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Peet's Coffee & Tea

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I picked up a tin of this tea when I was in San Diego for the weekend a month ago. I grew up in California (and think it’s just about the best place in the world) but hadn’t been back for six(!) years prior to this little jaunt, and of the many, many foodie delights I miss Peet’s Jasmine Lime Cooler comes out pretty high on the list. So, being back in the land of Peet’s, picking one up was pretty high on my list of things to do. And I did. And it was just as wonderful—just as refreshing and sweet and tart and floral—as I remembered.

But this isn’t a review of the Jasmine Lime Cooler. This is, alas, a review of something much less exciting. The tea is smooth and sweet, although I can’t say I’m getting any of the plum mentioned in the official description. The sweetness I’m picking up on is more of the chocolate variety, which, as everyone probably knows by now, is not my most favorite of flavors to encounter in an unflavored black tea. This tea is also lighter on the smoke than I’d expected (and almost nonexistent on the pine), and it doesn’t have that rich red wine quality I’ve gotten with other Keemuns. It makes for a pleasant, if not especially memorable, cup, and I can see it making a nice, gentle introduction to Keemuns for those not inclined toward the bolder stuff.

Dustin

I miss Peet’s too! Just the smell in the air when driving past one early in the morning is very nostalgic for me.

greenteafairy

I love their drinks so much—the Jasmine Lime Cooler will always be my favorite, but I also grabbed an exceptionally tasty Mayan Mocha at the airport on my way back. It’d be awesome if they expanded further east!

Dustin

I do remember that Jasmine Cooler tasting pretty good. There is a new coffee shop chain in the Bay Area called Philz that has a mojito coffee drink with fresh mint leaves and it is amazing! They only have a few shops, so I’m guessing it is like Peet’s in the early days.

greenteafairy

That sounds really interesting! I have to get back to the Bay Area sometime…

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90

This is a very good white tea. I have to say for the price its a great deal. I can still reuse the leaves about three times and get a good flavor. Its said that silver needles are the finest white tea however for me they lack the flavor and I like this better. For a white tea this is a medium flavor, still light but its refreshing. I consider this an everyday tea especially for summer. I will keep buying this tea even though its not certified organic I don’t worry about sprays compared to cheap powdered ice teas in the supermarket. Its also hard to make this tea bitter even using boiling water.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp

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75

Raining today! So I slogged out to get a cup of tea at my lunch break.
I really should just get some of this for home, as I get it out often enough. Glug glug.
Its a really fresh and juicy tea. Good stuff.

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I woke up to rain. Yay rain! My favorite weather, I must say. Pefect for finishing off this tea.
I opened up the tin to find that inconvienent amount, just a little too much for one serving, just a little to little for two. So I decided to overleaf the pot, and have myself a sipdown.
The note of clear, bright citrus cutting through the warm spice is what makes this one of my favorite winter blends. And this is the last of it until the winter. A bittersweet sipdown.

Sil

i miss the rain in vancouver….

Cavocorax

Me too! I always wore flip-flops which meant I might slip out of them, but I like the feel of the rain, and splashing around!

Sil

is is bad i’m hoping for at least one good rainy day while we’re there in april? haha

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80
drank Masala Chai by Peet's Coffee & Tea
2168 tasting notes

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.

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

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85

Yesterday it was in the 80’s, and today its grey and rainy. Good, perfect tea drinking weather.
I was hoping for a few more of these days, so that the flavor of the tea matches the weather.
Winter Solstice is my favorite of those winter spiced orange teas. Glorious. Not the right flavor for warm weather, so I’m glad I get to have it now.

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78

Somehow, the jasmine is a bit of a de-stresser.

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85

Do you all have daylight savings time where you are? Because its kicking my but. Its a week old, but I am still exsausted.
Gosh it was hard to get out of bed, and I stood in my kitchen, blearlily staring at my teas. I was almost unable to pick a tea this morning!
I decided on an old faithful. I’m running out of this, which always makes me sad, but its a cold weather tea, so its probably for the best.
Help me, tea. Its going to be a long and complicated day!

Stephanie

YES, the time change is still making it super hard to get up in the morning…ugh :/

Fjellrev

You both too? Ok so I’m not the only one! Wow, I just can’t seem to shake it off.

K S

Indiana went for years without most of us switching to DST. It was great. We switched so politicians could play more golf without having to get up earlier – at least that’s why I think it changed. There has been talk of going back to the old system. Hoping it does.

