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I was talked into this one by my wife and son. They loved it. Me not so much. I could not taste tea at all. The mint didn’t jump out but that was fine with me. The lemonade was the strongest flavor and it is tart. To me the other ingredients just reinforce the tart and it comes off as almost hibiscus like. Makes sense though as my wife likes hibiscus flavored herbals. Not for me.
Had to make a run to town this morning for some tests – my wife this time. Stopped at Starbucks afterwards. After making my own green tea powder concoction, theirs is way too sweet, but refreshing anyway. I need to find some xanthan gum so mine will thicken like theirs.
Anyway, checking the mail when we got home, there was a new box of samples from Teavivre. Yesterday I got a really big box from another company, and the day before another smaller one. My wife said those words… Don’t you think you have enough tea yet? Not sure if i should have told her about the Anniversary box that is on its way from Teavivre. That one is different. It is mostly more green tea powder that I’m using everyday… and… some stuff to reach free shipping.
I think I normally review this as TAZO. O well. We were out and about, wife needed coffee and I needed Earl Grey. I asked for this iced. I forgot what they were about to do to my tea so I had to add 1 Splenda. You people that hate bergamot – never order EG at Starbucks. Based on my experience (every time because I always forget) I would hate bergamot too. First off they steep it for 5 minutes. That is just too long. I always forget to tell them 3 minutes – tops. Just like their coffee it smells strong enough to melt your face. Plus all the ice is melted. If they can fix a frappuccino why can’t they fix iced tea? I should have asked for a glass of ice. I didn’t so this is my own fault. It is very bitter – face puckeringly so – and the bergamot that should be wonderfully refreshing is overwhelming my senses. I’m typing my complaining out so maybe, just maybe, I’ll remember next time and explain too them how to prepare it correctly.
I’m soo bad, I’ve had four of these THIS WEEK already. Always 2X the matcha and without the whipped cream, but still creamy and sugary and yummy as the weather is warming up. 2x the stars for the holiday weekend doesn’t hurt either. =D
I was in the store today and they have a special edition cold cup.
_. I have a slight problem with cups, I can’t stop buying them! At least it meant my drink was free with the purchase of a cup. ($13 cup- $5 frappe… = $8 cup?). Normally I wait until seasonal clearance for new cups but it was THERE and it’s PRETTY. lol. I probably should just buy some matcha powder and start attempting them at home. $5/16oz cup still feels heavy on the wallet, although I wonder how fast I’ll run through the matcha @6tsp/16oz frappe or 8tsp/24oz and if the tradeoff is worth the money. Or if that is even the right proportion.
The Starbucks Frappuccinos are generally too sweet for my liking, so I always tweak the recipe when I place the order. (Yes, I am one of THOSE customers…). Today’s recipe went like this:
Venti green tea Frappuccino, soymilk, light ice, no syrup.
It was good. I accepted the whipped cream on top, which is not—as some might smirk—really a contradiction since I select soymilk not because I am totally lactose intolerant, but because milk makes me drowsy. Ever since my sister informed me that the whipped cream is prepared fresh to order, I have rarely been able to decline!
All in all, today’s recipe was pretty good. To be honest, I do not consider this green tea Frappuccino to be so much a glass of tea as a frozen green confection. I often request extra matcha, but the first time I did that, I was unaware that they use a sweetened matcha powder, not straight-up matcha. This meant that I completely cancelled out my reduction of syrup by amping up the matcha. Now I know that each scoop of matcha contains 25 calories = pretty much sugar calories… Needless to say, doubling the matcha in one of these beverages is going to significantly increase the calories and sweetness as well!
Since I ordered my green shake so late in the day, I did not request any extra matcha whatsoever. Hoping to get some sleep tonight!
I’m not a big fan of Earl Grey on its own, but ordered this with a shot of hazelnut syrup and it was nice! Kind of tasted like marshmallow.
BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, MY UK TELEVISION DEBUT IS CURRENTLY AIRING and you can also see it on youtube:
You can see my fat face from about 6 seconds in on the right. Lordy.
Finally got ordering this down the way I like it. 2% milk, 1 Splenda (no syrup), and no whipped cream. That should bring the calorie count way down. They went heavy on the matcha much to my appreciation.
I noticed today this does have a slight caramel note. When we did our shopping today, I picked up a small bottle of caramel syrup and one of vanilla. I am going to play with the China green tea powder and see if I can come a little closer to the taste of the GTF.
so i’ve had this twice already in the last few days & i remember first trying it way back in November (?) at a Barnes & Noble, where i was fortuitously seated near a shelf full of Harney & Sons sachet tins (actually, i’m not so sure it was ‘fortuitous’ since i sat myself…but there weren’t many other options.) it was then that i made my first purchase of their tea: Green tea with Thai flavors (the post-Bangkok era).
as for the frap, it was pretty sweet (not at all a bad thing in my book) so i am always sure to order it without syrup or whipped cream. it’s simply scrumptious and a total dessert and/or meal made with just a few scoops of the powder & prepared hot as a latte with 3/4 water & 1/4 soy milk. freaking delicious. need to try this iced!
