanas. I usually just make simple syrup and keep it in a canning jar in the fridge, or I use torani brand when I want flavored.

I talked to my daughter she arrived at her destination safely, although apparently she almost missed her connecting flight and they had to call her to the gate over the announcement thing. oops.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: KBoards Admin on June 30, 2009, 09:23:50 pm
Quick update: as I mentioned before, Teavana has agreed to sponsor this thread, and occasionally we'll be adding banner images in this thread featuring their products and specials.

Will try to keep it nondisruptive - i.e. fairly subtle graphics, and not appearing more than once in fifteen posts. The ads will change over time as they introduce new specials and events that may be of interest to readers of this thread.

Let me know if you have any concerns. They have been very nice people to work with, and they do seem to think they have found some kindred spirits with the participants of this thread!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on July 01, 2009, 03:37:01 am
Thank you, Harvey.  I love Teavana.  I used to get up in the morning thinking about my K and the KBs.  I still think about those things, but while I'm having a cup of Teavana tea.  They seem like a very good company, and I'm glad they've decided to hang out at KB.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: PJP on July 01, 2009, 05:34:40 am
I just placed my first Teavana order . I hope they ship fast, I'm very anxious to give them a try .
I also decided I'm going to treat myself to a Zarafina . Is Amazon the best place to order ?
PJP

Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Sienna_98 on July 01, 2009, 05:50:05 am
PJP-

If you have a Tuesday Morning nearby, they were selling the Zarafina for $39.  It's been a while now though, so I'd suggest a call first to see if they have any before driving over.  Otherwise, Amazon seems to have the best price.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 01, 2009, 06:12:20 am
PJP: Listen to Sienna_98. Tuesday Morning will save you a few more bucks and you don't have to wait for it to ship to you.

I am kicking off my morning with Rooibos Ginger. A nice compliment to my oatmeal and yogurt smoothie.

Cowgirl: Have you developed any brilliant tea combos?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on July 01, 2009, 07:39:04 am
The Tuesday Morning where I just bought mine had about 30 sitting on the endcap. Personally, I don't see much of a difference between using it and my french press yet.. but I will keep trying different teas in it.. I think a rooibos just may not be easy to screw up.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 01, 2009, 08:07:16 am
The Zarafina makes a large difference when brewing Oolongs, Darjeelings, White, and Green teas. Anything that you steep in boiling water for 4-5 minutes will taste about the same using most methods. The Zarafina makes a better pot for slightly more delicate teas. Ones that steep for a shorter period of time and with a lower temperature of water. It maintains the temperature throughout the steeping process and helps move the water through the leaves more efficently. So you get more of the natural oils and flavors out of the tea.

Yes I am a geek. Why do you ask?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 01, 2009, 08:28:47 am
Crash is right...You cant' screw up a Rooibos.  I'm still working on my "brilliant tea combo". 
Harvey...I love seeing the pictures of the tea I love so no problem here.
On a side note....yesterday while at Target I bought a bodum travel press in an insulated cup (only 9.99).  Since you can't over steep the Rooibos I used it with some raspberry sangria and it turned out great.  I was looking for something that was small and  could take with me on a very long plane trip. I think this is perfect and the tea tasted great.  So glad I don't have to take the bag tea now. 
 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: PJP on July 01, 2009, 08:58:50 am
No Tuesday Morning close to me so it looks like Amazon is the way to go . I can't wait to give it a try with some of my new teas . This is a really wonderful board but oh so bad for my wallet . ;)
PJP
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 01, 2009, 09:05:07 am
Tell me about it...I have 3 zarafina's (1 one the counter, 1 spare and 1 at my daughter's) and currently 13 different teavana flavors sitting on my self.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31M%2Bg07o7oL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Zarafina-Maker-Suite-Ceramic-Serving/dp/B000HJNJNO%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB000HJNJNO)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 01, 2009, 09:15:04 am
I have one Zarafina (my second one broke a while back), two perfect tea makers, two basket infusers, three tea mugs used for backpacking/camping, and 32 loose leaf teas at the office. Three are Teavana, 27 are Gschwender, and two are gifts that I never drink because I don't like them. I am not sure how many teas I have at home that are different then the teas at the office.

Granted, I had all of that before coming to this board.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 01, 2009, 09:17:40 am
I got all mine as a result of this board...I also have 2 perfect teamakers and that bodum travel press.  I blame, I mean thank Crash for all of it.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 01, 2009, 09:36:10 am
(evil laugh)

Now if only I got a percentage of the profits.....
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 01, 2009, 10:01:28 am
(evil laugh)

Now if only I got a percentage of the profits.....
Maybe you need to start your own Tea Blog. 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Chad Winters on July 01, 2009, 10:38:19 am
I bought two Perfect Teamakers....so I can't bring my self to buy the Zarafina too.

(http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Teavana/PAC%20TE%20TM%20LG_d?.jpg) (http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-3313010-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3DD17ED2E3-0C26-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FTea-Products%2FTea-Makers-Infusers%2FTeavana-Perfect-Tea-Maker-32oz.axd&cjsku=PAC+TE+TM+LG)(http://www.tqlkg.com/image-3313010-10555880)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 01, 2009, 10:39:26 am
I bought two Perfect Teamakers....so I can't bring my self to buy the Zarafina too.
oh but you should!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Chad Winters on July 01, 2009, 10:46:12 am
but whywould you use both?
wouldn't you just not use the perfect teamakers anymore?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on July 01, 2009, 11:06:16 am
I think the zarafina is the perfect tea maker LOL

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31M%2Bg07o7oL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Zarafina-Maker-Suite-Ceramic-Serving/dp/B000HJNJNO%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB000HJNJNO)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 01, 2009, 12:23:59 pm
I bought two Perfect Teamakers....so I can't bring my self to buy the Zarafina too.

(http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Teavana/PAC%20TE%20TM%20LG_d?.jpg) (http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-3313010-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3DD17ED2E3-0C26-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FTea-Products%2FTea-Makers-Infusers%2FTeavana-Perfect-Tea-Maker-32oz.axd&cjsku=PAC+TE+TM+LG)(http://www.tqlkg.com/image-3313010-10555880)

I bought three perfect tea makers (2-16 oz and 1-32 oz).  That did not stop me from buying three Zarafinas, and I'm considering a fourth!  Just in case one breaks...
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Chad Winters on July 01, 2009, 12:27:05 pm
You are apparently NOT married to my wife.....she would kill me!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 01, 2009, 12:30:38 pm
If your wife drinks tea, she will understand. If not, buy her something that she likes at the same time as you buy your Zarafina.

A bit more seriously, if you drink mainly black teas and herbal teas the Zarafina is not that different then the Perfect Tea maker. If you drink any other type of tea then the Zarafina is nice to have. If you don't have one, you just need to let boiling water cool enough before steeping the tea. It takes a few minutes longer but you will end up with a similar product.

I am awful about letting the water cool so the Zarafina worked well for me. And I bought mine when they were in the $100 price range.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Chad Winters on July 01, 2009, 12:45:54 pm
I have a thermometer I use for green tea. I'm not sure how much cooling off during steeping is a problem in the Perfect Teamakers
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 01, 2009, 01:01:38 pm
I have a thermometer I use for green tea. I'm not sure how much cooling off during steeping is a problem in the Perfect Teamakers

My guess is that it is not much of a problem. Most green teas steep for two minutes. I doubt that the water cools that much. Blacks and Herbals tend to steep for five minutes or so which makes me think that cooling off might be problematic but I doubt it. I think the temperature at the start of the steeping is more important. Too hot and you cook the tea in a way that effects the oils and flavor.

OK, so that is my educated guess.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 01, 2009, 01:03:48 pm
I have a thermometer I use for green tea. I'm not sure how much cooling off during steeping is a problem in the Perfect Teamakers

I used a thermometer too.  And a timer.  And the Zarafina makes 1-bazillion-times better tea than I did with my perfect tea maker and gadgets.  Incomparable, really.

And LOL on me obviously not being married to your wife!  ;D

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31M%2Bg07o7oL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Zarafina-Maker-Suite-Ceramic-Serving/dp/B000HJNJNO%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB000HJNJNO)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 01, 2009, 01:23:13 pm
Sometimes when I just want one cup I use the perfect teamaker...especially if it's for rooibos or herbal.  You can't oversteep those.  I didn't think it did a good job on the white teas.  I had the perfect teamaker first.  I wish I had bought the Zaraina first.   
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Chad Winters on July 01, 2009, 01:42:10 pm

And LOL on me obviously not being married to your wife!  ;D

I'm perceptive that way....
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on July 01, 2009, 08:04:14 pm
I have a green/herbal I may try in the AM.. test day, maybe it will help right? brain power and all that.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MonaSW on July 01, 2009, 08:26:39 pm
I used a thermometer too.  And a timer.  And the Zarafina makes 1-bazillion-times better tea than I did with my perfect tea maker and gadgets.  Incomparable, really.
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31M%2Bg07o7oL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Zarafina-Maker-Suite-Ceramic-Serving/dp/B000HJNJNO%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB000HJNJNO)

That's why I love it - I could never make white tea that was drinkable until I started making it in my Zarafina.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 02, 2009, 07:14:56 am
White tea is so delicate that I can see why a tea machine is needed.

(http://www.lduhtrp.net/image-3356897-10676854) (http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-3356897-10676854)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 02, 2009, 07:16:00 am
And...the white tea costs a lot more so you don't want to ruin it!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on July 02, 2009, 12:06:15 pm
cowgirl did you try that rock sugar yet? Wondering how you like it.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 02, 2009, 01:08:12 pm
It hasn't arrived yet...I'm hoping today.  I ordered it during the free shipping deal and I think it's on the slow boat from China!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on July 02, 2009, 01:08:46 pm
LOL ok sorry for some reason I thought you had it in hand already.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Magpie on July 02, 2009, 01:34:36 pm
Now I want a  Zarafina . *sigh*
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 02, 2009, 02:28:19 pm
Now I want a  Zarafina . *sigh*
Hop over to Tuesday Morning and see if they have any left...only $39!!!!!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: KBoards Admin on July 02, 2009, 02:41:56 pm
Hop over to Tuesday Morning and see if they have any left...only $39!!!!!

That's a good price! (They are $41.95 on Amazon.)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 02, 2009, 02:59:32 pm
$41.95 isn't bad either.  I bought my first 2 from Amazon and they were 49.00.  I'm still thinking they must be coming out with a new model because these were originally $149.00.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on July 02, 2009, 03:27:47 pm
yeah, I won't be complaining about the price I bought mine last year when they were on sale for 100 LOL
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 02, 2009, 04:30:13 pm
Actually if the Zarafina is 41.95 on Amazon now and there's no tax and free shipping...it would be cheaper to go through Amazon and Harvey would get the sale through this board....
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: KBoards Admin on July 02, 2009, 04:48:09 pm
$41.95 isn't bad either.  I bought my first 2 from Amazon and they were 49.00.  I'm still thinking they must be coming out with a new model because these were originally $149.00.

You might be right about the new model... the Amazon page is currently showing it as only 3 left in stock.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41OAmIdVhWL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Zarafina-Maker-Suite-Ceramic-Serving/dp/B000HJNJNO%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB000HJNJNO)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Lynn on July 02, 2009, 07:34:53 pm
I just ordered a Zarafina from Amazon and some teas from Teavana, now must wait for them to arrive. So I will be on tea watch at the end of next week :D I wish there was a Teavana store closer to me, would like to smell the teas.

Lynn L
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 02, 2009, 08:11:20 pm
Smelling the tea is the best part of going to Teavana!!!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 02, 2009, 08:13:09 pm
You might be right about the new model... the Amazon page is currently showing it as only 3 left in stock.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41OAmIdVhWL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Zarafina-Maker-Suite-Ceramic-Serving/dp/B000HJNJNO%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB000HJNJNO)
If there are only 3 left somebody needs to help Harvey out here and buy them.  The price is amazing....You'll love the Zarafina and you'll help out the boards...
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MonaSW on July 02, 2009, 09:17:39 pm
There is a really cool Zarafina demo here: http://www.zarafina.com/Demo.aspx I'm having (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31pBpFHvNVL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Organic-Rooibos-Honeybush-16-Bags/dp/B000PIMV6I%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB000PIMV6I) brewed in my (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41OAmIdVhWL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Zarafina-Maker-Suite-Ceramic-Serving/dp/B000HJNJNO%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB000HJNJNO). It's one of my all time favorite teas.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on July 02, 2009, 11:53:09 pm
Smelling the tea is the best part of going to Teavana!!!

I also like to try the tea blends they have brewed.  :D

Be careful if you look at the teapots, especially the cast iron ones.  I was looking (and of course, holding) one once and almost dropped it when I saw the price tag.  It was something like $300.  I'm glad that their tea is affordable!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 03, 2009, 07:25:47 am
Ok...I just submitted a blend for the Teavana challenge.  Now I need some votes but it isn't easy to vote unless you know the name and then you have to go through all the others to find it.  Anyway....if you can figure out how to vote...mine is

KOKOMO KANDY BAR
1.5 tsp of Pacific Sunrise Rooibos and 1.5 tsp of Aztec Fire with .5 tsp of German Rock Sugar.

It tastes like mounds bar with way fewer calories.  



(http://www.lduhtrp.net/image-3356897-10676854) (http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-3356897-10676854)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 03, 2009, 11:35:27 am
Sounds great!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on July 03, 2009, 11:37:33 am
That sounds yummy cowgirl.

I'm having a cup of bing cherry vanilla black tea ( not teavana) and a cranberry orange scone.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on July 03, 2009, 01:01:25 pm
Komono Kandy Bar was on page 13 (http://www.teavana.com/shop.axd/View_TeaMastersChallenge_TeaBlends?page_no=13) when I went to vote for it.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 03, 2009, 01:02:23 pm
Thanks Frojazz...now you need to try it!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Aravis60 on July 03, 2009, 01:32:55 pm
Thanks for the link, frojazz. I tried to find it earlier and gave up, but thanks to the link, I was finally able to vote for your blend, cowgirl.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 03, 2009, 01:56:36 pm
Maybe Harvey can make a board announcement
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 03, 2009, 01:58:12 pm
You probably want to put in a water temp and steeping time for folks. When do they add the sugar. The more complete the recipe the better chance you will have.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: VictoriaP on July 03, 2009, 02:07:39 pm
That sounds yummy cowgirl.

I'm having a cup of bing cherry vanilla black tea ( not teavana) and a cranberry orange scone.

Where's the cherry vanilla from? I fell in love with one as a girl, but it was one of those privately made sold at a crafts fair kind of things, and I've never found another one to replace it.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on July 03, 2009, 02:15:49 pm
It's from Republic of Tea, I have the loose tea version I got on their website, not sure if it's available in stores. ok I checked their site and it looks like they changed the name to Jerry Cherry and only have the tea bags available, it's a limited edition I guess. http://www.republicoftea.com/templates/detail.asp?navID=2215
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on July 03, 2009, 03:00:45 pm
Gonna have to get crackin on those votes.. I was vote #8 for Kokomo, and I saw one on another page that was over 30 votes.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: 1131 on July 03, 2009, 03:40:24 pm
KOKOMO KANDY BAR is now up to 10 votes.  Anything that tastes like a mounds bar gets my vote.  I had to add the ingredients to my shopping cart so I'll be giving it a try soon.  I had to shop twice, the 1st time I forgot to go through the links here (shrug).  At lest I remembered what was in my cart.  Right now I'm enjoying a nice glass of iced Earl Grey.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 03, 2009, 03:58:29 pm
Thanks for the votes.  I tried to go back to add brewing times etc. but it wouldn't let me.  Crash...I need a manager!   
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Dankinia on July 04, 2009, 03:09:30 am
I swear this whole forum is full of enablers. 

That being said, I went to Teavana today and spent way too much money.  I am rather new to the world of tea, and this was my first time buying loose tea.  My usual tea is the Blackberry Sage from the Republic of tea.  I stopped in to the store because I wanted to smell and sample before I purchased.  I walked away with a 16oz Perfect Teamaker,  some Jasmine Dragon Pearls Green Tea, Utopian Jewel Oolong Tea, and Rooibos Tropica.  I am going to make a cup of the Oolong in the morning to give it a try.  My plan is to be able to take the Perfect Teamaker to work each day and use it to make tea to drink instead of all the soda I have been going through. 


Enablers everyone of you >:( ;) 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 04, 2009, 07:06:16 am
I was drinking way too much diet coke which is why I gave the loose teas a try.  I gave up the diet coke at home and now only drink  tea mostly white, herbal and rooibos since it doesn't have caffeine (or very little).  Now I only drink soda when I'm out to lunch or dinner.
When I walk into a Teavana store I know I'm going to spend too much.   
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Anju No. 469 on July 04, 2009, 07:14:14 am
Yesterday I went to the big city looking for a rice cooker, definitely difficult, but while in the various stores looked at tea brewer/makers - only one I could find was like a mini-Mr. Coffee - yuck!  There is another store I want to go to some day and may just find what I want.  It's like a Williams Somona kitchen everything. Have not ordered any tea yet, been putting it off, but will get there since they are in Mexico as well, and will definitely go through Harvey's link that is somewhere in this thread.   
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 04, 2009, 07:20:15 am
Harvey's link is on page 16.  By word association I'll try to remember Sweet 16!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Anju No. 469 on July 04, 2009, 08:48:46 am
Thanks Cowgirl - good word association - Sweet 16 for this thread, for kindleboards, for - - - - -
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 04, 2009, 08:51:32 am
I swear this whole forum is full of enablers. 

That being said, I went to Teavana today and spent way too much money.  I am rather new to the world of tea, and this was my first time buying loose tea.  My usual tea is the Blackberry Sage from the Republic of tea.  I stopped in to the store because I wanted to smell and sample before I purchased.  I walked away with a 16oz Perfect Teamaker,  some Jasmine Dragon Pearls Green Tea, Utopian Jewel Oolong Tea, and Rooibos Tropica.  I am going to make a cup of the Oolong in the morning to give it a try.  My plan is to be able to take the Perfect Teamaker to work each day and use it to make tea to drink instead of all the soda I have been going through. 


Enablers everyone of you >:( ;) 

Welcome to the club. :-)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Andra on July 04, 2009, 02:44:42 pm
You guys are helping me kick my Diet Coke problem as well.  I have the Keurig so I can get hot water any time I want to brew with a tea bag.  I'm actually starting to drink iced tea also.
I have a Zarafina and am playing with some loose teas.  They are hard to find locally - even the World Market carries more Republic of Tea bags than loose teas.  But the World Market has different choices in bulk teas so I can experiment.
My two current favorites are the ROT Pink Lady Apple Green and Twinings Unwind Herbal Tea, Honeybush, Mandarin & Orange.  Both are good hot and iced.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/21MSKKTQEQL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Keurig-Gourmet-Single-Cup-Brewer/dp/B000BU9XZC%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB000BU9XZC)  (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41OAmIdVhWL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Zarafina-Maker-Suite-Ceramic-Serving/dp/B000HJNJNO%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB000HJNJNO) 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 04, 2009, 02:50:15 pm
You guys are helping me kick my Diet Coke problem as well.  I have the Keurig so I can get hot water any time I want to brew with a tea bag.  I'm actually starting to drink iced tea also.
I have a Zarafina and am playing with some loose teas.  They are hard to find locally - even the World Market carries more Republic of Tea bags than loose teas.  But the World Market has different choices in bulk teas so I can experiment.
My two current favorites are the ROT Pink Lady Apple Green and Twinings Unwind Herbal Tea, Honeybush, Mandarin & Orange.  Both are good hot and iced.

If you know the flavors that you like from Republic of Tea you should be able to safely order loose leaf on line from Teavana or any other store.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MonaSW on July 04, 2009, 08:07:06 pm
Yea, I have mostly kicked the soda habit myself. Now I only have something special like Cock 'N Bull Ginger Beer (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/219rzI1uO1L._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Cock-Bull-Ginger-03-0347-Category/dp/B00125ND60%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB00125ND60) or Canfield's Diet Chocolate Fudge Soda (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/212DSXSNJFL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Canfields-Diet-Chocolate-Fudge-Soda/dp/B0005YN6VG%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB0005YN6VG). Both are fairly hard to find, and I treat them as a special occasion treats.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 05, 2009, 06:38:03 am
Kicking diet coke was hard but switching to the tea made it a whole lot easier.     I have to say I've never heard of Chocolate Fudge Soda and I hope I never find it.  That one sounds like trouble.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MonaSW on July 05, 2009, 04:13:17 pm
Diet Chocolate Fudge Soda is pretty much an acquired taste. A lot of people don't like it when they first try it - partly perhaps because it is a light delicate chocolate flavor. So it probably wouldn't be to your taste. I do have a couple of Teavana teas in my basket, they have some intriguing sounding Rooibos ones.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 05, 2009, 05:35:44 pm
Diet Choclate Fudge Soda sounds a little  Aztec Fire Tea from Teavana....just subtlety chocolate...

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on July 05, 2009, 06:26:35 pm
I haven't had much tea that last couple days. But I have a pot of chili on the stove and I made some fruita bomba.

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Aravis60 on July 05, 2009, 08:44:14 pm
I just made a pot of flowering tea. I think it is the kind called Fairy Lily.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: harfner on July 05, 2009, 09:03:01 pm
Mmmmmm . . . tea . . .  :P

But I like mine caffeinated and it's too late to have any now.



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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 06, 2009, 05:53:29 am
It's so NICE to be back with my friends on the tea thread, no one else really understands me!  LOL!  DH and I were at the lake with some of his family this past weekend and I am the only tea drinker in the bunch.  If only my DD had been able to get there, she gets it...

I'm starting today with some Strawberry White tea from TG. Mmmmmm.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 06, 2009, 05:58:50 am
I am starting with my Rooibos Capetown. Yummy goodness to go with my oatmeal.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: harfner on July 06, 2009, 06:24:25 am
I've always wanted to try that.

I just made a pot of flowering tea. I think it is the kind called Fairy Lily.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 06, 2009, 06:38:02 am
Hmmmm... my tea is a tad bitter.  NOT a good way to start the day!  I'm going to reinfuse it and see if it's better the second time around.  If not I'll be switching to Rooibos Kuruman for the rest of the day since that's ALWAYS a treat!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 06, 2009, 06:55:27 am
I am onto a cup of Sencha. Ah tea, how I love you so....

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 06, 2009, 08:14:24 am
I just brewed a pot o' Pistachio Apple Pie...way less calories than the real thing but very very yummy.

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 06, 2009, 09:23:35 am
I am on to a pot of Arabian Night.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 06, 2009, 09:32:49 am
I am on to a pot of Arabian Night.
You're 3 hours ahead of me!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 06, 2009, 09:42:39 am
heheheh It is a great tea, a nice black green blend with sunflower, jasmine, and rose blossoms. It looks pretty in the tin, smells great, and tastes wonderful. All in all a great tea experience.

I tend to find I drink more tea on Monday then any other day of the week.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 06, 2009, 09:44:26 am
Holy cow, Crash!  You must be thirsty today.  I'm just now reinfusing my Strawberry White for my second pot (if 16 ounces can be called a "pot") of the day.  I'm at least one pot behind my usual intake.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 06, 2009, 09:47:16 am
16 oz sounds like a pot to me.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 06, 2009, 09:49:38 am
16 ounces is my normal pot size.

Monday and Tuesday night I play soccer so I try and drink more water and tea to make sure that I am well hydrated. And the tea helps me get through the first couple of days at work. I will have an occasional pot on the weekends but I am normally out playing softball or hanging out with friends or hanging out in the hot tub. This leads to more beer consumption then tea which leaves me hankering for tea on Monday.

Did I mention that I like tea?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 06, 2009, 11:21:15 am
Crash...I would have pictured you as a wine vs. beer person.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 06, 2009, 11:23:02 am
Did I mention that I like tea?

I do believe it's come up once or twice.

The second infusion of my Strawberry White tea is still pretty strong, even on the medium setting.  Maybe I got carried away and used too much tea...  I'm going for a third infusion!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 06, 2009, 11:24:49 am
I drink wine occasionally but I love my beer. I drink a fair number of micro brews. My favorite are Dog Fish Head and Bell's. Dog Fish Head most people have heard of. Bell's is a small micro brew in Michigan. I drank a decent amount of their beer in grad school and was thrilled to find it some of the specialty groceries in Virginia. (shrugs)

I am on a pot of Orange Blossom Oolong.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 06, 2009, 11:26:53 am
Songbird...you inspired me to make my second pot of the day Strawberry Parasio white tea.  
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cash Pawley on July 06, 2009, 12:28:59 pm
I don't really find "Tea Topics" to be interesting. However, I like "Iced Tea".  :P
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 06, 2009, 12:36:47 pm
Songbird...you inspired me to make my second pot of the day Strawberry Parasio white tea.  

YAY!  I love to inspire people!  Is that a Teavana tea?

I don't really find "Tea Topics" to be interesting. However, I like "Iced Tea".  :P

I like Iced Tea as well, brewed or instant.  I almost always have a pitcher of Crystal Light Green Tea with Raspberry in the fridge.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 06, 2009, 02:09:41 pm
Yes...Strawberry Parasio is a teavana tea.  If you like strawberries you'll love this tea.  

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 06, 2009, 02:23:08 pm
I'll have to add that to the list.  Once I finish up some of the pounds of tea I currently have...  oops!  LOL!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 06, 2009, 02:25:05 pm
I'm fickle...I only buy 2 or 4 oz at a time.  Even of my favorites.  But If I were going to buy a pound of one it would have to be Strawberry Parasio.

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on July 07, 2009, 05:28:43 am
I used my Zarafina to make a black tea yesterday. OMG.. I will never make it on *STRONG* setting again! It was black and bitter. I threw that pot out and made a new one on mild, and for me, it was perfect. On the mild settng I could taste the peach that I was supposed to.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 07, 2009, 05:59:31 am
heheheheh I make all of mine on strong and  bagged so that it is as strong as possible. Isn't it great to have a machine that makes tea at each of our individual settings?

I am starting the morning with Rooibos Capetown.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 07, 2009, 07:11:43 am
And I am onto a pot of Earl Grey Imperior. A good tea but one that will be replaced by Earl Grey 69 when I finish my supply of Imperior. Who knew there were so many Earl Greys.

And a random Kindle story here. At Thanksgiving I showed my Aunt and Uncle my K1. My Uncle loved it and said it would be great for their month long cruise in October of this year. The K1's were on back order. When the K2 was announced, and K1 users got to move to the front of the line, I called family and let them know I could order them one and they would receive it in the first wave of deliveries. My Uncle and SIL wanted one.

I saw my Uncle at my engagement party and he is loving his Kindle. My Brother bought his own Kindle a week after my SIL got hers. Three months latter I am back in Cali celebrating my wedding shower, my cousins 30th birthday, and my Aunt and Uncle's 50th wedding anniversary. The wedding anniversary was thrown by my three cousins. My cousin comes to hang out for the Fourth of July and tells me that my Uncle had gotten the three kids Kindles as thank you gifts.

My cousin is clumsy and hard on electronics. Hers is not leaving her apartment until she gets a cover. My eldest cousin had no idea what a Kindle was but his wife did. She took ownership as soon as it arrived. My third cousin seems to be very happy with his.

The moral of this story, I don't just enable tea purchases, I enable Kindle purchases as well. And covers.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: KBoards Admin on July 07, 2009, 07:17:58 am
...
The moral of this story, I don't just enable tea purchases, I enable Kindle purchases as well. And covers.

You are a powerful force for good in this world, ProfCrash! Keep it up.  :)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 07, 2009, 07:22:06 am
If by good you mean getting people to spend more money and not save it, sure, I'll buy that.

Harvey do you drink tea? And when will we see a Teavana ad or link up with the Affiliates?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 07, 2009, 08:27:42 am
If by good you mean getting people to spend more money and not save it, sure, I'll buy that.

Harvey do you drink tea? And when will we see a Teavana ad or link up with the Affiliates?
An Ad would be great to click on...Right now everybody here knows it's on page Sweet 16 of our little thread!
Pacific Sunrise Rooibos is my flavor of the morning.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 07, 2009, 08:29:05 am
I just brewed a batch of Bossa Nova. Oolong with Vanilla. One of my all time favorites.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 07, 2009, 09:07:52 am
I'm fickle...I only buy 2 or 4 oz at a time.  Even of my favorites.  But If I were going to buy a pound of one it would have to be Strawberry Parasio.

The pounds I have ARE 2 or 4 ounce packages of numerous teas!  LOL!  I tend to overshop...

Today I'm having Japanese Wild Cherry. YUMMY!!  It smells like Cherry Nibs and I totally love that candy.

Mmmmmm on the Bossa Nova, Crash.  I had some of that last weekend.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 07, 2009, 09:16:28 am
I know the over shopping. I spent $250 on tea the last time I resupplied. (sigh) Good thing I only resupply when I get down to 12 teas. It takes a while to get that low.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 07, 2009, 09:35:46 am
I don't really find "Tea Topics" to be interesting. However, I like "Iced Tea".  :P

If you don't find tea topics interesting why are you posting here? Perhaps as a way of spamming your book by getting your signature in as many topics as possible?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Ann in Arlington on July 07, 2009, 10:26:36 am
Quote
If you don't find tea topics interesting why are you posting here? Perhaps as a way of spamming your book by getting your signature in as many topics as possible?
This comment is out of line.  Authors are encouraged to post throughout the boards, as are all our members.  There are other examples of posts in this thread and others where people just pop in to say "hi".  Cash's post violates no forum rules.  Courtesy, everyone.

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on July 07, 2009, 10:45:17 am
Yeah! My daughter is home! Off to make her some tea now.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 07, 2009, 10:51:42 am
Yeah! My daughter is home! Off to make her some tea now.

Awesome. What type of tea are you making?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 07, 2009, 10:56:02 am
Songbird...I thought you had a pound of one tea.  If I add up all the tea I have in the 2 and 4 oz sizes...I have about 2 pounds.  Trying to make a decision on what flavor to make is the fun part.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 07, 2009, 11:03:39 am
Someone bought a pound of tea once by accident. I remember them posting about it on the board and a bunch of us pointing out that we normally bought a few ounces. I think we suggested putting it in a freezer bag for storage purposes and using it over time.

I am on to a pot of Genmaicha right now. I have an outdoor game to hydrate for.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 07, 2009, 11:06:43 am
Crash...head on over to the Prayer Request thread and we'll pray that you win your game. 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 07, 2009, 11:08:57 am
LOL I think that God has better things to do then worry about my team winning or losing. (grins) I'll just work on hydrating. We don't have any female subs tonight so I know that the more I drink now, the better off I am. Plus, it gives me a good reason to drink more tea.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 07, 2009, 11:36:14 am
Cowgirl, I haven't found a tea I love enough to buy a pound of yet!  Probably never will... I enjoy experimenting with other flavors too much.

I'm brewing my third infusion of this morning's Japanese Wild Cherry.  I've discovered that the "medium" setting on the Zarafina is perfect for most of my teas, so I brew twice on "medium" then "strong" for a third infusion.  Works for some teas, not so much for others. ;D
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 07, 2009, 11:39:37 am
Maybe that is my problem with second infusions. I brew on the strongest setting so more of the oils are probably taken out of the tea then when you brew on a medium setting.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 07, 2009, 11:49:46 am
That could be it.  I don't mind drinking a pot that's a little weaker, it helps me justify the cost of the tea!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on July 07, 2009, 12:57:18 pm
Awesome. What type of tea are you making?

I let her pick and she choose pina colada LOL

Which is the one I bought a pound of recently.

Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 07, 2009, 02:22:05 pm
Maybe that is my problem with second infusions. I brew on the strongest setting so more of the oils are probably taken out of the tea then when you brew on a medium setting.
I brew on Medium and second infusion on strong.  I never do a third infusion...not sure how that would be.  I usually brew the whites and rooibos teas.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on July 07, 2009, 02:23:48 pm
I've concluded that pina colada isn't ideal for a rebrew. It just came out weak.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 07, 2009, 02:26:26 pm
I've concluded that pina colada isn't ideal for a rebrew. It just came out weak.
Good to know because I just got my Tevana order and Pina Colada was in there.  I tried the German Rock sugar and a little goes a long way with me...I'm talking about 3 or 4 of the crystals.  I don't like sweet tea but sometimes a few of the teas need just a little something.  I think it's perfect for that.  



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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on July 07, 2009, 04:03:41 pm
Thanks cowgirl, I know what you mean. I don't like my tea really sweet but sometimes a little something is needed. For some teas a little sweetener brings out the flavor more. I've been wanting to try Teavanas rock sugar I think I'll pick some up when I go refill my fruita bomba.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Lynn on July 07, 2009, 04:41:52 pm
My Zarafina has shipped and my first order from teavana, but neither will be here until the 14th :(. It is going to be a long week.

Lynn L

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 07, 2009, 05:23:56 pm
My Zarafina has shipped and my first order from teavana, but neither will be here until the 14th :(. It is going to be a long week.

Lynn L
Yeah!!! We got another one!  What teas did you order?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Lynn on July 07, 2009, 05:37:11 pm
Here is what I ordered to start:

Teavana Japanese Wild Cherry Loose Leaf Green Tea  
Teavana MateVana Herbal Tea
Teavana Earl Grey Crème Black Tea
Teavana Almond Biscotti Black Tea  
Teavana English Breakfast Black Tea
Teavana Rooibos Sweet Amore Tea
Teavana Bangkok Lemongrass Rooibos Tea
Teavana Orange Rooibos Tea
Teavana White Ayurvedic Chai Tea
Teavana Rooibos Chai Tea  
Teavana Cacao Mint Black Tea  
Teavana Raspberry Sangria Herbal Tea

Hopefully I will like most of them, but I can always order more when I figure out what flavors I like best.

Lynn L
 
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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 07, 2009, 05:57:01 pm
Lynn...The only one I have on your list is the Raspberry Sangria.  I steeped a pot of that yesterday.  I will definitely order that one again. 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Lynn on July 07, 2009, 05:59:29 pm
Cowgirl- I think I ordered it because I saw it mentioned here. I know there are others I thought sounded good but didn't want to read throught the whole thread again, should have made notes!

Lynn L
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 07, 2009, 07:02:02 pm
My Zarafina has shipped and my first order from teavana, but neither will be here until the 14th :(. It is going to be a long week.

Lynn L

What tea did you order?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: KBoards Admin on July 07, 2009, 08:03:52 pm
If by good you mean getting people to spend more money and not save it, sure, I'll buy that.

Harvey do you drink tea? And when will we see a Teavana ad or link up with the Affiliates?

Growing up in British Columbia I was probably exposed to more tea-drinking than in other places. My Grandma (born in England) would make loose-leaf tea, and we would always add milk or cream. I've since heard that this negates the health benefits of tea - - anybody know about that?

My mom and dad were more coffee drinkers - both of them being teachers and carrying on the age-old teaching tradition of drinking very bad staffroom coffee. I am now more of a coffee drinker, with Americanos being my drink of choice.

But I must admit you all are inspiring me to get back into some tea-drinking. I was talking up the Zarafina teamaker with my wife this weekend. So far she is rolling her eyes and telling me I spend way too much time with you all. :)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: KBoards Admin on July 07, 2009, 08:09:55 pm
An Ad would be great to click on...Right now everybody here knows it's on page Sweet 16 of our little thread!
Pacific Sunrise Rooibos is my flavor of the morning.

Note: it is also in the first post on Page 1 of this thread, which might be easier to get to.

I'm not sure about adding the Teavana link to the main header, but one thing I could also do is add our Teavana link to the top post of every page of this thread. (This, however, would only have it appear at the top for people who stick to the forum default - of having posts appear in chronological order, and with the default of 25 posts per page.)

Would there be interest in having that? Let me know and I can go about adding that!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: PJP on July 07, 2009, 08:13:06 pm
My Zarafina shipped too and it will be here on the 10th . I'm so excited and can't wait to try it out . I also just went to Teavana for the first time. I picked up some lovely teas and have a list of quite a few more I'm going to try.
PJP
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on July 07, 2009, 08:28:59 pm
Now that I know the link is in the OP I'm fine with it just being there, it's easy to find that way.

Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 07, 2009, 09:19:58 pm
Growing up in British Columbia I was probably exposed to more tea-drinking than in other places. My Grandma (born in England) would make loose-leaf tea, and we would always add milk or cream. I've since heard that this negates the health benefits of tea - - anybody know about that?

My mom and dad were more coffee drinkers - both of them being teachers and carrying on the age-old teaching tradition of drinking very bad staffroom coffee. I am now more of a coffee drinker, with Americanos being my drink of choice.

