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I am drinking this tonight, it’s been a while since I’ve had it and I felt like having an evening cuppa… I put a whole coin into my small yixing teapot and short steeps are good with this combination. Tonight this seems delicious and tastes like chocolate to me. I would definitely get some more of these coins, but I just looked at the Bana website and the package is $42 now! I think I paid about 1/2 that much a couple of years ago. I guess they must be selling out? I will savor this tonight…

I finally negotiated my severance package with my ex workplace, I think I will be happy when this whole ordeal is behind me!

JC

ReadingMMMMMM CHOOOCOLATE…” $42!?… :(

apt

I know of a tea shop owner in NY who bought out a ton of her own stock of ripe pu coins.

TeaBrat

apt – maybe it was these because they’re the only coins that have been on Bana’s site…
JC – like a fine wine it just got better & more pricey with age. sigh

apt

no it’s definitely not these, they weren’t from Bana. They were 2005 vintage, individually wrapped, and 7g each.

TeaBrat

ah, ok sorry I was confused :)

Cheri

Yay for finally getting that stuff with the ex-work all sorted out. I hope it’s all finished and finalized quickly so you can really move on.

TeaBrat

Thanks Cheri :)

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81
drank Sweet Ginger Heat by DAVIDsTEA
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mmm. yumyy, yummy, yum. I made a pot of this today to assist me with getting my homework done for writing class tonight.

I do wish there was a version of this without stevia in it, however it doesn’t really bother me that much in this blend since I really LOVE ginger. I may make up another pot of this once I’m done with the first! Today I was looking up jobs in the tea industry and found David’s Tea is hiring all over the place. It might be kind of fun to work around that tea all day but I bet you’d get sick of it.

Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mercuryhime

My friend worked at an ice cream shop and told me that you can get sick of ice cream. 0_o

TeaBrat

I can believe it. I don’t even like ice cream that much myself ;)

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Good morning Steepster!
I’ve been busy lately, my BF and I went to Tahoe and Sierraville over the weekend to celebrate his birthday, and last night we were doing more celebrating! Aside from that I’ve been busy looking for volunteer work and a job… sigh

Anyway this tea is a sipdown and the last of a few things I bought at Murchie’s last year in Victoria. It isn’t a bad black cuppa tea that’s good for the cold and foggy weather we’re having this morning. It just isn’t one of my favorites… tastes a bit like dirt in my opinion. Obviously I’m not too upset that it’s gone…lol!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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77
drank English Toffee by Simpson & Vail
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Good morning Steepster :)

My tea cupboard is a mess… I have too many little tins and this morning when I was rummaging around in there a few fell out on my foot. whoops! It actually seems a bit less cumbersome to keep them in the envelopes somehow, although the tea probably stays fresher in the tins.

I also broke my For Life teapot this week which is a major bummer… I’m forever breaking teaware! Might need to talk a walk down to Japantown this afternoon to buy a new one.

Anyway I thought I’d drink this for breakfast this morning. It isn’t anything too special, though adding sugar and soymilk seems to bring out more of the toffee notes. I doubt this will be a repurchase for me somehow.

boychik

Sorry abt your teapot. Was it glass or ceramic? I broke glass teapot ForLife almost as soon as I got it, but ceramic keeps strong. If you get a new one pic pls

TeaBrat

It was a red ceramic teapot. I liked it :) Oh well…

boychik

I do have red ceramic. Just don’t get glass ForLife , in all reviews it’s prone to breakage .

TeaBrat

I have broken a lot of glass teaware myself!

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Sipdown of the morning…
I’m having this in my fruit smoothie along with a banana, frozen peaches, soymilk and chia seeds. I never thought it tasted much like strawberries, even when I was drinking it plain. I think it’s fair to say I won’t be restocking this, although there’s certainly nothing offensive about it.

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77
drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
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hmm, when I first reviewed this tea 8 months ago I didn’t like it as a cold brew, but today I do! What gives? I don’t know if I’m such a big fan of melon flavored things in general but today this seems very buttery/sweet, refreshing and with a cantaloupe flavor. I made this in the Lupicia handy cooler and am drinking it straight from that, also trying to wake up from a nap so I can meet my friend for dinner… anyway I am finding this very refreshing today and might make up some more to have for tomorrow :)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 2 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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78
drank Kabuse Sencha by Obubu Tea
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Tea #2 of the day…

Wow I was so looking forward to trying the senchas from Obubu, but sadly none of them have really blown me away so far and they all seem sort of similar. I made the sample in my Lupicia handy cooler and was just so eager to scarf down some green tea I am now drinking it by the glassful. Maybe I should have made this is a smaller teapot?

Anyway my tea liquor is very light, compared to other kabuse senchas I’ve had this isn’t nearly as bright green. It has a nice sweet vegetal flavor — reminds me of peas — but with a bit of palette cleansing astringency in the finish. Definitely not a bad tea, jut not super thrilling.

It does seem to be waking me up, however!

Flavors: Peas

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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89
drank Cookie by Lupicia
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Good day Steepster…
I had kind of a rough morning, I was over at my boyfriend’s house in Berkeley and woke up with itchy hives again. Decided to go home and take some Benadryl and that seems to have helped the problem, though it made me so sleepy I didn’t wake up again until almost 11:30.

I decided to have some of this as my wake up call. This is actually a fairly decent breakfast tea and goes well with a slice of gluten free toast. This really does taste like someone crushed up a cookie and threw it in the tea. Very caramel, sweet type of flavor.

I know my immune system has been out of whack lately and I’ve been very prone to stress related illnesses. I think I’ll try to focus on green teas and decafs for the rest of the day.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
TheTeaFairy

Oh, itchy hives, so nasty. Hope it goes away soon…

Jason

Good day to you.

Sami Kelsh

Ugh, I know the feel of itchy. I feel your pain. :(

TeaBrat

Thanks everyone :)

mj

I had a problem with hives for about six months after I got a GIANT bug bite from some indeterminate insect. Seriously, the bite took up about 3/4 of my inner thigh. Anyway, the doctor prescribed me a topical steroid which helped a ton! Maybe look into that?

TeaBrat

mj – if I continue to have these problems I will def. go see a doctor. It’s only been a week and I’m just hoping they go away! Thanks for the tip…

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70
drank Cardamon Tea by American Tea Room
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Sipdown
I’m glad to just be finishing this one off. For a cardamom tea, it’s just kind of boring, not enough cardamom flavor. I think I’ve written multiple tasting notes on this, so I won’t write any more. It definitely needs something, in my opinion.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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87
drank Nutmeg Cream by Butiki Teas
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Wow, just home from a long trip on the bus, such crazy traffic! I have to go out again in a few hours but I just want to stay at home and hibernate now.

Just trying this tea now which is from a swap with Cameron B. I like nutmeg and I’ve never tried this before. I ended up making this in a giant mug! I wasn’t sure that I liked this so much when it was plain, but after soymilk and sugar was added it became transformed into a nice dessert tea. I definitely think the nutmeg element is prominent, and there is something creamy about it as well, so overall I was fairly pleased with this.

In other news, I did get notice from the EDD that I’m eligible for unemployment now. At least that money will cover my rent and maybe I won’t have to be so worried for the next few months. Rents are so expensive in SF that I will still have to use my savings to live but the unemployment money should help me to get by. I guess I still need to watch my tea spending for a while!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
gmathis

Glad for the good(ish) news!

TeaBrat

I’ll take anything I can get at this point :)

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I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

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I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

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