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I am feeling indulgent tonight, so I had a big mug of this while eating cherry cheesecake bread pudding. Take that, heat wave! This is from my swap with Will Work For Tea and the reason we swapped in the first place: she had a bunch to unload, and I love peppery chais so it was a match made in heaven!

I’ve had a few coconut chais before, but this one is quite different. First off, it doesn’t have any other “Asian” flavor components (lemongrass, galangal, etc) but a more classic Indian spice base. The spices are strong, as you can tell just by looking at the tea: whole cloves, big chunks of pepper and other spices. Yum! It brews up quite bold and peppery, with lots of different spice “layers.” There’s warmth from the cinnamon and ginger, heat from the pepper, a spicy quality from the nutmeg, and that distinctive tongue-tingling flavor that comes from cloves and cardamom. The coconut here is mostly flavoring (no actual coconut pieces) and it’s an odd result: it kind of tastes like it was steeped in coconut water! It’s not overpoweringly coconutty or tropical, more homey and comforting like coconut cream pie. A nice departure from my usual chais, but bold enough that this could be a regular in my cupboard!

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Lynne-tea

Cherry cheesecake bread pudding sounds devine!

Alphakitty

It was sooo good, even if it was kind of a bootleg dish. I didn’t have any of the ingredients for bread pudding so I soaked the bread cubes in rice pudding (instead of milk), added fresh cherries (instead of raisins) and used some jello instant cheesecake pudding mix instead of custard. Definitely worked out well though! In fact… it was a lot tastier than regular bread pudding.

Scott B

You really should try Yogic Chai’s Coconut Masala when you get a chance-they have real coconut in it.

Alphakitty

I know! Everyone says they have the best chais. I have a big order planned there, but the issue is that it’s… well, big! I am saving up for it as well as weeding through my teas to “thin the herd” a bit but I keep getting tempted by sales and 52teas blends which means less money as well as less space. Damn my inability to resist tea!

Scott B

Looks like they have free shipping @ $50 now, so maybe you could break your epic order into smaller orders? They used to have a $1 shipping on one tea promo, but they don’t appear to do that anymore.

Orders under $50 are calculated by weight and destination-so I bet shipping for a small order would be fairly cheap for you.

Alphakitty

Their shipping is really reasonable, I just need to clear out some of my samples before I can buy any more tea! I physically ran out of room, I think I’m going to have to expand to another cupboard…

Scott B

I hear you. My overflow storage now has more tea than my main storage area.

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Lynne-tea

Cherry cheesecake bread pudding sounds devine!

Alphakitty

It was sooo good, even if it was kind of a bootleg dish. I didn’t have any of the ingredients for bread pudding so I soaked the bread cubes in rice pudding (instead of milk), added fresh cherries (instead of raisins) and used some jello instant cheesecake pudding mix instead of custard. Definitely worked out well though! In fact… it was a lot tastier than regular bread pudding.

Scott B

You really should try Yogic Chai’s Coconut Masala when you get a chance-they have real coconut in it.

Alphakitty

I know! Everyone says they have the best chais. I have a big order planned there, but the issue is that it’s… well, big! I am saving up for it as well as weeding through my teas to “thin the herd” a bit but I keep getting tempted by sales and 52teas blends which means less money as well as less space. Damn my inability to resist tea!

Scott B

Looks like they have free shipping @ $50 now, so maybe you could break your epic order into smaller orders? They used to have a $1 shipping on one tea promo, but they don’t appear to do that anymore.

Orders under $50 are calculated by weight and destination-so I bet shipping for a small order would be fairly cheap for you.

Alphakitty

Their shipping is really reasonable, I just need to clear out some of my samples before I can buy any more tea! I physically ran out of room, I think I’m going to have to expand to another cupboard…

Scott B

I hear you. My overflow storage now has more tea than my main storage area.

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Tea has always been a passion of mine, though I got away from it during college. A lack of cupboard space and a constant influx of people into my suite made me pretty much abandon my teas at home. But now that I’m done with school, it’s definitely come back with a vengeance—to the point where I’ve purchased about 65 different kinds in the past 3 months!

I like most kinds of teas—yes, even peach, which I used to think I disliked!. Oolongs are definitely my favorite, and I’m an avid fan of earl grey, floral teas, and chai blends along with anything melon. The only kind of teas on my “no” list are rooibos blends (which gives me headaches) and banana flavored ones since bananas are public enemy #1 in my mind.

The best thing about tea for me is how you can be passionate about it and still have it integrate into all of your other hobbies. I like a lot of things: writing, video games, books, sewing, figure collecting, astronomy… it’s a long list. But whatever I’m doing, I can have a cup of tea in hand!

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