But I must admit you all are inspiring me to get back into some tea-drinking. I was talking up the Zarafina teamaker with my wife this weekend. So far she is rolling her eyes and telling me I spend way too much time with you all. :)

Milk blocks the absorption of the antioxidants found in tea. So you want to try and drink a couple of 6 ounces glasses without milk each day to get the health benefits.

heheheheh Hey, our enabling is a good thing. Right? Right?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 07, 2009, 09:57:12 pm
Harvey..I like the idea of putting the link on the top of each page.  We all now know it's on the first and 16th page but if new people are clicking on this thread they won't know that. IMO
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: KBoards Admin on July 07, 2009, 09:58:39 pm
Milk blocks the absorption of the antioxidants found in tea. So you want to try and drink a couple of 6 ounces glasses without milk each day to get the health benefits.

Ah, thanks for that info.

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heheheheh Hey, our enabling is a good thing. Right? Right?

^ Now I know how it feels to be on the receiving end of some serious enabling!  :D
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: KBoards Admin on July 07, 2009, 09:59:18 pm
Harvey..I like the idea of putting the link on the top of each page.  We all now know it's on the first and 16th page but if new people are clicking on this thread they won't know that. IMO

Okay, I'll make a point of adding the link to the top of each page... going forward, at least. Thanks!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 07, 2009, 10:04:28 pm
Thanks Harvey!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: 1131 on July 08, 2009, 12:21:40 am
After a not so great day, I'm enjoying a nice cup of Lemon Green Flavored Green Tea before I go to bed.  Ahh, that makes it all better.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 08, 2009, 05:01:14 am
G'morning y'all!  This morning I broke open my Rooibos Sweet Amore and it's brewing as I type.  It smells pretty good, I just hope it's not TOO cinnamony.

Not all of my teas get infused three times, some of them don't reinfuse the second time worth a darn.  It occurs to me that the whites are okay with a second infusion but too weak for a third.  Maybe the greens and oolongs are the only ones I infuse three times.  I'll have to start keeping notes... 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 08, 2009, 06:05:26 am
I am waking up to Rooibos Ginger. It has a nice kick to it. I need that kick on a Wednesday.

SongbirvVB: That makes sense. Whites are pretty delicate. Oolongs and Greens are more robust. I brew my tea on the strongest level in my Zarafina so I don't think any of my tea tastes good on a  rebrew.

Harvey, just give in. Tea is the most healthy thing that is enabled on this board. It is something that you could enjoy with your wife. It is yummy, good for you, and goes well with scones. What more could a person ask for?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Dankinia on July 08, 2009, 10:31:49 am
So I am starting off my day with Jasmine Dragon Pearls green tea.  My morning cup at home was hot, and I am now enjoying a cup of it iced while at work.  It is pretty good and did not require the addition of sugar. 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 08, 2009, 10:37:17 am
Teavana's Jasmine Dragon Pearls green tea is a good one.  I'm usually not a green tea fan but this is an exception.

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 08, 2009, 10:42:05 am
Jasmine Dragon Pearls are wonderful. I have had a cup of Anna's (Black with raspberries) and am now onto a cup of Asatsuyu (green with peony and sunflowers).

Dankinia: Are there tes that you use milk or sugar with? I don't add anything to my tea. And welcome to the thread!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on July 08, 2009, 10:50:07 am
I am having an iced cup of Raspberry Sangria with Ginseng Vitality and Honeybush Vanilla.  I have found that I really love the Ginseng mixed in with my other teas.
deb

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 08, 2009, 12:41:12 pm
And I am trying English Breakfast from Gschwender. Good stuff.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 08, 2009, 02:29:10 pm
deb...I'm going to definitely get some of that ginseng vitality next time I'm at teavana.  This afternoons brew is Graden Aria.



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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Dankinia on July 08, 2009, 03:55:54 pm
Dankinia: Are there tes that you use milk or sugar with? I don't add anything to my tea. And welcome to the thread!

I don't use milk, but I have put tons of sugar in my tea for years but didn't drink tea very often.  Maybe once or twice a week I would have it.  I am trying to cut the excess sugar out of my diet by drinking unsweetened tea instead of soda.  I figure it is more healthy in the long run. 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Andra on July 08, 2009, 04:18:29 pm
I've discovered that one of the main flavors I like in my tea is anise or licorice root.
For example, I like the Repulbic of Tea's Cardamon Cinnamon and their Get Relief tea for digestion that has a rooibos base with cinnamon, anise and peppermint.
Any suggestions for other teas for me to try from a tea master?

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Lynn on July 08, 2009, 06:31:57 pm
ProfCrash:
What tea did you order?
Here is what I ordered to start:

Teavana Japanese Wild Cherry Loose Leaf Green Tea 
Teavana MateVana Herbal Tea
Teavana Earl Grey Crème Black Tea
Teavana Almond Biscotti Black Tea 
Teavana English Breakfast Black Tea
Teavana Rooibos Sweet Amore Tea
Teavana Bangkok Lemongrass Rooibos Tea
Teavana Orange Rooibos Tea
Teavana White Ayurvedic Chai Tea
Teavana Rooibos Chai Tea 
Teavana Cacao Mint Black Tea 
Teavana Raspberry Sangria Herbal Tea

Hopefully I will like most of them, but I can always order more when I figure out what flavors I like best.

Lynn L
 
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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on July 08, 2009, 07:12:46 pm
I've discovered that one of the main flavors I like in my tea is anise or licorice root.
For example, I like the Repulbic of Tea's Cardamon Cinnamon and their Get Relief tea for digestion that has a rooibos base with cinnamon, anise and peppermint.
Any suggestions for other teas for me to try from a tea master?

I'm not a tea master, but I'd buy some whole cardamom pods and star anise and add them to my favorite loose teas. I think they mix particularly well with black teas. Cardamom pods are used in Turkish coffee, my hubby likes to make it.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on July 08, 2009, 07:15:13 pm
Hello, fellow tea drinkers!  I like to travel, but I really need some time to hang at home and spend some time on the KBs.  It looks like ProfCrash has converted a few more tea drinkers!

So we stopped in the Twin Cities on the way home and crashed the MOA.  I had to go to Teavana and, of course, I didn't come out empty handed.  It was a nice change to smell my teas before I bought them.  Since I didn't have a lot of room in my suitcase, I had to limit myself, so I came home with only three new teas.

I sniffed Eastern Chamomile (http://www.amazon.com/Teavana-Eastern-Chamomile-Herbal-Tea/dp/B001LUZZL2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=gourmet-food&qid=1247099267&sr=1-1&tag=kbpst-20), but it didn't smell good to me.

So the lady suggested Tranquil Dream (http://www.amazon.com/Teavana-Tranquil-Dream-Herbal-Tea/dp/B001LV3TZ0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=gourmet-food&qid=1247100732&sr=1-1&tag=kbpst-20), which has chamomile in it.  It smelled really yummy (and I like to drink tea later in the evening), so I got a few ounces of it.

Also smelled Caribbean Breeze (http://www.amazon.com/Teavana-Caribbean-Breeze-Herbal-Tea/dp/B001LUZZEY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1247101055&sr=1-1&tag=kbpst-20).  It is an herbal tea.  I had some on the way to work today, and it was really good.  I'm still getting used to how different herbal teas are from my usual rooibos and flavored green teas.  It will make an excellent iced tea.

The third one I got I thought was called Lemon grass, but I can only find a Lemon green on the website.  I'll check that when I get home and let you know.  Smelled really great at the store.

Of course, I only had to buy 3 ounces more to get 10% off of a pound of tea, so I got more Bangkok Lemongrass (http://www.amazon.com/Teavana-Bangkok-Lemongrass-Rooibos-Tea/dp/B001KN0C22/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=gourmet-food&qid=1247105386&sr=1-1&tag=kbpst-20), my current fav.  This way I'll be able to make it as iced tea with the quantity that I have of it now!  Yum.

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on July 08, 2009, 07:25:27 pm
I've discovered that one of the main flavors I like in my tea is anise or licorice root.
For example, I like the Repulbic of Tea's Cardamon Cinnamon and their Get Relief tea for digestion that has a rooibos base with cinnamon, anise and peppermint.
Any suggestions for other teas for me to try from a tea master?

I'm not a tea master, but I did a licorice search at Tea Gschwendner and it came up with 15 results (http://www.teamerchants.com/Catalog/SearchResultsView.aspx?SearchTerm=licorice).  Several of these are bagged teas.  I do not like licorice or anice flavorings, so I will stay far away from these!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on July 08, 2009, 07:28:29 pm
Well, my sons are now visiting My Grandmother in San Francisco. I got a box in today's mail. they went to Lupicia and bought me 14 different flavors that they sniffed, as well as restocking my favorite Hibiscus Cinnamon.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 08, 2009, 07:33:07 pm
Well, my sons are now visiting My Grandmother in San Francisco. I got a box in today's mail. they went to Lupicia and bought me 14 different flavors that they sniffed, as well as restocking my favorite Hibiscus Cinnamon.

That is great!

Frojazz: It is the topic that is bringing them in. I think there are more then enough tea fiends in here enabling peoples tea habits now a days. (grins)

None of the teas that I drink have anise or licorice root. You can go to the different websites and search by them to see what comes up.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 08, 2009, 07:34:28 pm
Well, my sons are now visiting My Grandmother in San Francisco. I got a box in today's mail. they went to Lupicia and bought me 14 different flavors that they sniffed, as well as restocking my favorite Hibiscus Cinnamon.
What a great surprise!  Next time I'm in San Francisco I need to check out Lupicia.  
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 08, 2009, 07:36:40 pm
If anyone goes to Chicago, check out Gschwender.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 08, 2009, 07:37:07 pm
If anyone goes to Chicago, check out Gschwender.
Also good to know!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 08, 2009, 09:18:45 pm
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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MonaSW on July 08, 2009, 09:37:05 pm
16 oz sounds like a pot to me.

16 oz is my cup size!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 08, 2009, 09:44:51 pm
16 oz is my cup size!
Technically you are right since I drink the whole pot.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on July 08, 2009, 09:47:32 pm
I wish zarafina would come out with a larger size.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MonaSW on July 08, 2009, 09:55:10 pm
I wish zarafina would come out with a larger size.

As much as I love my Zarafina, it would be nice to have a larger one.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 08, 2009, 10:08:18 pm
As much as I love my Zarafina, it would be nice to have a larger one.
Maybe that's why the price came down so much on the zarafina...hopefully they are coming out with a larger pot...
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on July 09, 2009, 04:55:26 am
Yeah, in preparation for class today, I brewed 3 pots of tea in my zarafina. 2 last night went back into the water bottles I got the water from, and went into the fridge for cold tea today, and pot #3 just finished so it's my cup to drive with. (35 minute drive.)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 09, 2009, 05:04:38 am
Yeah, in preparation for class today, I brewed 3 pots of tea in my zarafina. 2 last night went back into the water bottles I got the water from, and went into the fridge for cold tea today, and pot #3 just finished so it's my cup to drive with. (35 minute drive.)

Great idea, putting the tea back into the water bottle!  Are all 3 pots the same kind of tea or did you mix it up?

Starting the day with Pacific Sunrise and I really like it.  The Rooibos Sweet Amore was okay... I think I just don't care much for spicy teas.  Live and learn!

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 09, 2009, 05:56:04 am
Starting the day with Rooibos Jungle Fire. Hoping that it is less eventful then yesterday. (eye roll)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 09, 2009, 05:58:44 am
What happened yesterday?  Or did I miss something in a prior post?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 09, 2009, 07:27:50 am
Weird day at work and on the boards.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 09, 2009, 08:20:20 am
Sonbird...don't you love that Pacific Sunrise!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 09, 2009, 09:05:33 am
I am onto a pot (cup) of Darjeeling Margaret's Hope.



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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on July 09, 2009, 09:30:00 am
I am making a pot of double purity blooming white tea.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 09, 2009, 09:45:03 am
I just made a pot of Earl Grey Imperior.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Lynn on July 09, 2009, 12:55:52 pm
I had a great surprise this morning, my zarafina and my Teavana order came today :) Today is my day off so I was here when the UPS man came. I tried a pot of the almond biscotti black tea. I tried it at medium setting, had a light almond flavor. Not sure what to try next, maybe the Raspberry sangria.

Lynn L

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 09, 2009, 01:23:47 pm
I had a great surprise this morning, my zarafina and my Teavana order came today :) Today is my day off so I was here when the UPS man came. I tried a pot of the almond biscotti black tea. I tried it at medium setting, had a light almond flavor. Not sure what to try next, maybe the Raspberry sangria.

Lynn L

What fun!  I love when my treats come and I get to try them right away!  ;D
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: 1131 on July 09, 2009, 02:06:42 pm
I had a great surprise this morning, my zarafina and my Teavana order came today :) Today is my day off so I was here when the UPS man came. I tried a pot of the almond biscotti black tea. I tried it at medium setting, had a light almond flavor. Not sure what to try next, maybe the Raspberry sangria.

Lynn L
Great, now I'm hungry for biscotti and it's really hard to find around here.
The Raspberry Sangria sounded really good.  I'm enjoying a cup of Raspberry Black with my lunch. 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on July 09, 2009, 02:34:11 pm
Lynn, the Raspberry Sangria is very very good.  Puts all other raspberrry teas I've had to shame.  

I had to work today and just got home a few minutes ago.  All the way home I was thinking about a pot of Teavana Blueberry Bliss.  So after changing my clothes I headed for the kitchen and I have a pot brewing now.  The problem is I used the last of the Blueberry Bliss.  I have other teas, so I probably will not make a trip to Teavana immediately, but I sure want to.  

I stopped at the outlets on my way home today and picked up a Bodum iced tea pitcher.  It's plastic, but it will be great to take to my boyfriend's or other places I go.  I paid 15.00.  I have to check online and see if I got a good deal or not.

Happy tea, KB friends.
deb

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on July 09, 2009, 02:39:12 pm
Yeah, in preparation for class today, I brewed 3 pots of tea in my zarafina. 2 last night went back into the water bottles I got the water from, and went into the fridge for cold tea today, and pot #3 just finished so it's my cup to drive with. (35 minute drive.)
Great idea, putting the tea back into the water bottle!  Are all 3 pots the same kind of tea or did you mix it up?

The first 2 pots were the same.. I like my Hibiscus Cinnamon hot or cold, which is good considering sometimes I get caught up in my homework and forget I am drinking it, when I remember, it is cold.
the pot this morning was WEDDING from Lupicia (http://www.lupiciausa.com/product_p/12405503.htm) Looked pretty and smelled good when I bought it. Did not beat out H.C. as my favorite, but it was good.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on July 09, 2009, 02:39:50 pm
The pitcher I got is 19.95 on Bodum's site.  So I'm happy with what I paid.  It's called Ceylon.
deb

Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on July 09, 2009, 06:38:17 pm
I'm having a cup of acai green tea for my evening sip.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on July 10, 2009, 05:44:29 am
I am making a pot of double purity blooming white tea.

ok this one wasn't very good. pretty bland actually.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 10, 2009, 06:22:31 am
A question for my tea-freak friends:

When I mix an Oolong with an Herbal (Maracuva Passion Oolong with Peach Tranquility) do I use the brew time/temp of an Oolong or Herbal?  I'm thinking Oolong, but then will I get the full effect of the Herbal?  Or am I totally overthinking this? ::)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on July 10, 2009, 06:41:08 am
I always go by the more delicate tea's needs. Of course if you want to get really obsessive you can brew each one to it's requirements and then combine in the cup. I'm not quite that anal though LOL
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 10, 2009, 06:45:01 am
I always go by the more delicate tea's needs. Of course if you want to get really obsessive you can brew each one to it's requirements and then combine in the cup. I'm not quite that anal though LOL

Yeah, THAT'S not happening!  LOL!

That's what I was thinking, thanks for backing me up!  <<running to the Zarafina to start my tea>>
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on July 10, 2009, 06:46:16 am
Let us know how it turns out.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 10, 2009, 08:02:42 am
I go with Raspy's suggestion...I brew for the mildest tea in the  mix
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 10, 2009, 09:36:33 am
It turned out great, of course!  That blend can't miss.  I brewed it on the strong setting and it was wonderful, but the second infusion was weak.  I think if I'd have brewed it on medium the first time it would have still been great, plus the second infusion (on strong) would have been better.  I'll try that next week.  In the mean time I'm OUT OF HERE!

Have a good weekend everyone!  ;D
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on July 10, 2009, 02:48:06 pm
hmmmm I wonder what will come of this? The hubby called me to say he is having lunch in the little shopping center where teavana is, so I told him to pick me up some fruita bomba LOL. * he actually said " where teavana is " LOL

Songbird I'm glad your blend came out great.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on July 10, 2009, 02:51:46 pm
ohhh...aren't you lucky.  Although I love going to the store personally.  I have been thinking all day about the teas I'm wanting to smell.  I even marked some in my little book so I don't forget when I get there.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on July 10, 2009, 03:06:25 pm
I usually like going personally too, but this is a refill because I'm almost out and I've been feeling horrible all week and not sure when I'll be up to going myself.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on July 11, 2009, 06:26:38 am
Mint green tea is how I am starting today. It just feels like a mint morning.

(http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Teavana/X01%2006%2005%2007_d?.jpg) (http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-3356897-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3DC77FD2E3-0C26-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FLoose-Leaf-Teas%2FThe-Doctors-Green-Teas%2FMoroccan-Mint-Flavored-Green-Tea.axd&cjsku=X01+06+05+07+3)(http://www.ftjcfx.com/image-3356897-10555880)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 11, 2009, 06:41:41 am
I bought so much tea the last two times I went to Tevana that I have to drink up some of what I have before I go again.  Maybe another 2 weeks and I'll be out of a few favorites....Then it's a field trip to the store! 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: PJP on July 11, 2009, 07:32:40 am
My Zarafina arrived yesterday so I brewed up a pot of Almond Biscotti , yummy .

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31M%2Bg07o7oL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Zarafina-Maker-Suite-Ceramic-Serving/dp/B000HJNJNO%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB000HJNJNO)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on July 11, 2009, 08:24:14 am
ohhh, Almond Biscotti, which company did you get that from?
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Chad Winters on July 11, 2009, 09:06:25 am
ok.. so I'm looking for a double-wall travel mug type that holds at least 16oz so I can use my teamaker at work and have it last all morning. Does any one have an idea what works best?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 11, 2009, 11:38:43 am
ok.. so I'm looking for a double-wall travel mug type that holds at least 16oz so I can use my teamaker at work and have it last all morning. Does any one have an idea what works best?
Yes...I just bought a bodum travel press and mug from Target this weeK. They can be used for coffee or tea.  I got it for this reason.



(http://www.tqlkg.com/image-3356897-10677462) (http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-3356897-10677462)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: PJP on July 11, 2009, 06:41:16 pm
Almond Biscotti is from Teavana . Harvey thanks for posting the pic of the Zarafina . I don't know how to do that yet .
PJP

(http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Teavana/X01%2005%2004%2007_d?.jpg) (http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-3356897-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3D937FD2E3-0C26-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FTea-Gift-Center%2FGifts-for-Any-Taste%2FGift-Ideas-for-Nutty-Friends%2FAlmond-Biscotti-Flavored-amp-Scented-Black-Tea.axd&cjsku=X01+05+04+07+3)(http://www.awltovhc.com/image-3356897-10555880)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on July 11, 2009, 06:51:42 pm
^pssst...Harvey's been adding pics to all of our posts!  It might be nice if we started doing it ourselves, though!  ;)

I made some Carribean Breeze tea and threw it in the fridge.  Yummy treat for the car ride home!! 

Yay me and zarafina!
We make a good cuppa.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on July 11, 2009, 07:58:38 pm
I bought a very nice travel mug at Kohls a few weeks ago.  I'm not sure if it's 16oz.  I'll check on it later.  The thing I love best about it is that when it is closed it seals completely.  

Just went and checked.  It is 16oz. and the brand name is Trudeau.  My is pink and says Breast Cancer Research.  I'm not sure if they had other colors or not.  But this is my very favorite travel mug ever.
deb

Found it on Amazon.
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/21TEgBAXftL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Trudeau-Sablier-16-Ounce-Research-Foundation/dp/B0026RH6NO%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB0026RH6NO)

Also found this one that looks interesting.  It doesn't look double-walled though.
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/21jN7IB1cWL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Trudeau-Tea-riffic-16-Ounce-Travel-Tumbler/dp/B001FYOEGG%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB001FYOEGG)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 11, 2009, 08:24:05 pm
I think there is a frosted travel mug on Teavana's website... I don't know if it's only available on line or if you can get them in the stores.

(http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Teavana/ECU%20MT%20FTT_d?.jpg) (http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-3356897-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3D7B7ED2E3-0C26-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FTea-Products%2FTea-Cups-Mugs%2FTravel-Tea-Cups%2FFrosted-Thermal-Travel-Tumbler-Green.axd&cjsku=ECU+MT+FTT)
(http://www.ftjcfx.com/image-3356897-10555880)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on July 12, 2009, 05:37:14 am
I decided to do some more checking on the second travel mug pic I posted above.  It is double-walled and claims to keep tea hot for 2 hours.  I'm more interested in keeping my tea cold right now.  It also comes in pink, and like the first one, supports Breast Cancer Research.   I really like the Teavana mugs but I don't like having to remove the tea strainer, and it doesn't look like I could drink with the lid on.  Since I mainly drink Rooibos and herbal teas, leaving the strainer in would work great for reinfusing.  I think I'm going to place my order today.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 12, 2009, 07:07:58 am
I'm sure the frosted travel mug would keep tea cold if you put it in cold but it does seem strange that it doesn't a way to drink it without removing the lid.  hmmmm
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on July 12, 2009, 07:16:43 am
I bet it would.  I don't think I would have noticed the lid situation if I had not went searching for a travel mug for Chad.  I ordered the Trudeau one in pink from Amazon this morning.  I'll post my review after it comes in. 

My judge called yesterday and asked me to work the office while the secretary is on vacation week after next.  That means I'm not going to be within a few feet of my pitcher of tea.  So I'm hoping this mug comes in quickly and I have a chance to try it out. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on July 12, 2009, 04:11:56 pm
You all tempted me with the almond biscotti black tea. I went to teavana and picked some up, soooo yummy especially with a little sugar and whole milk. yummy chai latte.

I also refilled my fruita bomba and picked up some apricot ginger peach black tea, imperial acai blueberry and gingerbread cookie. I'm planning on trying a blend of gingerbread cookie and almond biscotti.

Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 12, 2009, 05:13:02 pm
I love imperial acai blueberry and now with all the talk about the almond biscotti it's on my list for my next visit to Teavana

(http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Teavana/X01%2004%2003%2013_d?.jpg) (http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-3356897-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3D737FD2E3-0C26-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FTea-Gift-Center%2FGifts-by-Price%2FTea-Gifts-under-20%2FImperial-Acai-Blueberry-White-Tea.axd&cjsku=X01+04+03+13+3)(http://www.lduhtrp.net/image-3356897-10555880)(http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Teavana/X01%2005%2004%2007_d?.jpg) (http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-3356897-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3D937FD2E3-0C26-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FTea-Gift-Center%2FGifts-for-Any-Taste%2FGift-Ideas-for-Nutty-Friends%2FAlmond-Biscotti-Flavored-amp-Scented-Black-Tea.axd&cjsku=X01+05+04+07+3)(http://www.lduhtrp.net/image-3356897-10555880)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MonaSW on July 12, 2009, 06:08:43 pm
If you can find one, the 16 ounce double walled clear tumblers from Starbucks keep my tea perfectly cold.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on July 13, 2009, 07:00:16 am
I brewed a pot of Pacific Sunrise this morning.  It is perfect with my zucchini bread toasted I'm having. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 13, 2009, 08:21:38 am
I also brewed a pot of Pacific Sunrise!  I want some of that zucchini bread!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on July 13, 2009, 08:22:51 am
The loaf I'm working on today I added cranberries to the batch.  Very good. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 13, 2009, 08:23:59 am
The loaf I'm working on today I added cranberries to the batch.  Very good. 
deb
love cranberries...I'll take one of today's loaves
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on July 13, 2009, 08:59:14 am
I reinfused my Pacific Sunrise, and added Honeybush Vanilla to this pot.  
Haven't tried it yet.
deb

edited to add:  YUM
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 13, 2009, 09:16:57 am
I had a pot of rooibos lemon to start my day and a pot of Earl Grey Imperior as my mid morning pot. No idea what I am going to make next.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 13, 2009, 10:32:58 am
I need to get some of that honeybush vanilla...It seems to blend well with a lot of teas.  I haven't decided on my second blend of the day.  I think it needs to be something tart like raspberry sangria.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 13, 2009, 10:36:05 am
I ended up with Genmaicha for my lunch tea and am now steeping a pot of Anna's. I love tea with raspberry.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on July 13, 2009, 10:36:15 am
You are so right, the Honeybush does blend well with all of other teas. 

I now have the rest of that pot on ice and what a great full flavor it has cold. 

deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 13, 2009, 10:49:03 am
I had not thought of blending the honeybush with other teas. I have 2 ounces of honeybush that I don't drink because I found it kind of, well, boring. Blending it with my reds would work nicely.

What blends are people making that they like? Please share with the thread. Include the quantities of each tea, it will help us to replicate.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Chad Winters on July 13, 2009, 10:59:42 am
i have been mixing masala chai 50/50 with Assam Mangalam and that tastes really good!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 13, 2009, 11:01:43 am
I like Apple Lemon Pomegranate 50/50 with Tarocco Ruby Orange.  I think it's a fruit bomb.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on July 13, 2009, 11:02:47 am
I have been blending the Honeybush Vanilla and the Ginseng Vitality with Blueberry Bliss, Raspberry Sangria, Apple Lemon Pomegranate, and Rooibus Orange. 
If I use 6 tsps of, say Blueberry, then I use 3 tsps. Honeybush Vanilla and 3 tsps. Ginseng.  But I love the taste of the Ginseng. 

This morning I blended the Pacific Sunrise, 6 tsps. and 2 tsps. of Honeybush. 


deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on July 13, 2009, 01:00:35 pm
Oh I tried the tarocco ruby orange in the store but I thought it was a little strong and bitter, I would probably like it better as a blend.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on July 13, 2009, 01:03:25 pm
I have a ? beside the Tarocco Ruby Orange.  I'm wondering if you could blend it with something to make it a bit more mild?  
deb




(http://www.tqlkg.com/image-3356897-10677462) (http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-3356897-10677462)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 13, 2009, 01:58:15 pm
Oh I tried the tarocco ruby orange in the store but I thought it was a little strong and bitter, I would probably like it better as a blend.
I never tried it alone.  But it is a good blend.  I like a tart taste which might be why I like it. 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: angelad on July 13, 2009, 02:19:10 pm
I never tried it alone.  But it is a good blend.  I like a tart taste which might be why I like it. 

Didn't like it.  Seems to give off a bit of unnatural tea flavouring.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on July 13, 2009, 02:22:47 pm
I made a mug with 50/50 Cloud 9 Roobios (Teavana) with Roobios Strawberry Creme (Tea Gschwender).

I'm calling it Strawberry Marshmellow.  It was very yummy iced on my way to work today.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on July 13, 2009, 02:25:24 pm
Didn't like it.  Seems to give off a bit of unnatural tea flavouring.

Per Teavana's website, here are the ingredients for Tarocco Ruby Orange:
Citrus slices, apples, hibiscus, rosehips, orange peel and safflower petals.

I find that rosehips add a taste that I would rather just smell, if that makes sense!  Hibiscus also adds a unique flavor that people tend to either like or hate.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 13, 2009, 03:58:53 pm
I guess I'm in the minority on the Tarocco....
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 14, 2009, 07:52:26 am
hmmmm We almost fell to the second page (gasp)

So far a slow tea day. I have had a cup of Rooibos Lemon. I didn't have breakfast (I need more oatmeal) and didn't want to drink something on an empty stomach.

Ah well, more tea when I get back from the gathering at Reston Town Center.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 14, 2009, 08:02:58 am
Green Tea = magic.  Just so you know.

This morning I have had major discomfort in my upper chest, back, and arms. To the point I was trying to figure out if I was having a heart attack or something.  I have acid reflux and it wasn't that at all.  Drank some water and took one of my prescription antacids, no help.  Now it's been going on for 4 hours.  I brewed some Shogun (rhubarb, raspberry, vanilla) from TG and 15 minutes later the discomfort level has gone from a 6 to a 2 or 3.  Not bad!  YAY TEA!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 14, 2009, 08:06:05 am
Songbird...     Wow...IF there is a next time try it right away to see if you get the same result.  Hopefully there won't be a next time...just saying.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 14, 2009, 08:22:55 am
Trust me, Cowgirl, it'll be the first thing I reach for!  I'll still take my GERD meds, but I'll down 'em with tea. ;D
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 14, 2009, 11:30:39 am
Glad that the tea helps. I am going to have to try that tea the next time I order from Gschwender.

I am drinking a pot of Darjeeling Lingia.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on July 14, 2009, 12:55:03 pm
I'm so excited!  I brought my 2nd Zarafina to work and showed two of my coworkers how to use it.  Today I got a text message that one of them went to Tuesday Morning and got his own machine!  And then he went to Teavana and got a bunch of tea!  Cool, right?  I was surprised how fast he bought all this stuff.  He only tried my Roobios Vanilla from Teavana yesterday.  Must have been the right kind to try!

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41UQRS7I2vL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Zarafina-Maker-Suite-Ceramic-Serving/dp/B000HJNJNO%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB000HJNJNO)

(http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Teavana/X01%2009%2008%2000_d?.jpg) (http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-3313010-10555880?url=http%3A%2F%2Flink.mercent.com%2Fredirect.ashx%3Fmr%3AmerchantID%3DTeavana%26mr%3AtrackingCode%3DE57FD2E3-0C26-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB%26mr%3AtargetUrl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.teavana.com%2FThe-Teas%2FHerbal-Teas%2FHoneybush-Vanilla-Herbal-Tea.axd&cjsku=X01+09+08+00+3)(http://www.awltovhc.com/image-3313010-10555880)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 14, 2009, 12:55:49 pm
heheheh and now the enabling spreads outside the thread.

Smirks as she drinks a pot of Green Tea Ginger.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 14, 2009, 01:14:02 pm
frojazz...maybe you're just a good salesperson.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 14, 2009, 01:19:37 pm
frojazz...maybe you're just a good salesperson.

Everyone in this thread is a a great enabler. I mean salesperson.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on July 14, 2009, 01:20:26 pm
Thanks, Cowgirl, but I think the tea sold itself.  ;)  I didn't have to do much, anyway.  He already liked Oolongs from Chinese restaurants.  When he told me he liked Oolongs, I tried really hard to keep a straight face.  Maybe he'll let me try one sometime, and I'll get rid of my assumption that they taste like feet.   ;D
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 14, 2009, 01:21:00 pm
At least you didn't tell him that Oolong tastes like feet.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 14, 2009, 01:42:00 pm
I still can't try oolong because of that comment.  I know I need to get over it but ...........
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on July 14, 2009, 02:24:48 pm
At least you didn't tell him that Oolong tastes like feet.

Yeah, I think I'll keep that one to myself.

hehehe

but I'll always think it when he talks about it
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Betsy the Quilter on July 14, 2009, 02:54:49 pm
Wow, I just visited this thread for the first time, lots of catching up to do!

I will note that all tea tastes better if I'm drinking it while reading my Kindle1 in its wonderful Oberon Roof of Heaven cover.  The sensory overload is great--taste, touch, sight, and smell are all involved!

 ;D

(I knew y'all needed some major Accessory enabling in here.   ;))

Betsy
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Shizu on July 14, 2009, 03:20:17 pm
I'm in Japan with my daughter and we are buying a lot of tea to bring back. lol. One of my daughter's net friend is a tea master in Japan and she is buying what he recommended and more... She is so happy going to these tea shops.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 14, 2009, 04:29:47 pm
Thanks Betsy. (grins)

Shizu: I am so jealous. So very, very jealous
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Aravis60 on July 14, 2009, 06:58:27 pm
Thanks to all of you tea-enablers, I am sitting here sipping on my brand new Rooibos Peach Blossom in my brand new Tea Harmony tumbler. I think I'm in love.... ;D

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 14, 2009, 08:20:24 pm
Thanks to all of you tea-enablers, I am sitting here sipping on my brand new Rooibos Peach Blossom in my brand new Tea Harmony tumbler. I think I'm in love.... ;D

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OK, I love that tumbler. The flowering tea in it is cool.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Carol Hanrahan on July 14, 2009, 09:13:56 pm
Thanks, Cowgirl, but I think the tea sold itself.  ;)  I didn't have to do much, anyway.  He already liked Oolongs from Chinese restaurants.  When he told me he liked Oolongs, I tried really hard to keep a straight face.  Maybe he'll let me try one sometime, and I'll get rid of my assumption that they taste like feet.   ;D

Now how do you know what feet taste like???
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 15, 2009, 05:41:24 am
Good morning all!  I'm starting the day with my non-footy Oolong, Maracuya Passion, blended with Peach Tranquility.  I dearly love this blend!

Carol... sometimes you just KNOW.  ;D




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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 15, 2009, 05:56:05 am
Morning all. I am starting my day with Rooibos Capetown.

Songbird I like the sound of that blend
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 15, 2009, 05:58:00 am
I'm a fan of Teavana on Facebook and yesterday they posted they are harvesting new teas for the fall.  Can't wait to smell so new blends!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on July 15, 2009, 05:59:24 am
Nooo!!  As good news as that is, I don't have enough time in the day to drink all of the teas I love now. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 15, 2009, 06:02:10 am
Deb...I didn't think about the downside !!! LOL
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 15, 2009, 06:02:27 am
heheheheheh It takes me 6 months to go through my tea purchases. Adding new teas is only going to make that worse.

OH, I tried that summer romance fruit herbal blend again the other day. I added 50% more tea, brewed it twice on the herbal setting, and added half a sugar packet. It was pretty good.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 15, 2009, 06:10:04 am
I'm trying very hard to NOT buy any more tea for a while... My "tea drawer" at work is full, and it's one of the deep file drawers!  The front third has files but the rest is full of tea.  Yum!  It's fun to dig down to the bottom sometimes and rescue a tea I forgot I had.  After I reinfuse the Oolong/Peach I'm going to have a pot of Vermont Maple.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Carol Hanrahan on July 15, 2009, 08:11:09 am
Yesterday I bought The Scottish Blend at a little British store in downtown San Clemente, so this morning, that's what I'm enjoying!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on July 15, 2009, 08:13:12 am
Rooibus Orange and Ginseng Vitality, iced. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 15, 2009, 08:17:21 am
Arabian Nights for mid morning.

The Scottish Blend sounds good. Is it a black tea blended with something?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Aravis60 on July 15, 2009, 08:43:58 am
Rooibos Chai for me today
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 15, 2009, 08:48:37 am
Carol...I wish I could find a cute little tea shop in town.  I love to give business to local business owners.
I'm making a trip to Teavana this morning.  I think I need to get some honeybush vanilla, almond biscotti and ginseng vitality. 
I've talked my best friend into getting a zarafina because she loved having tea at my house.  Also getting her my 3 favorites...
Aztec Fire, Pacific Sunrise and Pistachio apple pie.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 15, 2009, 09:48:25 am
I gave my DD 2 oz of Pacific Sunrise because she was out of tea (horrors!).  She likes it, but I don't think it will be one of her favorites.  I'm going to give Rooibos Sweet Amore one more try and if I still don't care for it I'm passing it on to her.  She's feeling kind of guilty for getting all of this free tea, silly child!  LOL!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 15, 2009, 10:30:40 am
I am on to a green tea this afternoon. It is one that I like from time to time but it is not a favorite. Asatsuyu. Sencha with peony and sunflower blossoms.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: kevindorsey on July 15, 2009, 10:32:09 am
I am on to a green tea this afternoon. It is one that I like from time to time but it is not a favorite. Asatsuyu. Sencha with peony and sunflower blossoms.

Had some green tea yesterday and it many me a little uneasy in the stomach.  Probably because I haven't drank it a while.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 15, 2009, 10:39:12 am
I find that I need a full stomach or to be eating something while drinking green tea. If I don't, I end up with an uneasy stomach. I drink green tea every day, so I don't think it is a use to it or not. So I have a piece of fruit or a scone when ever I have my green teas.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on July 15, 2009, 10:42:41 am
I wonder what's in green tea that would upset a stomach?  Just curious.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 15, 2009, 10:44:44 am
I have no idea. My stomach reacts the same way to green tea as it does most Earl Greys. Something in it makes it uneasy. But I love it so I drink my green tea while eating. If I am drinking it on an empty stomach is is a great time to break out an apple or a banana or something good for me. Or the occasional scone or cookie....
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Carol Hanrahan on July 15, 2009, 11:31:22 am
The Scottish Blend sounds good. Is it a black tea blended with something?


The Scottish blend is a black tea, but I looked on the box and it doesn't say what is in it.  I think I could go to Scotland and drink tea all day, then who knows what I'd drink in the evening? ;)

Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Carol Hanrahan on July 15, 2009, 11:34:35 am
Carol...I wish I could find a cute little tea shop in town.  I love to give business to local business owners.


