Peet's Coffee & Tea

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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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75

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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77

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Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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85

We are in a drought in my neck of the woods, which is a massive problem, as its farmland around here. But today it smells like there may be rain.
To help encourage the atmosphere, I am drinking this, my favorite winter tea. And, if we are lucky, we shall have some rain around here as well.

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100

One of my all-time favorite writing-time teas. Be careful not to over steep. The line between perfection and bitterness is very thin.

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

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84

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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Ti Kwan Yin by Peet's Coffee & Tea
10 tasting notes

I had a cup of this today at my local coffee shop (SO happy when coffee houses carry quality teas as well instead of that bagged tea crap). What a pleasant oolong! It had a light roasted flavor and leaves that did well with a second steep for the cup as well. When steeping, make sure you give these leaves ample room to expand. Like all oolongs, they will expand a LOT, and the more space they have to unfurl, the happier your leaves will be and the better your cup will taste.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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89

First tea of the morning, while walking to work.

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80

Yesterday we went to see the 2nd Hobbit movie in a theater that had broken heat, not such a great thing because it was fairly chilly and overcast outside. When I got out I was dying for something warm and selected this at Peet’s. I don’t think I’ve ever had this particular blend before. definitely malty, other people mentioned fruity but I actually thought it was a bit smoky? hmm. I enjoyed it with a touch of sugar and soymilk. It was nice and robust. I would definitely get this one again, I think further experiments are required for me to make a proper assessment… he he.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Too bad about the shoddy heater, but I hope you enjoyed the movie, at least.

TeaBrat

yes, I did!

Fjellrev

Good good! I haven’t even seen the first one yet. :/

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85

I am barely upright and awake at the moment. I needed a reliable and tasty tea to ease me into today. Bingo.
This is the perfect spiced orange tea. Its so warm and well balanced.

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65

Sharing with a coworker, who was blown away by the campfire.

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65

Lapsang and eggs for the morning.

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34

The citrus was a little overpowering for my tastes. Not a terrible tea, but certainly not worth the price.

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89

This morning’s tea of choice, since I could not have any last night!

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Just a tasty afternoon cuppa.

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89

Oh the irony that this should be the first tea that I drink in 2014…
Happy New Year!

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