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I used to love this tea! LOVE. It tasted like cinnamon hearts and was my go-to “school tea” because it had a strong enough flavour that I could steep it in one of those nasty paper cups from Starbucks and it wouldn’t taste like cardboard cup.

But something has gone terribly wrong since then. Quite possibly it is just too old, but the last five or so cups I’ve had of this made me feel more than a little ill…so it’s not just “wasn’t what I was in the mood for after all,” it’s really not good to me anymore. Could it really be the age? I swear that I have teas from DT that are even older and still taste delicious, but this…no. The tea that I can taste in it tastes terrible and cheap. The cinnamon is sharp and unpleasant. I wouldn’t even give this away.

So although I’ve yet to have thrown out more than the last few broken leaves of a tea, I think it is the right decision this time to chuck the last of what I have of this one.

Also:

I can’t start reviewing the new Teavana teas as planned, because last I checked (when I stopped in this morning to pick up my poor iPod that I left behind at the re-merching last night) they STILL had not arrived. Apparently this is the case across Canada; I don’t know if it’s every Canadian location, or just some of them, but SUCK.

Our regional manager is currently in Atlanta, apparently to let H/O know that Canadians are not second-class citizens, thank you very much and we. Are not. Impressed.

Hope they smarten up!

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momo

But they love you guys down here, or at least the hiring manager who hired me did/does.

Daniel Scott

Wait, do you/did you work for Teavana? LOL, how do they love us?

‘Cuz it sure feels like we’re an afterthought up here! It’s like, our stuff keeps getting delivered late, or not at all, and we keep getting told things like, “Yixing is now discontinued in Canada.” (WHY?! I mean, I personally think our yixing is ugly as hell, but other people clearly disagree because we couldn’t keep that stuff on the shelf.) We bitch about this in the back, like…people from Canadian stores are on the Top 40 every week, we’re making money for this company, where’s the respect? (In the form of a variety of merch and tea that arrives on time!)

momo

I start tomorrow lol. She said the Canadians they brought in for training outsold any group of American trainees she had ever just by being far more enthusiastic. Sounds like apparently it is not the entire company though. That’s so weird that they almost forget they’re up there, that’s more money for them and isn’t that the point of acquiring another company?

Daniel Scott

Oh, cool! Have you gotten your training textbook manual yet? LOL, keep me posted.

I hope you got it at a place with high foot traffic and a good manager! I think those two things make Teavana way easier to work for. Most of the terrible stories I’ve heard seem to be associated with nasty managers who push employees too hard, and dead locations with sales goals too high for their traffic.

momo

I’ll get it tomorrow. This mall is constantly busy (when I went in to fill out forms it was like 2pm on Thursday and PACKED) but I feel like the Teavana’s in a little nook. But I just realized the other day looking at a map that apparently this little nook is a main entrance LOL. I always just go in through Macy’s so now beforehand tomorrow I have to find out how to avoid that. I’ve shopped there plenty of times and it’s probably my favorite store around here besides the original, but I feel like a peasant in that mall.

Daniel Scott

You feel like a peasant? So it’s a higher-end mall? That will be very good for your sales if so. You’d be amazed at what people of some means will casually drop on tea even when they’ve barely drank it before…hundreds of dollars.

momo

Well, the other mall is worse but this one makes me feel like a peasant too, just less so (other mall has Maseratis and Bentleys on display inside, it’s kind of ridiculous). It’s also easily accessible for people who come in to Atlanta just to come shopping so I think that’ll help too. Plus Christmas.

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momo

But they love you guys down here, or at least the hiring manager who hired me did/does.

Daniel Scott

Wait, do you/did you work for Teavana? LOL, how do they love us?

‘Cuz it sure feels like we’re an afterthought up here! It’s like, our stuff keeps getting delivered late, or not at all, and we keep getting told things like, “Yixing is now discontinued in Canada.” (WHY?! I mean, I personally think our yixing is ugly as hell, but other people clearly disagree because we couldn’t keep that stuff on the shelf.) We bitch about this in the back, like…people from Canadian stores are on the Top 40 every week, we’re making money for this company, where’s the respect? (In the form of a variety of merch and tea that arrives on time!)

momo

I start tomorrow lol. She said the Canadians they brought in for training outsold any group of American trainees she had ever just by being far more enthusiastic. Sounds like apparently it is not the entire company though. That’s so weird that they almost forget they’re up there, that’s more money for them and isn’t that the point of acquiring another company?

Daniel Scott

Oh, cool! Have you gotten your training textbook manual yet? LOL, keep me posted.

I hope you got it at a place with high foot traffic and a good manager! I think those two things make Teavana way easier to work for. Most of the terrible stories I’ve heard seem to be associated with nasty managers who push employees too hard, and dead locations with sales goals too high for their traffic.

momo

I’ll get it tomorrow. This mall is constantly busy (when I went in to fill out forms it was like 2pm on Thursday and PACKED) but I feel like the Teavana’s in a little nook. But I just realized the other day looking at a map that apparently this little nook is a main entrance LOL. I always just go in through Macy’s so now beforehand tomorrow I have to find out how to avoid that. I’ve shopped there plenty of times and it’s probably my favorite store around here besides the original, but I feel like a peasant in that mall.

Daniel Scott

You feel like a peasant? So it’s a higher-end mall? That will be very good for your sales if so. You’d be amazed at what people of some means will casually drop on tea even when they’ve barely drank it before…hundreds of dollars.

momo

Well, the other mall is worse but this one makes me feel like a peasant too, just less so (other mall has Maseratis and Bentleys on display inside, it’s kind of ridiculous). It’s also easily accessible for people who come in to Atlanta just to come shopping so I think that’ll help too. Plus Christmas.

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I’ve always been a tea drinker – I grew up drinking Tetley’s Orange Pekoe and their Chai, and considered myself to really like tea.

I’ve been working various retail jobs to put myself through higher education. One day at my store, a customer left a newly purchased bag of loose-leaf behind. We waited for three days for said customer to return, but they (likely not realizing where they had left their bag) did not return to claim the would-be brew. Too bad for them; lucky for me! I claimed the bag, took it home, and awkwardly made my first cup of loose-leaf tea with the only strainer we owned which was small enough.

I haven’t bothered with Tetley since. For the most part (and due to convenience), my patronage is limited to David’s Tea and Teavana. I also order from 52teas and Verdant Tea.

My rating system – hah, I don’t have a rating system. I rate teas a lot like Ebert rates movies. Everything’s relative.

I may often forget to mention it, but you can safely assume everything I drink is sweetened in one way or another – most rock sugar, or honey for green and white teas. I have not yet achieved drinking most tea clear. The few teas I drink unsweetened include milk oolong and genmaicha so far.

The guy in my avatar can be bought at Teaopia or here: http://www.jas-etea.com/products/Jingdezhen-%22Easy%22-Gaiwan-%22Blue-on-White-Phoenix%22-100ml.html

I currently work for Teavana. But I just work there, and my opinions about any of their teas are entirely my own and not meant to be reflective of the views of the company.

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