Cowgirl,
It is an adorable little shop.  I don't get there very often, but I always stop by when I get the chance.  It's only three doors down from where I get my hair cut.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 15, 2009, 11:35:02 am
I have no idea. My stomach reacts the same way to green tea as it does most Earl Greys. Something in it makes it uneasy. But I love it so I drink my green tea while eating. If I am drinking it on an empty stomach is is a great time to break out an apple or a banana or something good for me. Or the occasional scone or cookie....

Isn't that funny?  The first cup of the day is ALWAYS on an empty stomach and I haven't noticed a problem with either green tea or Earl Grey.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Aravis60 on July 15, 2009, 12:03:38 pm
I don't usually have a problem with green tea. Sometimes I drink it at work in the mornings and I rarely ever eat breakfast.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: PJP on July 15, 2009, 12:39:17 pm
I'm putting together a teavana order . Has anyone tried the mate vana ?
PJP
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 15, 2009, 12:44:10 pm
Yup. Good stuff. Blends well with Rooibos Vanilla and Rooibos Chia
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 15, 2009, 01:43:44 pm
I'm putting together a teavana order . Has anyone tried the mate vana ?
PJP
My daughter loves it.  It tastes like coffee (which is why I don't like it)  and there is a lot of caffeine in it.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 15, 2009, 01:48:39 pm
Cowgirl,
It is an adorable little shop.  I don't get there very often, but I always stop by when I get the chance.  It's only three doors down from where I get my hair cut.
Carol...I'm jealous!  
Just got back from Teavana.  Bought the HoneyBush Vanilla, ginseng vitality and almond biscotti.  Can't wait to try them.  I took a friend of mine's Mom with me and she insisted on buying my tea...even bought me the perfect teamaker clear glass cup for taking her on a few errands around town.  It's a good day!      



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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on July 15, 2009, 02:07:08 pm
Wow, how nice of her.  I need to find someone to take on errands. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 15, 2009, 03:23:59 pm
I also got that pink travel tumbler that was on sale.  They only had one left in the store. 
Harvey ...I'll check out some of the new tea gadgets...I'm a sucker for gadgets of any kind and I have drawers full of useless gadgets that sounded good at the time. 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on July 15, 2009, 03:40:13 pm
I love that Amandine decanter! Lovely.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 15, 2009, 04:15:11 pm
My next purchase has to be one of those clear pots so I can buy the blooming teas.  Not sure if I should get the cylinder or pot style.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Shizu on July 15, 2009, 04:39:41 pm
How do you keep your tea fresh? Do you use the tea can, the glass container, etc? We've been looking for good size tea can since Japan should have one right? lol. But couldn't find the good size tea can, not too big not too small. I know Teavana sells the tea can for 1lb and something smaller. We already have more than 15 tea so...
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 15, 2009, 04:56:45 pm
Shizu...I get my tins from teavana.  I think it holds 6 oz.  Each time I go I buy 1 more so I have about 10 right now.  I don't put the tea in the tin if it's one I use a lot becauset the 2 oz doesn't last that long. 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on July 15, 2009, 05:00:08 pm
I use tins for mine. I saved ones that my republic of tea came in and just peeled off the label. I have a couple teavana ones also that are larger than the ones I already had. I also have a canister that I store my multitude of small sample teas that came in resealable bags.

How do the teas come that are bought on their website? I'm guessing not in those thin paper bags they give you at the store.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Lynn on July 15, 2009, 05:09:32 pm
Mine came in a resealable foil pouch. They also have the directions for the various types of tea on the back which is nice.

Lynn  L
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on July 15, 2009, 05:11:02 pm
How do the teas come that are bought on their website? I'm guessing not in those thin paper bags they give you at the store.

Teavana sends their tea in bags that are a little more heavy duty than the ones you get in the store.  They are also sealed and are resealable.  I don't keep them in those bags long, though.  I have a few small Teavana tins (3oz) and many more medium tins.  It seems like they are phasing out their small tins, though, because they didn't have any at the store I went to a couple of weeks ago and I couldn't find any on their website.  I really like the small tins for 2oz samples of new teas that I want to try.  I use the medium 6oz tins for storing quantities of the kinds of tea I drink often.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Shizu on July 15, 2009, 05:19:02 pm
I just realize I could find the tea tins online and order. :-)  Like these maybe. These are for about 6oz. What do you think?

http://www.cha1.co.jp/shop/tanosimu/chaki/index.htm

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on July 15, 2009, 05:26:31 pm
Shizu,
I have 4 of those tins.  Love them!  The only drawback is that you have to remember what kind of tea you put in it since you don't want to put those sticky labels on the pretty paper wrapping.  (I label the plastic seal-y thing inside under the lid.)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on July 15, 2009, 05:30:26 pm
Teavana sends their tea in bags that are a little more heavy duty than the ones you get in the store.  They are also sealed and are resealable.  I don't keep them in those bags long, though.  I have a few small Teavana tins (3oz) and many more medium tins.  It seems like they are phasing out their small tins, though, because they didn't have any at the store I went to a couple of weeks ago and I couldn't find any on their website.  I really like the small tins for 2oz samples of new teas that I want to try.  I use the medium 6oz tins for storing quantities of the kinds of tea I drink often.

ok yeah I know what you mean, I have some teas I bought online from somewhere else that came that way.

Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on July 15, 2009, 05:33:18 pm
I just realize I could find the tea tins online and order. :-)  Like these maybe. These are for about 6oz. What do you think?

http://www.cha1.co.jp/shop/tanosimu/chaki/index.htm



It's hard to judge proportions from a picture but they don't look like they would hold 6 oz of tea to me, unless it was a heavy herbal like the pina colada. But it may just be hard to tell since there isn't anything next to it.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Shizu on July 15, 2009, 05:44:54 pm
It's hard to judge proportions from a picture but they don't look like they would hold 6 oz of tea to me, unless it was a heavy herbal like the pina colada. But it may just be hard to tell since there isn't anything next to it.

You can click on the picture in their site and it'll show the size of the tins.
7.5cm x 12cm  holds 100g - 200g (3.5oz - 7oz)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on July 15, 2009, 06:32:07 pm
I bought the Amandine decanter my last time at Teavana.  I love it.  I do herbal and rooibos teas, so I can stick it in the fridge and not strain the tea leaves. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on July 16, 2009, 04:49:56 am
A cup of hot Ginseng Vitality this morning.  I think I'm going to add some Honeybush Vanilla to the next pot.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 16, 2009, 05:50:07 am
You could put a sticky on the underside of those cans so you can tell what type of tea they are. I wonder how it would work if you bought one of the 1 lb tins and then stored the tea, in bags, in the tin.

Starting off with Rooibos Jungle Fire
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Aravis60 on July 16, 2009, 06:32:59 am
I'm drinking Rooibos Peach Bloom mixed with Frutto Bianco Pearls this morning.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on July 16, 2009, 06:33:55 am
Are the pearls something from Teavana?
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 16, 2009, 06:58:48 am
The Zarafina at Amazon is down to $32.95!  Now I might HAVE to buy another one.

Starting the day with some Connor's Cream black tea.  I love this stuff.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 16, 2009, 07:33:42 am
Deb...You inspired me to buy the ginseng vitality.  Made my first pot this monring....love it!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Aravis60 on July 16, 2009, 07:34:59 am
The Zarafina at Amazon is down to $32.95!  Now I might HAVE to buy another one.

Starting the day with some OConnor's Cream black tea.  I love this stuff.
Thanks for the tip!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 16, 2009, 07:39:51 am
My friend is looking for a zarafina...I need to tell her about the new price on amazon.....
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on July 16, 2009, 07:41:09 am
Deb...You inspired me to buy the ginseng vitality.  Made my first pot this monring....love it!

It is one of my favorites.   I added some Honeybush Vanilla to the second pot and it is very good as well.
deb



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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 16, 2009, 07:43:15 am
It is one of my favorites.   I added some Honeybush Vanilla to the second pot and it is very good as well.
deb
I bought that one too and will have to try that
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 16, 2009, 08:59:08 am
I have a favorite custom blend, it's 2 oz of Ginseng Vitatlity, 2 oz of Honeybush Vanilla, and 3 oz of Zingiber Ginger Coconut. Out of this world flavor!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 16, 2009, 09:27:53 am
Sounds yummy. You ladies are more adventurous then I. I stick with the tea basics. I had a nice pot of Bancha with my lunch today. Good stuff.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 16, 2009, 09:30:46 am
That blend is not my own making, there's a "regular" at Teavana who made it up.  It's "John's blend."  John happened to be there the first time I went to Teavana and he helped me pick what teas to get, including his personal blend, LOL! 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on July 16, 2009, 11:46:01 am
I wouldn't say I was adventurous.  I'd say it's more of not smart enough to know better.
 ;D
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 16, 2009, 12:19:13 pm
You don't give yourself enough credit. It takes guts to start mixing things. I am sure some combos work and some don't but that is part of the fun. Well, for you. I stick to what is sent to me and don't make my own combos.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on July 16, 2009, 05:47:00 pm
I'm signing off for awhile since we leave town in the morning for a trip so my hubby can find a job. I'll check in when I can.

Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on July 16, 2009, 05:49:32 pm
Good luck!!!!  And try to enjoy the trip as well.
We'll miss you.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 16, 2009, 06:54:29 pm
I'm signing off for awhile since we leave town in the morning for a trip so my hubby can find a job. I'll check in when I can.


Hope you have a successful trip. Don't forget your tea and a travel cup.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 16, 2009, 08:19:41 pm
I'm signing off for awhile since we leave town in the morning for a trip so my hubby can find a job. I'll check in when I can.



Good luck!!!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on July 17, 2009, 09:31:02 am
So this morning. I grabbed a bottle of Diet coke (my old mainstay)... and the day has just not seemed right.. I can't even finish the 16oz bottle. Have barely drunk(Drank?) it down to the top of the lable. Off to make some tea... maybe I can get my butt in gear finally.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on July 18, 2009, 10:14:09 am
When I brought home the Zarafina, DH said something to the effect of, "another gadget :( ".
Now, he is coming around to liking it. When I make my tea, if he is home, he gets a cuppa too. DD tried to *put it away* under the counter last night, and DH said. Don't bother. Mom will be making a pot or two in the morning anyway.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 18, 2009, 11:37:10 am
The Zarafina is a mainstay on my counter.  I brew 4 pots each day. My friend took advantage of the 32.50 price on amazon this week and finally bought one.   
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: 1131 on July 18, 2009, 11:53:00 am
I've been entertaining company for the last week so have had no chance to check in on this thread.  I've been sitting here sipping on a glass of iced Earl Grey from Tea Gschwendner and catching up.  I've started an Amazon wish list for tea this morning and already have 8 teas on it!  But y'all are bad for me.  Those Zarafinas in the basement are gifts.  I do not need a Zarafina.  I DO NOT need a Zarafina.  They are not calling to me.  One is already wrapped.  I can't unwrap a Christmas gift.  The other one isn't wrapped yet...I DO NOT need a Zarafina.  I do not need...I do not...I do...
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Carol Hanrahan on July 18, 2009, 12:23:08 pm
HAHAHAHAHA - imallbs!  Yes, we can see where you're going.............

My daughter's girlfriend brought her a tin of loose Earl Grey from London,  (Twinings), so we enjoyed 2 pots of that this morning.  mmmmmmmmmmmmm
Put my tea strainer to good use...... It needs polishing though.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: 1131 on July 18, 2009, 09:07:59 pm
A friend just returned from London and brought me some loose leaf Earl Grey as well.  I want to finish up the other tea before I start that one.  Right now I'm enjoying  an evening cup of Monkey Picked Oolong
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 18, 2009, 09:24:04 pm
imallbs..I have unwrapped many a Christmas presents!!!!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on July 20, 2009, 04:59:48 am
:) This weekend I got my Sister-in-law, and the girlfriends of both of my sons hooked on my favorite tea from Lupicia, Hibiscus Cinnamon. SIL took home a 10-pack of teabags since she didn't have a Zarafina.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 20, 2009, 05:14:42 am
Good work!

Remember gang, there is always time for a cuppa and to spread the word.

Now to spread the infusers and loose leaf....
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 20, 2009, 07:13:32 am
Howdy all!

I gave my DD one of my Perfect Tea Makers this weekend and she was very excited.  She has no idea she'll be getting a Zarafina for Christmas! 

I'm having some Assam Mangalam right now... mmmmmm...
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 20, 2009, 07:17:55 am
ooohhhh what kind of tea is Assam Mangalam....sounds different.   
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Chad Winters on July 20, 2009, 07:28:32 am
I have some its pretty good. Assams are black teas from India, I beleive. They seem pretty similar to English Breakfast and Irish Breakfast

edit: after research....
I knew they tasted similar to English Breakfast!

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Assam   
This 1850 engraving shows the different stages in the process of making tea in Assam.
Type: Black, Green, White

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Other names: NA
Origin: Assam, India

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Quick description: Brisk and malty with a bright color and a touch of fruitiness.

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Assam is a black tea named after the region of its production: Assam, India. Assam tea is manufactured specifically from the plant Camellia sinensis var. assamica (Masters).[1][2] This tea, most of which is grown at or near sea level, is known for its body, briskness, malty flavor, and strong, bright color. Assam teas, or blends containing Assam, are often sold as "breakfast" teas. English Breakfast tea, Irish Breakfast tea, and Scottish Breakfast Tea are common generic names.

Though "Assam" generally denotes the distinctive black teas from Assam, the region produces relatively smaller quantities of green and white teas as well with their own distinctive characteristics.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 20, 2009, 07:29:38 am
ooohhhh what kind of tea is Assam Mangalam....sounds different.  

Black with deep malty notes, cocoa and subtle fruit.  It's a TG selection and I really enjoy it.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 20, 2009, 07:34:30 am
Songbird ..Sounds good.  I usually don't do the blacks but the Almond Biscotti (Teavana) is really really good.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 20, 2009, 07:46:36 am
I was SOOOOO tempted to go to Teavana over the weekend.  Lucky we went out of town, it was cheaper!  ;D




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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 20, 2009, 07:54:48 am
I was SOOOOO tempted to go to Teavana over the weekend.  Lucky we went out of town, it was cheaper!  ;D

I hear yah
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 20, 2009, 08:06:02 am
I was SOOOOO tempted to go to Teavana over the weekend.  Lucky we went out of town, it was cheaper!  ;D


LOL

I love my Assam's. I have a bunch of them at home. For some reason I don't drink them at the office.

Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 20, 2009, 08:54:34 am
LOL

I love my Assam's. I have a bunch of them at home. For some reason I don't drink them at the office.




I was in serious need of a black tea caffiene infusion.  Stupid Farm Town.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 20, 2009, 10:44:47 am
heheeh Farm Town is strangely addictive. I don't know why but it is. Now they need to allow people to grow tea to make a nice cuppa.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Chad Winters on July 20, 2009, 10:53:00 am
I was SOOOOO tempted to go to Teavana over the weekend.  Lucky we went out of town, it was cheaper!  ;D


I  stopped into Teavana this week and got Rooibos Hazelnut Dolce....I needed something decaf.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 20, 2009, 11:01:25 am
OK, that sounds really, really good.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 20, 2009, 11:37:58 am
That DOES sound yummy.  How does it taste?

LOL on growing tea.  Instead we'll have to have some lemonade.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 20, 2009, 11:48:28 am
I have plenty of lemons at my farm. And Oranges. And Apples. I like my trees. Easy money and I don't have to plow to get it.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Chad Winters on July 20, 2009, 12:25:42 pm
That DOES sound yummy.  How does it taste?

LOL on growing tea.  Instead we'll have to have some lemonade.

It smelled good...but I haven't tried it yet. I'll let you know tommorrow......
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 20, 2009, 01:49:27 pm
I have plenty of lemons at my farm. And Oranges. And Apples. I like my trees. Easy money and I don't have to plow to get it.

AND they don't rot.  I lost a bunch of crops over the weekend when DH decided we were going to the lake.  BAH.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 20, 2009, 01:50:28 pm
It smelled good...but I haven't tried it yet. I'll let you know tommorrow......

Yes, please DO let us know!  That will start the run on Teavana for this week...
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 20, 2009, 01:58:41 pm
I have the real citrus trees in my backyard.  Can't wait for November until I can pick a fresh lemon and squeeze it in my tea! 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MonaSW on July 20, 2009, 10:11:52 pm
I was watching Paul Blart: Mall Cop and in one of the scenes you can see a Teavana store. :)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 21, 2009, 06:36:05 am
LOL Now I need to watch this movie.

Starting the day with Rooibos Capetown
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 21, 2009, 06:50:23 am
I can't believe I missed the Teavana store!  Does that mean I have to watch the movie again?

Having a morning cup of Bossa Nova.  I'm almost out, might be time for a TG order.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 21, 2009, 06:51:31 am
When you order Bossa Nova order a decent amount of it. I have had several occasions were I went to order it and it was sold out. Although, that was a couple of years back. Maybe they have a better idea of how much to keep in stock.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 21, 2009, 06:57:36 am
Will do.  Last time I only ordered 100g, I'll go for at least 250g next time.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 21, 2009, 07:14:33 am
Or we could petition to grow tea on our farm. And then a tea processing plant.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 21, 2009, 07:50:17 am
LOL!  I would love that.  We can grow coffee. At least EVENTUALLY I'll be able to grow coffee.  BTW, I accepted your neighbor request but it still said you were not my neighbor when I gave up late last night.  Maybe tonight it'll all be straightened out.  This game is very addictive.

My second infusion of Bossa Nova (to keep on topic) was pretty weak.  I forgot to switch the Zarafina to "strong" and am paying the price.  Still good, but not strong enough.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on July 21, 2009, 07:54:49 am
I miss being at home and getting to brew whatever cup of tea suits my fancy for the day. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 21, 2009, 07:58:05 am
I miss being at home and getting to brew whatever cup of tea suits my fancy for the day. 
deb

I carry several teas with me and an infuser or individual tea bags. That way I can make my own tea where ever I go.

LOL!  I would love that.  We can grow coffee. At least EVENTUALLY I'll be able to grow coffee.  BTW, I accepted your neighbor request but it still said you were not my neighbor when I gave up late last night.  Maybe tonight it'll all be straightened out.  This game is very addictive.

My second infusion of Bossa Nova (to keep on topic) was pretty weak.  I forgot to switch the Zarafina to "strong" and am paying the price.  Still good, but not strong enough.

Yeah the neighbor thing can be a bit weird. I saw you on my list last night.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on July 21, 2009, 08:01:24 am
I have my perfect tea maker with me.  And it works very well.  But I didn't bring a huge variety with me. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 21, 2009, 08:03:41 am
I have my perfect tea maker with me.  And it works very well.  But I didn't bring a huge variety with me. 
deb

LOL OK, well you are more devoted then I. heheheh
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 21, 2009, 08:33:38 am
I have my perfect tea maker with me.  And it works very well.  But I didn't bring a huge variety with me. 
deb

What did I miss?  Where are you?

When I got my Zarafina I took my Black & Decker teapot and my Perfect Tea Maker to our motorhome, along with some of my favorite teas.  Now I can enjoy a nice cuppa when we go camping.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on July 21, 2009, 08:36:17 am
I'm at work.  Not in court.  I'm filling in for the secretary this week, who is on vacation.  So I'm actually having to get up and get dressed and go to work 5 days this week.  That is something I have not done for almost 20 years.  
deb




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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 21, 2009, 08:47:13 am
I'm at work.  Not in court.  I'm filling in for the secretary this week, who is on vacation.  So I'm actually having to get up and get dressed and go to work 5 days this week.  That is something I have not done for almost 20 years. 
deb

That's got to be tough when you're not used to it.  It's tough for me to get up and out the door 5 days a week, and I've been doing it forEVER.  It's got to be harder when it's not YOUR desk or YOUR stuff.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 21, 2009, 08:55:30 am
That's got to be tough when you're not used to it.  It's tough for me to get up and out the door 5 days a week, and I've been doing it forEVER.  It's got to be harder when it's not YOUR desk or YOUR stuff.

And without your tea. There is a reason I have 30 teas at the office. The bathroom breaks help break the boredom of the day. (grins)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on July 21, 2009, 08:57:05 am
Absolutely.  It is interesting to see the system from this side of the desk.  But the pace is sooooo much slower than what I'm used to.   And, I normally work at my home office 10 days or more a month.  I'm having a heck of a time figuring out what to wear for five days.  LOL. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 21, 2009, 09:05:00 am
I'm lucky, I get to wear scrubs.  I don't HAVE to, but I can.  It's like working in my jammies!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on July 21, 2009, 09:06:41 am
^^And that's what I do most of the time, work in jammies.  I'm an early riser, 5:30 or 6, and I usually can get in 3 or 4 hours of work before I have to get my day started and look presentable. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 21, 2009, 09:36:22 am
I'm an early riser (alarm goes off at 5:15) but have to force myself to get ready and out the door.  Once upon a time my alarm was set for 4AM, I would get up and work out for an hour or so THEN get ready for work.  The older I get the more sleep I need... no more early morning  workouts.  Sometimes I miss them, but not enough to give up my pillow time.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 21, 2009, 09:38:53 am
My alarm is set for 7 AM and I get up at 8 AM. I value every second that I can spend in bed.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 21, 2009, 11:34:22 am
Lunch is over, is it time to go home yet? I want to sit in my chair, read, and tend to my crops.  =D

This afternoon's tea is... Diet Coke.  Hopefully the caffiene will keep me awake for the next 3.5 hours until I can go home.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 21, 2009, 11:36:51 am
I've made 2 pots of Raspberry Sangria.  I was in the mood for tart today. 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on July 21, 2009, 11:38:48 am
I had Raspberry Sangria yesterday and it was too tart for me.  So I added my normal Ginsing Vitality and some Honeybush Vanilla to it to tame it down a bit.  It's brewing now.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 21, 2009, 12:38:03 pm
I've GOT to pick up some of that Raspberry Sangria. I had Raspberry Black and it was wonderful.  That's been gone for a while now, it went quick.  <<heading to Teavana's website to make a list>>
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Andra on July 21, 2009, 01:24:07 pm
So we are camping this week (we have a travel trailer) and an entire cabinet is now devoted to the K-cups for the Keurig and my tea assortment.  Heaven forbid I can't have exactly the right tea at the right moment!
I have had 2 Diet Cokes in the past three weeks - other than that, it's tea and water.
I still mostly have teabags, but my collection of loose teas is growing.  THANKS everyone.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Chad Winters on July 21, 2009, 01:24:44 pm
I  stopped into Teavana this week and got Rooibos Hazelnut Dolce....I needed something decaf.

I liked it, it still had the red bush flavor along with a creamy, hazelnut finish    :)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 21, 2009, 01:43:41 pm
I'll have to grab a couple ounces of that next time I go.  Thanks for the review, Chad!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 21, 2009, 03:24:39 pm
Deb...I think the Raspberry Sangria is one of those teas that you either love or hate.  I love that tart taste but I get why it's not for everybody.  That's the beauty of the teas...sometimes I'm in the mood for fruity teas and sometimes spicey ones. 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Carol Hanrahan on July 21, 2009, 04:10:53 pm
I started this morning with 2 cups of Scottish blend.  Then by the afternoon, I use what's still in the teapot for iced tea.  (See, those iced tea spoons DO come in handy!)  It really cuts down on the soda pop consumption!  And it's practically free since the tea is already in the teapot!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 21, 2009, 05:01:00 pm
I only drink diet coke when I'm out at a restaurant.  Drinking tea at home helped me kick the diet coke habit.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on July 21, 2009, 06:48:12 pm
I brewed some Lemon Green (Teavana) today.  It was good, but a little bitter the first time brewing on medium.  I'll start next time with a 'mild' Zarafina brew.  I was able to steep it twice more and got a good pot out of it each time.  The tea became more 'green' and less 'lemon' with each steep, so it was interesting with each cup!

I am now sipping on Tranquil Dream (Teavana).  I bought it at the store because I didn't like the plain chamomile, this was was suggested by the lady at the counter, and it smelled good.  Ingredients: Chamomile, rosehips, hibiscus, orange blossoms, lemongrass, nana-mint, and citrus peels.  It has a 'light' taste, with citrus notes.  It has a delicate flavor, but I think it might resteep once more.  I used medium for the first brew, and I might try it again on strong.  (Don't ask me what 'nana-mint' is!)

It has been a slow week for me in tea.  It was hot here during my last work week so I'd brew a pot when I got home at night and put it in the fridge for some quick 'iced tea' on my way to work the next day.  I leave the top to my mug out on the counter so that I don't forget to grab it before I head out the door.  Yum!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 21, 2009, 09:39:19 pm
I just smelled Tranquil Dream at a friend's house tonight.  She says she drinks it before she goes to bed.  I've added it to my list for my next visit to Teavana.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: koolmnbv on July 21, 2009, 11:06:47 pm
Everytime I read some posts or pages in this thread I always have to make a cup of tea. Usually end up with it before even finished on this thread.  :)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 22, 2009, 05:49:52 am
Everytime I read some posts or pages in this thread I always have to make a cup of tea. Usually end up with it before even finished on this thread.  :)

Cool, koolmnbv. OK so it is a lame pun.

What type of tea are you making these days?

I am stating the day with Rooibos Ginger.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 22, 2009, 07:35:17 am
Morning all! 

I've had a pot of Rhubarb Cream this morning, and it was wonderful.  Going to try for a second infusion.

I gave my DD the Rooibos Sweet Amore tea.  I don't like spicy tea at all, I guess.  Live and learn.  Anyway, here is her review:

"So, I kinda like the Sweet Amore Rooibos, but it kind of tastes like horse sweat smells."

LOL!!!  So now we have "footy" tea and "horse sweat" tea!  I know a bunch of you really like the Sweet Amore, but this cracked me up.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 22, 2009, 07:37:09 am
Note to self...no sweet amore tea!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: PJP on July 22, 2009, 07:40:05 am
I started my day with a cup of Teavana's Maracuya Passion Oolong . It's a bit different from what I usually go for but quite nice and soothing . Later on I'll probably reach for the Rose Marzipan Delight which I love.
PJP
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 22, 2009, 07:45:12 am
It's only 7:30 in Arizona so I'm on my first pot.  You East Coasters are probably thinking about lunch.  I decided on ginseng vitality with honeybush vanilla.  



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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 22, 2009, 07:46:19 am
I started my day with a cup of Teavana's Maracuya Passion Oolong . It's a bit different from what I usually go for but quite nice and soothing . Later on I'll probably reach for the Rose Marzipan Delight which I love.
PJP

Oooohhh, I love that Oolong.  I mix it with Peach Tranquility.  I'm going to brew some as soon as I finish this Rhubarb Cream!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 22, 2009, 08:09:17 am
I am drinking a pot of Arabian Nights and loving it.

Tastes like horse sweat smells. I would have never thought to describe a tea that way...
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 22, 2009, 08:25:06 am
I told her that I love the smell of horses...  But she also says she kind of likes it!  She spent too long eating my cooking, I guess. Even horse sweat tastes better than that!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on July 22, 2009, 09:21:51 am
"So, I kinda like the Sweet Amore Rooibos, but it kind of tastes like horse sweat smells."

LOL!!!  So now we have "footy" tea and "horse sweat" tea!  I know a bunch of you really like the Sweet Amore, but this cracked me up.

What a hoot!  I don't understand how it smells like horse sweat, though!  I brewed some Sweet Amore at work the other day and three people asked me what smelled like cookies in the break room.  Maybe they eat horse-sweat cookies?  :D  Could you have got some *gasp* bad tea?

Wanted to drop by and let y'all know that I recieved a Teavana email this morning saying that all orders will get free shipping.  Use the code "summer" at checkout.  It is good until 07/26.  Might have to get some of that Rooibos Hazelnut Dolce.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 22, 2009, 09:32:51 am
Good to know frojazz...I ordered last time they had free shipping.  I like the vacuum sealed packages the tea comes in. 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 22, 2009, 09:49:47 am
Awesome frojazz. Thanks for the heads up. I might need to order online instead of going to the store. That way  I can pitch Kindle Boards.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on July 22, 2009, 09:53:22 am
It's only 7:30 in Arizona so I'm on my first pot.  You East Coasters are probably thinking about lunch.  I decided on ginseng vitality with honeybush vanilla.   

My favorite. 

I'm thinking we might need to start using spoilers on this thread if we get any more stinky feet or horse sweat smell discussion.   ;D
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 22, 2009, 10:13:12 am
Deb...I stole the idea from you and should have given you credit for the ginseng vitality with honeybush vanilla!   It's very good.

The ordering on line through kindelboards will give the boards a few cents...I also spend too much when I go to the store.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 22, 2009, 11:27:39 am
What a hoot!  I don't understand how it smells like horse sweat, though!  I brewed some Sweet Amore at work the other day and three people asked me what smelled like cookies in the break room.  Maybe they eat horse-sweat cookies?  :D  Could you have got some *gasp* bad tea?

Nope, she said it smelled fine, just tasted like horse sweat smells.  She then said it is MUCH better with 3 Equals.  Sweet and spicy!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on July 22, 2009, 12:49:37 pm
Checking in, we are in New Orleans. I brought my tea pitcher, mugs and Zo hot water dispenser. Had a cup of almond biscotti this morning sitting on the balcony looking down on the garden district. Toured St. Louis cemetery #1, played in the French Quarter, toured the Garden District and ate at Brennan's. The hubby found a place that was hiring his specialty and applied. He had never been here and now that I've finally gotten him here he loves it. Now he is talking opening his own business if this job doesn't pan out. We are here until at least Friday and after that I'm not sure where we are going.

Hope everyone is doing well.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 22, 2009, 12:53:58 pm
That sounds so exciting!  I'll be praying for the job.  And look at you, being all prepared with tea and accessories!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 22, 2009, 12:55:35 pm
It sounds like you are having a good trip! Good luck to the hubby. (Sending positive vibes your way)

Seriously, all of you traveling with Zarafinas and hot water dispensers make me feel like a tea traveling wuss. I bring an infuser or my home made tea bags and five or six teas. Sheeesh. (grins)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 22, 2009, 12:56:26 pm
And the students surpass the master!  LOL!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 22, 2009, 02:23:30 pm
Rasputina...I was just thinking where are you?  I forgot you were going job hunting with your husband.  Good luck. 
I'm leaving for St. Louis on Friday and I bought a zarafina to leave at my daughter's house since I'm there so much.  Going to Portugal for a wedding in September.  I guess it will be bagged tea for that week.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on July 22, 2009, 07:49:48 pm
OK.. I have been trying some of the Teavana teas I bought online..
Bangkok Lemongrass. not my favorite. ick I will not be drinking this again.. which is sad, I have an unopened bag, and one that I have just one scoop out of.
Rooiboos Sweet Amore. I like it. Glad I bought 2 bags of this.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on July 22, 2009, 11:52:02 pm
OK.. I have been trying some of the Teavana teas I bought online..
Bangkok Lemongrass. not my favorite. ick I will not be drinking this again.. which is sad, I have an unopened bag, and one that I have just one scoop out of.
Rooiboos Sweet Amore. I like it. Glad I bought 2 bags of this.

I'm sorry that you didn't like the Bangkok Lemongrass.  It is one of my favs!  I guess that it just goes to show you...everyone is very different.

I tried an Oolong a coworker brought to work tonight.  It was very good.  Not like feet at all!   ;D  But I won't be getting some myself.  I'm convinced that caffinated teas give me headaches.  Had another tonight.  Guess I'll have to stay away.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 23, 2009, 06:08:03 am
I kicked (almost) the diet coke habit by substituting my daily intake of fluids with all the non-caffeinated tea choices so I am also staying away from the blacks and oolongs.  I make the occasstional exception with the Almond Biscotti Black Tea.  
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 23, 2009, 07:44:41 am
frojazz, it is probably the caffeine that is giving you the headache. What type of Oolong was it?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on July 23, 2009, 12:23:03 pm
Ok.. I am looking for a really GOOD lemony flavored tea. I have recently struck out hard on 2 I tried.. One smelled lemony when dry, but after making it, it tasted ... uck. when I try to describe it my mouth opens and my tongue does something weird.
The second one I tried was Bangkok Lemongrass from Teavana, but I didn't like it either.

I know I always liked Lemon Zinger from Celestial Seasonings (or someplace like that) I am trying to find a loose leaf I like as well.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 23, 2009, 12:35:56 pm
Have you tried Lemon Grass from Teavana?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Chad Winters on July 23, 2009, 02:02:38 pm
Now we have "feet teas" and "horse smell teas" and "funny face teas"    :)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on July 23, 2009, 08:24:41 pm
frojazz, it is probably the caffeine that is giving you the headache. What type of Oolong was it?

I think it was Teavana's Six Summits Oolong.  It had a good taste and a nice smell, but there was that headache later that night.  I'm glad that not all kinds of tea do that to me.

I first figured out that I was getting 'tea headaches' when I was training on the day shift for my current job.  I had to be up early (I am one of the most un-morning people I know.), so I would make Green Tea Mojo* from Teavana in the morning to sip on at my first break.  I thought that getting up early was giving me headaches later in the afternoon since I didn't have the problem on the weekends.  Later after I switched to my later start schedule (I now work starting at 1pm.), I made some Mojo one day and had one of those headaches!  I'm so glad that it seems to be only caffinated teas.  I don't know what I would drink all the time without my trusty herbals and roobios' (yeah, I know technically they are herbal, too!).  I'll have a green tea every now and then, but black/oolong I try to avoid.  (But Green Tea Mojo is really, really yummy!  Sadly, I had to give the rest to my mum and she'll drink it but doesn't like it as much as she should!)

*Green Tea Mojo ingredients: Full-leaf Sencha and Ceylon black teas mixed with sunflower petals, cactus blossoms, guava, strawberry pieces, raspberry pieces, and rhubarb pieces.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Dankinia on July 23, 2009, 11:10:25 pm
*Green Tea Mojo ingredients: Full-leaf Sencha and Ceylon black teas mixed with sunflower petals, cactus blossoms, guava, strawberry pieces, raspberry pieces, and rhubarb pieces.

This sounds really good.  I put it on my list of teas to smell next time I get to Teavana.

So over the last week I have tried both iced and hot a variety of teas and have had some pretty good results with them.  I am a sugar addict who is working to break the addition to soda so I am trying to find teas that taste good unsweetened. 

Utopian Jewel Oolong is pretty good.  I think I like this one iced better then hot.  I did notice that with doubling the amount of tea when making it iced it is a bit week, but when I add and extra .5 of a teaspoon it comes out just right.   

Cacao Mint Black Tea is alright.  It smells wonderful.  I love the combination of chocolate and mint.  This one is better hot then iced.  Even with as sweet as this sounds, I still need to add a little bit of sugar to it, but not as much as I would add to the instant tea I used to drink.

Sweet Oolong Revolution is pretty good iced.  I haven't tried the one hot yet.  I think it also came out a little week with only doubling the amount of tea, but it had a good flavor to it with out adding  any sugar.

I think my favorite so far is the Rooibos Tropica.  Excellent iced with out any sugar and pretty darn good hot too.  This is one I will re-order for sure using the link here, and the free shipping coupon. 

Ok I think I have rambled enough now. 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: 1131 on July 24, 2009, 01:39:43 am
Have you tried Lemon Grass from Teavana?

I got the lemon grass tea from Teavana in my last order and it has turned into one of my favorite lemon teas.  The Utopian Jewel Oolong Tea sounds really good too.  There's another one for my wish list.  :)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: koolmnbv on July 24, 2009, 04:07:02 am
Cool, koolmnbv. OK so it is a lame pun.

What type of tea are you making these days?

I am stating the day with Rooibos Ginger.

I usually always drink Earl grey with french vanilla in it. Sometimes I will add honey. I want to branch out but I am not good at picking out the right teas. I will have to get a mixed batch and try a few variations.




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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on July 24, 2009, 06:15:20 am
This sounds really good.  I put it on my list of teas to smell next time I get to Teavana.

So over the last week I have tried both iced and hot a variety of teas and have had some pretty good results with them.  I am a sugar addict who is working to break the addition to soda so I am trying to find teas that taste good unsweetened. 

[...]

I think my favorite so far is the Rooibos Tropica.  Excellent iced with out any sugar and pretty darn good hot too.  This is one I will re-order for sure using the link here, and the free shipping coupon. 

Ok I think I have rambled enough now. 

I'll have to try that Roobios Tropica.  Sounds good.  I am also trying to cut back on the amount of sugar I add to my tea.  (It is an unhill battle, for sure!)

Love the tea ramble...keep it up!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 24, 2009, 07:09:50 am
The Green Tea Mojo is a green black blend which might be why it was giving you the headaches.

I had a pot of Rooibos Chocolate this morning and am brewing a pot of Formosa Oolong Ming Xiang.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 24, 2009, 07:23:20 am
I'm having Diet Coke this morning, but I'm ashamed of myself if that helps. :)

The Green Tea Mojo sounds great and has been added to my shopping list. 