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The weather around here is going through some crazy cycling. Yesterday it was gorgeous, unbelievable spring weather. Yesterday I wanted a long walk, asparagus and fresh strawberries. (So I had them).
But this morning it is windy and cold, and so I want warm and cozy things.
Enter Winter Solstice!
One of my favorite winter teas, warm, savory, with a delightful note of citrus. But its better in the cold weather, so I’m happy to drink it now.

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Making London Fog, but, really, this is not a good Earl Grey to push its flavors through with the vanilla.

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First attempt at a London Fog this morning was two cups of this tea with two French Vanilla singe-serve creamers. Second attempt, now, is two cups of the tea with one of the creamers. Definitely needs two of them.

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Another mixed tea drink – London Fog. Earl Grey + Vanilla.

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drank Masala Chai by Peet's Coffee & Tea
1600 tasting notes

Tried to make “Dirty Chai” with this (chai + espresso)…this was not a good quality chai with which to attempt that drink.

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drank Chamomile by Peet's Coffee & Tea
1600 tasting notes

Not sure why I felt the need for chamomile, this morning.

gmathis

Mondays’ll do that to you.

Spencer

This was even before the main body of the Monday struck. Must have been a subconscious “I have a bad feeling about this…”

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Its raining, I’m coughing, and I need tea, damn it.
Enter Peets. I love Peets, because the person behind the counter never gets “the look” when I ask for tea.
You know “the look”. The one where, when one orders tea from a hot beverage emporium, the poor soul gets that look in their eyes of “tea? Tea?! Do we even serve that? What goes in tea? I hope they dont ask about teas!”
I try not to go to those places. Partially because the beverages are just so expensive, and partially because the tea is almost never any good.
Not at Peets. And today, the guy there was the best Tea Guy, the one who is happily recommending things for you to try.
Today, though, its rainy and I’m still not entirely well, and peppermint tea sounded like just the thing. And it is.
The thing about peppermint tea- I dont notice when its good peppermint tea. I just drink it and go “ahh”. Not in a “write-a-sonnet” kind of way, just a vauge background pleasantness. I only notice if its bad.
This is not a bad peppermint tea. Its lovely. Sigh.

TeaBrat

I’ll have to try their peppermint soon!

Jennkay

I once asked at a cafe what kind of tea they had, and the cashier looked at me like “what?” and responded “black or green,” sigh.

__Morgana__

LOL write a sonnet kind of way. Feel better soon! (I’m starting to worry—it’s been a while since you started coughing—do you maybe need antibiotics? Can I be presumptuous enough to encourage you to go to the doctor if you haven’t already?)

Rosehips

Morgana, thank you. I am also becoming a bit concerned. I will be calling my doctor upon monday, when they are open again. Thank you for checking up on me. Steepster people are the best.

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Aw man. I want this cough to go away! Its ruining my sleep.
So I am drinking a lot of tea (of course) as the solution to the problem.
This is a quinticentially winter tea to me. And we are getting the teasing taste of spring, so I should work on the amount I have left. Spring flavors are coming!

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75

You know that you have too much tea when you “discover” hermetically sealed tins of unknown age while preparing to move. This one, Peet’s Yunnan Fancy, smells as fresh as the day it was purchased (whenever that was…), so I decided to brew up a cup on this frosty afternoon.

My most recent yunnan pot was Tazo Golden Monkey, which somehow set me up to expect a tea with a similar flavor profile. In fact, Yunnan Fancy, despite bearing superficial similarities—lots of golden tips and crisp twig-like leaves—tastes completely different!

The liquor is dark amber and the flavor is really quite smoky—against all expectations. In fact, it reminds me a bit of the lapsang souchong blends which I’ve been imbibing of late! Maybe closest to Russian Caravan (which is a lot lighter on the lapsang than is Baker’s Street Blend).

Well, I happen to like smoky teas, and this seems like a solid brew to me! I took today’s strongly brewed cup (1.5 tsp—not 1tsp) with cream.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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85

Woke up to a cold house, and a brand new cough. You know the kind where every breath you take feels dusty? Yeah, its that. Brilliant.
So the first thought that popped into my head, after assessing the situation, was “tea. now.”
And so I brewed some tea.
This sounded like exactly the right thing. A little roasty and warm, with a taste of spices and orange peel. One of my favorites for the cold weather.
Hopefully it will help the cough and the cold!

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87

I like it! It is very nice and a real tea! It goes down smooth and has good ammounts of caffeine in it.

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90

Somehow I really need this robust and smoky cuppa this morning. So very tasty and comforting!

Ze_Teamaker

Cold weather maybe?

TeaBrat

It isn’t that cold in San Francisco today!

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