Today was coffee bean buying day, which means that it’s also free tea day! I chose Awake because oh man, do I need to become awake ;) It’s a bit flat, but with the milk and sugar I put in, very comforting and spot-hitting. I dare say today it has a tinge of honeyed goodness! I must have hit the magic steep time (which is sadly a mystery – the time it took me to walk across the street, wait for the elevator, go to the office. Who knows!?!?! Much better than the time it takes to get to my classroom at school – it’s always over brewed then!!) The full leaf is very much an improvement over the former bag.

Cofftea

For me bean buying day means 2 bag tall chai, half non fat milk, half water, 2 pumps each mocha, SF caramel, SF vanilla (sometimes whiite mocha as well) topped w/ whip and both moch and caramel drizzles. I need more beans- thanks for the reminder:) As much as I hate sweetened matcha I think I might get a blended iced green tea latte w/ 2 pumps each mocha and peppermint. That might actually be good.

JacquelineM

I haven’t tried the full leaf chai yet – maybe I’ll get that next time!

gmathis

Would love to be able to find the full leaf; some local grocery stores carry the bags, but our little local SB’s just don’t believe in keeping a decent Tazo selection on hand.

Cofftea

Your SBUX doesn’t have full leaf chai for lattes?! I agree w/ the small selection though- our SBUXs only carry loose leaf now which unfortunately limits the selection.

gmathis

I’m lucky to find bagged Tazo there.

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Cofftea

For me bean buying day means 2 bag tall chai, half non fat milk, half water, 2 pumps each mocha, SF caramel, SF vanilla (sometimes whiite mocha as well) topped w/ whip and both moch and caramel drizzles. I need more beans- thanks for the reminder:) As much as I hate sweetened matcha I think I might get a blended iced green tea latte w/ 2 pumps each mocha and peppermint. That might actually be good.

JacquelineM

I haven’t tried the full leaf chai yet – maybe I’ll get that next time!

gmathis

Would love to be able to find the full leaf; some local grocery stores carry the bags, but our little local SB’s just don’t believe in keeping a decent Tazo selection on hand.

Cofftea

Your SBUX doesn’t have full leaf chai for lattes?! I agree w/ the small selection though- our SBUXs only carry loose leaf now which unfortunately limits the selection.

gmathis

I’m lucky to find bagged Tazo there.

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I love to cook, bake, read, paint, knit, do needlework, and garden. I need my coffee, but I LOVE my tea. I work at an Art School, and attend a large public university doing post-bac work (my BA is in English). I’m interested in the liminal spaces between art and craft, the academic and the practical, the individual and community, and the old and the new. I’m currently exploring these ideas through the disciplines of education, literature, history, and psychology.

I enjoy writing tasting notes, but have decided not to numerically rate teas as of 9/14/10. For an explanation, see my looooong tasting note about Mountain Malt from the Simple Leaf.

My favorites:
Chinese black teas
A good “milk and sugar” English style black
Earl Grey (classic, and in all variations!)
Vanilla teas (classic, and in all variations!)
Jasmine, Rose, Violet and other froofy, flowery teas!
An Occasional Oolong
Flavored Rooibos
Herbal Tisanes

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