Does the Cacao Mint Black taste like a York Peppermint Patty?  If so I'm heading to Teavana right NOW.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: crebel on July 24, 2009, 07:29:47 am
Well Gang, I have been reading this thread every day but not participating but I haven't had access to loose-leaf teas (I don't like to order on-line) and have been stuck with bagged teas unless I find something while traveling.  Anyway, a tea shop has opened 90 miles from me that has about 120 varities of blended teas to smell, taste, BUY!!!!  For those of you who like to order on-line, you can check it out at GONGFU.TEA.COM  I got a Masala Chai (good), Marrakech Market (green tea blended with hint of mint and touch of bergamot - yummy), Cream Assam (my new favorite), and Lemon & Hibiscus (also a green tea - great iced).  I am in heaven!  The packages each have hand-written labels telling me how much to use per 6oz water, whether to brew at 208 or 175 degrees and how long to let it steep.  Right now I boil the water and use a thermometer and timer, but if I can find a Zarafina I don't have to order, I will be right there with the rest of you!

Chris
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 24, 2009, 07:36:25 am
Well Gang, I have been reading this thread every day but not participating but I haven't had access to loose-leaf teas (I don't like to order on-line) and have been stuck with bagged teas unless I find something while traveling.  Anyway, a tea shop has opened 90 miles from me that has about 120 varities of blended teas to smell, taste, BUY!!!!  For those of you who like to order on-line, you can check it out at GONGFU.TEA.COM  I got a Masala Chai (good), Marrakech Market (green tea blended with hint of mint and touch of bergamot - yummy), Cream Assam (my new favorite), and Lemon & Hibiscus (also a green tea - great iced).  I am in heaven!  The packages each have hand-written labels telling me how much to use per 6oz water, whether to brew at 208 or 175 degrees and how long to let it steep.  Right now I boil the water and use a thermometer and timer, but if I can find a Zarafina I don't have to order, I will be right there with the rest of you!

Chris

Welcome Chris!

Check Tuesday Morning for a Zarafina. Those teas sound excellent. Masala Chai's are really, really good. The Cream Assam has me intrigued.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: crebel on July 24, 2009, 07:53:51 am
Ok.. I am looking for a really GOOD lemony flavored tea. I have recently struck out hard on 2 I tried.. One smelled lemony when dry, but after making it, it tasted ... uck. when I try to describe it my mouth opens and my tongue does something weird.
The second one I tried was Bangkok Lemongrass from Teavana, but I didn't like it either.

I know I always liked Lemon Zinger from Celestial Seasonings (or someplace like that) I am trying to find a loose leaf I like as well.

If you have anyplace that sells Ahmad Tea of London (really good bagged tea), they have a Lemon and Lime black tea that I really like (if you want to send me a PM, I will mail you a couple of packets to try).
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: crebel on July 24, 2009, 07:58:23 am
Thanks for the welcome Prof.  The Cream Assam is described as a heart Assam base combined with smooth honey vanilla.  To me it smells like a rich Black Cavendish pipe tobacco.  I tend to prefer hot tea sweet and milky, but this one has a "creamy" feel and taste without adding anything else.  I will check out Tuesday Morning for a Zarafina next time I head to the "big city" (maybe tomorrow).
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Carol Hanrahan on July 24, 2009, 08:01:49 am
  I am also trying to cut back on the amount of sugar I add to my tea.  (It is an unhill battle, for sure!)

Love the tea ramble...keep it up!

Frojazz,
I too know it's an uphill battle.  When we were backpacking, I was drinking tea with no sugar because we didn't bring any.  And the tea tasted great those mornings.  Now I'm back to civilization, I'm also back to putting sugar in my tea.  It's one of my vices.....
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 24, 2009, 08:44:59 am
Frojazz,
I too know it's an uphill battle.  When we were backpacking, I was drinking tea with no sugar because we didn't bring any.  And the tea tasted great those mornings.  Now I'm back to civilization, I'm also back to putting sugar in my tea.  It's one of my vices.....

Where did you go backpacking? I have been on one trip and really enjoyedit. Normally we car camp.

So pretend you are backpacking and ditch the sugar. Enjoy the natural flavors and loveliness that is tea unencumbered by sugar.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 24, 2009, 08:59:47 am
The Cream Assam sounds fabulous!

I am also a fan of sweet tea.  I've cut back on the sweetener since I started drinking loose leaf tea, but haven't cut it out entirely.  If the tea is new to me I'll try it before I sweeten it, some need more than others.  Previously I'd just add the sweetener to the cup before I even poured the tea.  So I'm taking small steps...  ;D
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on July 24, 2009, 09:06:01 am
Well Gang, I have been reading this thread every day but not participating but I haven't had access to loose-leaf teas (I don't like to order on-line) and have been stuck with bagged teas unless I find something while traveling.  Anyway, a tea shop has opened 90 miles from me that has about 120 varities of blended teas to smell, taste, BUY!!!!  For those of you who like to order on-line, you can check it out at GONGFU.TEA.COM  I got a Masala Chai (good), Marrakech Market (green tea blended with hint of mint and touch of bergamot - yummy), Cream Assam (my new favorite), and Lemon & Hibiscus (also a green tea - great iced).  I am in heaven!  The packages each have hand-written labels telling me how much to use per 6oz water, whether to brew at 208 or 175 degrees and how long to let it steep.  Right now I boil the water and use a thermometer and timer, but if I can find a Zarafina I don't have to order, I will be right there with the rest of you!

Chris

Chris,
Welcome to not lurking on the tea thread!  That Marrakech Market sounds really good.  I checked out the Gongfu Tea website (http://www.gongfu-tea.com/start.shtml).  Looks like they have a few kinds I'd like to try.  Have you ever tried the Lotus (http://www.gongfu-tea.com/sunshop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=44) tea?  It looks good.  I am also thinking about ordering some Matcha to make green tea ice cream.

I've been burned by getting loose tea from an online supplier that was really poor quality.  I prefer to order tea from places that other people recommend.  Thanks!

The Cream Assam sounds fabulous!

I am also a fan of sweet tea.  I've cut back on the sweetener since I started drinking loose leaf tea, but haven't cut it out entirely.  If the tea is new to me I'll try it before I sweeten it, some need more than others.  Previously I'd just add the sweetener to the cup before I even poured the tea.  So I'm taking small steps...  ;D

This is a good idea.  When I'm in a hurry I'll just put some sugar in the cup before the tea is done, but I'll try sweetening it after it is done.  Maybe I can use less.  One thing that helped me was actually pouring the sugar onto a spoon before adding it so that I actually think about how much I am adding to the cup.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Carol Hanrahan on July 24, 2009, 09:31:24 am
ProfCrash,
We went to Yosemite, hiked 38 miles in 4 days, and climbed Half Dome.  (That's Half dome, in the picture)  My husband, a seasoned backpacker, brought the tea, and it tasted so good those mornings before the next part of our hike began.  Irish Breakfast.  Thankfully, tea bags weigh practically nothing, because in backpacking, it's all about the weight!

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 24, 2009, 09:38:04 am
Yeah! We did that same trip. We backpacked up to Little Yosemite camp ground and camped there. Did Half Done the next day (I chickened out 3/4 of the way to the chains part, fear of falling to my death kicked in), and then camped out that night.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 24, 2009, 09:48:41 am
I love Yosemite.  Went there the first time when I was stationed in Monterey, 1977/78, and fell in love.  Took a ton of pictures and they turned out great.  I'm no Ansel Adams but it's hard to take a bad picture in a place that beautiful!  I've been back a few times and the love affair continues.  It's my favorite of the National Parks that I've visited.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: crebel on July 24, 2009, 10:11:33 am
Chris,
Welcome to not lurking on the tea thread!  That Marrakech Market sounds really good.  I checked out the Gongfu Tea website (http://www.gongfu-tea.com/start.shtml).  Looks like they have a few kinds I'd like to try.  Have you ever tried the Lotus (http://www.gongfu-tea.com/sunshop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=44) tea?  It looks good.  I am also thinking about ordering some Matcha to make green tea ice cream.

I've been burned by getting loose tea from an online supplier that was really poor quality.  I prefer to order tea from places that other people recommend.  Thanks!

I haven't tried anything else yet besides the 4 I listed, but they gave me a booklet listing all their current offerings that I have been going through and marking what I want to try next - Lotus is one I have marked.  The description says it is made by taking a lotus flower bud and peeling back the petals then placing 2 grams of tea into each bud and reclosing it - "After several hours, the scent of the lotus has produced a tea that can only be described as heavenly."  I am impressed with the quality of the four I have tried.  Let us know what you think of their quality and what their service is like if you do order from them so I know whether to continue recommending the site for on-line purchases.  They were very pleasant and helpful in the store.  I think I have at least a dozen different teas that are marked for my next trip.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Dankinia on July 24, 2009, 03:42:39 pm
I'll have to try that Roobios Tropica.  Sounds good.  I am also trying to cut back on the amount of sugar I add to my tea.  (It is an unhill battle, for sure!)

Love the tea ramble...keep it up!

Yep a very uphill battle that I have been struggling with for awhile.  Drinking nothing but water is borning, and I can't handle artifical sweeteners so the Crystal Light and Liption On-the-go things you add to water are not possible for me.  I grew up drinking instant tea with sugar and that stuff tastes horrible when I tried it unsweetened.  The loose teas should really help now that I have found a few that I like.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Dankinia on July 24, 2009, 03:44:41 pm
I'm having Diet Coke this morning, but I'm ashamed of myself if that helps. :)

The Green Tea Mojo sounds great and has been added to my shopping list. 

Does the Cacao Mint Black taste like a York Peppermint Patty?  If so I'm heading to Teavana right NOW.

It doesn't taste as smooth as a peppermint patty, but adding a bit of sugar brings out the chocolate/mint taste more then drinking it plain does.  It is pretty good though and my nephew says it is his favorite. 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on July 25, 2009, 09:43:06 am
DH and DS#2 took me to breakfast, I made sure to grab one of *MY* teabags to take with me..
Waitress didn't even bat an eye when I asked for hot water, son did though.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Someone Nameless on July 25, 2009, 10:51:23 am
Are you still talking tea?  I only drink L Grade (aka Earl Grey ;D) by Twinings.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 25, 2009, 03:23:56 pm
Are you still talking tea?  I only drink L Grade (aka Earl Grey ;D) by Twinings.

LOL there is so much tea to discuss and so little time.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on July 25, 2009, 09:26:29 pm
Tea and chocolate.. 2 of the gifts of living.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: 1131 on July 26, 2009, 01:18:52 am
I usually always drink Earl grey with french vanilla in it. Sometimes I will add honey. I want to branch out but I am not good at picking out the right teas. I will have to get a mixed batch and try a few variations.
Earl Grey is one of my standards but I never thought to put french vanilla in it.  Is that the same stuff the strange people put in coffee?  What I mean is, can I get it in the coffee isle?  I've been drinking my Earl Grey iced lately.  I'm thinking french vanilla may not taste to good if it is iced.  Have you ever tried it that way?
I am also a fan of sweet tea.  I've cut back on the sweetener since I started drinking loose leaf tea, but haven't cut it out entirely.  If the tea is new to me I'll try it before I sweeten it, some need more than others.  Previously I'd just add the sweetener to the cup before I even poured the tea.  So I'm taking small steps...  ;D
I've never liked my tea sweetened.  I'm not much for sweet stuff.  But chocolate, now there's something I can't pass by and it tastes great with all the teas I drink.  Did I see something about peppermint pattie tea?  There's another one for my wish list.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: koolmnbv on July 26, 2009, 03:38:26 am
Are you still talking tea?  I only drink L Grade (aka Earl Grey ;D) by Twinings.

Thats the exact kind I drink, I love it!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on July 26, 2009, 09:06:44 am
Uff.  I just hung out at the Gong Fu Tea website (https://www.gongfu-tea.com/start.shtml) for too long.  I ordered an iced tea pitcher (http://www.gongfu-tea.com/sunshop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=336), some tins (http://www.gongfu-tea.com/sunshop/index.php?l=product_list&c=24), and 2oz each of Lotus (http://www.gongfu-tea.com/sunshop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=44), Moroccan Mint (http://www.gongfu-tea.com/sunshop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=18) and Marrakech Market (http://www.gongfu-tea.com/sunshop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=17).  Will let y'all know how the shipping and order are with this company.

I'm trying to stay away from Teavana, but today is the last day to get free shipping with that 'summer' code, and I can hear them calling my name...

BTW, Gong Fu Tea has a few choices of smaller tins available.  Did anyone else notice that you can't get those small basic tins from Teavana anymore?  boo.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Carol Hanrahan on July 26, 2009, 09:10:04 am
Are you still talking tea?  I only drink L Grade (aka Earl Grey ;D) by Twinings.

What is L grade?  I drink Twinings Earl Grey, but never noticed a grade.



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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 26, 2009, 10:54:37 am
LOL what a bunch of enablers we are. So many wonderful teas, so little time.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on July 26, 2009, 06:09:56 pm
I'm home now. Off to make a pitcher of Luzianne iced tea. And collapse. LOL
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 26, 2009, 06:41:53 pm
Been so busy with my dranddaughter since Friday,  I haven't had a chance to brew a pot of tea.  Finally getting around to brewing a pot of Rooibos Tropica.  Ahhhhhh
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: 1131 on July 26, 2009, 11:43:29 pm
Ahhh, I'm having a nice peppermint tea (only have some stash tea bags for this one) before going to bed.  Any recommendations for a good peppermint loose leaf?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: koolmnbv on July 27, 2009, 02:51:40 am
What is L grade?  I drink Twinings Earl Grey, but never noticed a grade.

Mine is twinings earl grey in the pale yellowish box. I just assumed it was the same type, Ive never noticed a grade either and Im not exactly sure what L grade is.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on July 27, 2009, 09:42:57 am
Ahhh, I'm having a nice peppermint tea (only have some stash tea bags for this one) before going to bed.  Any recommendations for a good peppermint loose leaf?

I love Teavana's Moroccan Mint (http://www.teavana.com/Loose-Leaf-Teas/The-Doctors-Green-Teas/Moroccan-Mint-Flavored-Green-Tea.axd).  However, it is more like spearmint than peppermint.  I bought some actual peppermint (http://www.teavana.com/Peppermint+Organic+Herbal+Tea/edp_no=4470/shop.axd/ProductDetails) from them as well, but it smells so strong that I like to mix it with other teas.  Usually I will brew a couple of times with the Moroccan Mint and then add a scoop or so of the Peppermint.  I'll have to try a cup of just Peppermint.  The reviews on Teavana's website are high.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Someone Nameless on July 27, 2009, 09:47:35 am
What is L grade?  I drink Twinings Earl Grey, but never noticed a grade.

LOL, L Grade is Earl Grey.  I had a friend that thought that's what the name of it was.  When she started searching for it in the grocery store and asking if they carried it, she discovered the 'real' name.  Sorry for the confusion.   ;D
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 27, 2009, 11:19:02 am
It scare sme that I can list of four different Earl Grey's that I like and none of them are found in the grocery store.

The Peppermint is good. I drank it mainly when I was feeling sick. It was great for the stomach.

So far today I have gone through a pot of Roobios Lemon, Anna's, and Darjeeling Margarets Hope. I am starting a pot of Earl Grey 69 as I type.

OK, so I am twelve, the name makes me laugh and think of Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Someone Nameless on July 27, 2009, 11:22:34 am
WHAT?  there are different kinds of Earl Grey?   :o  who knew!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 27, 2009, 11:33:00 am
TG has 6 Earl Greys:Earl Grey, Earl Grey Bouquet Decaf, Earl Grey Imperior, Earl Grey No. 13, Earl Grey No. 69, Earl Grey's Lady Violet

http://www.teamerchants.com/Categories/1/BlackAroma.aspx

Teavana has two Earl Greys: Earl Grey Creme and Earl Grey.

http://www.teavana.com/Loose-Leaf-Teas/Black-Tea/

I know that there is a Lady Grey out there as well that is pretty good.

See, this is why you should branch out of tea found in the grocery store. There are so many yummy options.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on July 27, 2009, 02:18:10 pm
IAlso found this one that looks interesting.  It doesn't look double-walled though.
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I ordered this mug, in pink.  It arrived while I was out of town, so this morning was the first time I tried it.  It is double-walled.  I love it!!  I leave between 5 and 5:30 in the morning, and I have a 2 hour drive.  I was able to put my loose tea in the little basket, close it and put it in my bag.  Then when I got to the office I added hot water.  Ginseng Vitality and Honeybush Vanilla, of course.  Then after I got back home I added more water for a second infusion, and drank that one over ice.  Did I mention I love this mug?   It is very nice and I'm sure I'm going to get a lot of use out of it.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on July 27, 2009, 07:38:54 pm
It's raining.. Time for another cup.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 28, 2009, 08:27:30 am
BTackitt, what do you make to deal with the rain.

So far today I have had two pots of Rooibos. One was Capetown and the other Ginger.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on July 28, 2009, 01:01:25 pm
Well, I made a pot of Teavana's Rooibos Sweet Amore last evening, but I brewed up 3 pots of Lupicia's Hibiscus Cinnamon in my Zarafina to have duting class today as cold tea.

I have now gone 2 weeks with NO Diet Coke. This is HUGE for me, as I used to drink 6-20oz bottles or more a day. I drank alot of tea then too, but feel better about myself for kicking DC out. I keep staring at the 2 bottles sitting in the fridge and now I can look  and think, "nope, that doesn't even sound good".
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on July 28, 2009, 01:04:12 pm
Actually, late last night, I had a slightly upset stomach... HAD to have some peppermint tea w/honey. It helped me sleep.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 28, 2009, 01:20:19 pm
Well, I made a pot of Teavana's Rooibos Sweet Amore last evening, but I brewed up 3 pots of Lupicia's Hibiscus Cinnamon in my Zarafina to have duting class today as cold tea.

I have now gone 2 weeks with NO Diet Coke. This is HUGE for me, as I used to drink 6-20oz bottles or more a day. I drank alot of tea then too, but feel better about myself for kicking DC out. I keep staring at the 2 bottles sitting in the fridge and now I can look  and think, "nope, that doesn't even sound good".

Congrats! I would imagine that you are seeing a decent cost savings as well. That is awesome!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Lynn on July 28, 2009, 03:41:59 pm
Just got home from work and made some cocoa mint black tea from teavana. It has become one of my favorites. I thought my Zarafina was broken though, it was making a funny clicking noise and didn't heat the water or drop the infuser basket. Fortunately it was user error- I didn't have the part that holds the water seated all the way down on the base- what a relief!

Lynn L
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 28, 2009, 04:01:12 pm
Sounds like a good tea. Glad to hear that the Zarafina is working fine. They do make a great cuppa.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: crebel on July 28, 2009, 04:48:38 pm
Uff.  I just hung out at the Gong Fu Tea website (https://www.gongfu-tea.com/start.shtml) for too long.  I ordered an iced tea pitcher (http://www.gongfu-tea.com/sunshop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=336), some tins (http://www.gongfu-tea.com/sunshop/index.php?l=product_list&c=24), and 2oz each of Lotus (http://www.gongfu-tea.com/sunshop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=44), Moroccan Mint (http://www.gongfu-tea.com/sunshop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=18) and Marrakech Market (http://www.gongfu-tea.com/sunshop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=17).  Will let y'all know how the shipping and order are with this company.

Frojazz, I am anxious to hear what you think of the company, I know Teavana is working with Kindleboards (which is just awesome), but I was so excited to find a place that sells "real" tea somewhat close to me that I had to tell somebody (so I told lots of somebodies here  ;D).  I just had a cup of the Marrakech Market.  It wasn't what I expected from the smell of the blend (thought it would be spicier), but it was a good "light" tea.  It reminded me of a Lady Grey.  I think I will try it iced next time.  If you like sweet tea, this one does not need much sweetner at all, I used too much sugar in the first cup and it almost overwhelmed it.

Can someone tell me about "pearl" teas?  I know the name comes from the shape of the leaves being rolled tightly together into a ball or "pearl".  Do they brew differently, have a stronger flavor/aroma because of the rolling?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 28, 2009, 04:52:36 pm
Pearls are suppose to be some of the better tea out there. Since they are hand rolled, the leaves have to be long and whole, which some say requires the use of a better quality of tea. I have only had jasmine pearls from TG and Teavana, both had great pearls.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on July 28, 2009, 05:15:41 pm
Think I will try my Dragon Pearls from Teavana tonight.. Sounds interesting.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on July 28, 2009, 05:33:17 pm
I haven't been on because it's been over 110 here since we got home and our AC hasn't been working. I've gotten very little sleep over the last two days as a result of the heat. The repair guy came today and thankfully it just needed some minor tweaking and a charge and it's nice and cool now. I swear I need a vacation to recover from our trip.

Just been drinking iced tea.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on July 28, 2009, 08:21:35 pm
Frojazz, I am anxious to hear what you think of the company, I know Teavana is working with Kindleboards (which is just awesome), but I was so excited to find a place that sells "real" tea somewhat close to me that I had to tell somebody (so I told lots of somebodies here  ;D).  I just had a cup of the Marrakech Market.  It wasn't what I expected from the smell of the blend (thought it would be spicier), but it was a good "light" tea.  It reminded me of a Lady Grey.  I think I will try it iced next time.  If you like sweet tea, this one does not need much sweetener at all, I used too much sugar in the first cup and it almost overwhelmed it.

I'm excited for my new tea to be delivered!  The only info I have from Gong Fu is that they are sending my order via USPS.  I do have a tracking number, but it isn't tracking anything yet.  Don't know how close I'll watch that number since I've not had a lot of luck with USPS and their tracking system.  I did put my order in on Sunday, so it took until Monday for it to get processed.  I will let y'all know asap when I get my tea (and accessories!).
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MonaSW on July 28, 2009, 08:26:23 pm
A nice pot of Triple Berry Tea: http://www.spicetradersteas.com/teas.htm#tripleberrydecaf It's a nice sweet tea and I enjoy it before going to bed.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: koolmnbv on July 29, 2009, 03:03:16 am
TG has 6 Earl Greys:Earl Grey, Earl Grey Bouquet Decaf, Earl Grey Imperior, Earl Grey No. 13, Earl Grey No. 69, Earl Grey's Lady Violet
http://www.teamerchants.com/Categories/1/BlackAroma.aspx

Teavana has two Earl Greys: Earl Grey Creme and Earl Grey.
http://www.teavana.com/Loose-Leaf-Teas/Black-Tea/

I know that there is a Lady Grey out there as well that is pretty good.
See, this is why you should branch out of tea found in the grocery store. There are so many yummy options.





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I tried Lady grey once before and IIRC I dont think I like it, but maybe I should give it another try.

And I should DEFINITELY need to branch out of the grocery store tea aisle, there is a Teavana pretty close to me I will have to check it out soon.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 29, 2009, 05:42:35 am
I tried Lady grey once before and IIRC I dont think I like it, but maybe I should give it another try.

And I should DEFINITELY need to branch out of the grocery store tea aisle, there is a Teavana pretty close to me I will have to check it out soon.

Took me a while to figure out IIRC, but I got it!  LOL! 

Yesterday I was out of water so had to drink Diet Coke.  Today I lugged a 5 gallon bottle to work and am a happy tea drinker once again.

Starting the day with Maracuya Passion Oolong blended with Peach Tranquility.  Nice fruity tea for the morning.  After reinfusing this I'll switch, probably to Thai Tea Blend.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 29, 2009, 05:52:34 am
I tried Lady grey once before and IIRC I dont think I like it, but maybe I should give it another try.

And I should DEFINITELY need to branch out of the grocery store tea aisle, there is a Teavana pretty close to me I will have to check it out soon.

Teavana is a great store. Lots of tea to smell and sample. IT is a wonderful place to start.

I liked Twinnings Lady Grey. There is a lot less bergamot in it so I could drink it more easily then I could regular Eal Grey. Then I started playing around with other Earl Grey's and well, the rest is history.

I am starting the day with Rooibos Jungle Fire.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Andra on July 29, 2009, 06:47:28 am
I like Twinnings Lady Grey, but not iced.  I don't know why.  It's one of my favorites in the winter when I need hot tea for my sore throat.
Current choice for iced tea is Twinnings Herbal Unwind with African Honeybush, mandarin and orange.
I'm still not using much loose tea at work, but tea bags are still better than Diet Coke!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on July 29, 2009, 07:51:30 am
A nice pot of Triple Berry Tea (http://www.spicetradersteas.com/teas.htm#tripleberrydecaf).  It's a nice sweet tea and I enjoy it before going to bed.

That one looks good.  I'd better lay off purchasing tea for a bit, though.  I need to consume some of what is in my cupboard before I order any more.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on July 29, 2009, 08:55:29 am
^^that is exactly what I'm trying to do before I make another tea run.  I am out of Blueberry Bliss though, and I'm having a hard time holding myself back.  I don't have a lot left, but I better drink a lot the next few days. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Aravis60 on July 29, 2009, 09:03:45 am
It's a blah, rainy sort of day, so I am trying to spice things up with a cup of rooibos chai. :)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 29, 2009, 10:15:34 am
I like Twinnings Lady Grey, but not iced.  I don't know why.  It's one of my favorites in the winter when I need hot tea for my sore throat.
Current choice for iced tea is Twinnings Herbal Unwind with African Honeybush, mandarin and orange.
I'm still not using much loose tea at work, but tea bags are still better than Diet Coke!

That is 100% true. Go for it. I encourage all tea drinking. I also encourage tea exploration but people really should do what makes them happiest.

I remember when I first branched into tea being surprised at the number of options at World Market. I checked out Republic of Tea online and saw all the loose leaf options and decided to try some. I was surprised at how good the tea was. Slowly over time, I decreased the tea bags and increased the loose leaf tea. I cannot remember when I first found Teavana but I was excited. Since then, it has been a lot of experimenting and learning. Some failed experiments but many wonderful finds.

I blame my Sister-in-Law for my Gschwender addiction, she gave me a sampler set three years ago for Christmas. I went online and was shocked at the massive number of teas that I could try. Now 95% of my teas come from Gschwender because I cannot find them elsewhere.

Of course, that might change given the new tea shops that are popping up here. Maybe I should edit my first post and add in peoples favorite teas? Folks could list their top five teas (blends or straight) and list where they purchased them. That way folks would have a list of recommended teas? What do people think?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on July 29, 2009, 02:34:04 pm
I made some cinnamon toast and had a cup of almond biscotti with milk this afternoon. Twas yummy.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on July 29, 2009, 03:55:27 pm
That is 100% true. Go for it. I encourage all tea drinking. I also encourage tea exploration but people really should do what makes them happiest.

Of course, that might change given the new tea shops that are popping up here. Maybe I should edit my first post and add in peoples favorite teas? Folks could list their top five teas (blends or straight) and list where they purchased them. That way folks would have a list of recommended teas? What do people think?

I think this is a great idea.  I know when I first started drinking tea, the selection of tea was overwhelming.  It is helpful to have someone ask you the initial question of what you like: caffinated, fruity, minty, sweet, etc.  Maybe we could say what kinds we like but what general kinds of tea we gravitate toward (black, white, green, herbal, etc) so that newbies have a place to start?

Of course, the hard thing about this is that my 'top 5' changes from month to month!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on July 29, 2009, 04:38:10 pm
today's brewings, 4 pots of Green Tea Mint, 3 pots of Dragon Pearls, Both from Teavana, 3 pots of Hibiscus cinnamon from Lupicia.com and 4+ hours left til bedtime.... What's next?
Lupicia's Pommier: has Honeybush, rooibos, brown cane sugar, dried apple, safflower, maple syrup.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Aravis60 on July 29, 2009, 06:52:35 pm
Maybe I should edit my first post and add in peoples favorite teas? Folks could list their top five teas (blends or straight) and list where they purchased them. That way folks would have a list of recommended teas? What do people think?
This sounds like a great idea to me too.  :) I'm always reading about something here and then going back to try to find it.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MonaSW on July 29, 2009, 08:00:11 pm
I'm getting down to the bottom of all my tea tins. Time to buy some more.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 29, 2009, 08:49:43 pm
I'm getting down to the bottom of all my tea tins. Time to buy some more.

What are you thinking of buying Mona?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on July 30, 2009, 05:31:30 am
I can give you without a doubt my top 2, but after that, it really changes.
Lupicias Hibiscus Cinnamon is my favorite.
A good strong Mint tea with honey is my second favorite, I like mint, but the real reason is the upset tummy/sore throat factor. Mint settles an upset tummy and honey soothes a sore throat.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 30, 2009, 07:05:07 am
Why don't people make a post that says "My favorite teas" I will post them on Sunday.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on July 30, 2009, 07:07:09 am
So far my favorites would have to be the Ginseng Vitality and Honeybush Vanilla from Teavana.  I love the Blueberry Bliss also.  Admittingly, I have plenty more teas to try.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: crebel on July 30, 2009, 07:10:23 am
Why don't people make a post that says "My favorite teas" I will post them on Sunday.

I suppose "The kind you drink" is too broad  :D? I seem to have a wide variety of favorites depending on the day or time or day or weather or mood or.....current favorite is Cream Assam from Gong Fu.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 30, 2009, 07:24:00 am
The idea is to give new posters or people looking for a new flavor to try a place to look. So it is not going to be perfect but it is a starting place for new people.

My Favorites:

Roobios Jungle Fire (Tea Gschwender):  Red Tea with Cinnamon, Orange Peel, and Cloves. Great in the mornings. A nice red with a little bit of spice.

Genmicha (Tea Gschwender): A Sencha Green tea with toasted rice in it. It has a little smoky salty taste to it. Very nice and a bit different.

Arabian Night (Tea Gschwender): A Green Black Tea with sunflower, jasmine, and rose blossoms. Very flavorful and smells wonderful.

Anna's (Tea Gschwender): A Black Tea with raspberry. Fruity and yummy.

Bossa Nova (Tea Gschwender): An Oolong with vanilla. Aromatic  and strong. A great tea to have with a scone.

I have 30 teas sitting at my desk. These are the five that I like to take with me when I travel for any period of time because they are the ones to suit most of my moods. I could easily list more teas and the ones I favor change from week to week. These teas are ones I would recommend to a new tea drinker.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on July 30, 2009, 08:37:35 am
I was so excited to find my package from Gong Fu at my house yesterday when I got home!  I ordered on Sunday and it was shipped via USPS, so I really didn't think I'd see it for a while.  I realize this may be partly due to location, but I made a Teavana order the same day and the Gong Fu order showed up first.  Very nice perk when ordering from a new company.

My package from Gong Fu was nicely put together.  There were plenty of packing peanuts to keep my iced tea pitcher safe, and each tin I ordered was prettily wrapped in tissue paper.  The order was complete and everything looked great.  The teas came in resealable foil pouches with handwritten names and instructions.  I also got the statement with a handwritten thank you at the bottom.  Nice touch.

Now for the good stuff: I made a cup of Lotus (http://www.gongfu-tea.com/sunshop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=44) last night.  I watched the tea brew and was hoping I could see the Lotus petals unfurl, but it didn't look like anything special.  The tea was very good.  It smells floral, and I was worried I wouldn't like it, but it is just floral enough, if that makes sense.  Hubby even drank a whole cup with me and didn't put the mug down once.  He's not so good with feedback when it comes to items of consumption.  Appreciation must be inferred by how quickly item is consumed.  His tea disappeared quickly.  I was able to get a second brew out of the leaves this morning.  I think this may have been partly due to me brewing it the first time on mild.  I suspect I could have gotton a third brew out of it as well, but I had to clean out my Zarafina so that I could try the Marrakech Market.

Marrakech Market (http://www.gongfu-tea.com/sunshop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=17) is a very different tea from anything else in my cupboard.  It is spicy like Roobios Sweet Amore, but is lacking in the cinnamon so has a completely new taste.  I don't have any Earl Greys, so I can't compare it to those.  It is good and so strong that I don't need much sugar in it.  My mother is a coffee drinker and sometimes complains that tea is too weak; I think she would like this tea.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: crebel on July 30, 2009, 08:54:58 am
Frojazz, it sounds like you are pleased with your first shopping experience at Gong Fu - I'm glad I didn't lead you astray!  It is very interesting that your taste perception of Marrakech Market was so different from mine (other than not needing much/any sweetner), I described it as light and you described it as "so strong".  I wonder if the difference is in the Zarafina settings (right now all I have is an infuser, thermometer and timer)?  I think I likened it to the Earl/Lady Greys because the bergamot was what came through for me more than any other flavor.  I also like floral teas, I will give the Lotus a try next time.  Enjoy your new teas!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on July 30, 2009, 09:20:18 am
crebel,
Thank you for your recommendation.  I will order from Gong Fu again, but it'll be far in the future since I really need to drink what I have.  I had a very good experience with them.  Besides, I figured that someone needed to order from them and review it for these threads!  So, really, I was taking one for the team.  I think the difference between our descriptions of the Marrakech Market was because I am not as familiar with the bergamont flavor (And now that my cup has cooled, it does have a less intense taste).  It is hard to describe the taste that I'm assuming is bergamont.  It is kinda like mint but not like mint at all.  I'm really not explaining it very well!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 30, 2009, 10:08:09 am
My favorites (as of this moment):

Earl Grey Creme (Teavana)

Thai Tea Blend (Teavana)

Bossa Nova (Tea Gshwender)

O'Connors Cream (Tea Gshwender)

Raspberry Black (Teavana)


Hmmmm... All but the Bossa Nova (Oolong) are black teas.  Yummy!!

Honorable Mention:  Rooibush Kuruman (Tea Gshwender), the first loose leaf tea I tried and I still love it.

THANKS CRASH!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 30, 2009, 11:36:15 am
(giggles)

Harvey said I can talk about this so...

I am going to get to review some teas for Teavana. (giggles) No idea when they are going to arrive, only that it is going to be in August. I have no idea how to review or what they want me to do, all I know is it is free new teas. (giggles and does the happy dance)

I am so excited!!!!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: crebel on July 30, 2009, 11:42:16 am
(giggles)

Harvey said I can talk about this so...

I am going to get to review some teas for Teavana. (giggles) No idea when they are going to arrive, only that it is going to be in August. I have no idea how to review or what they want me to do, all I know is it is free new teas. (giggles and does the happy dance)

I am so excited!!!!

I would giggle and do a happy dance too ;D!  Looking forward to your reviews.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on July 30, 2009, 11:45:27 am
(giggles)

Harvey said I can talk about this so...

I am going to get to review some teas for Teavana. (giggles) No idea when they are going to arrive, only that it is going to be in August. I have no idea how to review or what they want me to do, all I know is it is free new teas. (giggles and does the happy dance)

I am so excited!!!!

Awesomesauce!!  So, there's your referral bonus.  Fantastic.  Can't wait to see which teas you get and how you like them!  ;D



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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Aravis60 on July 30, 2009, 11:48:11 am
(giggles)

Harvey said I can talk about this so...

I am going to get to review some teas for Teavana. (giggles) No idea when they are going to arrive, only that it is going to be in August. I have no idea how to review or what they want me to do, all I know is it is free new teas. (giggles and does the happy dance)

I am so excited!!!!
That's great! Can't wait to hear what you have to say!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on July 30, 2009, 11:54:49 am
Good for you.  All of your enabling has paid off.  Now you can really give us some great ideas.  I can't wait.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on July 30, 2009, 12:56:46 pm
YAY Crash!  ;D That is so exciting!  I'm looking forward to living vicariousally through your reviews.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Addie on July 30, 2009, 01:48:50 pm
YAY Crash!  ;D That is so exciting!  I'm looking forward to living vicariousally through your reviews.

Me, too!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on July 30, 2009, 03:30:05 pm
ProfCrash that is seriously awesome! :D
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on July 30, 2009, 05:12:45 pm
You know we're going to want a detailed list of what they sent, and what you think...and I think you better practice making blends.  You can do it.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 30, 2009, 07:02:54 pm
LOL I will have to start experimenting with blends. Maybe you can help me. When I get the teas in I will list them and their ingredients.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on July 30, 2009, 08:26:25 pm
Here are my top five teas today:  :D

Bangkok Lemongrass (Teavana, herbal): I love the combo of fruity with vanilla.

Moroccan Mint (Teavana, green): This is spearmint with a smoky flavor, imparted from the Gunpowder tea from which it is made.  It is good to calm my tummy, especially after a too-large meal.

Carribean Breeze (Teavana, herbal): So fruity and tropical; it is good hot and great iced.

Rooibos Vanilla (Teavana, rooibos): One of my first loose teas, this is a staple in my cupboard.  It is a nice, basic, rooibos with high quality vanilla.  Yum!

Green Tea Heaven (Teavana, green): My hubby loves this one, and he doesn't consider himself a tea drinker.  It is a good loose tea with which to start, but don't overbrew or it will be bitter.  This is green tea mixed with rhubarb and red currants.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MonaSW on July 30, 2009, 08:37:11 pm
What are you thinking of buying Mona?

