Peet's Coffee & Tea

Recent Tasting Notes

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

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drank Masala Chai by Peet's Coffee & Tea
1683 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
1683 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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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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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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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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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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89

Leftover from last night – this was not bad, cold.

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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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89

Not just for breakfast anymore!

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Sipdown #50!!!!
Yes, I’m feeling rather pleased with myself for having made it through 50 sipdowns in a week, & I didn’t rush through any of them either :)
Much thanks to Spencer for this one, which is interesting & tasty. I probably shouldn’t be drinking it this late at night. In my mind this was a caffeine free tea, but now I realize it has black tea in it. Oh well…it’s friday night, & after cleaning my house all day, I’m sitting on the couch at Tony’s watching the opening ceremony for the olympics. There have been blurbs on FB recently about boycotting the Olympics because of Putin’s anti-gay policies. Although I don’t agree with his policies either, I personally feel that boycotting the Olympics would be a major disrespect to the amazing athletes that have worked so hard to get there, & since the Olympics are about amazing athletes, not politics, I’m going to be watching them.

Courtney

50 sipdowns is amazing!

Sil

My goal is to get to 155 this weekend…

Terri HarpLady

Cool! I forgot to do an actual count before I left the house tonight, but I have a long way to go!

__Morgana__

Congrats on 50 in a week! Wow. I thought I was on a roll at 75 but that’s for the entire year. ;-)

Lala

I agree with you on the Olympics being about the competition and athletes, not politics. It makes me laugh a little bit, because although I do not agree with a lot of Russia’s laws and human rights issues, look at when the Olympics was in China, or even London or Vancouver (for Vancouver there were huge issues surrounding First Nations land, but the government largely tried to sweep it under the rug). There is always a political issue. I guess the Olympics is such a high profile event, that is when it is easiest to highlight the not so nicest parts of the county.

Terri HarpLady

Right! My understanding is the Olympics is about coming together, regardless of differences, to celebrate humankind & our ability to press our limits, show our creativity, & shine! Every person has their admirable & not so desirable qualities, every nation has the same. I don’t mind celebrating & learning a little more about Russia for a few weeks, because that country, with its people & politics, is a product of its rich history, just like I am a product of mine. Of you look at an entire country as if it were a person, developing over a lifetime, it’s clear to me that we all make choices that end up as learning lessons, decisions that in the end we aren’t so proud of. All countries, like all people, have our not so pretty moments. Life goes on, and it will. Meanwhile, on with the Olympics!

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Welcome to day 5 of little terri’s Sipdown Extravaganza!
I have to start the day by issuing a retraction: yesterday I logged sipdown #28 as Yu Lu Yan Cha. This morning I was looking through my files, & realized that I still have some Yu Lu in one of the Verdant TOMC files, so no sipdown there. Yet.

So Sipdown #28 is this Anniversary Blend. Thank you Spencer!
I love my unblended black teas, but I also enjoy a good blend, & this one is particularly nice because it includes Jin Jun Mei, which I am in love with. Sweet with a nice cocoa powder base & a malty middle, what more could I ask for this morning?

TeaBrat

might need to try this some day…

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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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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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Sipdown #2 of the day, & of the Extravaganza!

I made this one stovetop, steeping the tea first in a bit of simmering water, & then adding some Almond Milk & letting the whole thing come up to heat. Quite honestly, I’m not a huge fan of almond milk in tea, although combined with some canned coconut milk it is greatly improved, but I’m too lazy/busy to open a can, so it was straight almond milk today. I also added a little Maple syrup.

This is a nice spicy chai, which is what I like! Thanks to TeaBrat for this generous sample!!

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Welcome to little terri’s sipdown extravaganza!!!
We’ve decided to make the month of February our official full steam sipdown month! (Of course, we might change our mind at any time, but just for today, we’re going for it!) I haven’t done my official monthly tea count for the new month yet, & I may not even bother, because I’m pretty sure with all the various trades, orders, hoarding, etc, that I’m somewhere up around 400 teas, in varying quantities, & that’s insane.

SO, first up, teas sent to my from the lovely TeaBrat (you can change your name, but I still know who you are…whahahahaha!)

I went with Tony to the grocery store the other day, which I don’t really enjoy much because THAT store is full of foods I can’t eat. BUT I do like spending time with Tony, & as we were strolling down the coffee aisle (although neither of us drinks coffee) I did notice out of the corner of my eye that they carry Peet’s coffee. I haven’t been back to check, but I am wondering if they also carry Peet’s teas?

So this is a bold one! It is bassy, a little brassy & bright, & has a nice smokey character as well. This would be especially good with a pancake breakfast, I think, or something a little sweet like scones.

Thank for the sample Teabrat! Sipdown #1!

TeaBrat

I have no idea how many teas I have, I think I’m afraid to face reality!

Terri HarpLady

Oh, I understand all too well!

Dexter

Don’t do it, reality isn’t much fun – you get put on tea buying hiatus. :((

Starfevre

I faced reality. It was unpleasant. Best avoid it.

Terri HarpLady

Tea buying Hiatus? What’s that? ;)

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Was in dramatic need of tea today, so stopped for a cup of this during lunch.
I’ve had this before, and was stuck by how juicy this tea is. And in a very good way. Its lush and fruity, without seeming like some kind of hot punch. Just what the doctor ordered on this long afternoon.
C’mon, when is Saturday going to get here?

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Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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