Peet's Coffee & Tea

Recent Tasting Notes

85

Another stop on my quest for the best chocolate tea. I’ve not had Peet’s before, but this came as a solid recommendation from someone who had worked at the place as “the best tea Peets ever created”. It’s not currently available, but I dodgily (not a word, i know) purchased a tin on ebay. (I’ve drank the cup and I’m not dead, which is a good sign in this day and age!) This tea has both cacao nibs and shells…the shells combating the slightly sour taste that comes with cacao nibs. The base tea in Red Cloud is from Hunan China, which is I think what makes this tea work as well as it does. Canton’s Chocolate tea is assam/chinese and is steeped for only 3 minutes. This tea, because it can be steeped longer (gotta love Chinese teas!) imparts more of the chocolate flavor from the shells and nibs…which is good/bad….good, because there’s more natural chocolate flavor…bad because it overwhelms the vanilla and you kind of lose it in the mix. All that said, this is a brilliant alternative to cocoa during the winter months, and I will be looking at Peets website a bit more often now….

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Tea, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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100

What a well crafted blend! Rich, nuanced, and balanced, Peet’s Holiday Breakfast has been my wake up cup each morning lately. Great way to start the day: deliciously.

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78

A great winter/holiday tea. It’s a perfect balance of all the stuff that goes into Constant Comment without all the overbearing flavors and lackluster tea leaves. My wife said it was almost refreshing.

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63

Had this at a conference this past weekend. I know that herbal is not Peet’s main staple, but I would have appreciated a little more flavor. It wasn’t bad, but it lacked boldness.

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96

Backlog from yesterday. I was completely blown away by this yesterday, and by the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff at Peet’s. I had never been to one but stopped in before a doctor’s appointment, expecting the usual three or four tea options. Instead I got a full menu and a staff who obviously knew what they were talking about and how to brew tea. I’ll definitely be going back!

As for the tea itself, it was amazing. It had the intense stone fruit flavors I love in this type of oolong, along with a slight woodiness and an incredible aftertaste that lingered forever—plum skin, honey, and flowers. I still can’t get over how fruity it was—it might be the fruitiest I’ve tried without flavoring added. I got two steeps out of it and wish I had gotten more (pesky doctor’s appointments!), but I would love this to be a permanent addition to my collection based on that.

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100

Hands down the best tea that Peet’s offers. A rich, sweet, nutty and full-bodied black tea with just the right amount of cocoa and vanilla.

Flavors: Cocoa, Toffee, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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15

An extremely bizarre tisane with a taste reminiscent of latex.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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25

The single worst tea Peet’s has ever offered. The taste is of compost scrapings, a day-old coffee grounds, and with a vaguely fishy undertone. It brews blacker than coffee, is almost sludgy and has a bite that almost hurts the pallet.

For $25 for 4oz, don’t even bother wasting your money.

Flavors: Barnyard, Coffee, Compost, Seaweed

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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100

The best of both worlds: it’s not just a Miley Cyrus television show. It’s this tea. Chocolate + tea = I’m floating on a cloud of bliss.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Free cup of tea with my loose leaf purchase. I have had worse pu’erh. This one is nothing special, especially at the price they charge for the loose leaf.

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31

This was absolutely disgusting. It was like drinking a cup of perfume. The rose was so overwhelming.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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94

I really don’t understand why this has such a low rating? It is a great quality Keemun. Maybe many of the people on here had it improperly made at the store or something. .. I bought the tin and it is now my favorite breakfast tea! Give it another try people!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78

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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drank Chamomile by Peet's Coffee & Tea
1740 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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74

Its been a long time since I had this one, but I had a “free cup of tea” card from Peets, and an empty lunch hour, and, well, these things just sort of happened.
Ahem.
I had a funny conversation with the barista about tea, who was excited that I was ordering it (no one does, but they buy the tea bags and the leaf!") and she provided much floruish along with my tea cup.
Its peppermint! As I recall the last time I had this, I never the quality of peppermint tea, it seems, unless it is bad, so that means this was alright.

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74

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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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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35
drank Sencha by Peet's Coffee & Tea
52 tasting notes

Smooth, pretty color but not a lot of flavor. Like slightly grassy, warm water. Meh. I’ll finish the cup as there is nothing to which I object.

Preparation
4 min, 30 sec
TeaBrat

Did you have this at the store? Honestly I don’t think their employees know what they are doing when it comes to making tea!

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100

This is my favorite tea, and I became very attached to it since I drink it almost every evening in the winter, with a little local basswood honey. When it was discontinued I was pretty bummed out. However, I have figured out a pretty good ‘reconstruction’ of this tea, using the bulk teas available in the spice department of whole foods: 2 parts ceylon, one part jasmine, and 1/2 part sencha.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Weird smell… I am honestly not sure what to think, aside from that.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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81

Tastes almost too good for a strong breakfast blend. My new favorite blend for breakfast. Gonna take my upton irish breakfast to work for caffeine and keep this one for my mornings. Need to compare this with the lose leaf twinning irish breakfast to finally decide the best breakfast for me.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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