There are so many choices, but I am thinking of getting more Triple Berry and Winter Storm from Spice Traders and Teas; Azteca Fire Herbal,  Haute Chocolate Rooibos, Tarocco Ruby Orange Herbal and Garden Aria White.  I just got a case of Organic Rooibos with Honeybush from Traditional Medicinals. Love my tea.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: koolmnbv on July 31, 2009, 01:16:57 am
How often do you all put honey in your tea?

I got into this habit when I was a young girl, my grandmother would have us do tea time together and she would always put milk and honey into my tea. So when I got older it was already my taste. Just wondering how many others do this.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on July 31, 2009, 07:06:20 am
Honey in my mint tea is a MUST.
Sometimes though, honey can be a bit overpowering so I don;t use it in every tea.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on July 31, 2009, 07:32:35 am
I prefer honey to sugar when I use a sweetener but I rarely use a sweetener.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Aravis60 on July 31, 2009, 08:31:07 am
I prefer honey to sugar when I use a sweetener but I rarely use a sweetener.
Me too.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on July 31, 2009, 08:37:25 am
I just added 1/2 tsp of:
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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on July 31, 2009, 08:38:07 am
I too prefer honey.  I've been experimenting with the german rock sugar.  I find it works best if I add it to the tea leaves before brewing. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on July 31, 2009, 12:44:59 pm
I too prefer honey.  I've been experimenting with the german rock sugar.  I find it works best if I add it to the tea leaves before brewing. 
deb
I agree Deb...I add mine to the pot before brewing my tea
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on July 31, 2009, 01:07:01 pm
I put on a some tea to infuse before I went to get my hair done.  I'm having a glass iced now.  I also added more than I have been previously using.  I think I was being a bit stingy with the sugar.  It tastes very good.  Not too sweet. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on July 31, 2009, 01:11:54 pm
I use honey sometimes but I mostly use homemade simple syrup. Or if I want flavored I'll use Torani syrups. But that is mostly for iced tea. For hot it's honey.

I haven't had any tea yet today, I have a sore throat too I think I'm getting my daughters cold that is how hers started. sigh.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on July 31, 2009, 03:39:06 pm
I only put honey in my tea when I'm sick.  I don't have many other uses for honey other than making sticky buns, so I don't have regular honey around.  I like this organic Hawaiian honey (http://www.volcanoislandhoney.com/):
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So I don't use it unless it is a very special occasion.

I like to use simple syrup for my iced teas and Torani syrup for my hot teas.  I've been experimenting with the german rock cane sugar.  I like it, but old habits (using syrup) are hard to break.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on August 01, 2009, 08:54:01 pm
had homemade manicotti tonight, ate too much.. had a pot of peppermint tea w/honey afterwards.
now I'm finishing up a pot of my hibiscus cinnamon. then its off to bed.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on August 02, 2009, 06:13:33 pm
Went to Teavana today because I was completely out of Ginsing Vitality and Honeybush Vanilla.  I also picked up more Blueberry Bliss.  I also picked up some new teas to try.  Matevana, Japeneses Wild Cherry, Peach Bloom, Mandarin Orange, and Bankok Lemongrass.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on August 02, 2009, 06:15:11 pm
I have had the Mate Vana, I really like it, and the Japanese Wild Cherry, did not like it. It reminded me of cough syrup. Sorry.

The Lemongrass sounds good. The others are not ones I would probably try, I am not as fond of the fruity teas.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on August 02, 2009, 06:20:20 pm
I did not like the Raspberry Sangria I had before.  I thought it was bitter.   The Blueberry makes a great iced tea.  And that's why I got the others, for iced teas. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on August 02, 2009, 06:38:00 pm
One of the great things about tea is that there are so may varieties out there so everyone can find what they like.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on August 03, 2009, 08:49:12 am
OK.. for those who like to blend their own teas:
http://www.sfherb.com/store/loose-tea,category.asp
 things like 1lb Hibiscus flowers for $6.
I have ordered their Peppermint leaf (cut) 1lb for $5 and their Spearmint leaf (cut) 1lb for $3.35. and the Rooibos tea 1lb $5. Already have the Honeybush. I add it to alot of my non-honeybush teas..




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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on August 03, 2009, 09:15:23 am
wow those are some great prices. You could easily make you own blends.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MonaSW on August 03, 2009, 05:54:05 pm
I don't sweeten my tea. If I am sick, I make a hot toddy (brandy, lemon, honey, hot water). It seems to help those nasty cold symptoms.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on August 04, 2009, 06:14:19 am
mmmm hot tody.

I have been known to make hot water and put honey and lemon in it when I have a sore throat. It actually tastes good and it is very soothing. I tend to forget the brandy, mainly because I shouldn't be drinking booze at work.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on August 04, 2009, 06:54:48 am
Gone for 10 days now it's time to get back into my morning tea routine.  I think I'm leaning toward Deb's favorite (not) raspberry sangria.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on August 04, 2009, 07:13:29 am
When I was at Teavana this weekend I told them I didn't care for Raspberry Sangria.  He mentioned something about the sangria part of it makes it something or other.  I'm not a sangria drinker, so the comment went over my head. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on August 04, 2009, 08:17:40 am
I'm having Assam Mangalam (TG) for my morning tea.  I need a strong black tea to keep me awake today...
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on August 04, 2009, 09:26:33 am
blech I've been really sick. Not sure what it is but it's nasty and I'm hoping it doesn't turn into pneumonia. I haven't been drinking much of anything other than water. Missing my tea.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on August 04, 2009, 09:34:24 am
blech I've been really sick. Not sure what it is but it's nasty and I'm hoping it doesn't turn into pneumonia. I haven't been drinking much of anything other than water. Missing my tea.

Rasputina, I hope you get better quickly and don't have to deal with pneumonia.

There is something going around at work, and I felt achy and headache-y for a couple of days.  I HATE being sick during the summer.

Went to Teavana today because I was completely out of Ginsing Vitality and Honeybush Vanilla.  I also picked up more Blueberry Bliss.  I also picked up some new teas to try.  Matevana, Japeneses Wild Cherry, Peach Bloom, Mandarin Orange, and Bankok Lemongrass.
deb

I wanna know how you like Mandarin Orange.  Sounds like one I might like.  And let us know how you like Bangkok Lemongrass!  I'm interested in knowing since BT isn't a fan.

I'll have to agree with Crash about the Japanese Wild Cherry.  :-X

OK.. for those who like to blend their own teas:
http://www.sfherb.com/store/loose-tea,category.asp
 things like 1lb Hibiscus flowers for $6.
I have ordered their Peppermint leaf (cut) 1lb for $5 and their Spearmint leaf (cut) 1lb for $3.35. and the Rooibos tea 1lb $5. Already have the Honeybush. I add it to alot of my non-honeybush teas..

BT, let us know how you like ordering from this company, and review the quality of their products!  It sounds like a great way to get some bulk tea-making items.


I made Bangkok Lemongrass into an iced tea last night...ummmmmm.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on August 04, 2009, 09:48:25 am
Thanks, this one starts as a sore throat and then it's all the fever, congestion, exhaustion issues. My daughter has had it for over a week now.

I'm sure lemongrass would be yummy as an iced tea. So many combos you could do with that too. I love sugarcane sticks in my lemonade and I bet they would be great in iced tea.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on August 04, 2009, 09:58:54 am
Lemon Green from Teavana is one of my favorites when I am sick. That and a Rooibos Lemon.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on August 05, 2009, 11:38:16 am
BT, let us know how you like ordering from this company, and review the quality of their products!  It sounds like a great way to get some bulk tea-making items.
Well, order was FAST.. It arrived today. 2 days.. will be testing the mints tonight to see how strong etc they are.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on August 05, 2009, 03:42:41 pm
Was at the mall today and of course stopped into Teavana.  I had to replenish my azteca fire and then decided to try their zingiber ginger coconut.  Can't wait to try the later.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MonaSW on August 05, 2009, 07:40:02 pm
I'm on Tea watch. Hope my order gets here soon.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on August 05, 2009, 08:08:00 pm
What did you order Mona?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MonaSW on August 05, 2009, 09:04:30 pm
I got Haute Chocolate, Tarocco Ruby Orange, Garden Aria White and Azteca Fire.

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on August 06, 2009, 08:17:32 am
Just tried my first cup of zingiber ginger coconut and it is yummy!  I've also been drinking my tea from the clear teavana cup.  I love looking at the color of the tea without looking directly into the cup. I received it as a gift and didn't think I'd like it as much as I do.  Now it's the only cup I use.   
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MonaSW on August 07, 2009, 09:00:16 pm
Still on tea watch, sigh. I checked the tracking. It should be here sometime next week.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on August 08, 2009, 11:19:25 am
I was so mad last week when I dropped the top to the tea pot that goes to the Zarafina I brought to work.  It smashed on the floor, breaking into a gazillion pieces.  >:(  Well, for those of you who are wondering, yes, the Zarafina still will dispense into the pot without a lid.  I was thinking I'd just get another Zarafina since the price is so low on Amazon, but paying more for shipping than for the actual product just seems crazy!  Since it works without a lid, I'm happy.

Had a mug of iced Roobios Amore this morning and some iced Carribean Breeze yesterday.  Good tea makes me happy.  :)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on August 08, 2009, 03:26:26 pm
I wonder if you can buy an extra Zaraina teapot on their website?  Although with the recent price drops I still think they must be going out of business or something. 
I made my last pot of raspberry sangria.  Need to replenish soon.  I just love the tart taste of this one!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MonaSW on August 09, 2009, 06:58:10 pm
You used to be able to get teapots and other replacement parts. I have 2 trays and 2 teapots for one Zarafina.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: suicidepact on August 09, 2009, 07:55:07 pm
I'm not sure if anyone has mentioned it yet, but I'm sure with 43 pages someone has, but I'm a big fan of PG Tips. I even drink it cold whenit's hot outside.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on August 10, 2009, 07:10:09 am
I'm not sure if anyone has mentioned it yet, but I'm sure with 43 pages someone has, but I'm a big fan of PG Tips. I even drink it cold whenit's hot outside.

PG Tips has been mentioned a few times. It sounds like a really good bagged tea.

(PC attempts hypnosis via the internet) follow the pretty pen. back and forth, back and forth, relax, focus on your breathing.....

Loose leaf is yummy. You want to try loose leaf. It is so tasty. And less expensive (well after the start up cost). And more healthy for you. All those yummy flavors. mmmmm loose leaf tea.

On the count of three you will wake up with all normal in your world except for a burning desire to visit a local tea shop and start experimenting with loose leaf tea.

1

2

3

How ya feeling?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on August 10, 2009, 07:51:51 am
lol
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Sienna_98 on August 10, 2009, 08:32:30 am
I bought my PG Tips loose leaf from Amazon.  ;D
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on August 10, 2009, 09:08:39 am
I bought my PG Tips loose leaf from Amazon.  ;D

LOL

Awesome




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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Lynn on August 10, 2009, 10:51:52 am
I wonder if you can buy an extra Zaraina teapot on their website?  Although with the recent price drops I still think they must be going out of business or something. 
I made my last pot of raspberry sangria.  Need to replenish soon.  I just love the tart taste of this one!

I looked at their site this weekend and did not see the tea pots but did see replacement infuser parts.

Lynn L
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on August 10, 2009, 11:58:17 am
I just checked their page and did not see the teapots. Weird, because at one point in time they had the tea pots. I thought about getting an extra so I could have one for reds, one for blacks, and one for greens. I don't drink white tea so I didn't need one for whites.

You know, there are times when I am discussing tea or writing about tea and I realize that if I didn't use tea frequently, people would think I am a racist. "I like some blacks, but many are just really hard for me to take. White's are just too bland." It just sounds wrong...

Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: suicidepact on August 10, 2009, 12:45:49 pm
lol
PG Tips has been mentioned a few times. It sounds like a really good bagged tea.

(PC attempts hypnosis via the internet) follow the pretty pen. back and forth, back and forth, relax, focus on your breathing.....

Loose leaf is yummy. You want to try loose leaf. It is so tasty. And less expensive (well after the start up cost). And more healthy for you. All those yummy flavors. mmmmm loose leaf tea.

On the count of three you will wake up with all normal in your world except for a burning desire to visit a local tea shop and start experimenting with loose leaf tea.

1

2

3

How ya feeling?

Great reply, ProfCrash. Unfortunately I travel a lot (9-10 months out of the year) and carrying around the whole setup wouldn't be efficient for me. It's difficult enough in some countries to get milk instead of cream (yuck!) for my tea! If you've ever tried UHT milk you might know what I'm talking about. However, on your recommendations of of a good strong black tea, I promise to make a concerted effort to start while at home. I prefer strong black teas (builder's tea) and chais (no Starbuck's latte junk,) I like spiced black tea, heavy on flavor.
 End of hypnosis treatment...
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on August 10, 2009, 01:05:27 pm
I will have to disagree with you on the space issue. A tea infuser takes very little space and is pretty much all you need to make loose leaf tea. There are even double wall travel mugs with infusers built in to them. The packages of loose leaf tea probably takes up a little more space then your tea bags, but not much more.  You could even buy your own tea bags and make your own tea bags. The ones that I use are large enough to allow the tea to fully expand and are made with material tat is environmentally friendly.

I sometimes choose to travel with bags because I don't feel like making the effort for a weekend trip but normally, I just bring a portable infuser and 3 or 4 tins of my favorite teas with me.

Sorry, I know I come off as a loose leaf fanatic. OK, I am a loose leaf fanatic. I do think that people believe that loose leaf tea is really time consuming and hard to do but it really is not. I think that folks end up depriving themselves of a wonderful tea experience because they don't know how easy it is to make loose leaf tea.

And now I sound like a condescending fanatic. (sigh)

Sorry...
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on August 10, 2009, 04:22:21 pm
You converted me to loose leaf and now I sound likfe a condescending loose leaf fanatic to all my friends.  Ihave converted a few so at least now I'm not alone!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MonaSW on August 11, 2009, 09:02:34 pm
Ah, having a nice glass of Tarocco Ruby Orange. Lovely flavor and a beautiful deep red color.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on August 12, 2009, 05:01:27 am
Starting the day with some Strawberry Paraiso and a banana.  The perfect breakfast! ;D

Went to Teavana over the weekend and picked up the Strawberry Paraiso, some Cacao Mint, Raspberry Black, and Rose Marzipan Delight.  The Raspberry Black was refilling my tin, it's a favorite, but the others were all new to me.  Thanks for the product reviews, guys!  They helped me decide which teas to buy.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on August 12, 2009, 06:34:58 am
Songbird, if you order from TG try the Anna's. It is their raspberry black. I find it more flavorful then Teavana's. I had bought Teavana's Raspberry Black once and was not a fan. Anna's is one of my must have teas.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on August 12, 2009, 06:39:09 am
I love Strawberry Paraiso.  I was at Teavana yesterday and they are discontinuing quite a few teas.  When they are gone they are gone.  Two of my favorites are going bye bye...Raspberry Sangria and Pistachio Apple Pie.  I bought 4 oz instead of my usual 2 of each.  If you have a particular favorite you might want to ask if it's on the discontinue list and stock up.  
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on August 12, 2009, 06:41:58 am
Cowgirl, you can freeze tea. So if you bought more and froze it you could make it last longer.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on August 12, 2009, 06:44:37 am
Cowgirl, you can freeze tea. So if you bought more and froze it you could make it last longer.
Good to know.  I'm thinkging of ordering them online because they come in those vacuum sealed packages.  Then I could freeze that.  I'm so sad about 2 of my favs but glad the salesperson told me.     
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on August 12, 2009, 06:45:44 am
I had asked about the Green Tea Mojo, it's been discontinued.  Pffft.  I really wanted to try that one!  My daughter bought the Apricot Caramel Torte and LOVES it.  I somehow left the store without buying any of that one so it's on my list for next time!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on August 12, 2009, 06:56:36 am
My friend bought some Rooibos Sweet Amoire yesterday and I tried hers last night.  It's definitely one to add to my list. 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on August 12, 2009, 09:54:14 am
http://www.heavenoftea.com/2009/08/12/2009-discontinued-teas/
This is the list of the discontinued tea at Teavana.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on August 12, 2009, 11:57:04 am
Songbird, if you order from TG try the Anna's. It is their raspberry black. I find it more flavorful then Teavana's. I had bought Teavana's Raspberry Black once and was not a fan. Anna's is one of my must have teas.

Good to see this, Crash, thanks.  Raspberry Black is on the discontinued list and the suggested replacement has strawberry in it too.  I love strawberry, but I want my raspberry tea to be strawberry-free!  ;D
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on August 12, 2009, 12:02:07 pm
I see they are discontinuing Lemon Green. That is a shame, it is one of the few Teavana teas I buy at this time. Most of the other tea I have not tried so I can't say much about.

Wonder what the new flavors are?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on August 12, 2009, 12:04:46 pm
And the alternative for Raspberry Black is a good deal more expensive as well.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on August 12, 2009, 12:57:23 pm
And the alternative for Raspberry Black is a good deal more expensive as well.

Yep, and I meant to mention that... got caught up on the strawberry issue.  I'll definitely try the TG version.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on August 12, 2009, 08:36:50 pm
Wow.  There are about 5 on their d/c list that I have and like.  Big bummer about Lemon Green, though.  I just found that one, and it makes a great glass of iced tea.  Good to know tea is freezable!

OTOH, I'm sure their new lineup will have me ordering away!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on August 12, 2009, 09:05:23 pm
If you freeze the tea make sure it is in an air tight container or bag. OK, so that is probably obvious, but, well, you never know.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MonaSW on August 12, 2009, 09:53:55 pm
I either need to add more tea or steep the Azteca Fire longer, it was so weak. :( The Tarocco Ruby Orange was perfect though. A very nice tea.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on August 13, 2009, 07:51:24 am
I either need to add more tea or steep the Azteca Fire longer, it was so weak. :( The Tarocco Ruby Orange was perfect though. A very nice tea.
I blend apple lemon pomegranate with Tarocco Ruby Orange....it is delicious iced!!!!! 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on August 13, 2009, 03:49:51 pm
I was holding my breath the whole time I was reading the discontinued list.  A couple of the ones I like are on the list, but new teas are coming, and that is very exciting.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: crebel on August 14, 2009, 02:38:26 pm
I'm spending the weekend with my sister (should add that to the daily bump thread), and spent over an hour at Gong Fu tea shop, BIG FUN!  I picked up more Cream Assam (my favorite), an Oolong called Pacific Breeze (Oolong, wild roses, jasmine blossoms, lemon myrtle and natural citrus oils), A black called Absolute Almond (essential oil of almonds and pieces of dried almonds as well - smells heavenly), their Earl Grey Supreme, a black Chocolate Mint and an herbal called Organic Symphonic Splendor (lemongrass, peppermint, ginger, licorice, cardamom and pepper).  Can't wait to start trying them.

They brew both teas and coffees with an "IgenuiTEA", anyone heard of these or used them?  Link-maker didn't find one at Amazon.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on August 14, 2009, 07:58:58 pm
...catching up

about loose leaf and packing. You can just use small travel tins for loose leaf ( I have some left over from republic of tea travel tins that I refill) and you can get big empty tea bags and just put the loose leaf in and steep in the cup. Throw the whole thing away when you are done. Very easy and takes up almost no space.  




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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Susan in VA on August 14, 2009, 08:30:06 pm

I haven't followed this thread in a while (say, about the last 35 pages of it), so my apologies if this has been asked before.  (And yes, I'll catch up with it eventually, just not right now.)

My favorite evening tea has been Twinings Vanilla Black Tea for quite a while.  And now it's been discontinued.   I emailed Twinings to ask whether they had any cases of it left in the warehouse, or whether perhaps they were developing some new vanilla blend to take its place.  No and no.  Not popular enough.   :(

This was sold in bags only, but that's ok.  I've tried the other vanilla tea that my supermarket carries, Bigelow's French Vanilla, found it drinkable but not outstanding.  I've also tried Republic of Tea's Vanilla Almond, which I liked much better but the vanilla flavor was not as strong as Twinings'  --  AND now I can't find it anymore locally.   And there was a nice one that my dad has, vanilla rum, which was very good but I really don't want the rum flavor every day.  So now I need a new vanilla tea.  Black, and without any fruity flavors, though almond would be ok. 

Any recommendations?

 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on August 14, 2009, 08:33:28 pm
I drink the Republic of Tea vanilla almond. Not exactly the same but the Teavana Almond Biscotti is very yummy. You could always choose a favorite black tea and steep it with a small piece of vanilla bean in it.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Susan in VA on August 14, 2009, 08:43:20 pm
I drink the Republic of Tea vanilla almond. Not exactly the same but the Teavana Almond Biscotti is very yummy. You could always choose a favorite black tea and steep it with a small piece of vanilla bean in it.

Now there's a thought!  Could probably even use the same bit a few times before it loses its oomph. 

Off to Teavana to look at Almond Biscotti...

And it's nice to know that the vanilla almond still exists  --  just need to find out who around here might have it.  My regular grocery stores (Giant, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods) don't.

Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Susan in VA on August 14, 2009, 08:50:32 pm

Hmm, Teavana's Almond Biscotti has cinnamon bits....  makes me a bit wary.   I love the taste of cinnamon in anything baked, and in ice cream.  So when I was a coffee drinker I was thrilled to discover cinnamon-flavored coffee, and then to my great surprise found it awful. 

Still, looking at the length of this thread, if I didn't like it I'm sure I could find someone here to whom I could mail the rest of it so it didn't go to waste.   :D
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MonaSW on August 14, 2009, 09:01:14 pm
They brew both teas and coffees with an "IgenuiTEA", anyone heard of these or used them?  Link-maker didn't find one at Amazon.

ingenuiTEA by Adagio Teas on the left, Perfect Tea Maker by Teavana on the right. Neither comes with a mug. 

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I have used the Perfect Tea Maker, and it seems to work great.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on August 14, 2009, 09:28:23 pm
You could have them brew you cup of the almond biscotti if you have a teavana nearby. I order my republic of teas from their website.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: crebel on August 14, 2009, 09:32:37 pm
I haven't followed this thread in a while (say, about the last 35 pages of it), so my apologies if this has been asked before.  (And yes, I'll catch up with it eventually, just not right now.)

My favorite evening tea has been Twinings Vanilla Black Tea for quite a while.  And now it's been discontinued.   I emailed Twinings to ask whether they had any cases of it left in the warehouse, or whether perhaps they were developing some new vanilla blend to take its place.  No and no.  Not popular enough.   :(

This was sold in bags only, but that's ok.  I've tried the other vanilla tea that my supermarket carries, Bigelow's French Vanilla, found it drinkable but not outstanding.  I've also tried Republic of Tea's Vanilla Almond, which I liked much better but the vanilla flavor was not as strong as Twinings'  --  AND now I can't find it anymore locally.   And there was a nice one that my dad has, vanilla rum, which was very good but I really don't want the rum flavor every day.  So now I need a new vanilla tea.  Black, and without any fruity flavors, though almond would be ok.  

Any recommendations?

 

The Cream Assam at gongfu-tea.com is described as  "Hearty Assam base combined with smooth honey vanilla".  It is my absolute favorite.  I thought someone had mentioned a cream assam from Teavana, but I checked before typing this to see if they were similar and couldn't find it listed.  I think you would like the one from Gong Fu if you are up for trying a new on-line store sometime.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: crebel on August 14, 2009, 09:36:35 pm
ingenuiTEA by Adagio Teas on the left, Perfect Tea Maker by Teavana on the right. Neither comes with a mug. 

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41ExOnEAcUL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Adagio-Teas-0-Ingenuitea-Teapot/dp/B000FPN8TK%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB000FPN8TK) (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31QxVjigbkL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Teavana-Perfect-Tea-Maker-16oz/dp/B001JE9KOI%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB001JE9KOI)

I have used the Perfect Tea Maker, and it seems to work great.

Thanks for finding the links.  They appear to be about the same thing from different makers.  I went ahead and bought the 32oz ingenuitea today because they had it at the store.  I used it tonight and it worked great!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on August 14, 2009, 09:38:21 pm
OK.. Got an order from Republic of Tea today.. I LOVE their Green Tea w/ Acai berry. OH YUM.
Was the first time I had tried it.. and had been a bit leery. Did need to add just a touch of sweetner though...
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Susan in VA on August 14, 2009, 09:41:13 pm
You could have them brew you cup of the almond biscotti if you have a teavana nearby. I order my republic of teas from their website.

I didn't even know they had stores  --  thought it was just online.  Turns out there are two about half an hour's drive away, so next time I'm in either of those areas I'll be sure to stop by.  Thanks for pointing it out!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on August 14, 2009, 09:41:45 pm
I got a free sample of the Green Tea w/ Acai berry last month and it was really good.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Susan in VA on August 14, 2009, 09:43:37 pm
The Cream Assam at gongfu-tea.com is described as  "Hearty Assam base combined with smooth honey vanilla".  It is my absolute favorite.  I thought someone had mentioned a cream assam from Teavana, but I checked before typing this to see if they were similar and couldn't find it listed.  I think you would like the one from Gong Fu if you are up for trying a new on-line store sometime.

Sure I'm up for it  --  it's why I posted here, hoping to get some ideas for new ones to try!  Thanks!   :)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: crebel on August 14, 2009, 10:09:19 pm
Sure I'm up for it  --  it's why I posted here, hoping to get some ideas for new ones to try!  Thanks!   :)

If there is anyplace to get new ideas, it is sure to be from the KBers!  When you check out the site, look at the Absolute Almond (black tea) too.  I had a cup this afternoon and it is very aromatic, I will get this one again. 

I bought an oolong today too and brewed a pot that is now cooling in the frig for ice tea tomorrow.....are the oolongs the "footy" teas (this one smelled fruity not footy)?!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: 1131 on August 14, 2009, 10:44:40 pm
I bought an oolong today too and brewed a pot that is now cooling in the frig for ice tea tomorrow.....are the oolongs the "footy" teas (this one smelled fruity not footy)?!

I like a good oolong tea.  I've never thought of them as feet.  I think someone described a Darjeeling as tasting like feet though and that's another one I like.  Which oolong did you get?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: crebel on August 15, 2009, 05:29:51 am
I like a good oolong tea.  I've never thought of them as feet.  I think someone described a Darjeeling as tasting like feet though and that's another one I like.  Which oolong did you get?

Somewhere way back in this thread there was a discussion on a particular oolong (I think) that someone said reminded them of dirty feet and "footy" became a descriptor :o.  i got one called Pacific Breeze that has lots of florals in it (rose, jasmine, lemon myrtle and citrus oils) - the lemon was the dominate smell while it was brewing, I haven't tasted it yet.  I think when it hits 103 here today it will hit the spot over ice :).  It is also described as a dry finish, so I think it must be like a dry wine and have heavier tannins in it...I'll let you know.   I'm having the Cream Assam to start the day.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on August 15, 2009, 06:28:35 am
Susan, I really love the Honeybush Vanilla from Teavana.  I personally use it to blend with my other teas, but it has a wonderful vanilla flavor.  It is a red tea though and not a black tea. 

Be sure to plan on spending some time in the Teavana store.  The clerks are very knowledgable and love to talk tea. 

deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on August 15, 2009, 09:17:21 am
http://www.teamerchants.com/buy/1/1/142/Vanilla/990.aspx

TG has a vanilla black you can try. The link is above. My favorite vanilla tea is the Bossa Nova. It is an Oolong with Vanilla. Yummy. http://www.teamerchants.com/buy/1/5/144/Bossa-Nova-/993.aspx

Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on August 15, 2009, 09:19:28 am
How about addding the Torini French vanilla to your tea.  By the way...love the almond biscotti
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on August 15, 2009, 09:22:15 am
I was checking out the new items on the Teavana site.  They have a rock sugar jar that's new.  It comes with 3 lbs. of the rock sugar, and obviously is reusable.  Very nice. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on August 15, 2009, 09:22:57 am
I plan on trying the Republic  of Teas, Good Hope Vanilla later today.
http://www.republicoftea.com/templates/detail.asp?navID=313
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on August 15, 2009, 09:25:54 am
I was checking out the new items on the Teavana site.  They have a rock sugar jar that's new.  It comes with 3 lbs. of the rock sugar, and obviously is reusable.  Very nice. 
deb
They have the rock sugar in the jars in the stores at my Teavana. 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: crebel on August 15, 2009, 10:01:36 am
I plan on trying the Republic  of Teas, Good Hope Vanilla later today.
http://www.republicoftea.com/templates/detail.asp?navID=313

I see they show a vanilla almond black on the same page.  I will have to look for this one.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on August 15, 2009, 11:22:45 am
I had a cup of teavana gingerbread cookie. It was good, but not what I expected. It wasn't like a gingerbread cookie and it's a very pink color herbal blend. I like the almond biscotti better.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on August 15, 2009, 11:49:15 am
I did not look for the jarred rock sugar when I went to the store a couple of weeks ago.  Honestly, I really didn't shop much, besides get my tea.  It's too hard on my wallet. 

I made a pitcher of Bangkok Lemongrass Rooibos.  Very good.  It's one of the new ones I got.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on August 15, 2009, 01:13:26 pm
The Bangkok Lemongrass is my next purchase.  I had some at a friend's house this week and I loved it!




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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: 1131 on August 15, 2009, 01:49:49 pm
A very strange thing happened at my house last night.  I had bought 2 Zarafina Tea Makers as Christmas gifts a few months ago.  This morning I got up and there was a Zarafina sitting on my counter.  I went downstairs and one of the Zarafina's was missing!.  I know it wasn't SO because he's out of town this weekend.  I don't know what happened but since the Zarafina seems to want to stay at my house, I decided not to argue.  By the way the, the Gyokuro Imperial green that I am drinking right now was good before but now OH! MY! GOD! this stuff is seriously good.

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on August 15, 2009, 02:21:43 pm
^^^hmmm...your story sounds a little fishy. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: 1131 on August 15, 2009, 03:43:03 pm
^^^hmmm...your story sounds a little fishy. 
deb
No, no fish taste at all.  Just a really good green tea.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: crebel on August 16, 2009, 08:35:42 am
A very strange thing happened at my house last night.  I had bought 2 Zarafina Tea Makers as Christmas gifts a few months ago.  This morning I got up and there was a Zarafina sitting on my counter.  I went downstairs and one of the Zarafina's was missing!.  I know it wasn't SO because he's out of town this weekend.  I don't know what happened but since the Zarafina seems to want to stay at my house, I decided not to argue.  By the way the, the Gyokuro Imperial green that I am drinking right now was good before but now OH! MY! GOD! this stuff is seriously good.

Who knew there were Zarafina Fairies?  I am sure any leftover pixie dust they sprinkled while unboxing the Zarafina made the tea taste even better!

Last night in the chat room modkindle was telling us about a tea shop in San Francisco that sells loose tea that has to be washed before it is brewed to remove grit.  Susan in VA and I thought we might be leery of that.  Anyone wash their tea?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on August 16, 2009, 08:42:52 am
I think I'd be leery of washing my tea also.  In fact, I'm sure I would.

Having Strawberry Harmony blooming tea.  I love the blooming teas. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: corkyb on August 16, 2009, 08:54:03 am
Hello everyone,  
I have been reading this thread on and off for a while.  Last weekend I finally made a trip to Teavana and 4oz and $30 later exited with some tea in hand.  I am lucky I got out of there without buying a $179 cast iron teapot that I was looking at.  I came home and brewed the best cup of tea I have ever had.  I then promptly ordered the zarafina (http://www.amazon.com/Zarafina-Maker-Suite-Ceramic-Serving/dp/B000HJNJNO%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB000HJNJNO) which came this week.  I was back at Teavana the next day, this time I spent $60 and came home with two more teas and a thermos I can brew tea in at work and it keeps it hot all day.  So now I'm in the poor house but seriously thinking about some bangkok Lemongrass that people keep talking about.  I purchased some blueberry acai along the way and didn't care for it hot.  This weekend I made some iced tea with it and it is fabulous.  
I have to go back on an eating regimen soon that calls for absolutely no sugar, flour or wheat in any form. I am hoping I can continue to drink most of these lovely teas.  Things with "natural flavors" in them often have sugar in them, but I don't find that ingredient in this tea but not sure I am down to the level of inactive ingredients that I need to see.  I will be devastated if I can't continue to drink these teas.  Oh I gave up caffeine too, but am drinking a spot of white tea now and then.  

I have a question, two actually.  When brewing Rooisbos, what do you brew it on in the zarafina?  And when mixing two teas together, what do you brew it on? The strongest or the weakest.

Thanks for your help and for this great thread.
Paula ny
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on August 16, 2009, 10:03:07 am
Hello everyone, 
I have been reading this thread on and off for a while.  Last weekend I finally made a trip to Teavana and 4oz and $30 later exited with some tea in hand.  I am lucky I got out of there without buying a $179 cast iron teapot that I was looking at.  I came home and brewed the best cup of tea I have ever had.  I then promptly ordered the zarafina which came this week.  I was back at Teavana the next day, this time I spent $60 and came home with two more teas and a thermos I can brew tea in at work and it keeps it hot all day.  So now I'm in the poor house but seriously thinking about some bangkok Lemongrass that people keep talking about.  I purchased some blueberry acai along the way and didn't care for it hot.  This weekend I made some iced tea with it and it is fabulous. 
I have to go back on an eating regimen soon that calls for absolutely no sugar, flour or wheat in any form. I am hoping I can continue to drink most of these lovely teas.  Things with "natural flavors" in them often have sugar in them, but I don't find that ingredient in this tea but not sure I am down to the level of inactive ingredients that I need to see.  I will be devastated if I can't continue to drink these teas.  Oh I gave up caffeine too, but am drinking a spot of white tea now and then. 

I have a question, two actually.  When brewing Rooisbos, what do you brew it on in the zarafina?  And when mixing two teas together, what do you brew it on? The strongest or the weakest.

Thanks for your help and for this great thread.
Paula ny


Welcome to the insanity!

I brew my rooibos on the herbal setting. I tend to brew blends at the level of the strongest on the theory that you will not get the stronger teas flavor if brewed at the lower temperature.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on August 16, 2009, 10:26:44 am
I purchased one of the cast iron teapots.  Not the $179.00 one.  I got the Hobnail in green.  $70.00.  I love it.  I will be getting a warmer before winter.  

A reminder: if you decided to order online from Teavana, be sure to klick through our link here on KBs.  Teavana became an affiliate a couple of months ago and KBs get a small percentage of everything we order.  

So glad you decided to try teas, Paula.  I just recently began drinking these teas specifically because of the enablers on this thread and I could not be more grateful.  I too have been trying to give up caffeine and Teavana has been very helpful.  
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: krissynae on August 16, 2009, 10:39:14 am
I have never posted her before. I was only a black tea drinker until about 5 years ago. Mostly drink English Breakfast or English afternoon. At a recent trip to the Twining store at epcot I found a tea called Winter Spice. It is amazing. But of course I can not locate it at the store to puchase more. Hoping it will be back this winter. I usually drink it at home because I never can enjoy it hot while at work. I just thought I would stop in and say Hi
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on August 16, 2009, 10:41:26 am
Hi, krissynae.  Welcome to the Tea Thread. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on August 16, 2009, 11:49:40 am
I have never posted her before. I was only a black tea drinker until about 5 years ago. Mostly drink English Breakfast or English afternoon. At a recent trip to the Twining store at epcot I found a tea called Winter Spice. It is amazing. But of course I can not locate it at the store to puchase more. Hoping it will be back this winter. I usually drink it at home because I never can enjoy it hot while at work. I just thought I would stop in and say Hi

Welcome to the thread! Have you looked on line for the Winter Spice tea?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on August 16, 2009, 11:53:51 am
A quick search makes it appear that this is a seasonal tea. Stock up when you see it next. properly stored tea will last up to 6 months. You could get an air tight container at Target (like the kids you store flour in) an put the bags in there. That way you have a supply that will last your for a while.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on August 16, 2009, 12:16:08 pm
I still want to get a cast iron teapot, even though I don't "need" one since I use the Zo hot water pot.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on August 16, 2009, 12:38:06 pm
I did not think I would use a Zarafina teamaker.  I also got two of the cast iron cups and saucers.  I feel so special when I use the set.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on August 16, 2009, 12:48:17 pm
I look at the cast iron sets but I'm just not sure I'd use it.  I think my next accessory purchase will be a clear pot so I can brew some of those blooming teas.   
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on August 16, 2009, 01:00:57 pm
http://www.teavana.com/Tea-Products/Tea-Cups-Mugs/Travel-Tea-Cups/Teavana-Tea-Rhapsody-Glass-Tea-Tumbler.axd
This tumbler works perfect.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on August 16, 2009, 01:15:14 pm
I think I'm leaning toward the tumbler style. 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: corkyb on August 16, 2009, 01:27:54 pm
I did not think I would use a Zarafina teamaker.  I also got two of the cast iron cups and saucers.  I feel so special when I use the set.
deb


Deb,
Do you have the Zarafina AND the cast iron?  I would love a cast iron set.  I'd need the warmer though and I wonder how warm a tealight keeps it.  I LOVE the Zarafina, but I would like it if the tea were a little hotter.  Like my tea hot.  Or ice cold.  I'm just wondering if I would use both.  I have wasted a lot of tea in my life by buying and just not using it, but somehow I can't see myself wasting Teavana tea.  It is so delicious.  hmmm, wonder how late the mall is open. I could run up there right now for that lemongrass I am dying to try.  Has anyone purchased any canisters from Teavana?  If so, which kind and how do you like them?
Paula ny
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on August 16, 2009, 01:51:56 pm
I have purchased the canisters.  I use the Teavana brand ones.  Airtight. 

