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Tea of the morning here, this stuff is very good for wake up time and is so flavorful and good with soymilk… it has an almost chocolatey aftertaste. I know I will be done with my 2 oz. soon and will wish I had purchased more. Luckily I know where to get some. ;)

Raised the rating slightly today,

Happy Monday!

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Tea of the afternoon here, post yoga! It’s been so warm here for the lat few days but today is foggy and cold and this tea is nice and soothing for that. I should be doing my homework for art class but here I am procrastinating on Steepster… oh well

this is a nice herbal blend which is good for anytime, see previous notes for more details

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drank Banana Coconut Decadence by Spicely
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Tea of the morning here.

They opened up a Spicely store on Market Street where I catch the bus and they have quite a large tea collection. Oddly I don’t see any teas when I go to the Spicely website. Maybe we’re a test market?

Anyway this wasn’t cheap, I paid $11.99 for 2 oz. of tea and even complained to the checkout girl that this is a lot more than I am used to paying for tea (I almost bought some other flavors too!). The tea is organic which is a bonus and non-GMO. Is any tea made with GMO’s? I haven’t a clue.

So I steeped it up this morning and was slightly disappointed. The black tea base is a little bit thin and so is the banana flavor. I got more vanilla and coconut. this was better with a touch of rock sugar. They recommend a steeping time of 2-3 minutes but I might let it go for 4 minutes next time. It certainly smells divine in the tin but I was hoping for more banana ‘cause I love banana flavored things. I’m hoping that messing around with the steeping parameters will make this better.

IMO 52 Teas always makes good banana teas. Maybe Frank will do a version of this someday? ;)

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Were you able to snag some Banana Pudding when he did that one? It’s banana coconut creaminess and so so good. I’m kinda hoping for a reblend because I’m almost out :X


any flavoured tea can be made with GMO. If, for example, a farmer makes GMO Tomato, watermelon, cantaloupe, sweet potato etc, and then end up in your tea, you kinda have GMO tea. not the tea itself, but the stuff in the blend.


@Moraiwe – No I think I missed that one!
@Nxtdoor – ok thanks for the info. ;)


Hey, I’ve seen that store too! My coworker said they have tea, but I haven’t gone in to check it out. Guess I’ll have to take a look!

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drank Momo Oolong Super Grade by Lupicia
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Sipdown! I’m done with this batch of fabulooo momo oolong and might have to get some more the next time I’m at Lupicia! — tea addict???

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drank Gingerbread Coffeecake by 52teas
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When I saw this tea I knew I would have to try it – and I’m also the first person to review it – huzzah!

I just got it today and couldn’t wait to try it. The dry tea smells good, like a gingery cinnamon goodness. I was wondering how the green tea base would be in this blend and I find that I like it. I admit I’m not really getting “cake” and the hyson seems to lend a slight citrus quality to this tea. I might wait a week or two for the flavors to meld and then retry it. Adding 1/2 a packet of sugar really seemed to make the flavors pop.

I am finding this to be yummy but I do love ginger and the ginger flavor is quite strong… I might need to try icing this just to see what happens. thanks for another good blend, Frank!

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This one should be in my mailbox today! Yay!


Ha ha, we totally had the same thoughts! Ooh, iced, what a great idea! I’ll try that, too. This would be awesome iced. I got tropical eyebrows in my order today as well. That one is killer iced.


How did you get this 9 days ago?! I’m still waiting! Aaaaghh!!


ooh, I hope you get yours soon!

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drank Top Leaf by Mellow Monk
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Green tea of the mid morning here. This is another sensational, fresh & beautiful tea from Mellow Monk. I took this to work with me to concentrate on finishing it off (so I can justify buying more stuff from Mellow Monk!)

Some teas just seem to lift your spirit and this is one for me. I was also reflecting this morning on how much happier I am than I was almost a year ago. I’ve been doing a lot of work on myself through spiritual practice and opening the heart and it seems to be working. Sending out lots of love to the Steepster universe! :))

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It’s good to hear you are doing better!


I’m glad to hear it too!


thanks… :)

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Having this for breakfast… again!
It’s really more of a dessert tea I guess. This was really nice with soymilk and I might add some sugar next time around. It would be great to find a chocolate tea I LOVED but that doesn’t seem to be happening! This is nice tho’

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tea spot’s chocolate o?


don’t believe i’ve tried it…


I actually like the spicy chocolate from kusmi


i like the kusmi spicy chocolate too

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Sipdown! 1 tea down, 8,000 to go. :)

I have enjoyed this today as an iced tisane and also hot. It’s one of the better green rooibos blends I’ve had but I doubt I’ll seek it out again, it just isn’t that memorable….

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drank Yuzu Dream by Mellow Monk
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Sipdpwn today! How sad…
I have loved this tea and the snowy garden, I think I will end up buying more of both eventually. So delicious. Today I iced this and put in one sugar packet.

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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!

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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