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drank Cranberry Twist by Timothy's
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I spent the night at a friend’s house and was very intrigued by their Keurig Hot Drink Maker. It makes coffee, tea, and hot cocoa out of individual cups into a single serve mug. Neat little device, had seen them before but never thought I would need one. So of course I tried the tea.

This one was powdered, no leaves to be found, no leaves to smell or enjoy, but you could tell (by shaking the “K-Cup”) that it was powder. Hmm. If you know anything about this device, it means you know none of the parameters for making the hot beverage: brewing time, temperature and parameters unknown.

The tea is an appropriate liquor color, the odor is faint green, but the cranberry and possibly destroyed green tea in the cup is very bitter. This of course could be for a number of reasons:
1. could be poor quality tea, who would know without ripping open one of the little K-Cups.
2. could just be abused tea, as in it is definitely powder, probably burnt, crushed and thoroughly abused in the process of making it into a single-serve cup.
3. cranberries can be very bitter, and they captured that flavor just right.
4. there are no adjustments on this machine, so no temperature or time adjustments, it simply could not be set up to make green tea.

So, I added a packet of Truvia (the natural no calorie stuff made from Stevia with the strawberry on the logo – thanks wombatgirl) and dealt with it. The tea itself was not good, but I do not blame the tea per se. I believe that the true problem with this product is that the tea was quickly made without taking the care or consideration of how tea should be prepared. After all, the Keurig, which is a product simply of convenience (and very much so for coffee I might add) that it is simply not made to make a good cup of tea, a convenient one, sure, but good, no.

I am curious to try another tea using the machine, just to see if it is the machine or the companies that make the instant tea. Next time I suppose.

wombatgirl

Truvia is actually made from Stevia – it’s just got a strawberry as a logo.

I’ve had a few mint teas from a Keurig that didn’t suck – but I think it was because they could take the hotter water.

Cinoi

Thanks for the Truvia, will update above…Yea, I really think that the Keurig would work with at least one of the other teas, I just did not have time to try more…

Twilight

We have a K-cup machine at work and that’s how I came across this tea. Almost all of them are bad. Some of them are OK, but only if compared to bagged tea. Since I’m used to loose now, I tend to avoid them all.

Ricky

Ohhh, four months ago I didn’t have a k-cup machine yet, but now I do. The tea isn’t really fine powdered leaves. It’s resembles honeybush. Never tried this one, but perhaps I’ll pick up a tea variety box next time. I’ve had the Celestial sweet ice teas and it was what I expected, sweet flavored ice teas like the ones you get at restaurants. I wouldn’t expect these processed leaves to resemble anything like loose leaf. Scratch that, I’ve had a k-cup earl grey and it’s basically a teabag earl grey quality. Nothing premium, but definitely drinkable and passable.

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wombatgirl

Truvia is actually made from Stevia – it’s just got a strawberry as a logo.

I’ve had a few mint teas from a Keurig that didn’t suck – but I think it was because they could take the hotter water.

Cinoi

Thanks for the Truvia, will update above…Yea, I really think that the Keurig would work with at least one of the other teas, I just did not have time to try more…

Twilight

We have a K-cup machine at work and that’s how I came across this tea. Almost all of them are bad. Some of them are OK, but only if compared to bagged tea. Since I’m used to loose now, I tend to avoid them all.

Ricky

Ohhh, four months ago I didn’t have a k-cup machine yet, but now I do. The tea isn’t really fine powdered leaves. It’s resembles honeybush. Never tried this one, but perhaps I’ll pick up a tea variety box next time. I’ve had the Celestial sweet ice teas and it was what I expected, sweet flavored ice teas like the ones you get at restaurants. I wouldn’t expect these processed leaves to resemble anything like loose leaf. Scratch that, I’ve had a k-cup earl grey and it’s basically a teabag earl grey quality. Nothing premium, but definitely drinkable and passable.

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I am a sarcastic perfectionist, a computer nerd, a game geek, an avid reader, a gadget guru, a wine (and tea) enthusiast, and (in my spare time) a chemist.

As I mentioned, I am a chemist, research and development to be exact, so when evaluating tea, it is much like evaluating my products: I will find the flaws and do my very best to fix them because it is what I love to do. Along those lines, nothing is perfect, but can have perfect qualities, I will highlight those also.

I made a preliminary guide to my rating scale:
0-19 – Did not like anything about the tea, feel it cannot be saved without being reformulated.
20-40 – Did not like the tea, it can be saved with extreme amounts of tweaking (i.e., sugar, milk, honey and or blending with another tea)
41-60 – Neutral about the tea, it can be helped or hurt by additives or blends, varied temperatures and steep times
61-70 – Decent tea, needs a little bit of help to get it in the place I like it, but definitely not out of reach
71-80 – Quality tea, liked it, will try again
81-90 – Really enjoyed the tea, high quality, will continue to drink the tea, not looking for something better
91-100 – Loved the tea, will continue to brew and drink and spread the word about the tea to everyone

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