I do not have a Zarafina.  I too like my tea very hot or very cold.  I tend to drink throughout my tea throughout the morning, and it's just not staying hot long enough for me.  It's okay since we're in summer weather, but I'm sure I'll want it to stay hot longer in cooler weather.  Teavana has a couple of different kinds of warmers.  Some of them are open and one the tea light is enclosed.  Seems to me the enclosed one would work better. 

I think most malls are open till at least 6 on Sundays.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: corkyb on August 16, 2009, 02:11:46 pm
One thing I love about the Zarafina is how easily it cleans and it's relatively small footprint.  I am enjoying it immensely actually.  

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MonaSW on August 16, 2009, 03:44:54 pm
For rooibos I use the herbal setting on my Zarafina. Comes out perfect.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on August 16, 2009, 04:30:41 pm
You could always make your tea in the Zarafina and then keep it warm in the cast iron pot.

Yes, I am evil. Glad that you noticed.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: corkyb on August 16, 2009, 06:15:51 pm
yes you are!  If I did that, though, then I wouldn't need their $99 teapot that has the temperature built in.  So you just save me$100.  Don't know what you did to Deb though.
Paula ny
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MonaSW on August 16, 2009, 07:26:00 pm
One thing I love about the Zarafina is how easily it cleans and it's relatively small footprint.  I am enjoying it immensely actually. 

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I've had mine for almost 2 years and it is still going strong. And for me it's the easiest way to make drinkable white tea since white tea seems to be mush more temperature sensitive than other teas.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on August 16, 2009, 08:26:41 pm
I've had mine for almost 2 years and it is still going strong. And for me it's the easiest way to make drinkable white tea since white tea seems to be mush more temperature sensitive than other teas.
I agree...I always brewed my white tea too long and it turned out bitter.  The Zarafina makes a perfect pot of white tea everytime!!!!




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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on August 17, 2009, 01:07:15 am
I have purchased the canisters.  I use the Teavana brand ones.  Airtight. 

I do not have a Zarafina.  I too like my tea very hot or very cold.  I tend to drink throughout my tea throughout the morning, and it's just not staying hot long enough for me.  It's okay since we're in summer weather, but I'm sure I'll want it to stay hot longer in cooler weather.  Teavana has a couple of different kinds of warmers.  Some of them are open and one the tea light is enclosed.  Seems to me the enclosed one would work better. 

I think most malls are open till at least 6 on Sundays.
deb

That is why I like the Zo hot water pot. I choose the temp and it's always ready, so I can have a cup of hot tea right away at any time.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on August 17, 2009, 01:09:52 am
One thing I love about the Zarafina is how easily it cleans and it's relatively small footprint.  I am enjoying it immensely actually.  

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I've had mine for about a year, honestly it doesn't clean up nearly as good as just making tea in my glass pot. I have to soak or wipe the zarafina with vinegar to get off the black tea stains. It really accumulates. It does make great tasting tea though. Although I still wish it made more tea at a time.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on August 17, 2009, 06:14:34 am
I clean mine once every two weeks. I normally soak it in a cleaning solution over night and then wash it.

I wipe it down after each use which prevents the vast majority of staining. I have a dedicated dish cloth at the office that I use for the immediate drying after use.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on August 17, 2009, 06:27:04 am
I usually brew white, herbal and rooibos teas which don't stain too much.  I do notice the difference when I brew black tea.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on August 17, 2009, 06:34:17 am
I brew rooibos, herbal, green, black, and Oolong. The only serious staining I notice is on the infuser baskets. Wiping down the steeping chamber right after use leaves it with hardly any stains. At least that has been my experience.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on August 17, 2009, 06:36:40 am
The pot gets stained also especially with the balck tea.  My infuser basket is definiately stained.  Not sure how to get those stains off but I do brew plain water through it a few times every 2 weeks.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on August 17, 2009, 02:43:41 pm
ok.. Tried another Republic of Tea flavor:Lemon Wintergreen
http://www.republicoftea.com/templates/detail.asp?navID=27
I really liked this. brewed up perfectly in my Zarafina on herbal setting. I added a little Persimmon honey (local) and it was YUM.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on August 17, 2009, 03:17:13 pm
The pot gets stained also especially with the balck tea.  My infuser basket is definiately stained.  Not sure how to get those stains off but I do brew plain water through it a few times every 2 weeks.

I've found a cloth dampened with vinegar and then wiped in the basket gets a lot of it off. Mine will never look new again though and getting it off the bottom where you pop out the metal piece, well that isn't very clean either.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on August 17, 2009, 07:33:07 pm
There is a cleaner for coffee pots that I use on mine. I don't know what it is called though.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MonaSW on August 17, 2009, 08:01:20 pm
I clean my Zarafina with a Mr Clean magic eraser, then rinse well. Cleans off all of the staining and does not leave a soap taste.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Susan in VA on August 17, 2009, 08:12:14 pm

I don't have a Zarafina so I'm not sure of the parts involved, but I get rid of tea stains (and coffee and anything else resistant to normal dishwashing) by submerging the stained item in a bowl of hot water, adding one or two tablets of denture cleaner, and letting it sit overnight.  Makes stained teacups look like new.  (Actually I don't need to submerge teacups; those can just be filled with water and one of those tablets and left to sit.)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Aravis60 on August 17, 2009, 08:34:14 pm
I clean my Zarafina with a Mr Clean magic eraser, then rinse well. Cleans off all of the staining and does not leave a soap taste.
I use one of those on my hubby's coffee pot. It does work really well.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Ann in Arlington on August 18, 2009, 06:29:17 am
I don't have a Zarafina so I'm not sure of the parts involved, but I get rid of tea stains (and coffee and anything else resistant to normal dishwashing) by submerging the stained item in a bowl of hot water, adding one or two tablets of denture cleaner, and letting it sit overnight.  Makes stained teacups look like new.  (Actually I don't need to submerge teacups; those can just be filled with water and one of those tablets and left to sit.)

That's a really good idea. . . .I have an iced tea maker.. . .not as fancy as the ones you all are talking about, but it works great for us, though I do get annoyed at the stains.  I've used bleach before, and vinegar, to try to clean them, but there seem to be some places that stay brownish no mater what.  I think I'll try the denture cleaner idea. . . . .
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Susan in VA on August 18, 2009, 07:59:44 am
I think I'll try the denture cleaner idea. . . . .

If it's a big jug, use two or three of the tablets, and be sure to let it sit overnight.  I just use the generic brand.   

Works for flower vases too, if you keep fresh flowers for a week and then have that stain inside the vase where you can't reach.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Ann in Arlington on August 18, 2009, 08:49:47 am
cool. . . .the jug isn't as big a problem, really, but the brewer basket gets really icky looking. . . .I know it's clean, but aesthetically it's. . . well. . . .not.  :D

I think I have some Polident around here from when my husband or son had some mouth guard thing they had to wear at night after they got braces off. . . . . .
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: 1131 on August 19, 2009, 01:56:55 am
The Bangkok Lemongrass is my next purchase.  I had some at a friend's house this week and I loved it!

That one is on my next list as well.  I hope to order before all the discontinued teas are gone.  3 of the ones I like are on the list.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: 1131 on August 19, 2009, 02:00:23 am
Some good cleaning tips.  Baking soda great for most of it but it doesn't touch the unglazed parts.  I never thought about using denture cleaner...
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: corkyb on August 19, 2009, 04:22:58 am
That one is on my next list as well.  I hope to order before all the discontinued teas are gone.  3 of the ones I like are on the list.
I bought some bangkok yesterday and didn't care for it.  Not much flavor at all and what there was, I didn't care for.  The rest of the pot is sitting in a glass in the fridge and I guess I will try it iced.  Right now I am drinking Ayurvedic white chai and I LOVE it.  It's a keeper.  I hope it doesn't have any sugar or natural flavors in it.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: crebel on August 19, 2009, 06:26:33 am
I had a cup of Chocolate Mint tea last night - Wow!  It really tasted like a cup of hot chocolate (without the calories) and not a tea flavor at all.  I think this will be a big favorite this winter. 

I love white teas, but I really have to be careful about timing them since they don't "color" as they brew - too long = bitter.  What are the flavors predominate in the white chai?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on August 19, 2009, 06:29:48 am
I bought some bangkok yesterday and didn't care for it.  Not much flavor at all and what there was, I didn't care for.  The rest of the pot is sitting in a glass in the fridge and I guess I will try it iced.

Corkyb, I didn't care for Bangkok Lemongrass either. Just not a flavor that did it for me. It's not the Lemongrass part, that's in many teas I do like.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on August 19, 2009, 10:16:43 am
Maybe you can blend the lemongrass with another tea and at least you'll be able to use it up.  There must be something that would blend well with it. 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: corkyb on August 19, 2009, 11:10:27 am
Well, I'm not too good with flavors, but the White Chai you asked about has a typical chai taste (spicy) with a hint of chocolate and something else, a coffee taste maybe.  It's really good.

Anyone have any ideas what to mix the Bangkok Lemongrass with?
Paula, off to take my dog to my moms for dogsitting while I am in hotlanta.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Lynn on August 19, 2009, 05:04:46 pm
I mixed the lemongrass in with my english breakfast tea, it adds a bit of lemon flavor. I think I did 1/2 and 1/2.
The white avurvedic chai and samurai chai mate are great together. My mom got me some from the Teavana store, they mixed it there for her.

Lynn L
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on August 19, 2009, 05:18:03 pm
crebel, where is the chocolate mint from?
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: crebel on August 19, 2009, 06:24:17 pm
crebel, where is the chocolate mint from?
deb

gongfu-tea.com

It is No. 361 Chocolate Mint Tea - the description says "Reminiscent of a thin mint cookie, this blend combines fine China black teas with a gentle dose of dark chocolate flavoring and fresh peppermint.  A wonderful dessert tea."  It's really good.




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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Addie on August 19, 2009, 06:25:27 pm
So I've never been much of a tea drinker *ducks and covers* but a friend from high school and her family are tea obsessed. So they convinced me to buy Lifeboat Tea, and I have to say I fell in love. I just add some honey and it's absolutely perfect IMO. In fact, I just ordered some more off of Amazon, and it came today, which is great news for me because I've been out for a while and have been going through Lifeboat withdrawal. :D

I know it's not a loose leaf, but I'm wondering where it ranks in the tea world? Is it even considered decent? Even if it were rated the worst tea ever, I'd still drink it because I love it, but I always wondered what tea aficionados thought of it. Also, I was wondering if there is a good loose leaf to start with based on my love of Lifeboat. I have a Teavanna in San Antonio, but I haven't dropped by yet.

And for anyone interested in my beautiful tea:
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51KgQbZwtTL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Lifeboat-Count-8-8-Ounce-Boxes-Pack/dp/B001EQ5FEU%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB001EQ5FEU)

Although, if you're really interested to try it, but don't want to commit to buying four boxes, I could part with a few and mail them to you! Because, really, it's going to take me forever to drink 320 of them.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on August 19, 2009, 06:28:35 pm
All tea lovers are accepted here no matter what form you drink it in.  If you're not far from a Teavana store you really should stop by and chat with them a bit. 
Hope you enjoy the tea thread.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on August 19, 2009, 06:33:23 pm
So I've never been much of a tea drinker *ducks and covers* but a friend from high school and her family are tea obsessed. So they convinced me to buy Lifeboat Tea, and I have to say I fell in love. I just add some honey and it's absolutely perfect IMO. In fact, I just ordered some more off of Amazon, and it came today, which is great news for me because I've been out for a while and have been going through Lifeboat withdrawal. :D

I know it's not a loose leaf, but I'm wondering where it ranks in the tea world? Is it even considered decent? Even if it were rated the worst tea ever, I'd still drink it because I love it, but I always wondered what tea aficionados thought of it. Also, I was wondering if there is a good loose leaf to start with based on my love of Lifeboat. I have a Teavanna in San Antonio, but I haven't dropped by yet.

And for anyone interested in my beautiful tea:
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51KgQbZwtTL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Lifeboat-Count-8-8-Ounce-Boxes-Pack/dp/B001EQ5FEU%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB001EQ5FEU)

Although, if you're really interested to try it, but don't want to commit to buying four boxes, I could part with a few and mail them to you! Because, really, it's going to take me forever to drink 320 of them.

I have no idea where it ranks. This is the first I have heard of it. I think that it is great that you have a tea hat you love. Most people discover their love of tea through a good bagged tea. I will second the motion that you try and find a Teavana or a local tea shop and check it out. I think you will be impressed at how much yummy tea there is available to you.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Addie on August 19, 2009, 06:46:19 pm
Okay, I've been putting off going to Teavanna because it's at the mall, but I'm going to make the trek this week. And I'm not leaving until I buy some loose leaf tea. Here's hoping the people working there know their tea and can give me some sound advice!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on August 19, 2009, 08:16:57 pm
Okay, I've been putting off going to Teavanna because it's at the mall, but I'm going to make the trek this week. And I'm not leaving until I buy some loose leaf tea. Here's hoping the people working there know their tea and can give me some sound advice!

hehehe If you let us know what you like flavor wise, I am sure we can give you a few suggestions.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on August 20, 2009, 05:54:06 am
Okay, I've been putting off going to Teavanna because it's at the mall, but I'm going to make the trek this week. And I'm not leaving until I buy some loose leaf tea. Here's hoping the people working there know their tea and can give me some sound advice!

If the clerks in your store are as good as the ones in mine you should walk out with a very satisfying experience.  They are very good at listening to what flavors you like and guiding you in the right direction.  Don't be shy; let them help you. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on August 20, 2009, 07:25:12 am
A cup of Strawberry Harmony blooming tea.  This is my third infusion and it still very good.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on August 20, 2009, 08:53:39 am
Addielove...I agree the instore Teavanna clerks are very knowledgeable.  Be very careful though I never leave that store without spending at least $50.  I started with my favorite bag tea and was converted to the loose leaf.  Pretty soon you'll be going to Tuesday Morning to get a zarafina teamaker...
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on August 20, 2009, 03:27:33 pm
gongfu-tea.com

It is No. 361 Chocolate Mint Tea - the description says "Reminiscent of a thin mint cookie, this blend combines fine China black teas with a gentle dose of dark chocolate flavoring and fresh peppermint.  A wonderful dessert tea."  It's really good.

This one sounds really yummy!

If you do go to a Teavana, AddieLove, take your time.  The people at the Teavana I've been to are always ready to put the next tin in front of you.  Don't be afraid to step off to the side and think about your purchases.

One thing I really like about Teavana that I don't take advantage of enough is that they will make you-hot or iced-any tea they have in the store.  I've only tried it once, but it would be a good way to try 'em out before you buy.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: crebel on August 20, 2009, 03:43:52 pm
Okay, I've been putting off going to Teavanna because it's at the mall, but I'm going to make the trek this week. And I'm not leaving until I buy some loose leaf tea. Here's hoping the people working there know their tea and can give me some sound advice!

Looking forward to hearing about your adventure and what you choose!

If you do go to a Teavana, AddieLove, take your time.  The people at the Teavana I've been to are always ready to put the next tin in front of you.  Don't be afraid to step off to the side and think about your purchases.

Good advice frojazz!  It can be like shopping at a perfume counter and your nose gets overwhelmed with all the different scents.  Stepping away once in a while (and check out the infusers, and thermometers, and tea pots, and storage tins and......) lets your sense of smell regroup.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on August 20, 2009, 03:48:22 pm
I think it's a good idea also to go to their website and check out the descriptions, jot a few down that you'd like to sniff and go from there.  Once you get there, they have booklets that describe each of the teas.  I have one that I go through and mark with what I'd like to try next, or if someone here suggests one that sounds good to me.  Then I take the booklet with me so that I have a list I can stick to.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on August 21, 2009, 12:50:56 pm
I made a pitcher of iced Rooibus Peach Bloom.  I wanted to blend my normal Ginseng Vitality and Honeybush Vanilla, but I did not.  I really like the flavor.  I only got a small amount though and I used it all in this one pot.  I will be getting this one again. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on August 21, 2009, 08:56:03 pm
Doing Happy dance  ;D :D ;D :D
Lupicia has my Hibiscus Cinnamon back in stock after being out for 2 months! I was almost worried.. down to just 2 bags of it. hehehehhehe ;D :D ;D :D
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Aravis60 on August 23, 2009, 10:24:45 am
I made a pitcher of iced Rooibus Peach Bloom.  I wanted to blend my normal Ginseng Vitality and Honeybush Vanilla, but I did not.  I really like the flavor.  I only got a small amount though and I used it all in this one pot.  I will be getting this one again. 
deb
I love the Rooibos Peach Bloom. I haven't tried it iced yet. Yummy!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on August 23, 2009, 10:51:52 am
I drank the whole pitcher yesterday.  I just reinfused it.  I added some Ginseng Vitality to it though. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Aravis60 on August 23, 2009, 02:55:08 pm
At the mall today, I found some really cute little sealing ceramic canisters at Joann Fabrics. I think that they will be perfect for keeping my loose leaf tea at work. They were only $2.50.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on August 23, 2009, 02:57:39 pm
Nice.  I love the bargains at Joann.  I will check that out this week.  What section were they in?
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Aravis60 on August 23, 2009, 03:01:40 pm
Nice.  I love the bargains at Joann.  I will check that out this week.  What section were they in?
deb
They were in the plastic bins that have the dollar and other bargain items in them.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on August 23, 2009, 03:04:03 pm
okay...thanks.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on August 24, 2009, 05:39:55 am
I'm having a mug of Matevanna and Honeybush Vanilla this morning.  Matevanna is not caffiene free, but it does not have the acid coffee does.  It's very smooth.  I only bought a small amount, but I do believe I like this and can completely cut out my coffee. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on August 24, 2009, 06:06:24 am
Yerba MAte is caffiene free. It has some other type of stimulant but it is not caffiene. Does chocolate have caffiene?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Susan in VA on August 24, 2009, 08:53:34 pm

Yes, but only a small amount.  It's more the theobromine that acts as a stimulant.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on August 25, 2009, 06:25:28 am
Has anybody ever heard of "Lets do Tea"...I introduced my friend to teavana because she loves tea.  She was googling tea and found "let's do tea".  It's like a tupperware party where you do home tea parties and sell their tea.  Sooooo she just became a rep and is going to do these tea parties.  Just wanted to know if anybody here ever heard of this company.  www.letsdotea.com
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on August 25, 2009, 06:55:24 am
That looks so interesting.  A tea party would be sooo much fun. 
I love their teapots.  They have some very nice items. 
I just took a quick look at the teas.  Bubblegum tea?  Interesting. 

deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on August 25, 2009, 08:00:50 am
Interesting. Their tea prices looked a bit high but the flavors looked yummy.





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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on August 25, 2009, 08:02:22 am
I really liked a couple of their mugs and pots.  They have a travel pot that looks very nice. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on August 25, 2009, 08:53:42 am
I'm pretty sure the tea prices are for 3 oz with the tin.  I I thought that price seemed pretty good.  I let you know what I think once I taste the tea...I need to try that bubblegum one.  I'm traveling for the next month so I'm not going to be able to sample their teas until I get back (friend isn't getting her selling package until after I leave).
Profcrash...I think you'dd be great at doing these parties!  You're so knowledgeable about tea already.   I'd go to one of your parties!!!!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on August 25, 2009, 08:56:56 am
I emailed the link to my DIL and to my goddaughter.  They both love tea and would be so very good at it.  I'm a very terrible salesperson, so would not do well at all.

Having a mug of Matevana and Honeybush Vanilla.  I added a bit of milk to my tea this morning.  The first time ever to have milk in tea, but I wanted to tame it down just a bit.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on August 25, 2009, 09:02:26 am
Deb...I love to go to all the various home parties but hate hosting them and would never consider being a party consultant. I sold tupperware 25 years ago....loved doing the party because I believed in the product but hated being aggressive about getting people to host parties.  This one certainly sounds different.  As my friend gets more into this I'll pass along what I find out.   
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on August 25, 2009, 09:15:53 am
Thanks.  There are no reps in WV.  I am the same way, cannot put pressure on people.  But otherwise I think it would be a pretty fun job.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on August 25, 2009, 10:50:18 am
It sounds like fun. I would think about doing something like that after I get married. Right now I am a bit stressed and trying to pull together the last little bit for the wedding. I can't believe it is in 6 weeks.

And I would need to try the tea before thinking about doing it. If I don't like the tea I can't sell the tea. I like the teas I get from Teavana and from Gschwedner so it is easy for me to hype them. OK, so I hype Gschwender more but that is because they have flavors that I cannot get at Teavan and all the flavors I can get at Teavana.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on August 25, 2009, 04:20:49 pm
I agree...I haven't tasted the tea yet and am anxious to do so. 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: 1131 on August 25, 2009, 07:41:32 pm
I bought some bangkok yesterday and didn't care for it.  Not much flavor at all and what there was, I didn't care for.  The rest of the pot is sitting in a glass in the fridge and I guess I will try it iced.  Right now I am drinking Ayurvedic white chai and I LOVE it.  It's a keeper.  I hope it doesn't have any sugar or natural flavors in it.

That's disappointing.  I'm looking for a lemon tea with a strong lemon flavor.  If I want a hint of lemon I can always add lemon balm to my black or green tea.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: 1131 on August 25, 2009, 08:53:15 pm
Has anybody ever heard of "Lets do Tea"...I introduced my friend to teavana because she loves tea.  She was googling tea and found "let's do tea".  It's like a tupperware party where you do home tea parties and sell their tea.  Sooooo she just became a rep and is going to do these tea parties.  Just wanted to know if anybody here ever heard of this company.  www.letsdotea.com

Their site looked interesting but no reps in my area.  I don't usually do home parties anyway.   I really liked the looks of their travel tea maker.  I may have to look around for one of those.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on August 26, 2009, 09:47:59 am
I think you can also just order "stuff" from my friend once she gets her website up and running.  You don't necessarily have to have a party.  As she gets this going I''ll  let you know how it works.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on August 26, 2009, 10:04:17 am
Keepus updated Cowgirl. I'll be interested to know what you think of the tea.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on August 27, 2009, 07:40:51 am
Keepus updated Cowgirl. I'll be interested to know what you think of the tea.
I'm hoping I to sample it before I head off on a month of traveling otherwise it won't be until I get back the first week of October.  But I am curious!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Addie on August 28, 2009, 04:40:43 pm
I went to Teavanna today! It took me a little longer to make the journey (I had planned to go last week), but I'm so glad I finally went! The atmosphere was different from what I thought it would be. For some reason, I expected tea chaos everywhere, but it was very orderly and I loved the giant tins of tea. Anyway, I got two ounces of Strawberry Paraiso (white), two ounces of Peach Momotaro and two ounces of good old Earl Grey (black).

The Strawberry one smelled sooo good, I just had to get some. The only one I've tried so far is the Peach one. They had it already brewed at the store. It was lovely. And I absolutely love those little flower balls. What can I say? I'm a sucker for gimmicks.

So ... I'll probably be getting a Zarafina soon since that one seems to be the tea maker of choice here.
KB has opened my eyes to so many great products. I love enablers! :D

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on August 28, 2009, 09:57:26 pm
I got a teavana $10 store coupon today.  At the store if you fill out a card with your email address they will email you a coupon.  I'm off to the mall tomorrow to spend it.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: 1131 on August 28, 2009, 11:14:25 pm
FYI, y'all are enabling by remote now.  A coworker just had me order a Zarafina for her.  I gave her some samples of my Teavana and Gschwender teas and she wants to place an order when I do so she can get the free shipping.  She doesn't have a credit card so she has me order and then pays me.  All good for KB.  The majority of the stuff she has had me order is from Amazon and I go through the links here to place the order.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on August 29, 2009, 10:53:30 am
I think I am totally bummed atm.

I have been having GERD/ARD problems for years.. noticed recently it got worse when I would drink my 2 favorite teas..... Chai and hibiscus cinnamon. ... I remembered reading some time ago that cinnamon can aggrivate the stomach...So I  have not had either for the last 2 weeks... and my problems have CONSIDERABLY lightened up.
*cry* cinnamon is killing me.

Now I will have to find new favorites......................and I have alot of Cinnamon Hibiscus and chai left here.....
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on August 29, 2009, 01:46:24 pm
If it's specifically the cinnamon you can have spiced chai without it. I wouldn't be surprised if the jamaica/hibiscus is a possible aggravation too.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: pidgeon92 on August 29, 2009, 05:20:35 pm
Some fool had to go put this in a blog posting >:(:

Chocolate Truffle Tea Collection

Contains 6 tins of loose leaf tea: Mayan Chocolate Truffle, Masala Chocolate Truffle, Chocolate Mint Truffle, Chocolate Orange Truffle, Mocha Pu-erh Truffle and Pear Caramel Truffle.

(http://www.mightyleaf.com/resources/mightyleaf/images/products/processed/84066.a.detail.jpg) (http://www.mightyleaf.com/Mood_Happy/Chocolate-Truffle-Tea-Collection/#Chocolate-Truffle-Tea-Collection)

There goes another $28.95. *sigh*
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: crebel on August 29, 2009, 05:39:30 pm
OMG!  How good does that collection of tea sound - Chocolate Orange Truffle, Pear Caramel Truffle..... (where is the drool icon)?!!  I think I am going to have to break down and order tea online.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: corkyb on August 29, 2009, 05:43:39 pm
I just had my first cup of zinzibar ginger coconut or something like that.  It's my new favorite and I hope it's not going away.  When do they actually discontinue the discontinued teas?
Paula ny
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on August 30, 2009, 07:22:44 am
Paula...I love the zinzibar giner coconut.  It wasn't on the discontinue list...this time! 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Addie on August 30, 2009, 09:39:50 pm
Just had a lovely cup of Strawberry Paraiso.

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And drank my favourite tea, Earl Grey, earlier this afternoon. (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31Gaiwni8YL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Teavana-Earl-Grey-Black-Tea/dp/B001JPAUDM%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB001JPAUDM)

I've got to say I'm loving the loose leaf world!
Oh, and if anyone here gets the chocolate truffle tea collection, will you let us know how you like it? It sounds absolutely yummy.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on August 31, 2009, 06:35:03 am
And the world of loose leaf tea loves you. (grins) The variety of teas are amazing and the taste is so much better. It really i a night and day difference.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on August 31, 2009, 06:53:57 am
Since I am having to give up my 2 favorite teas (darn cinnamon) I am looking for suggestions for something new. I have been drinking Teavana's Lemon Apple Pomegranate... and it's ok. I did like a Green Tea Acai Berry tea from Republic of Tea a bit better. SO I am thinking, something fruity/berry?
I also tried a Green Tea Jasmine, that smelled divine, tasted icky. Ok.. new potpourri for the house. My leftover Chai will be going the same way, simmering potpourri. At least the house will smell good.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on August 31, 2009, 08:03:35 am
So I tasted the Let's do Tea and it is very good.  The sample kit they give to do the parties gives you a lot of stuff.  I tried several of the teas and I was impressed.  They like to talk about the health benefits of the teas as well as flavor.  Last night I tried their After 7 tea.  It says it helps with sleep which I sometimes has trouble with...I slept pretty well last night and maybe it was the plesbo affect but who knows.  I'll have to try it a few more times to see.   My Friend went to one of their parties and she said the tea consultant did the party like a tea party...served a light lunch and dessert.  There was a bowl in the middle where you could put the tea if you didn't like it...just like a wine tasting party. She served the tea in china cups.  If anybody wants to try it and order ...if you go to the website it will ask you for the area...if you put in 85298 (zip code)  you should find my friends name...Elaine Beaver.





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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on August 31, 2009, 08:11:31 am
Anna's from Tea Gschwender is a nice black tea with raspberry. It is one of my favorites.

Try Jasmine Pearls. They are night and day better then Green Tea Jasmine. Totally eoth the expense.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Addie on August 31, 2009, 11:50:14 am
Okay. I just did it. I read all the posts in the thread. My goodness that was an adventure! Here I was in my blissfully ignorant world, and after reading the whole thread, I have a large list of teas to buy. I was going to try and stay away from Teavana for a bit since I just went, but now it looks like I'll be getting several that interest me but are on the discontinued list. :o
The apple pie one sounds marvelous.

So this means I'm going to have to buy a Zarafina at Tuesday Mornings, go to Teavana today (I was going to the mall anyway to get a Mac, and I was totally going to stay away from Teavana), get 2 ounces of all the discontinued ones, try them all out and then head back to buy a ton more of the discontinued when I realize I can't live without them. Oh, and did I mention I'll probably buy tins? Should I buy the smaller ones or the medium sized ones?
You guys are horrible ... I mean awesome. :D

Oh, by the way, I was wondering about the iced tea. If I make a pot, do I just stick it in the fridge overnight? Do I leave the leaves or bloom in the tea as well or will that lead to oversteeping?
Also, do I still have to put the double amount of tea if I'm not going to add ice?

Thanks! And now I'm getting ready to head out!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on August 31, 2009, 01:20:42 pm
LOL

We are evil. Maybe we should change the name of the thread to Evil Tea Lovers Enable Unsuspecting Tea Drinkers...

I would buy the medium size tins. The small ones hold about 50 grams of tea, the medium about 100 grams (or 2 ounces). Most people buy tea in 2 ounce qunatities, so the medium ones make more sense. Teavanas teas come in great resealable bags, at least when you order on line they do.

All I can say is have fun and enjoy the ride.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on August 31, 2009, 01:31:03 pm
Some fool had to go put this in a blog posting >:(:

Chocolate Truffle Tea Collection

Contains 6 tins of loose leaf tea: Mayan Chocolate Truffle, Masala Chocolate Truffle, Chocolate Mint Truffle, Chocolate Orange Truffle, Mocha Pu-erh Truffle and Pear Caramel Truffle.

(http://www.mightyleaf.com/resources/mightyleaf/images/products/processed/84066.a.detail.jpg) (http://www.mightyleaf.com/Mood_Happy/Chocolate-Truffle-Tea-Collection/#Chocolate-Truffle-Tea-Collection)

There goes another $28.95. *sigh*

Oh, FINE.  I ordered too.  And you forgot, shipping adds another $7.95.  But... who could pass up chocolate tea?  LOL!  I'm really looking forward to the chocolate/orange one. Mmmmmm. ;D
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: pidgeon92 on August 31, 2009, 03:19:46 pm
Oh, FINE.  I ordered too.  And you forgot, shipping adds another $7.95.  But... who could pass up chocolate tea?  LOL!  I'm really looking forward to the chocolate/orange one. Mmmmmm. ;D

Yeah. Stupid shipping. I looked up discount codes on RetailMeNot.com, and, of course, there were no codes for this package.

I have had chocolate tea before, and it is an interesting experience... Not intense like hot chocolate, but mild and pleasant..... I like my dessert teas with a little cream and sugar, I am very much looking forward to trying these; especially now that Autumn is here (actually, Summer never showed up).
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on August 31, 2009, 03:58:03 pm
I have a rooibos chocolate that I really like.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on August 31, 2009, 09:16:51 pm
So this means I'm going to have to buy a Zarafina at Tuesday Mornings, go to Teavana today (I was going to the mall anyway to get a Mac, and I was totally going to stay away from Teavana), get 2 ounces of all the discontinued ones, try them all out and then head back to buy a ton more of the discontinued when I realize I can't live without them. Oh, and did I mention I'll probably buy tins? Should I buy the smaller ones or the medium sized ones?
You guys are horrible ... I mean awesome. :D

Oh, by the way, I was wondering about the iced tea. If I make a pot, do I just stick it in the fridge overnight? Do I leave the leaves or bloom in the tea as well or will that lead to oversteeping?
Also, do I still have to put the double amount of tea if I'm not going to add ice?

Thanks! And now I'm getting ready to head out!

I like to have some of the smaller tins around for when I only order 2 oz of tea.  I like to have a little of a lot of different choices of tea around, plus it makes it easier to bring some in to work to share!

As for iced tea, you will use the same amount of tea whether you make it with the full amount of hot water or if you use only 1/2 the amount of water but double the amount of tea and pour over ice, since you are using only 1/2 the amount of water.  Get it?  I do not leave the tea leaves in the container to avoid bitterness/oversteeping.  And I like to make it just like hot tea and then put it in the fridge.

I cannot believe that you went back and read all of the tea thread!  You should get a banner for that or something!  :D
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on August 31, 2009, 09:56:38 pm


Oh, by the way, I was wondering about the iced tea. If I make a pot, do I just stick it in the fridge overnight? Do I leave the leaves or bloom in the tea as well or will that lead to oversteeping?
Also, do I still have to put the double amount of tea if I'm not going to add ice?

Thanks! And now I'm getting ready to head out!

in my experience the blooming white teas are fine in the pot in the fridge for a day or two. I don't leave black tea leaves in the pitcher though, it will get bitter usually. I have gotten to the point now where I make fresh ice tea and make a quart at a time and don't have leftovers. I never keep a pitcher in the fridge anymore because it's so easy to make fresh with my Zo hot water pot and fresh tea tastes so much better. You only double the tea by volume if you will be diluting with ice or cold water.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Addie on August 31, 2009, 10:02:24 pm
LOL

We are evil. Maybe we should change the name of the thread to Evil Tea Lovers Enable Unsuspecting Tea Drinkers...

I would buy the medium size tins. The small ones hold about 50 grams of tea, the medium about 100 grams (or 2 ounces). Most people buy tea in 2 ounce qunatities, so the medium ones make more sense. Teavanas teas come in great resealable bags, at least when you order on line they do.

All I can say is have fun and enjoy the ride.

I'm absolutely loving my tea adventure, and it is completely thanks to this thread. Thanks to KB, I now have a Keurig, tons of K-Cups, a Zarafina and a growing loose-leaf tea collection.

I feel a little guilty spending all that money all at once, but the fun is outweighing the guilt!

I like to have some of the smaller tins around for when I only order 2 oz of tea.  I like to have a little of a lot of different choices of tea around, plus it makes it easier to bring some in to work to share!

As for iced tea, you will use the same amount of tea whether you make it with the full amount of hot water or if you use only 1/2 the amount of water but double the amount of tea and pour over ice, since you are using only 1/2 the amount of water.  Get it?  I do not leave the tea leaves in the container to avoid bitterness/oversteeping.  And I like to make it just like hot tea and then put it in the fridge.

I cannot believe that you went back and read all of the tea thread!  You should get a banner for that or something!  :D

It took forever! ;D
It was fun to read through all of them, though. Plus, I didn't want to ask the same questions that had already been answered.

I figured that's how icing the tea worked, but I wanted to make sure. I think I'm going to stick with the 2 oz containers for now as well. Once I find out which teas I can't live without, I'll probably get larger containers for those.

Oh, and unfortunately I didn't get to go to Teavana today. I did get the Mac, but I made the mistake of doing that first instead of the tea. Everything was so heavy, I didn't want to make the people I was with carry it to the other side of the mall for tea. ;)
So that means I get to probably go back tomorrow or Wednesday strictly for tea shopping.

Although, I did go ahead and get a Zarafina from Tuesday Morning. It's wonderful! I apparently wasn't steeping my white teas enough because the taste is so much better in the Z.

in my experience the blooming white teas are fine in the pot in the fridge for a day or two. I don't leave black tea leaves in the pitcher though, it will get bitter usually. I have gotten to the point now where I make fresh ice tea and make a quart at a time and don't have leftovers. I never keep a pitcher in the fridge anymore because it's so easy to make fresh with my Zo hot water pot and fresh tea tastes so much better. You only double the tea by volume if you will be diluting with ice or cold water.

Perfect! It always seems like such a shame to take out that beautiful bloom. I'm glad I can leave it in there. :D
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on September 01, 2009, 06:17:09 am
Tea is medicinal. It has all sorts of things that are good for. The two biggies are anti-oxidants and flouride. So your tea is a part of your regular health regime. It will help to strengthn your teeth and fight those pesky free radicles. Personally, I think there should be a way to write off the purchase of green and red teas as part of a health care plan.

Black teas and Oolongs don't have as much of the anti-oxidants so they are more of a luxury.

So don't feel guilty about buying loose leaf tea and the necessary accoutrements since it is all for the health of your body.

