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A two minute conversation I had with a stranger the other day about coffee turned into a conversation about tea. Well duh. When I mentioned how obsessed I am with loose tea, he mentioned a cafe that I’d never heard of which was not too far from me. How did I not hear about it before?! He said they have all kinds of loose tea and is also a chill place to hang out. I immediately looked the place up and the front page of their website has a pretty painting of a tree on it which made me even more excited. www.yourbigpicturecafe.com

After a visit to the everglades today where I had some VERY close encounters with some very large alligators, me and my friend went to the cafe.
Its definitely a nice place to be. It’s comfy and quiet and has a great selection of herbs and lattes but the tea selection was unfortunately disappointing. As was this tea, which was even more disappointing. I picked it thinking it’d be strong, as I needed a bold tea after biking 15 miles at the everglades preserve and was dying from tiredness.

The tea was so boring and lacking and didn’t have any flavor at all. It also tasted like it was three years old. The only good thing about this cup of tea was the awesome mug it came in. It was the steeper mug by Tea Spot http://theteaspot.com/tea-steeping-mug-steepware.html?catid=251 and it was so nifty that I wanted one but I have enough teaware right now.

Bonnie

This is the brand that the local Sprouts Grocery Store has in the bulk bin isle. The only flavor that smelled good enough to try was the California Chai which was full of spices and OK and inexpensive.

LiberTEAS

Ugh… alligators. I’m terrified of them. I am afraid to visit Florida because of them. Yeah, I’ve got an irrational fear of them.

gmathis

Some Frontier stuff is pretty good, but I wans’t very impressed with the Assam, either. Inexpensive (bulk) but pretty nondescript.

CupofTree

@Bonnie funny I didnt even think to smell it before trying it. They had big glass jars at the shop that I could’ve easily opened to sniff, oh well.

@LiberTEAS haha I understand that. I love alligators. They’re actually one of the very few things I like about florida. They are everywhere in the Everglades where I was, even in the middle of the bike path, but they didnt bother anyone, and you won’t see them outside of the Everglades so you don’t have to worry about that. Not that I would recommend a florida visit for any reason of course lol.

@gmathis oh really? Which ones are good?

Nicole

That was one thing I thought was neat driving through that area a couple years ago – alligators just off the side of the road. That and all the small heron type birds were so pretty!

CupofTree

oh yes, the herons are really pretty. I picked up some nice big feathers of theirs that were on the ground while I was there.

gmathis

The Irish Breakfast was better than the Assam. They have a white tea with tangerine (had, anyway; it’s been a while since I’ve looked) that was really nice. Where I buy bulk, they don’t always have things brand-labeled, so there may be others I’m not aware of that I’ve had. This little store also does a lot of San Francisco Herb Co. bulk teas. Both brands inexpensive and good—not superlative, but pantry good.

Helena

I want a tuffy tea steeper because it is dishwasher safe :D I hate cleaning infusers :D I usually cheat and use a DT tea filter (T-Sac)
http://theteaspot.com/tuffy-tea-steeper-steepware.html?catid=251

CupofTree

@gmathis Good to know thanks, I saw the Irish Breakfast, ill try it if I ever get back there.

@Helena Oh they had those too. Seems perfect for travel!

Bonnie

I have a tuffy and like it, but it will perminantly retain tea flavor after awhile so be careful. A finum infuser or the Forlife Stainless infuser both are dishwasher safe. The Finum one I clean with baking soda to get out flavors like pu-erh or chai if I don’t put it in the dishwasher. T-sac’s, well…I can taste the paper…and they are something I use to infuse Lapsang Souchong tea smokiness in my broccoli. (I know I’m rude huh!)

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Bonnie

This is the brand that the local Sprouts Grocery Store has in the bulk bin isle. The only flavor that smelled good enough to try was the California Chai which was full of spices and OK and inexpensive.

LiberTEAS

Ugh… alligators. I’m terrified of them. I am afraid to visit Florida because of them. Yeah, I’ve got an irrational fear of them.

gmathis

Some Frontier stuff is pretty good, but I wans’t very impressed with the Assam, either. Inexpensive (bulk) but pretty nondescript.

CupofTree

@Bonnie funny I didnt even think to smell it before trying it. They had big glass jars at the shop that I could’ve easily opened to sniff, oh well.

@LiberTEAS haha I understand that. I love alligators. They’re actually one of the very few things I like about florida. They are everywhere in the Everglades where I was, even in the middle of the bike path, but they didnt bother anyone, and you won’t see them outside of the Everglades so you don’t have to worry about that. Not that I would recommend a florida visit for any reason of course lol.

@gmathis oh really? Which ones are good?

Nicole

That was one thing I thought was neat driving through that area a couple years ago – alligators just off the side of the road. That and all the small heron type birds were so pretty!

CupofTree

oh yes, the herons are really pretty. I picked up some nice big feathers of theirs that were on the ground while I was there.

gmathis

The Irish Breakfast was better than the Assam. They have a white tea with tangerine (had, anyway; it’s been a while since I’ve looked) that was really nice. Where I buy bulk, they don’t always have things brand-labeled, so there may be others I’m not aware of that I’ve had. This little store also does a lot of San Francisco Herb Co. bulk teas. Both brands inexpensive and good—not superlative, but pantry good.

Helena

I want a tuffy tea steeper because it is dishwasher safe :D I hate cleaning infusers :D I usually cheat and use a DT tea filter (T-Sac)
http://theteaspot.com/tuffy-tea-steeper-steepware.html?catid=251

CupofTree

@gmathis Good to know thanks, I saw the Irish Breakfast, ill try it if I ever get back there.

@Helena Oh they had those too. Seems perfect for travel!

Bonnie

I have a tuffy and like it, but it will perminantly retain tea flavor after awhile so be careful. A finum infuser or the Forlife Stainless infuser both are dishwasher safe. The Finum one I clean with baking soda to get out flavors like pu-erh or chai if I don’t put it in the dishwasher. T-sac’s, well…I can taste the paper…and they are something I use to infuse Lapsang Souchong tea smokiness in my broccoli. (I know I’m rude huh!)

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