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drank Ginger & Lemon Myrtle by Lupicia
2576 tasting notes

Tea of the mid-morning here. I had a doctor’s appointment downtown and I decided it was time to go to the Westfield Mall to check in on the Lupicia store and David’s Tea (but not Teavana, ha).

Of course I do not NEED any more tea but I needed a treat and I also picked up the small Lupicia Handy Cooler. I broke mine last year and I loved it for cold brewing tea.

This particular tisane is a mix of rooibos, honeybush and lemon myrtle. I love ginger so I figured I would like this blend, and I do. It definitely has a strong ginger element with plenty of lemon from the lemon myrtle. The last flavor I taste is the honeybush. I wonder what this would have been like as a rooibos only blend because sometimes I find honeybush to be a bit sweet for me. Overall I’m finding this to be pretty tasty though, and it might be good iced too. Definitely recommended if you’re a ginger fan and it’s nice for a no caffeine option.

Boiling 7 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

i like this one :)


I love the Loving Hut in the Westfield Mall. Their food is so, so good…Albeit, not the healthiest. But “bad” vegan food can be such a rare treat.


I thought about going there for lunch but it was 11 am and I just wasn’t that hungry. Their food is really good though!


You can never have enough tea…..

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Tea of the morning here. I love this unique and savory blend from Steven Smith. the Douglas Fir and Rosemary are so just so warming and satisfying, especially on a really rainy day like today. this is good plain or even with soymilk. I kind of wish this was a regularly stocked item by Steven Smith (it was only out for the holidays) but maybe they will have it again next year.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

ooh that sounds really neat…

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drank Masala Chai by Peet's Coffee & Tea
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Good afternoon everyone. I sort of needed a treat today because PT was a real bit*h this morning. I am making progress but the therapist is pushing me pretty hard which equals a lot of pain. Will be glad when this process is over. I guess dealing with the pain now will be better than dealing with a frozen shoulder in the long run.

Anyway a chai is always a nice treat for me. I brewed 2 tsp. of this in an 8 oz cup then poured that into a giant mug and added 8 oz of heated unsweetened soymilk and 1 tsp. of raw cane sugar. This is a good, spicy chai which is great for the rainy weather we are having here and I’m also getting a calcium boost. Lots of ginger and cardamom in this tea which is plain old yummy! Very traditional tasting, down to the CTC assam.

My day will be looking up, I’m going to get a massage later which should just be relaxing and good for my achy muscles.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Tea of the afternoon here. I picked this up at the grocery store yesterday. Most decaf black teas I’ve tasted have been terrible no matter where they come from, so I figured I would get something cheap = low risk factor :)

This is ok, it reminds me of a ceylon a lot in flavor. Nothing remarkable, yet it doesn’t have some of the bitter/funky aftertaste I’ve had with a lot of other decaf teas. It tastes like tea, and this is a good thing. It’s nice with soymilk and sugar added. I can barely tell this is a decaf. This will be good for those times I am craving something basic but without the caffeine. Not bad, Bigelow…

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I’m making an exception to my no caffeine rule this afternoon. I am sooo sleepy but that’s what I get for eating a bowl of potatoes for lunch. Perhaps I should try this more often. ;-)

I was in the mood for something sweet and dessert like. This tea has an amazing almond pastry type aroma. I’m a little less enamored with the flavor but it’s better with soymilk and sugar added. This has been good but probably not a repurchase for me. Happy Monday everyone!

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sami Kelsh

Oh man, I want to be shoving potatoes into my gob right now. Potatoes are magic.


yeah mine were purple potatoes, very tasty


It is really tasty.

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drank Genmaicha Extra Green by Den's Tea
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I’m back from spending the night at my BF’s house in Berkeley. Unfortunately I am not sleeping any better over there than I am over here but it was definitely nice to have a change of scenery.

I’ve been neglecting this genmaicha for a while and had been wondering if it went stale. I made some this afternoon and it still seems ok to me. I followed Den’s instructions for just steeping for 30 seconds with boiling water. Nice nutty and seaweed flavors along with some sweetness that the matcha provides. I should try to finish the packet soon. Hope everyone is having a great weekend.

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Cheesecake Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Decided to have a matcha smoothie this morning: ingredients were banana, pineapple, soymilk, chia seeds and the cheesecake matcha. This definitely seems “desserty” but I also remember the time I had a really bad stomach ache from eating too much cheesecake when I was a kid! So the taste of cheesecake is not altogether a positive sensation.

I will need to try this with blueberries or strawberries as that’s more of a normal cheesecake fruit, I guess.

Have a great day everyone!

Sami Kelsh

I was so confused by the idea of cheesecake matcha, but it actually does make a lot more sense in the context of a berry smoothie. Nom.


It isn’t too bad as a latte either, I just can’t imagine drinking it plain.

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drank White Peony by thepuriTea
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Back from the PT- I was really put through the wringer today and was wondering if I’d even be able to move when I got home. I know I need to do this for my long term benefit but it still hurts!

Anyway enough whining for now. I received a sample of this from thePuritea shortly before they went out of business. I had been wondering if I forgot to rinse my dishes properly because something smells slightly “chemically” when I hold my nose up to the cup.

Steeping this for 3 minutes produced a dark yellow clear tea liquor. As far as flavor is concerned it is definitely on the mild side and good for a relaxing moment. As the cup cools I am getting the woody notes along with some nutty ones and peach. The finish is a bit sweet on your tongue. I don’t know that much about white teas but this seems very soothing to me. Perhaps I should look into stocking a white peony?

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I think it might be time for a nap already but I’ve been up since 4 am!

I remembered I had this decaf Earl Grey in my cupboard and I was thinking it couldn’t possibly be as bad as I remember it to be. I don’t like a lot of bergamot so it’s kind of a mystery as to why I bought this and as I’m sitting here I’m not even sure I want to finish the cup. To me it just seems bitter and soapy. If anyone in the US wants the remaining teabags please let me know and I’ll be happy to send them to you! Otherwise this is destined for the compost… life is too short to be drinking teas I don’t even like.

Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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I’m still on a quest to reduce my caffeine consumption at least temporarily… it isn’t helping my sleep and it might also be aggravating some of my muscle tension so I will focus on lower caffeine options today BUT

I wanted to start the morning off with a bang and this is one of my favorite breakfast blends currently. Thanks Devotea for making a blend that is worth waking up for!

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Robert Godden

Caffeine be damned: Full steam ahead. I like that attitude. Thank you for your comments

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My profile pic is of a pink dahlia at Golden Gate Park.

Hobbies include: tea, making art, animals, vegan things, buddhism, nature, creativity, books, writing, cooking, meditation, yoga.

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!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

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

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

49 and below Nasty


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