Plus which, once you have a stable of teas that you enjoy you will find that your spending will greatly decrease. I tend to have three tea sprees a year which ranged between $100-$250. It sounds like a lot of money but when you think how mych money people are spending on Starbuks and soft drinks, it really is not that much cash.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Addie on September 01, 2009, 06:47:14 pm
Tea is medicinal. It has all sorts of things that are good for. The two biggies are anti-oxidants and flouride. So your tea is a part of your regular health regime. It will help to strengthn your teeth and fight those pesky free radicles. Personally, I think there should be a way to write off the purchase of green and red teas as part of a health care plan.

Black teas and Oolongs don't have as much of the anti-oxidants so they are more of a luxury.

So don't feel guilty about buying loose leaf tea and the necessary accoutrements since it is all for the health of your body.

Plus which, once you have a stable of teas that you enjoy you will find that your spending will greatly decrease. I tend to have three tea sprees a year which ranged between $100-$250. It sounds like a lot of money but when you think how mych money people are spending on Starbuks and soft drinks, it really is not that much cash.

Thanks for helping to quell my guilt! :D

It's for health reasons, it's for health reasons, it's for health reasons ...
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on September 02, 2009, 08:35:20 am
Since I am having to give up my 2 favorite teas (darn cinnamon) I am looking for suggestions for something new. I have been drinking Teavana's Lemon Apple Pomegranate... and it's ok. I did like a Green Tea Acai Berry tea from Republic of Tea a bit better. SO I am thinking, something fruity/berry?
I also tried a Green Tea Jasmine, that smelled divine, tasted icky. Ok.. new potpourri for the house. My leftover Chai will be going the same way, simmering potpourri. At least the house will smell good.

Anna's from Tea Gschwender is a nice black tea with raspberry. It is one of my favorites.
Try Jasmine Pearls. They are night and day better then Green Tea Jasmine. Totally worth the expense.

Thanks Prof. I ordered the Jasmine Pearls. I like the Dragon Pearls, so heres hoping. Wish any tea place was within an hour of where I live... closest teavana is 2 hours away, and I'm never "in the neighbohood"
Black tea with Rasberry sounds good.  I think I'm going to concentrate of fruity/berry flavors for a while.. see if I can find one I just LOVE. So far I like Rooibos teas better than black teas. Greens and whites are ok.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on September 02, 2009, 09:33:49 am
http://www.teamerchants.com/Categories/1/RooibushTea.aspx

There are more then a few Rooiboses (sp) to choose from at the link above. Some are similar to Teavana's but most are a bit less complicated.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on September 02, 2009, 09:39:30 am
So far I seem to like the Rooibus teas better than others as well.  They don't get bitter if you oversteep.  They can have a stronger flavor, which is nice, and not be bitter.

deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Addie on September 02, 2009, 05:04:32 pm
Just had a delicious pot of Sweet Cranberry Black. I brewed some extra to stick in the fridge. And I can't wait to try the Apple Pie one. Yes, I did make that other oh so necessary trip back to Teavana. :)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on September 03, 2009, 08:21:55 am
Just got an email... Teavana is having a sale!  30% off some of their teas, including the Sweet Cranberry Black.  Go crazy, tea lovers!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on September 03, 2009, 08:27:39 am
Oh no, this is good and bad.  I'm doing a major upgrade on my equipment, costing lots of money, tea and book money.  But 30%, I have to at least look.
Thank you,
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on September 03, 2009, 08:33:20 am
They have the 6oz. tins on sale for 2.97.  Great price. 

Just a reminder to order through KB.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on September 03, 2009, 10:56:47 am
I picked up 10 of the tins, also over a pound of tea... so I got an additional 10% off!  YAY!  ;D
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on September 03, 2009, 12:15:57 pm
I am going to have to check out the website when I get home. (sigh)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Addie on September 03, 2009, 04:53:02 pm
Oh, my gosh. I'm loving the deals on the site!
I can't believe the 6oz tins are only $2.97! I guess I have no other choice but to buy them now. *sigh*
Well, at least I didn't buy any tins when I went to Teavana this last time. I'd be kicking myself right now if I had.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on September 03, 2009, 05:17:33 pm
I need to have a tea party or something because I really can't justify any more tea purchases for awhile. I have a lot of tea right now.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on September 03, 2009, 05:57:08 pm
I need to have a tea party or something because I really can't justify any more tea purchases for awhile. I have a lot of tea right now.

No such thing as too much tea.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Addie on September 03, 2009, 06:58:45 pm
Okay, so I was just about to add the Teavana tea tins to my cart (I actually am kicking myself a bit because there are a few teas I bought and now they're on sale. *sigh* Well, at least that means more tea for me!) when I read some reviews saying the tea tins are not actually air tight. For those who have the tea tins, do you find them to be air tight? Do you like them? At $2.97 a piece, it's hard to resist, but I don't want to buy ten of them if they're not keeping my tea fresh and delicious.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on September 03, 2009, 07:23:17 pm
I have several of the basic Teavana tins in small (3oz), medium (6oz) and large (9oz), and I haven't had any problems with the tea not staying fresh.  However, the reviewers who gave the tins a less than airtight review had soaked the tins in water.  I have not tried this.  I quickly clean my tins when they are empty (rarely!), so I have not 'tested' them for leakage.  I have been happy with their performance, however.  Hope that helps.  (For $3, it is a pretty good deal.  I'm wondering if they are completely phasing out those tins-you can't get the small ones anymore-and going to something else or just offering the fancier ones.)





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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Addie on September 03, 2009, 08:32:03 pm
I have several of the basic Teavana tins in small (3oz), medium (6oz) and large (9oz), and I haven't had any problems with the tea not staying fresh.  However, the reviewers who gave the tins a less than airtight review had soaked the tins in water.  I have not tried this.  I quickly clean my tins when they are empty (rarely!), so I have not 'tested' them for leakage.  I have been happy with their performance, however.  Hope that helps.  (For $3, it is a pretty good deal.  I'm wondering if they are completely phasing out those tins-you can't get the small ones anymore-and going to something else or just offering the fancier ones.)

Ah. I see. Thanks for the reply!
I'm wondering what tea tins (if any) they're planning to replace the ones that seem to be getting phased out. It kind of makes me want to wait and see ...

Oh, and while looking up tea tins on the internet, I came across www.specialtybottle.com. They have tea tins for ridiculously cheap. I guess it's whole-sale buying, but you don't have a minimum you have to buy! There are tea tins that are $.89! They're simple and boring, but I'm more concerned with price and quality than I am with aesthetics. Plus, I could probably just stick something on there later if I really wanted to.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on September 03, 2009, 08:35:35 pm
No such thing as too much tea.

LOL ya but I want to be able to drink up what I have before it gets stale.



As far as tins, I'd never try soaking or submerging them in water. I've used tea tins for many many years, probably about 20. They work great but tea isn't meant to be stored forever.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on September 03, 2009, 09:29:57 pm
OK, so I bought 15 tins. What? I ordered 12 teas and I have a bunch that are not in tins right now.

Why are you all looking at me like that?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Addie on September 03, 2009, 09:47:18 pm
OK, so I bought 15 tins. What? I ordered 12 teas and I have a bunch that are not in tins right now.

Why are you all looking at me like that?

LOL I ordered ten. :D
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Andra on September 05, 2009, 06:52:58 am
Here's a funny for you.  I forgot to bring home a bag of ice yesterday and didn't think to brew my morning cup of Chai last night and put it in the fridge.  So I am having one of my emergency Diet Cokes instead - and it doesn't taste good any more.  Thanks everyone - I think I have finally gotten over them.
I also have  my portable Keurig in the car so I can have my tea this weekend when I am at my Mother's.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on September 05, 2009, 06:55:52 am
Here's a funny for you.  I forgot to bring home a bag of ice yesterday and didn't think to brew my morning cup of Chai last night and put it in the fridge.  So I am having one of my emergency Diet Cokes instead - and it doesn't taste good any more.  Thanks everyone - I think I have finally gotten over them.
I also have  my portable Keurig in the car so I can have my tea this weekend when I am at my Mother's.

YEAH!!!! Raise a cuppa for a healthier, and better tasting, habit.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: merri on September 05, 2009, 07:18:07 am
Does it count if you drink peppermint instead of a black tea?  I make and drink iced peppermint infusion, half gallon at a time, rotating glass pitchers (as fast as I can make the ice, sometimes).

I don't drink regular tea (or green tea, or white tea) because the tanins inhibit iron consumption and my body has a problem absorbing iron in the first place.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: corkyb on September 05, 2009, 07:43:52 am
Here's a funny for you.  I forgot to bring home a bag of ice yesterday and didn't think to brew my morning cup of Chai last night and put it in the fridge.  So I am having one of my emergency Diet Cokes instead - and it doesn't taste good any more.  Thanks everyone - I think I have finally gotten over them.
I also have  my portable Keurig in the car so I can have my tea this weekend when I am at my Mother's.
I don't know much about the Keurig.....can you use it to brew loose tea?  do you have link to it?
thanks
Paula ny
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on September 05, 2009, 09:20:27 am
Does it count if you drink peppermint instead of a black tea?  I make and drink iced peppermint infusion, half gallon at a time, rotating glass pitchers (as fast as I can make the ice, sometimes).

I don't drink regular tea (or green tea, or white tea) because the tanins inhibit iron consumption and my body has a problem absorbing iron in the first place.

It counts. Many of us here drink herbal teas which are not really teas. (grins)

Have you looked into Red Teas? I don't know how much tanins exist in the Red Teas but it is not a tea, it is made from the root of the rooibos plant.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on September 05, 2009, 01:51:08 pm
I'm pretty sure rooibos is made from the leaves of the plant. I like a variety of different tisanes, jamaica being one of my favorites.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on September 05, 2009, 01:58:08 pm
I don't know much about the Keurig.....can you use it to brew loose tea?  do you have link to it?
thanks
Paula ny

I don't have one myself, but from what I understand you can get a brew cup that allows you brew whatever you want, be it your own supplied coffee or loose tea. Although I don't know if there are any temperature setting so you can brew correctly for the different kinds of teas. That would be the key factor. And they only make one cup at a time. I like my Zojirushi hot water dispenser because I can instantly make 1 cup or 1 pitcher at a time. 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on September 06, 2009, 08:50:15 am
I'm pretty sure rooibos is made from the leaves of the plant. I like a variety of different tisanes, jamaica being one of my favorites.

From Wikipedia:
Generally, the rooibos leaves are oxidized, a process often, and inaccurately, referred to as fermentation by analogy with tea-processing terminology. This process produces the distinctive reddish-brown colour of rooibos and enhances the flavour. Unoxidized "green" rooibos is also produced, but the more demanding production process for green rooibos (similar to the method by which green tea is produced) makes it more expensive than traditional rooibos. It carries a malty flavour somewhat different from its red counterpart.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Addie on September 06, 2009, 12:54:17 pm
I don't know much about the Keurig.....can you use it to brew loose tea?  do you have link to it?
thanks
Paula ny

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41xZyisCjTL._SL160_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.com/Keurig-Personal-Single-Serve-Brewing-System/dp/B001CTXWM6%3FSubscriptionId%3D191QQXMKQHK0QVM06SG2%26tag%3Dkbpst-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB001CTXWM6) I have the little personal one you can see here (the only difference is mine is red). It's a great little machine, but I do think it's better for coffee (And do they have a lot of coffee flavours. Yum!). I haven't tried it with tea yet, but I've heard the tea isn't fantastic. It doesn't steep for a long enough time. You definitely can't change the temperature with the personal one, but you can with some of the more expensive ones. It's a great machine to use in a pinch for tea, though, and you can get a reusable K-Cup where you can put your own grounds of coffee or own tea leaves in it. The Zarafina is a much better tea maker, of course, but if you have a family of coffee AND tea drinkers, then it can work for that.
Here's Keurig's website: http://www.keurig.com/
Just to note: I got mine from Bed, Bath & Beyond with a coupon, and it was a lot cheaper.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on September 06, 2009, 01:43:45 pm
YIPEE! I finally got to go to a Teavana store! We are in Dallas for what my DH refers to as freakfest, better known as Anime Fest with our kids. I conned my DH into going to the Northpark Mall here (about 7 miles away form the hotel)
Bought some Honeybush Vanilla, Sweet Fruit Garden, a 2lb jar of German sugar, and a jar of Winter White tea. now I am back in our hotel room, supposedly doing homeowrk, but I had to check in and tell you, it was a TINY store, but they do have a table full of 1lb cans of the teas they are discontinuing, at 30% off. I like the smells of many of them, but was told not to spend a ton of $$ ;) .
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on September 06, 2009, 03:22:10 pm
I've come to the conclusion that I do not like acai tea at all. The bitter aftertaste is just yuck to me. I tried a free sample from Republic of Tea and I bought the acai blueberry from Teavana. I gave it a couple tries and I just don't like it.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Aravis60 on September 06, 2009, 03:40:54 pm
I was talking to a couple of my friends about my tea obsession, and one of them was telling me that she can't drink tea at all because her doctor told her that the kidney stones she had a while back were caused by drinking tea. That scared me a little.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on September 06, 2009, 04:15:56 pm
I was talking to a couple of my friends about my tea obsession, and one of them was telling me that she can't drink tea at all because her doctor told her that the kidney stones she had a while back were caused by drinking tea. That scared me a little.

From this website (http://blogs.webmd.com/healthy-recipe-doctor/2008/06/tea-and-kidney-stones.html):

"The reason tea is listed on the AVOID list for oxalate-containing kidney stones is because they are considered to be "oxalate-containing" beverages. But is there a difference in oxalate content between the different types of tea?

[...] soluble oxalate contents of black tea in tea bags and loose tea leaves were 4.68 and 5.11 milligrams per gram of tea. Green teas and oolong tea had lower oxalate amounts, ranging from .23 to 1.15 milligrams per gram of tea. The oxalate content of the herbal teas they tested ranged from "not detected" to 3 milligrams per gram of tea.

Anyone with kidney stones should check with their doctor or specialist first, but it appears that herbal and green teas may be a great option (in sensible amounts) for someone who has a history of oxalate kidney stones but finds comfort and enjoyment in an occasional cup of tea."
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: corkyb on September 06, 2009, 05:41:37 pm
I've come to the conclusion that I do not like acai tea at all. The bitter aftertaste is just yuck to me. I tried a free sample from Republic of Tea and I bought the acai blueberry from Teavana. I gave it a couple tries and I just don't like it.

I didn't like the blueberry acai tea hot but I LOVE it iced.
Paula ny
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on September 06, 2009, 06:55:30 pm
I had the blueberry acai iced yesterday, it was slightly improved with some simple syrup but I still really don't like it. Oh well, lots of others I do like :)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: bkworm8it on September 06, 2009, 07:32:18 pm
LOL, no matter what time of day/night it is, everytime I see this thread (even just the title) I want a cup of tea....  ::) :o ;D Off to go make some. 

Thanks for the iced tea idea, never thought of doing it that way!

theresam
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: crebel on September 06, 2009, 07:40:58 pm
Nights are starting to cool off earlier here already this year and I am having a cup of Masala Chai with warm gingerbread (and whipped cream) I just baked.  The combination is wonderful - feels like Fall is here.

YIPEE! I finally got to go to a Teavana store! We are in Dallas for what my DH refers to as freakfest, better known as Anime Fest with our kids. I conned my DH into going to the Northpark Mall here (about 7 miles away form the hotel)
Bought some Honeybush Vanilla, Sweet Fruit Garden, a 2lb jar of German sugar, and a jar of Winter White tea. now I am back in our hotel room, supposedly doing homeowrk, but I had to check in and tell you, it was a TINY store, but they do have a table full of 1lb cans of the teas they are discontinuing, at 30% off. I like the smells of many of them, but was told not to spend a ton of $$ ;) .

What is the German sugar?  I didn't find the Winter White at Teavana on-line, am I just missing it or is it only in the stores?  What's the flavor?  I wish, wish, wish there was a Teavana closer than 200 miles from me!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on September 06, 2009, 09:25:17 pm
/smack myself on the forehead.. Winter White Honey, not tea...
http://www.teavana.com/Tea-Products/Rock-Sugar-Honey/Winter-White-Honey.axd
German rock cane sugar
http://www.teavana.com/Tea-Products/Tea-Gifts/Rock-Sugar-Jar-3lb.axd
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on September 07, 2009, 12:03:17 pm
LOL, no matter what time of day/night it is, everytime I see this thread (even just the title) I want a cup of tea....  ::) :o ;D Off to go make some. 

Thanks for the iced tea idea, never thought of doing it that way!

theresam

Tea helps with plundering and pillaging.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: 1131 on September 07, 2009, 11:42:22 pm
I've just been catching up on this tread.  Wow, lots of good suggestions.  The chocolate tea sounds really good but I'm not fond of mighty leaf.  Of course I've only had it at the Nordstrom's Cafe, maybe they don't brew it right.  Looks like I'm trying to talk myself into getting some. 

I'm ordering from Teavana tomorrow.  Several people at work want to order so I have to wait until then.  Looks like I'll be picking up some tins too; it's hard to pass them up at that price.  I've been looking for some tins.  I need a couple of smaller ones for my more expensive so I buy them in smaller quantity teas.  Has anybody tried the tins from Specialty Bottle?  It doesn't say if they are air tight and I definitely want air tight.  If Teavanna's are on still on sale when I order tomorrow, I'll probably pick up a couple (or dozon) of those.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: pidgeon92 on September 08, 2009, 03:10:17 pm
I got the chocolate tea order from the Mighty Leaf a few days ago.... We've only tried two flavors so far....

The Masala Chocolate Truffle smells fabulous, very cinnamon-y, but really had very little chocolate flavor....

The Mayan Chocolate Truffle (http://www.mightyleaf.com/ingredients-chocolate-tea/mayan-chocolate-truffle-herbal-tea/).... Oh MY. It was fabulous! I made a 2-cup pot with about 1.5 tablespoons of tea.... After steeping I add two tablespoons of raw sugar, and one tablespoon of cream (or 1/2 & 1/2 if I have it).... This is the perfect chocolate dessert tea.... I've had other chocolate teas that were pretty dull and bland, but this has quite a bit of flavor....

My plan is to mix the Mayan and Masala next time, I think that will really enhance the flavor of the Masala.

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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Addie on September 08, 2009, 10:13:43 pm
I've just been catching up on this tread.  Wow, lots of good suggestions.  The chocolate tea sounds really good but I'm not fond of mighty leaf.  Of course I've only had it at the Nordstrom's Cafe, maybe they don't brew it right.  Looks like I'm trying to talk myself into getting some. 

I'm ordering from Teavana tomorrow.  Several people at work want to order so I have to wait until then.  Looks like I'll be picking up some tins too; it's hard to pass them up at that price.  I've been looking for some tins.  I need a couple of smaller ones for my more expensive so I buy them in smaller quantity teas.  Has anybody tried the tins from Specialty Bottle?  It doesn't say if they are air tight and I definitely want air tight.  If Teavanna's are on still on sale when I order tomorrow, I'll probably pick up a couple (or dozon) of those.

I ordered some from Specialty Bottle, but I haven't received them yet. The ones I got from there specifically say they're tea tins, so here's hoping! Even if they're not completely air tight, I'll be okay with that because I read reviews saying the Teavana ones aren't air tight. For the price of the tins at Specialty Bottle, I figure it's worth the risk. I'll update once I get them, though!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: 1131 on September 08, 2009, 11:46:18 pm
I ordered some from Specialty Bottle, but I haven't received them yet. The ones I got from there specifically say they're tea tins, so here's hoping! Even if they're not completely air tight, I'll be okay with that because I read reviews saying the Teavana ones aren't air tight. For the price of the tins at Specialty Bottle, I figure it's worth the risk. I'll update once I get them, though!

Thanks, I look forward to hearing about them.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on September 09, 2009, 07:18:45 am
Been gone a week and had a lot of Tea talk to catch up on.  I have to check out the 30% off sale at Teavana for sure.  I was at a wedding in Portugal and the wedding favor was a tin of tea...5 "sachet's" of tea in each tin.  The tea is in little silk bags with bows on them...very fancy.  Just got home last night so I haven't had a chance to try the tea.   I went around and got several extra tins from the coffee drinkers. I thought of Profcrash and her upcoming wedding....it would be the perfect wedding favor!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on September 09, 2009, 09:52:31 am
What is the name of it?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on September 09, 2009, 11:33:54 am
I went to a wedding a few weeks ago, the bride and groom had ordered M&M's in their wedding colors and put little gauze bags of them on the tables.  Very cute!

I haven't seen my chocolate teas yet, hopefully this week.  Maybe my Teavana order will show up this week too!  Tea HEAVEN!  ;D
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on September 09, 2009, 12:45:04 pm
What is the name of it?
The tea is in a round silver tin.  On the top of the tin it says Wedding and under that it says...A Tea for Marriage.  Then both of their names with the date of the wedding.  Tea bags say Harney & Sons (Master Tea Blenders).  I need to google them to find out more about their tea.  I had a cup and it tasted like a black tea.  It also has some dried flowers in it. It was definitely a different favor...rather than the typical chocolate or candy. 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on September 09, 2009, 12:50:52 pm
Profcrash....OK...I just googled Harney & Sons...I typed in wedding tea in their search field and the personalized silver tins with the 5 tea sachets came up.  They are $6.00 per tin.  I'm guessing she ordered them directly from their website. I thought the wedding tea was black but their website says.

This elegant tea is a special blend created for that special event. Mutan White tea, with a touch of lemon-vanilla to taste, pink rosebuds and petals. For a special wedding favor, or perhaps as a nod to special couples, the tagalong tins can be personalized with the couple's names.

 I will tell you that this Portuguese wedding was the most extravegent wedding I've ever been to...and I thought I'd been to quite a few grand ones.  
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on September 09, 2009, 01:01:04 pm
I know Harney and Sons. I thin I mentioned their satchels in this very thread a while back. One of the best bagged teas I have had.

I am not sure that my Fiance will go for tea as the party favor. We are leaning towards coasters that have the wine labels we are serving on them and the our names and wedding date.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on September 10, 2009, 11:49:54 am
WOO HOO!!!  I got my Teavana order!  Got the Mighty Leaf one too, but TEAVANA came!  LOL!

I did have one issue... 4 of the 10 tins I ordered were dented in transit.  I called them and they're sending new ones out today.  Great customer service!

Just had my first taste of Formosa Nut Oolong and I think I love it.  I'll know better after my mouth stops burning.  I was a tad impatient.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on September 10, 2009, 11:51:45 am
^^^Your impatience made me laugh.  Sorry. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cookie on September 10, 2009, 12:50:28 pm
While my brand new Kindle 2 is charging (YES!) I thought I would take a look at other boards and found this thread...yes, I am a tea lover also, although for breakfast I just need that quick first cup of PG Tips.  If anyone reading this lives in New Jersey check out Anna Beal's in Westfield.  It's a really wonderful tea house with lots of goodies to go along with the tea. Try the Versailles Lavender Earl Grey. You can walk over to Trader Joe's from there and buy a box of their Pomegranate White tea which is delicious....or you can pick up a bottle of wine to have with lunch at Anna Beal's before, in between or after your tea!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on September 10, 2009, 12:53:47 pm
Thanks deb, thanks a lot.  Laughing at my misfortune.  LOL!

Cookie, what wine goes good with an Oolong?  ;D  I'm planning a liquid dinner!  I'll have to pass on Anna Beal's, I'm in Minnesota and it's just too far to drive.  Even for tea.  CONGRATS on your new K2!!  What are you going to read first?

Crash, this is ALL your fault! 

Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cookie on September 10, 2009, 01:01:43 pm
Well....in my book any kind of tea goes with any kind of wine.  :D  My husband teaches wine courses and collects....I drink it.  I haven't decided what book I will order to deflower my Kindle.  I know it will be one of the classics and a woman author.The anticipation is wonderful...just like Christmas morning. Is there a Kindle Board for people who love to travel (with their Kindles, of course!).  I am always looking for new and interesting travel ideas....especially to warm places. Summer is over here in NJ!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on September 10, 2009, 01:05:15 pm
We have travel threads on our Boards.  There is a thread that says something about what would I see if I came to your area.  I'll see if I can find it.
Welcome, congratulations, and glad you love tea and decided to join our tea thread as well.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on September 14, 2009, 06:24:53 am
I received my tea order form Teavana on Friday. The Haught Chocolate is amazingly good. Really, really good. The Cocoa Mint Black was awesome. I enjoyed the monkey picked Oolong. My niece and nephew asked why it was called that and looked like I was nuts when I told them that because monkeys were trained to pick the tea.

Life is good.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on September 14, 2009, 08:07:06 am
Really?  Monkeys DO pick the tea?? 

I was right, after the burns and blisters subsided I DO love the Formosa Nut Oolong.  Also tried the Pistachio Apple Pie and Sweet Cranberry Black, both of which will be added to my MUST REORDER list.  Yum!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: crebel on September 14, 2009, 08:16:01 am
Really?  Monkeys DO pick the tea?? 

From the catalog of the Gong-Fu shop:

Monkey-Picked Ti Kwan Yin Oolong - "The monkey-picked variety comes from the ancient, unpruned tea trees that produce leaves that are so far off the ground that "only monkeys can pick them."

and

Monkey-picked Black - "This legendary black tea owes its name to an interesting bit of lore that claimed that to get to the best tea bushes, monkeys were trained to scale the cliffs and select only the finest buds.  They would place the buds in their vests and climb back down the mountainside.  Even though human hands pick these buds today, the quality is still excellent.  The liquor of this tea is monkey-colored in appearance."

Makes for a fun story even if monkeys don't really do the picking!

Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on September 14, 2009, 08:21:06 am
I like the story and it made my Nephew go "Really?" I had been told that it was because the bushes were in areas that were too difficult for humans to get to without damaging them.

So I have 10 new teas at work. I didn't really need 10 new teas but ah well, they taste yummy.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Chad Winters on September 14, 2009, 08:23:05 am
If they are like the poo-flinging monkeys at the zoo, I think I would rather they were human picked now!!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on September 14, 2009, 08:51:04 am
If they are like the poo-flinging monkeys at the zoo, I think I would rather they were human picked now!!

That's what I was thinking!  ;D

Me too, Crash. 7 new teas from Teavana PLUS the 4 chocolate teas from Mighty Leaf.  I'm thinking I'll take the Chamomile home... not often I'll need help sleeping at my desk.  I can do that without any help at ALL!

Less than 4 weeks, Crash!  Are you going crazy yet?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on September 14, 2009, 09:15:42 am
Nope. Everything feels like it is under control. And I lost 2 1/2 inches on my waist and 2 inches on my back. I dropped two wedding dress sizes (which means nothing, since wedding dress sizes are way silly. I went from a 16 to a 12).

I got some really nice larger bowls at Crate and Barrell for my center pieces. I am going to do a test runt his weekend and see how I like the set up. That way if I don't like it there is time to change things up a bit.

LOL on the poo flinging monkeys, my Brother went there as well.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on September 14, 2009, 12:05:22 pm
Nope. Everything feels like it is under control. And I lost 2 1/2 inches on my waist and 2 inches on my back. I dropped two wedding dress sizes (which means nothing, since wedding dress sizes are way silly. I went from a 16 to a 12).

I got some really nice larger bowls at Crate and Barrell for my center pieces. I am going to do a test runt his weekend and see how I like the set up. That way if I don't like it there is time to change things up a bit.

LOL on the poo flinging monkeys, my Brother went there as well.

Cool beans!  How did you lose the inches?  Diet and exercise (my two least favorite words)?  Please tell me you found a magic tea...  Please?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on September 14, 2009, 02:45:09 pm
Sorry. Diet and exercise. I started working with a trainer in January and have been lifting weights three to four days a week and doing some type of cardio two to three times a week. I have decreased my junk food in take, Five Guys burgers once a month instead of twice a week, Chick fil a once a week type of thing. I have increased my fruit and veggie in take. I try to eat only half of a meal served to me at a restaurant. Nothing too drastic but good life style changes.

The tea does help. It keeps my stomach full and there are some nutrients in it.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Addie on September 14, 2009, 09:42:10 pm
Sorry. Diet and exercise. I started working with a trainer in January and have been lifting weights three to four days a week and doing some type of cardio two to three times a week. I have decreased my junk food in take, Five Guys burgers once a month instead of twice a week, Chick fil a once a week type of thing. I have increased my fruit and veggie in take. I try to eat only half of a meal served to me at a restaurant. Nothing too drastic but good life style changes.

The tea does help. It keeps my stomach full and there are some nutrients in it.

Congrats on successfully sticking with the diet and exercise. I have absolutely no sense of self control. My catch phrase seems to be "starting tomorrow" lol

Oh, and I wanted to say that I did get my tins from The Specialty Bottle. They're great. I filled a few with water and discovered no leaks. So now all my wonderful teas are happily packed away in my air-tight tins! The best part is they were 1.08 a piece. The shipping cost was about $12, though. So I spent about $25 for all ten.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on September 15, 2009, 05:05:04 am
Sorry. Diet and exercise. I started working with a trainer in January and have been lifting weights three to four days a week and doing some type of cardio two to three times a week. I have decreased my junk food in take, Five Guys burgers once a month instead of twice a week, Chick fil a once a week type of thing. I have increased my fruit and veggie in take. I try to eat only half of a meal served to me at a restaurant. Nothing too drastic but good life style changes.

The tea does help. It keeps my stomach full and there are some nutrients in it.

YAY Crash!!  That's fantastic!  Congratulations!  Never heard of Five Guys burgers, are they different than regular burgers?  




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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on September 15, 2009, 06:18:44 am
Congrats on successfully sticking with the diet and exercise. I have absolutely no sense of self control. My catch phrase seems to be "starting tomorrow" lol

Oh, and I wanted to say that I did get my tins from The Specialty Bottle. They're great. I filled a few with water and discovered no leaks. So now all my wonderful teas are happily packed away in my air-tight tins! The best part is they were 1.08 a piece. The shipping cost was about $12, though. So I spent about $25 for all ten.

More exercise then diet. Diet wise I needed to build in moderation. I moved from twice a week burgers to once a week, then to once every two weeks, now once a month. Keeping a food journal for the first few months helped a ton. It let me catch all the small snacking and reminded me to think before I eat.

OK, I need the URL for your tin store.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on September 15, 2009, 06:21:57 am
YAY Crash!!  That's fantastic!  Congratulations!  Never heard of Five Guys burgers, are they different than regular burgers? 

Keep an eye for them, they are rapidly expanding. They are similar to In N Out in California. I don't think they have freezers in their stores because all the patties are made fresh that day. The potatoes are cut and fried that day. Everything is more fresh and more yummy. But they are high in calories. My normal meal (Bacon Cheeseburger and regular fries) is 1600 calories. You can see were cutting back from twice a week to once a month (gradually) would help with weight lose.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on September 15, 2009, 06:41:45 am
Keep an eye for them, they are rapidly expanding. They are similar to In N Out in California. I don't think they have freezers in their stores because all the patties are made fresh that day. The potatoes are cut and fried that day. Everything is more fresh and more yummy. But they are high in calories. My normal meal (Bacon Cheeseburger and regular fries) is 1600 calories. You can see were cutting back from twice a week to once a month (gradually) would help with weight lose.

Yep, I can see that.  1600 is more than some people eat in a whole day!  One thing I struggle with (one of many things) is trying to remember to eat breakfast.  As I type this I'm reaching for a 100 calorie snack.  Not the most nutritious breakfast, but better than nothing!

You're doing great, making some healthy changes and that is super.  You're going to look AMAZING on your big day!  Are you going to share wedding pictures with us?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on September 15, 2009, 08:17:47 am
I am planning on sharing pictures.

I had the Yin Yang Dragon for my morning tea today and it was really weak. I put in the right amount on the herbal setting and on the strong setting. I am going to try it on the black setting next time. I might have to double the amount needed.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on September 15, 2009, 10:12:27 am
OK, I need the URL for your tin store.
Specialtybottle.com

I used to use them all the time when I was a soapmaker.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on September 15, 2009, 10:48:01 am
Yesterday I had Garden Aria and it was wonderful.  Didn't try to reinfuse tho.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Addie on September 15, 2009, 11:47:05 am
More exercise then diet. Diet wise I needed to build in moderation. I moved from twice a week burgers to once a week, then to once every two weeks, now once a month. Keeping a food journal for the first few months helped a ton. It let me catch all the small snacking and reminded me to think before I eat.

OK, I need the URL for your tin store.

Okay, Five Guys Burgers sounds delicious. When I eat food I know is really high in calories, I just pretend to not notice. :) It's the best way not to feel guilty. It's wonderful that you've been able to cut back to once a month.
I've heard keeping a food journal really helps ... hmm ... I guess I could start that. Baby steps!

Oh ... except I've just seen there's a Five Guys Burgers place in San Antonio ... :D

Here's the url to the specific area of tea tins.
http://www.specialtybottle.com/index.asp?PageAction=Custom&ID=41
I got the TWS6. It's the tin on the left. I wasn't sure what the slip lid tin would be like. I thought it might just go over the tin itself, but it's more like the Teavana style lids. It has the little insert that goes inside the tin ... if that makes any sense? Part of the lid actually goes inside the tin for a secure closure. Did that make sense? Anyway, the part that goes inside is made of a plastic type material, so I think it actually keeps a tighter seal. Plus, it takes me a bit to actually open the tin. It's not ridiculously difficult, but it takes me about five seconds to open it.
The one I got would probably hold about four ounces ... possibly a little less. I didn't have any four ounces of tea. The max I had was one with 3.5 ounces, and it fit with some room to spare. Of course, there are many different sizes to choose from for the slip cover container.
Now I just need to decide if I want to try and decorate the tins at all ...
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on September 15, 2009, 12:30:33 pm
Those look great. I like that there are other tins that would work nicely for travel. The price is good too.

Yeah the food journal helped a lot. Nutrition data is a great website that allowed me to look up the calories and nutrients of what I was eating. Making myself more aware of how many calories I was taking in made a huge difference. It was more of a "wow" factor. Even on my non-Five Guy days, the four Thin Mints plus that small bag of chips added up. We all knw it does but somehow writing it down made it easier to see how it added up. Then I slowly cut back. I didn't drop out chips entirly but I limited myself to chips or cookies. It was more of a conscience decision to pay attention to what I was eating and to make changes that added up over a period of time.

I don't believe that the programs that sell you the food or require that you attend meetings and that type of thing work. They might in the short run but when you remove yourself from their food plan or their meetings you loose something and revert to old habits. At least, I did. Small changes over the course of 8 months have made a huge difference and now look like large changes. It felt manageable and less overwhelming.

http://www.nutritiondata.com/
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on September 16, 2009, 07:52:50 am
Thanks for that link, Crash, it looks great!  It will be a great resource for me as I begin this journey... again.  I lost 70 pound with WW 6 years ago and was doing fine, was even a leader!  Then menopause hit.  Sigh.  I gave up on WW, regained all of the weight, and now get to start all over.  yay.  I'm going back to WW this Saturday because my work will pay for it.  But I'm not counting points, I'm focused on calories this time.  I got a GoWear Fit armband and it's AWESOME.  It helps me focus and motivate.  In the 6 weeks since I got it I lost 11 pounds.  I'm very happy with that.

This morning I tried another new (to me) tea, Green Tea Heaven.  I can see this becoming a regular go-to tea for me.  It's not bland but not overwhelming either.  Yum!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on September 16, 2009, 09:39:15 am
Thanks for that link, Crash, it looks great!  It will be a great resource for me as I begin this journey... again.  I lost 70 pound with WW 6 years ago and was doing fine, was even a leader!  Then menopause hit.  Sigh.  I gave up on WW, regained all of the weight, and now get to start all over.  yay.  I'm going back to WW this Saturday because my work will pay for it.  But I'm not counting points, I'm focused on calories this time.  I got a GoWear Fit armband and it's AWESOME.  It helps me focus and motivate.  In the 6 weeks since I got it I lost 11 pounds.  I'm very happy with that.

This morning I tried another new (to me) tea, Green Tea Heaven.  I can see this becoming a regular go-to tea for me.  It's not bland but not overwhelming either.  Yum!

Way to go! And neither of us require an Oolong that tastes like feet. I mean, I drink plenty of Oolongs but they all taste yummy and not like feet.

Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on September 16, 2009, 09:53:55 am
But if footy Oolong would help, I'd drink a little!  =D
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on September 16, 2009, 10:03:56 am
Bleech. Not I. I prefer to sticking to making incrimental changes that I am more likely to maintain then bad tasting tea or dehydrated food.

Which means lots of good tasting tea. It helps keep me full and is yummy.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on September 16, 2009, 12:31:39 pm
I'm already doing the changes... but a little magic couldn't hurt!  ;D

Am drinking Mighty Leaf's Mayan Chocolate Truffle.  YUM!  Tastes almost exactly (if NOT exactly) like Teavana's Azteca Fire so would just keep buying that one in the future.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Addie on September 18, 2009, 03:15:35 pm
I'm already doing the changes... but a little magic couldn't hurt!  ;D

Am drinking Mighty Leaf's Mayan Chocolate Truffle.  YUM!  Tastes almost exactly (if NOT exactly) like Teavana's Azteca Fire so would just keep buying that one in the future.

