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Thank’s to Verdant for this sample tea that came with my Laoshan Black order!

Could not go anywhere today, neither could my daughter because of the rain/floods. Not sleeping well until this is over so my review might be squashy. Apologies.

This is one of the tea blends that I had been wanting to try, and it came at the best of times… weather-wise, this has been the worst of times for thousands here in the Colorado floods.

Yesterday was especially hard. My TV had been bleeping frequent emergency warnings for many days. Three nights with not enough sleep caught up with me.

Because of so many road closures and flooding everywhere… I sat and wrote on my blog about the importance of sharing tea with others and said it’s not good to drink tea alone all the time.
When I finished writing, I checked my Facebook, and had a note from Preston (who works at the tea house) inviting me to come to town…and he’d buy me a free pot of tea.

What great timing! I had just written about how sharing tea with others produces kindness and here I was receiving this exact gift.

I arrived as tea slinger Joe was leaving…off shift for the day at 5 PM. He stopped short with his cool bike helmet still on his head to make me some lovely sea urchin tea that he went and pulled from the back room.This was a tea not for sale…but his gift to me.

Sam was sitting at the bar, having a dinner break. He got up, walked over and brought me a ginger cookie (my favorite) to go with my tea.

Preston made me his custom blend with cocoa nibs and puerh. Very tasty!

Like adopted Grandsons, these young men made sure that Tea Shop Grandmother Bonnie was taken care of, not alone in the storm.

I was humbled by them and truly blessed.

If you have time, you might like to read what I wrote before I was summoned to tea. www.teaandincense.com

Tea Review:

For my breakfast tea, I made Sweet Cinnamon Puerh! Perfect rainy weather tea!

I make my own puerh blends using Old Comrade and Laoshan Black with cinnamon chips and cocoa nibs or whatever I want to add…Winter Ginger Blend is good to use with puerh. In the past, some Verdant puerh blends were seasonal and I couldn’t get them so I improvised.

I’ve done pretty well, so I was skeptical about the sweet cinnamon puerh being better than my own blend if I’m being truthful.

I made a small pot of tea and was surprised at the velvety sweetness of the cinnamon.

You can order expensive, sweet ground cinnamon but not chips that are as sweet as Verdant’s…and I’d bet Verdant is producing their own since I remember a conversation about creating spice chips with David Duckler some time ago.

The mint and goji berry add needed complexity but take a back seat to the comforting Cinnabon-like cinnamon.

This is Fall and Winter Puerh! Grandma’s kitchen with baking pies and inviting warmth!

I will purchase this, I can’t replicate the cinnamon and I want it!

caile

Such a lovely post!

looseTman

It’s good to know you haven’t needed a boat! ;-))

Bonnie

No boat! Sadly, over 1200 people are still unaccounted for, 17,000+ homes damaged and roads and highways not just damaged but gone. Bridges gone too. With Winter a few months away…this will be a race to repair access to communities in higher elevations such as Estes Park. Unlike other States, we have one major North/South Highway and it was closed! (May still be) No trucks or cars!
Rescue has been like Katrina by helicopters when the weather was good enough. I’m thankful that my neighborhood is ok.

looseTman

Agreed, there’s no question that CO is in the midst of an unbelievable major disaster similar to Katrina. Thus, I’ve been following your posts to make sure you’re OK. Please excuse my feeble attempt to try and lighten a very sad situation and to express joy that you’re OK despite the massive flooding.

Bonnie

I know my tea grandkids (you and the teahouse crew included) are looking out for me! Latest count on the news right now is 808 missing in just my county (Larimer) so I’m grateful that my whole family is safe!

RogersCK

Glad to hear your family is safe.

Bonnie

Thank you for being so caring!

tigress_al

Hope you and yours stay safe

Bonnie

Today is all about the rescue helicopters going overhead. I’m going outside to the end of the block to photograph them flying into the hills where people have been trapped for days.

looseTman

We’re glad to see you’re still able access Steepster from the flood zone. Is it still raining? Are they still issuing flash flood warnings?

Bonnie

Stopped raining so copters can finally fly in. Flood warnings will continue until tomorrow because rain water flows downhill from 16,000 ft peaks to us at 5000 ft. I’m fine but lots of people don’t be doing well.

Bonnie

Anyone can see my pictures posted as public on Facebook, Bonnie Johnstone

JC

I’m glad you are OK. How’s your daughter doing? Everything ok across the river?

caile

I’m glad you’re still safe!

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caile

Such a lovely post!

looseTman

It’s good to know you haven’t needed a boat! ;-))

Bonnie

No boat! Sadly, over 1200 people are still unaccounted for, 17,000+ homes damaged and roads and highways not just damaged but gone. Bridges gone too. With Winter a few months away…this will be a race to repair access to communities in higher elevations such as Estes Park. Unlike other States, we have one major North/South Highway and it was closed! (May still be) No trucks or cars!
Rescue has been like Katrina by helicopters when the weather was good enough. I’m thankful that my neighborhood is ok.

looseTman

Agreed, there’s no question that CO is in the midst of an unbelievable major disaster similar to Katrina. Thus, I’ve been following your posts to make sure you’re OK. Please excuse my feeble attempt to try and lighten a very sad situation and to express joy that you’re OK despite the massive flooding.

Bonnie

I know my tea grandkids (you and the teahouse crew included) are looking out for me! Latest count on the news right now is 808 missing in just my county (Larimer) so I’m grateful that my whole family is safe!

RogersCK

Glad to hear your family is safe.

Bonnie

Thank you for being so caring!

tigress_al

Hope you and yours stay safe

Bonnie

Today is all about the rescue helicopters going overhead. I’m going outside to the end of the block to photograph them flying into the hills where people have been trapped for days.

looseTman

We’re glad to see you’re still able access Steepster from the flood zone. Is it still raining? Are they still issuing flash flood warnings?

Bonnie

Stopped raining so copters can finally fly in. Flood warnings will continue until tomorrow because rain water flows downhill from 16,000 ft peaks to us at 5000 ft. I’m fine but lots of people don’t be doing well.

Bonnie

Anyone can see my pictures posted as public on Facebook, Bonnie Johnstone

JC

I’m glad you are OK. How’s your daughter doing? Everything ok across the river?

caile

I’m glad you’re still safe!

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Colorado Grandma
http://www.teaandincense.com
Grandmother to 3 teenaged girls and 5 young boys. (we all drink tea!) I began teatime in the Summer over 30 years ago when my children were little. We took a break from play for tea and snacks every day. My children loved tea time.
There are several tea houses close to my home and a Tea Festival in Boulder. Fort Collins is a bit of a foodie town. We brew lots of Beer (Fat Tire is one brand) and have several Spice Shops (Savory was one featured on Food Network).
Colorado State University is a mile from my home and the Rocky Mountains begin to climb at the end of my street. The climate is semi-arid with LOTS OF SUN AT 5000 feet. (Heavy Winter snows start in higher elevations). Living my whole life in Northern California (Silicon Valley) I have to admit that I LOVE IT HERE!!!
I attend a wonderful Greek Orthodox Church and enjoy cooking ethnic foods (all kinds). I am disabled with Migraines and Fibromyalgia.
My family is Bi-racial (African-American, Scots) and Bi-cultural, (Peru, Cyprus, France, Mexico, Native American)
I’ve worked at a Winery, was a System Analyst, in telecom, been an Athlete and Coach, Artist, Vista Volunteer. Love healthy cooking (and delicious food!). Love to travel and have been to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Malta, Peru, Croatia, Canada, Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska

Location

Fort Collins,Colorado

Website

http://www.teaandincense.com

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