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So my older son learned to ride a bike without training wheels today, on his very first try. I remember it taking me weeks. Maybe the human species has evolved? In any case, I was amazed. Now if he can just learn to start himself off, we’ll be cooking with gas.

To celebrate, we took the kids to Jamba Juice, where I noticed for the first time that there were Mighty Leaf teas available. And I saw this. I believed it to be Mighty Leaf from the way the menu was set up, but after reading further on the web site, I am now fairly sure it is a Jamba Juice brand.

In any case, it was pretty tasty. A good amount of chocolate, and spices strong enough to show through the chocolate. The bike rider asked to smell it and announced it smelled like gingerbread cookies.

Pretty much right on target.

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Cofftea

I thought you were gonna say he asked to try it:) I’ve never been to Jamba Juice, is this made from a powder, concentrate, or loose leaf? Even if it’s a concentrate, I think I must try. Then cry because it has no cayenne lol.

Cofftea

Shame on you Morgana =D I did some research and found the nearest Jamba Juice is 2 hrs away from me, but there are 3 in Seattle, WA and I’m gonna be there in a week and a half and then again in Sept so I think I may need to track one down. The prickly pear tea drink is calling my name AND… they have matcha!=D Looks like I’m not the only one that likes the matcha/OJ combo:) And it also appears (from their ingredient list) that you don’t use some weird presweetened matcha “mix” like starbucks does. YAY! I may need to cut down to a 12oz Perfectly Chocolate Chai Tea Latte- their 16oz (the same volume I make at home) has 150 calories and .5g more fat than my version! I’d gain an extra lb in less than a month if I drank one daily like I do my current chai habit. Not to mention I’d probably go broke just as quick lol.

__Morgana__

Unclear how it is made. I couldn’t watch them make it because I was tending to kids who had already received their mango Jamba Juice drinks, were spinning on the stools at the counter, and needed watching. I had the smaller size too, seemed the responsible thing to do.

__Morgana__

Oh, and he did ask to try it. But his normal energy level is such that imagining him caffeinated is pretty scary.

JacquelineM

Awwwwww! :)

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Cofftea

I thought you were gonna say he asked to try it:) I’ve never been to Jamba Juice, is this made from a powder, concentrate, or loose leaf? Even if it’s a concentrate, I think I must try. Then cry because it has no cayenne lol.

Cofftea

Shame on you Morgana =D I did some research and found the nearest Jamba Juice is 2 hrs away from me, but there are 3 in Seattle, WA and I’m gonna be there in a week and a half and then again in Sept so I think I may need to track one down. The prickly pear tea drink is calling my name AND… they have matcha!=D Looks like I’m not the only one that likes the matcha/OJ combo:) And it also appears (from their ingredient list) that you don’t use some weird presweetened matcha “mix” like starbucks does. YAY! I may need to cut down to a 12oz Perfectly Chocolate Chai Tea Latte- their 16oz (the same volume I make at home) has 150 calories and .5g more fat than my version! I’d gain an extra lb in less than a month if I drank one daily like I do my current chai habit. Not to mention I’d probably go broke just as quick lol.

__Morgana__

Unclear how it is made. I couldn’t watch them make it because I was tending to kids who had already received their mango Jamba Juice drinks, were spinning on the stools at the counter, and needed watching. I had the smaller size too, seemed the responsible thing to do.

__Morgana__

Oh, and he did ask to try it. But his normal energy level is such that imagining him caffeinated is pretty scary.

JacquelineM

Awwwwww! :)

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I got obsessed with tea in 2010 for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it. I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I write fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I drink tea without additives. If a tea needs milk or sugar to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’ll rate it high. The exception is chai, which I drink with milk/sugar or substitute. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs, but as my tea skills and tastes developed they became far less appealing to me. I do not mix well with tulsi or yerba mate, and savory teas are more often a miss than a hit with me. That said, I’m not entirely a purist, and I enjoy a good flavored tea, particularly flavored blacks.

I like all kinds of tea depending on time of day, mood, and the amount of time I have to pay attention to preparation.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. But I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas in relation to others of the same type, for example, Earl Greys against other Earl Greys. But if a tea rates very high with me, it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is

90-94 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again

60-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but likely won’t buy again

Below 60 Meh, so-so, iffy, or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

People have sent me tea on occasion, and I was once persuaded to send some Tazo Om to AmazonV. I’ve also done at least one group buy here on Steepster, the famous Doulton-led Dammann Freres experiment years ago. But mostly, I don’t swap. It’s nothing personal, it’s just that I have way more tea than any one person needs and am not lacking for new things to try. Also, I have way too much going on already in daily life and the additional commitment to get packages to people adds to my already high stress level. (Maybe it shouldn’t, but it does.)

That said, I enjoy reading folks’ notes, talking about what I drink, and getting to “know” people virtually here on Steepster so I can get ideas of other things I might want to try if I can ever again justify buying more tea. I also like keeping track of what I drink and what I thought about it, though I don’t put samples in my cupboard and not everything I have at any given time is showing in my cupboard. I do try to remember to remove things from my cupboard once I no longer have them.

I was an early internet adopter and have been online in various environments since around 1990. Steepster is one of the nicest online environments I’ve ever been privileged to participate in and that is saying something. :-)

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