Oh, dang it! That's what I forgot. I forgot to get Azteca Fire to try. Well, good think I have an extra tea tin! :D

I miss the tea thread! We haven't had tea conversation in a while. I think I'm going to try the Almond Biscotti tea tonight. Yum!
Right now, though, I'm enjoying a nice cup of Lifeboat Tea. I know, it's not loose leaf, but sometimes I have Lifeboat cravings. ;D
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: LindaW on September 18, 2009, 07:33:30 pm
I just found the tea thread - and I have to ask about a favorite tea that I haven't been able to find in years.  I used to get this wonderful tea at a tea shop in my area - but alas, the shop closed years agao, and I haven't been able to find the tea since.  For some reason I think it was Wagner (or maybe just began with a "W"), and it was just a plain apricot tea. It had wonderful flavor, and wasn't mixed with anything else.  I found an apricot ginger tea - but all you can taste is the ginger.  Does anyone know of a really good apricot tea?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: frojazz on September 20, 2009, 11:30:10 am
I just found the tea thread - and I have to ask about a favorite tea that I haven't been able to find in years.  I used to get this wonderful tea at a tea shop in my area - but alas, the shop closed years ago, and I haven't been able to find the tea since.  For some reason I think it was Wagner (or maybe just began with a "W"), and it was just a plain apricot tea. It had wonderful flavor, and wasn't mixed with anything else.  I found an apricot ginger tea - but all you can taste is the ginger.  Does anyone know of a really good apricot tea?

I haven't ordered from this website, so I can't vouch for it, but I found an apricot green tea on Adagio's website (http://www.adagio.com/green/apricot_green.html?SID=d388865e26013c611529d0a9b0896122).  They also have a black and a decaf, but the green seems to have better reviews.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on September 20, 2009, 02:20:48 pm
I am experimenting with flowering teas for my wedding centerpiece. I will let people know which ones I prefer sometime tonight. There is one that is gorgeous and I will be using it. I just can't remember its name right now. One is ok looking. Steeping the third right now.

The key is not only how they look but how often do I have to steep them so that they do not turn the water in the bowl brown but still retain their looks.

This of course means that I have had three pots of tea today and am working on a fourth.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on September 20, 2009, 04:56:05 pm
Prof, have you tried brewing once, then refilling with ice cold water?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on September 21, 2009, 06:37:58 am
Yup that is exactly what we did and they looked great with very little tea color developing over an 8 hour period.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: LindaW on September 21, 2009, 10:57:24 am
I haven't ordered from this website, so I can't vouch for it, but I found an apricot green tea on Adagio's website (http://www.adagio.com/green/apricot_green.html?SID=d388865e26013c611529d0a9b0896122).  They also have a black and a decaf, but the green seems to have better reviews.

What a great web site.  I ordered samples of both flavors.  I'll let you know how they are!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on September 21, 2009, 11:21:26 am
Teavana's Cocoa Black Mint is wonderful. It tastes like a peppermint patty. Very, very good.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001ELLABM/ref=ox_ya_oh_product This was my favorite blooming tea. It looks very, very pretty and tastes pretty good as well.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001ELLAC6/ref=ox_ya_oh_product This was my second favorite. It does look nice but not as dramatic.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001ELLACG/ref=ox_ya_oh_product This one I did not like how it looked. It was not pretty and very dark. The tea tasted good though.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on September 21, 2009, 12:12:54 pm
For the first one, at $10 per flower it BETTER BE FREAKIN AWESOME... that tea is liquid gold!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on September 21, 2009, 12:18:32 pm
I thought the same thing, but when i read down further that price was for 18 tea flowers.  That's the way I understood it.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on September 21, 2009, 02:51:11 pm
Yup they ship as three boxes of 6. Since each blossom makes 4-5 pots of tea, I think the price is fine. Even if you steep the blossom one time, it is $1.50 per pot. Since I can make a 32 ounce pot with one, that would be the equivalent of 5 teaspoons worth ot tea, which costs about $1.25. No real big price difference.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on September 22, 2009, 10:15:47 am
I can't believe I'm almost out of tea again.  My next trip I'm taking in my tins and telling them to fill up my Ginsing Vitality and Honeybush Vanilla.  I have enough Blueberry Bliss left for maybe 3 iced tea pots.  
I guess I need to go to the site and get a wish list started.
deb




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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on September 22, 2009, 12:27:19 pm
Free ground shipping code till 9/30 FBFREE. 
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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on September 23, 2009, 06:47:57 am
Where have all of my tea friends gone to???

I just brewed a pot of Matevana and Honeybush Vanilla.  It is very very good.  I tried the Matevana alone a couple of weeks ago and it was a bit too strong for me.  The Honeybush gives it a very smooth flavor for me.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on September 23, 2009, 07:21:16 am
I'm here, Deb!

I'm having Raspberry Black this morning, it's one of my all time favorites.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on September 23, 2009, 07:34:19 am
Yah, I'm not alone this morning. 

I am enjoying this pot of tea so much I wrote down my blend so I don't forget it. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on September 23, 2009, 07:37:51 am
IJust made a pot of Chia tea. I started the day with Rooibos Lemon.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Chad Winters on September 23, 2009, 08:19:10 am
IJust made a pot of Chia tea. I started the day with Rooibos Lemon.
I'm the last person to make fun of typos, but "Chia" tea, gave me a hilarious image of a fuzzy cup!!   :)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on September 23, 2009, 08:22:25 am
Good eye, Chad!  I didn't even notice that.

Crash, I have discovered I'm not much for spicy teas so am avoiding the teas with a chai, cinnamon, etc. inclusion.  They smell so wonderful, I wish I did like them!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on September 23, 2009, 08:26:24 am
I only like Chai if I add some milk. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on September 23, 2009, 10:04:15 am
LOL silly dyslexia and lack of a spell check on my browser...

I moved on the some Earl Grey Creamer
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on September 23, 2009, 10:49:59 am
Mint/peppermint tea.. am at school, and this was one of the available teabags. Not complaining about free tea.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on September 23, 2009, 11:39:37 am
Morrocan Mint right now
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on September 24, 2009, 05:41:56 am
I rebrewed the Matevana and Honeybush Vanilla from yesterday.  It's not as strong this morning, but still a very good substitute for my morning coffee. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on September 24, 2009, 05:58:35 am
DISASTER!  My Zarafina has stopped dispensing the tea!  How can I possibly get through my day now?  The stupid tea maker is only 4 months old!  GAAAAHHHHHHH!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on September 24, 2009, 06:00:20 am
Oh no, not good.  I hope you still have your receipt. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on September 24, 2009, 06:03:18 am
Bought it through Amazon.

Edited to add:

All is well with the world again, I fixed it.  Whew!  I was in a panic!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on September 24, 2009, 08:11:48 am
That happens to me from time to time. I normally give it some down time and make sure that the seal area is dried out before using it again.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on September 24, 2009, 08:19:41 am
Glad to hear it, because it didn't work this time again.  BAH!!!!!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: angelad on September 24, 2009, 03:20:21 pm
I finally bought a new electrical Tea Kettle.  What a beaty it is.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on September 24, 2009, 03:20:49 pm
I finally bought a new electrical Tea Kettle.  What a beaty it is.
What kind did you get?
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on September 26, 2009, 09:14:44 am
I found this interesting recipe which uses strong black tea in it today. I have not tried it yet.. but I think I could do it tomorrow, soaking fruit over night tonight first...
-
Barmbrack
An authentic recipe for the classic Irish fruit bread.
Recipe for Barmbrack, contributed by Mike Lewis
Barmbrack is a traditional Irish spicy fruit bread, and one of my favorite accompaniments to afternoon tea. It's delicious sliced, toasted and buttered - or you can eat it on its own. Similar to the Welsh bara brith, it's easily available in bakeries and supermarkets in Ireland and Britain. It's also quite easy to make at home, although you do need to plan ahead to allow time for the fruit to soak and the dough to rise.
Don't be tempted by inferior barmbrack recipes that use self-raising flour or baking soda. Barmbrack is essentially a yeasted bread (barm is another name for fermented yeast). Recipes that call for chemical raising agents will be quicker, but not nearly as good as this one, which is the genuine article.
Barmbrack is usually baked in a round cake tin. I use a 20 cm (8 in) tin with a loose base, but the recipe works just as well with a rectangular loaf tin. The quantities given here will make one large loaf.
•   2 tea bags, or 3 tsp. loose tea (a strong black blend works best)
•   3½ cups (12 oz, 350 g) mixed dried fruit (raisins, golden raisins/sultanas, currants, candied peel)
•   1 cup (8 fl oz, 240 ml) milk
•   1 tsp. sugar
•   2 tsp. dried active yeast (not instant yeast)
•   3 cups (1 lb, 450 g) strong bread flour (I usually use white flour but you can also use a mixture of white and wheat meal)
•   1 tsp. salt
•   ¼ cup (1 oz, 25 g) brown sugar
•   1/3 cup (3 oz, 75 g) butter or margarine
•   1 beaten egg
•   1 tsp. mixed spice
Oven: Pre-heat to 350F (180C).
Start by making two cups (16 fl oz, 480 ml) of strong black tea. Remove the tea bags, or strain the tea to remove the leaves. Soak the dried fruit in the tea. Ideally, the fruit should soak for several hours or even overnight, but if this is not possible, don't worry - just leave it soaking for as long as you can.
Warm the milk until it is hand-hot (you can do this in the microwave). Stir in the teaspoon of sugar and the yeast, and leave in a warm place for about 15 minutes or until it becomes frothy.
Mix the flour, salt and brown sugar in a large bowl. Rub in the butter or margarine. Add the frothy yeast, the beaten egg and the spice. Drain any remaining liquid from the fruit, then add the fruit to the mixture. Mix well to make a smooth dough (add extra flour if the mixture is too wet).
Turn the dough onto a floured board and knead it thoroughly. Place it in an oiled tin, cover with a cloth, and leave in a warm place to rise for 45 - 60 minutes; the dough should have doubled in size.
Place the tin in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes. Remove the loaf from the tin, turn it upside down and put it back in the tin or directly on the oven shelf. Bake for another 20 minutes or so. The loaf will be ready when it sounds hollow when you tap on each of the sides. Cool the loaf on a wire rack before serving.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on September 26, 2009, 12:10:01 pm
The nice thing about a rainy afternoon is a pot of hot tea.  Not sure what I'll brew, maybe a flowering tea this afternoon.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on September 28, 2009, 07:30:13 am
I had sent an email to Zarafina and got a response this weekend.  They wanted me to fax my receipt with a letter explaining the problem, which I did this morning.  We'll see what they come up with.

I forgot to bring a bottle of water today so I'm going to have to drink Diet Coke.  Pffft.  HATE when that happens.  :'(
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on October 05, 2009, 08:06:01 am
WHERE IS EVERYONE?!  Did everybody <gasp!> stop drinking tea?  This morning I am having some of the wonderful Formosa Nut Oolong.  It's a chilly morning and this is helping warm me from the inside out!

The finale of my Zarafina saga:  they sent me a new teamaker!  It came to my house Friday, I haven't opened it yet but am highly impressed with their customer service.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on October 05, 2009, 10:28:42 am
I am lucky to remembe rto fully clothe myself these days. (grins) I have been a wee bit busy and distracted. Saturday cannot get here fast enough. Now if someone could find a way to slow things down on Saturday so that it does not feel like a total blur, I would be very appreciative.

I am glad you had better luck with their customer service people then I did when I had a problem. They were awful.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Rasputina on October 05, 2009, 10:36:45 am
Fall has finally hit and we have gotten down to the 50s at night and 80's during the day. So I'm able to drink hot tea again with overheating like in the summer. Been enjoying the almond biscotti sweetened with milk. I haven't bought any new tea in months since I bulk purchased and I'm still set.




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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on October 05, 2009, 10:46:35 am
I am lucky to remembe rto fully clothe myself these days. (grins) I have been a wee bit busy and distracted. Saturday cannot get here fast enough. Now if someone could find a way to slow things down on Saturday so that it does not feel like a total blur, I would be very appreciative.

I am glad you had better luck with their customer service people then I did when I had a problem. They were awful.


Luckily I didn't have to talk to a soul.  I think that helped.  ;D

WOO HOO!  It's almost W-Day!  I'm so excited for you. What time is the ceremony?  I'll concentrate on slowing time right about then...

I told my DH we should renew our vows but he says it's only been 5 years and he remembers them just fine.  LOL! 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on October 05, 2009, 02:23:42 pm
Prof, I'm so excited for you!!  I can't wait till we get to see some pics and hear all about it.  I hope you have a good maid of honor.  I do believe if they can do their job it will make your day so much better. 

I have been drinking my tea.  I have a list going for my next trip.  Probably this coming weekend. 
I know one thing I am going to get is a warmer for my cast iron teapot. 

deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Chad Winters on October 06, 2009, 12:08:34 pm
I am lucky to remember to fully clothe myself these days. (grins)


So.....was there an episode where this didn't happen?

(I watched How I Met Your Mother last night and the main character began his new job as Architecture proffessor and had the dream where you forget to where pants to class :)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on October 06, 2009, 01:13:44 pm
I have caught all instances of missing clothing (mainly under garments) before leaving the garage.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on October 07, 2009, 06:50:57 am
I have caught all instances of missing clothing (mainly under garments) before leaving the garage.

WHEW!  ;D

I hate those dreams.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on October 07, 2009, 03:20:32 pm
I wish these were dreams. (grins)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: crebel on October 07, 2009, 04:46:37 pm
Just want to add my very best wishes for a wonderful day on Saturday, ProfCrash.  I hope all your dreams (well, not the forgetting your clothes dreams) come true.

I am heading to the "big city" tomorrow for a long weekend with my sisters and I will get to the Gong Fu shop for more tea!!  I am thinking about treating myself to their Jasmine Dragon Pearls.  For those of you who have used pearl teas from anywhere, can you tell me are they usually more intense?  Would a Jasmine Pearl generally have more Jasmine aroma/flavor than just a loose-leaf jasmine?

I've started carrying a plastic ice-cream bucket as my "portable" tea room when I travel overnight or longer by car....four or five loose-leaf teas, cap infuser, tea bags, honey sticks, individual liquid creamer, 2C mug - don't have to be without when I'm not home - every gas station coffee machine has a hot water only dispenser, so I am set.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on October 07, 2009, 04:48:08 pm
Good idea to wish you a great day Saturday now.  I'm sure you're going to be too busy at the end of the week to be on KB, Tea Thread or otherwise. 
So happy and excited for you.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: KBoards Admin on October 07, 2009, 07:50:25 pm
How exciting, ProfCrash. May your lives be infused with love and steeped in friendship.

Have a wonderful day!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on October 08, 2009, 08:48:32 am
Thanks everyone. I think I am currently going insane. But this will pass.

Off to have some more monkey picked Oolong.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on October 08, 2009, 09:15:08 am
GOING insane?  Ahem.  Not even gonna say it. j ;D

Enjoy your Oolong, Crash, and have a WONDERFUL, beautiful, perfect day on Saturday.  You deserve it!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on October 08, 2009, 10:01:53 am
heheheh On to Jasmine Pearls.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on October 08, 2009, 10:09:33 am
heheheh On to Jasmine Pearls.
Been gone awhile ... happy to see that yur big day is almost here.  Can't wait to see pictures.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Addie on October 08, 2009, 11:45:42 am
Crash, hope your day goes beautifully as well as the rest of your lives together!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on October 11, 2009, 01:10:44 pm
I was making a pot of tea while my DD was making rice crispy treatsthis afternoon. She heard it percolating in the Zarafina, and spun around saying, "oooo Mom it's about to drop!" She's 15... and loves to watch the heat waves in the water, and watch it drop obviously.
Oh and I was making a pot of "wedding" from Lupicia:
http://www.lupiciausa.com/product_p/12405503.htm

One of my newer favorites, is Pommier:
http://www.lupiciausa.com/product_p/13109207.htm
A blend of rooibos tea and honeybush, scented with maple syrup and apple.

Another is Cache Cache:
http://www.lupiciausa.com/product_p/12405522.htm
"CACHE-CACHE" means "hide-and-seek" in French. This is a tea where various flavors are hidden and found.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: akpak on October 12, 2009, 02:10:44 pm
Just had to come in here and brag a bit... http://twitpic.com/lalnt

I got my cast iron pot very *very* cheap and am loving it!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Addie on October 12, 2009, 06:13:42 pm
Just had to come in here and brag a bit... http://twitpic.com/lalnt

I got my cast iron pot very *very* cheap and am loving it!

Beautiful!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on October 12, 2009, 06:17:25 pm
akjak, very nice pot.  And congrats on cheap.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on October 13, 2009, 04:52:02 pm
I'm having a cup of blooming minty tea, and wondering how Prof's wedding went and if she's having a good time on her honeymoon.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on October 13, 2009, 05:29:58 pm
Hey all. I just got back from the mini-honeymoon. Saturday was wonderful. The day went from cloudy and dreary to sunny and beautiful about 30 minutes before the ceremony. The Groom was handsome. The Bribe was pretty (if I do say so myself). The centerpieces were wonderful. I'll post pics when I finally have some.

Today we had a massage. I choose the Oolong tea oil. A mixture of Oolong tea and Green tea. I can safely report that it did not smell like feet. (grins)

Thanks for the kind words and positive vibes. It was a great day.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Cowgirl on October 14, 2009, 10:08:09 am
ProfCrash...Glad you had your perfect day!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: F1Wild on October 14, 2009, 10:49:25 am
Hey all. I just got back from the mini-honeymoon. Saturday was wonderful. The day went from cloudy and dreary to sunny and beautiful about 30 minutes before the ceremony. The Groom was handsome. The Bribe was pretty (if I do say so myself). The centerpieces were wonderful. I'll post pics when I finally have some.

Today we had a massage. I choose the Oolong tea oil. A mixture of Oolong tea and Green tea. I can safely report that it did not smell like feet. (grins)

Thanks for the kind words and positive vibes. It was a great day.
I just happened upon this thread - as only a part-time boring grocery store tea drinker (although when living in Ireland was told I made a mean pot) - and saw your post.

Congratulations!!!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Addie on October 14, 2009, 11:46:48 am
Congratulations, Crash! Can't wait to see pictures!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on October 14, 2009, 03:14:07 pm
Thanks for checking in, Prof, and giving us an update.  So excited for you.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on October 15, 2009, 04:08:32 pm
The new teas are up on the Teavana site.  I can't wait to try a couple of them.
deb




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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: F1Wild on October 15, 2009, 04:11:13 pm
After reading these posts I've come to the conclusion that tea is in and wine maybe out.  True?  Should we be seeking out tea bars instead of wine bars...and a tea club?

Maybe Arizona (especially since being so hot a lot of the time) is behind the trend?  Would I be a trailblazer with tea?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on October 15, 2009, 04:12:32 pm
Go for it.  I love wine, but since I've discovered tea, I can't seem to get enough.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on October 15, 2009, 06:10:21 pm
ahhh tea.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on October 16, 2009, 08:41:45 am
Having a pot of my favorite, Ginsing Vitality and Honeybush Vanilla. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: corkyb on October 16, 2009, 10:15:13 am
anyone try any of the new teas yet?
Paula ny
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Addie on October 16, 2009, 12:33:01 pm
anyone try any of the new teas yet?
Paula ny

I second the question! I'm really excited about the Strawberry Misaki Blooming Tea and the Silver Yin Zhen Pearls White Tea. Although, $22 is pretty pricey. Ooh. And I'm also excited about the Peachberry Jasmine Sutra Green Tea. Who am I kidding? I'm excited about all of them.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on October 16, 2009, 01:49:18 pm
I'm excited about hte Blooming tea as well.  And I agree that the price is pretty high. 
I guess the Strawberry Misaki will have to be a special occasion tea. 
I'm thinking about going to Teavana on Sunday.  Less traffic through Pittsburgh unless
the Steelers are playing at home.  I guess I better check the schedule.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: corkyb on October 18, 2009, 11:09:16 am
No new tea drinkers yet?  I was going to go today but cut my finger pretty bad so am feeling a bit sorry for myself. Am busy cooking.  Tried someone's ginsing vitality and honeybush vanilla and find i like peppermint and honeybush vanilla together better.  reminds me of junior mints or peppermint patties and I can't eat sugar so it's a treat.
Paula ny
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on October 18, 2009, 11:13:56 am
I'm the ginsing/honeybush vanilla lover.  The peppermint combo does sound good. 
I had another pot of my ginsing this morning. 
I have some cherry something or other that I haven't tried yet. 
Maybe I'll have that this evening.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on October 18, 2009, 11:19:58 am
I harvested and dried quite a bit of stevia from my plants a few weeks ago, and have been throwing a few leaves in with my tea as it brews.
Today's flavor: Malama from Lupicia
http://www.lupiciausa.com/product_p/13105906.htm
 Chocolate flavors blended with macadamia nuts. Enjoy and relax under the Hawaiian moon.
 
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Carol Hanrahan on October 18, 2009, 12:42:26 pm
Just back from England, and brought some tea back with me.  My favorite, Yorkshire Gold, - the price difference will make me cry next time I have to buy it here.  Maybe I can find it cheaper on the internet.  Also, Twinings Afternoon Tea and Assam Tea.  Both were a Select version I have not seen here in the States.  I wanted to go to the Twinings store in London, and when we got there - blast - it was under renovation, and not open.  I saw another couple also walk up and look disappointed as they gazed in the window at the workmen..... and walked away.  Made up for it with a pub lunch at Blackfriars, though!  I also hauled back some shortbread cookies!  They go so well with tea!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on October 18, 2009, 12:45:09 pm
Carol, how awesome. 
My god daughter uses a website called (I think) mybrands.com to find some specialty items for her husband, who is from Australia.  I've never visited the site myself, but I know she has been able to find some things for her hubby online since they have not been able to make a visit for about 4 years now.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Carol Hanrahan on October 18, 2009, 12:47:26 pm
Thanks Deb - I will certainly give it a try.  Heck, for the price difference, I might as well start my own tea importing company!  Then I could write off my trips to England! ;)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on October 19, 2009, 03:54:32 pm
(sigh) My Doctor told me that I could drink all the Red Tea and Herbal Tea that I want but I had to limit myself to one pot of black or green tea a day. (pouts)

I like my Red's but I like my Green's and my Black's. They are going to feel so lonely and unwanted if I am reduced to drinking three pots of Red Tea a day.

Sounds like you had a great trip to England and a brilliant busness plan!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on October 19, 2009, 04:02:18 pm
Prof, can I ask why?  Not trying to be nibby; just wondering what the thought process is.

Or should I say Mrs. Prof?
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on October 19, 2009, 04:15:30 pm
She thinks that it is too much caffeine. One pot a day is more then enough caffeine in her mind. (Sigh)
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on October 19, 2009, 04:27:41 pm
Same reason I gave up teas and coffees.  Well, if you count Hills Brothers classic cappuccino powder mix as coffee, then I'm kind of still drinking coffee.  Although in my opinion it's more sugar and milk than coffee. 
I was very worried about giving up tea.  But I'm loving all of the Rooibus teas.  In fact, I gave my SO all of my Splenda today because I haven't been using it to sweeten tea. 
Good luck.  I know cutting back on caffeine is a hard thing to do. 
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on October 19, 2009, 05:40:12 pm
Lady Prof, I just received my monthly newsletter from Lupicia, and this month they are featuring all things Rooibos.
They even have green rooibos.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on October 19, 2009, 08:20:26 pm
http://www.amazon.com/Book-Teas-Orign-Route-Living/dp/B0029O0BLI/ref=sr_1_51?ie=UTF8&s=digital-text&qid=1256008554&sr=1-51 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0029O0BLI?ie=UTF8&tag=kbpst-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0029O0BLI)(http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=kbpst-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B0029O0BLI])

Book of Teas: The Orign of Tea, The Route of Tea, and The Art of Living with Tea! (Kindle Edition)
Product Description
From the multiplicity of charming legends going back about 5,000 years, tea has the
distinction of being the most ancient beverage (after water of course) in the world.
But its exact origins are lost in antiquity.
According to the Chinese legend, Emperor Chen-Nung, the Divine Cultivator, discovered
tea accidentally as he was boiling water under the shade of a wild tea bush. The leaves
were gently rustling in the breeze when a few leaves dropped into his pot. The Emperor
drank the resulting infusion and felt himself overwhelmed with a sense of well being. Tea
was thus born.
To the lone drinker, the tea's subtle flavor and aroma serve to focus and calm the mind.
Shared by two it acts as an unobtrusive third entity bridging the two poles of conversation.
A simple cup of tea could contain the elements for the social, sensual and even the
spiritual.
---
I have nothing to do with this book.. just found it, and thought it related to this thread.. am downloading a sample of it tonight.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on October 19, 2009, 11:26:19 pm
I got a sample of the book as well.  Thank you for posting.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on October 20, 2009, 06:21:23 am
I am not worried about giving up caffiene, it makes me sleepy so I try and limit its intake. I just love the flavors of a good Oolong and Darjeeling. I love the variety of tea. Having different pots throughout the day makes me happy because of the different tastes and aromas.

I can drink more Rooibos, I love my Red teas. I love my black and green teas as well.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on October 23, 2009, 11:19:10 am
Wow the board has been quiet.

http://gallery.mac.com/douglasdsmith#gallery

I'll pull the link in a few days but I thought people might want to see some pics. None of the centerpiece yet.

I just placed a tea order. I am trying to be good and heed my Dr's advice on the Green and Black teas. I needed a massive red tea refill and to add a few more flavors to the mix. I ordered about $30 in red teas from Teavana and $120 in teas ( about half red) from Gschwender. I can't help it, Gschwender has a larger and more varied selection. Also, I tend to like stronger flavors and less of the fruity flavors.

From Gschwender I ordered: 
Japan Genmaicha   
Japan Bancha   
Anna's   
Arabian Night™   
Rooibush Capetown   
Rooibush Lemon   
Rooibush Plum Cinnamon   
Rooibush Vanilla   
Rooibush Ginger   
Rooibush Chocolate   

From Teavana I ordered:
Rooibos Tiramisu
Haute Chocolate
Cocoa Mint Black

I am figuring out which of my Oolongs and Darjeelings are my favorites and pairing down there. I have a few greens that I think are good but that I don't drink all that frequently. I was surprised at how much easier it was to pair down the caffienated teas then I thought it would be. I just need to order my favorites in larger quantities. I am noticing that I am more bouncy and hyper at work. The Caffeine helps me to calm down, I prefer it to ritalin. We shall see how long this experiment lasts.

Then again, cutting back now will make it wasier to cut caffeine out when I get pregnant...
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: BTackitt on October 23, 2009, 11:42:59 am
Looks like it was a beautiful fun day!
Congratulations again!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: crebel on October 23, 2009, 01:42:21 pm
Looks like a wonderful day, Prof.  Thanks for sharing it with us - I wish you ongoing happiness.

I'm having a cup of Cream Assam now.  Even though I drink hot tea year round, the change of seasons to cool and damp really makes me want hot tea often.  I would have a tough time giving up black tea completely - at least you can still enjoy one pot a day (how big a pot?).

Does anyone make chai with almost total milk instead of water?  If so, how do you heat (and how hot) the milk and do you add the tea while heating or pour heated milk over the leaves to brew?  I've been heating milk with sugar in the micro and pouring it over the infuser, but I am getting some "skin" in the milk.  Any help?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Addie on October 23, 2009, 03:26:16 pm
Great pictures, Prof! Thanks so much for sharing! It looks like everyone had a great time.

I'm going to make Peach Momotaro now. It's my absolute favourite.




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Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on October 24, 2009, 08:35:15 pm
I am taking a pot to mean 32 ounces. So that is one big pot or two pots in the Zarafina.

Thanks folks. It was a great day.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on October 27, 2009, 07:19:27 am
So I had the Tiramisu Treviso this morning. If you like Almonds you will enjoy this tea. I have no idea what Almonds have to do with Tiramisu but they are in the tea. It is ok. I won't chuck it but I won't get it again. The flavors are good but not the flavors I prefer.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: crebel on October 27, 2009, 07:23:48 am
So I had the Tiramisu Treviso this morning. If you like Almonds you will enjoy this tea. I have no idea what Almonds have to do with Tiramisu but they are in the tea. It is ok. I won't chuck it but I won't get it again. The flavors are good but not the flavors I prefer.

Is it a black tea?  Nutty almond or "cherry"/almond in the flavors?  Sorry if you are using up part of your black tea quota on a flavor you aren't wild about.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on October 27, 2009, 08:51:37 am
Red tea so no damage there. I love tiramisu so I thought this would be yummy. It is good but more almondy then tiramisu.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on October 27, 2009, 09:16:34 am
Hello MrsCrash!  Please don't pull the link to the pictures yet, I want to look at them when I get home.  My work computer won't display them.  Pfffft.

Congratulations!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on October 27, 2009, 09:47:31 am
They are still there. I am enjoying a Zarafina pot (1/2 pot) of Cocoa Mint. It is like drinking a thin mint.

Ah tea, how I love thee...
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: crebel on October 27, 2009, 12:01:44 pm
I bought a box of Stash tea bags at the grocery store this morning called Christmas Morning.  It is a blend of Ceylon, Keemun, Sumatra and Jasmine teas.  I am having a pot now.  I guess I would describe it as a smoky Jasmine.  I really like it.  I imagine from the name it is a limited edition (not sure why Jasmine should make me think of Christmas Morning), but I will definitely be picking up some more or trying to blend black and Jasmine on my own.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: F1Wild on October 28, 2009, 02:26:31 am
I decided t be a bit adventurous and hopefully will soon be up to your distinguished tea discussions.  My choice was Zhena's Gypsy Tea in the Coconut Chai - pretty yummy with a tiny bit of milk and honey.  I did a search but nothing popped up with this name.  Has anyone tried these teas?  I found them in the organic section of my grocery.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: crebel on October 28, 2009, 04:36:11 am
I decided t be a bit adventurous and hopefully will soon be up to your distinguished tea discussions.  My choice was Zhena's Gypsy Tea in the Coconut Chai - pretty yummy with a tiny bit of milk and honey.  I did a search but nothing popped up with this name.  Has anyone tried these teas?  I found them in the organic section of my grocery.

I've never heard of or seen Zhena tea, but I haven't met a Chai I didn't like either - I'll try it if I find it.  The organic section of our grocery store also has more interesting teas than the regular tea/coffee aisle, that is where I found the Stash tea yesterday.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: SongbirdVB on October 28, 2009, 04:48:13 am
Lovely photos, Crash!  A beautiful location and your dress was gorgeous.  Congratulations again, and many wishes and prayers for a long and happy life together.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on October 28, 2009, 06:59:06 am
I have seen them sold at Whole Foods and World Market. I have not tried them myself.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: F1Wild on October 28, 2009, 03:04:13 pm
I've never heard of or seen Zhena tea, but I haven't met a Chai I didn't like either - I'll try it if I find it.  The organic section of our grocery store also has more interesting teas than the regular tea/coffee aisle, that is where I found the Stash tea yesterday.
I find it to be a pretty mild Chai, but then my only comparable is my husband's aunt's own morning brew she does up from scratch with tons of Indian spices.....of course I had a Starbuck's version once, but found it way, way, waaaaaaay too sweet!
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: crebel on October 28, 2009, 03:24:53 pm
I love Starbuck's Chai (made with soy and an extra pump of chai) - only with the syrup at a store, the boxed concentrate (Tazo) they sell has already been watered down.  I tend to like most of my teas extra sweet, but I am trying to add less sugar with better teas and concentrating on enjoying the true flavors.  Do you have your Aunt's recipe and can you share it?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: F1Wild on October 28, 2009, 03:45:22 pm
I love Starbuck's Chai (made with soy and an extra pump of chai) - only with the syrup at a store, the boxed concentrate (Tazo) they sell has already been watered down.  I tend to like most of my teas extra sweet, but I am trying to add less sugar with better teas and concentrating on enjoying the true flavors.  Do you have your Aunt's recipe and can you share it?
I used to do the sweeter teas, but when living in the UK my hubby had a nice cuppa every night before bed...although he used too much milk for my liking.

I don't have her recipe handy, but will check her website for it...or get it straight from the source.

Update: http://www.valerie-mccleary.com/b/recipe0001.html (http://www.valerie-mccleary.com/b/recipe0001.html)
Indian Chai
   
water
brown sugar
ginger
lemon grass
tea powder

In a small saucepan, heat one mug of water with 11⁄2 tsps brown sugar (more or less as you wish), a small piece of ginger, grated and a few pieces of cut lemon grass, if available.
When the water starts to boil, add 1 tsp of tea powder (a mixture of Orange Pekoe and CTC is ideal, but I like P.G. tips as well). It’s important to use a grainy tea powder as leaf tea tends to become bitter when boiled.
Let the tea boil for a few seconds (careful that it doesn’t boil over!), then remove from the heat, cover the pot and let it “draw” for about 4 minutes.
In the meantime, heat some milk in a separate pot.
The tea is ready when the tea powder has sunk to the bottom of the pot.
Pour a little milk into the mug or cups (as per individual preference but you should have some milk with your tea and not vice versa!) and add the tea (pour through a strainer). Enjoy!
Ginger is very good for the digestion and for throat and chest. It also minimises the effects of the Tannin found in black teas. If you prefer to drink herbal tea, it can also be made with ginger as above (especially good with Fennel tea!).


Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on October 28, 2009, 07:01:58 pm
I have never heard of tea powder before. Any idea what it is?
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: F1Wild on October 28, 2009, 09:26:32 pm
I have never heard of tea powder before. Any idea what it is?
We used to be able to get it in the UK, but I've seen it here too - just finely mashed up tea leaves.  I guess you could use the leaves or do a whirl in the processor.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: crebel on October 29, 2009, 06:47:31 am
Interesting recipe F1, thanks for sharing!  I was expecting all kinds of spices (cardamom, star anise, etc.) and haven't heard of lemongrass in a chai.  This sounds like a good tea when you have a cold/flu/scratchy throat.  I can remember my Mom using tea powder (like you said, finer ground tea leaves - not instant), when we lived in Jamaica in the 60s.  I always heard it was "poor man's tea" made from leftover, broken leaves - I have no idea if that is true.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: F1Wild on October 29, 2009, 11:25:20 am
Interesting recipe F1, thanks for sharing!  I was expecting all kinds of spices (cardamom, star anise, etc.) and haven't heard of lemongrass in a chai.  This sounds like a good tea when you have a cold/flu/scratchy throat.  I can remember my Mom using tea powder (like you said, finer ground tea leaves - not instant), when we lived in Jamaica in the 60s.  I always heard it was "poor man's tea" made from leftover, broken leaves - I have no idea if that is true.
No problem - Auntie Val is one heck of a cool mama - an ex-hippie diva who has lived all over the world and now resides in Munich.  She travels to India twice yearly and also teaches Indian cooking classes almost every week. I would suspect her recipe is from a specific region in India where she goes to cleanse & meditate...and visit friends.
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: MamaProfCrash on October 30, 2009, 06:52:24 am
I am really enjoying this Rooibush Cinammon Plum. It is quite yummy.

So my tea orders came in. I needed to increase my Red teas and refill my favorite other teas. I have figured out which ones I am going to drop from my list. I really don't need four Darjeelings. I will probably stick with just the Avongrove. I have some greens I am not refilling. I don't need three Earl Greys. It isn't too difficult winnowing down the ones that I like but don't drink as regularly to just the ones that I really, really like.

Red Tea: Lemon (G), Capetown (G), Haute Chocolate (T), Vanilla, Ginger (G), Jungle Fire (G), Chocolate (G), Cinammon Plum (G), Tiramisu (T), Chia (T), Yin Tang, Dragon (t), Peachy Green (G),

Black Tea: Earl Grey Imperior (G), Arabian Night (G), Darjeeling Avongrov (G), Orange Bloosom Oolong (G), Formosa Fancy Ming Xiang Oolong (G), Bossa Nova (G), Anna's (G), Earl Grey Cream (T), Cocoa Mint Black (T), Darjeeling Vidyaranya (T)

Green Tea: Bancha (G), Sencha (G), Genmaicha (G), Green Tea Ginger (G), Moroccan Mint (T)

Other: Indian Chia (G), Chocolatte Chia Tea Blend (T)

I won't be refilling the Orange Bloosom Oolong or the Darjeeling Vidyaranya next go aroound.

Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: drenee on October 30, 2009, 10:36:24 am
Making a trip to Teavana store tomorrow. 
I'm out of my favorites, and I'm anxious to
try out some new teas.
deb
Title: Re: The Tea Thread
Post by: Addie on November 03, 2009, 10:14:39 am
Making a trip to Teavana store tomorrow. 
I'm out of my favorites, and I'm anxious to
try out some new