I’m in Montreal guys! I immediately got off the very full plane and headed to get this tea. This has become a bit of a habit when I have stopovers in Montreal, which is nearly every summer.
I’m not usually a Starbucks fan, but this is the one treat I allow myself. It’s a nice pick me up after the somewhat long flight. I’ve got about an hour and a half to kill before my flight home. Home, eeee! Even though I’ll only be there for about 7 hours, I’m so excited.
P.S. The paper and presentation I saved for the flights, well I finished the paper within the first hour and got two chapters of studying done for medical evolution. Productivity for the win.
Feb 27 and its 20 F outside with strong winds making it feel much MUCH colder than it already is, so what do I order today during our shopping trip? An icy cold beverage. I haven’t had one of these in weeks.
The guy behind the counter had to be a first day confused fellow. Had to stop him from using whole milk as I wanted fat free – apparently he didn’t know the caps are color coded. I wanted it with Splenda not the classic syrup. He started to use the pink stuff affectionately known as rat killer. And he used two scoops of matcha instead of one – I kept quiet on that one. :)
The difference between their matcha and the two I own is extremely obvious. This tastes like sencha and it is bright green. Mine are kind of lime greenish brown and taste much darker. One by Teavivre is not matcha and they don’t call it such. It is green tea powder. The Persimmon Tree Matcha Grade A, tastes halfway between Starbucks and Teavivre. It is very drinkable but not even close to Starbucks in flavor.
Anyway, I’ve had my fix and now maybe I will make it until (if) we get warm weather.
Grande chai, prepared in store, no modifications whatsoever.
Just a little treat for myself for what I think is a successful interview :)
Fun fact, I actually knew who my interviewer was. I met her once last year during my program during presentations for a project and she actually owns part of my boutique hotel hahha
Made my way to Starbucks because I was supposed to study at the library with my friend, but my friend texted me and said she won’t come and the library was already in sight. Sooo Starbucks it is!
Dude this is perfect. I’m listening to jazz radio on pandora so it’s like typical coffee shoppe atmosphere for me :)
OKAY IT WAS COLD AND I GOT OUT OF CLASS AND I PASSED BY STARBUCKS AND THERE WAS NO ONE INSIDE AND I BOUGHT ANOTHER CHAI LATTE DON’T JUDGE ME I REALLY SHOULD STOP THE AUTO RELOAD FUNCTION ON MY STARBUCKS CARD
BUT IN OTHER NEWS, I WALKED BACK HOME WITH MY CHAI IN MY HAND, CHECKED MY MAIL AND FOUND THREE PACKAGES. OH MY GOSH MY SWAP WITH SHMIRACLES CAME AND MY SAMPLES FROM TEA AT SEA AND MY ADAGIO ORDER AND OH MY GOSH LOOK AT ALL THIS TEA
Though Adagio did send me the wrong thing… I’m getting that fixed now because I want my masters teas!
And because of that I’m pretty sure I’ve broken 100 in my cupboard… Umm.. yeah. My roommates aren’t going to be pleased when they see that my cupboard has grown. I think sipdown night is needed sometime this week…
If I’m feeling coffee, I always get my Java Chip in a tall with whip and chocolate drizzle.
If I’m feeling something fruity, I always get my blended Strawberry Lemonade.
If I’m feeling sweet, I always get my tell Vanilla Bean, no whip.
If I’m feeling tea, I always get my grande chai.
Ahh I can always depend on Starbucks :) I love this place so much okay.
I have my chai and I brought my textbooks with me and I managed to get to a table with an outlet so looks like I’ll be here for at least two hours! I’ve got midterms to study for, presentations to prepare, essays to draft, homework to be done, and email to send. Busy busy day!
(Being super productive right now and drinking tea while writing my paper. I didn’t even think about the backsplask of the tea when I set it down and it totally shot up my nose ahha. Just thought everyone would enjoy my clumsiness. BACK TO WORK!!)
((LISTENING TO MIKA RADIO AND MY SONG JUST STARTED PLAYING AND I’M RESISTING THE URGE TO DANCE. Also I am done with my chai and I am quite upset and I want more.))
I just came back from a club meeting and I walked to the copy and mail center to mail my friend her tea and the guy who helped me out told me he was a tea drinker! Yeah I kinda put it in the wrong envelope so he had to open it up and put it in the correct one.
Well since I was just a building away from Starbucks, I decided to do a Starbucks run :)
I’ve actually never gad this tea before. I’ve only ever had the Chai tea latte and the green tea looked… A bit too green and offputting to me? Let it be known, I’ve never had matcha before so the greenest tea I’ve ever had was just any regular old green tea.
But this is actually pretty good! I got it with light whip cuz I didn’t know if a lot of whip would ruin it.
Definitely tastes green, a bit sweet to my liking. Next time I order I’ll probably tweak it up a bit :)
I wasn’t supposed to go to Starbucks today but I passed by it on the way to the bank and the line was super short so… it was calling my name hehe :)
Seriously though. If I buy tea at Starbucks, I only get my chai tea latte because that’s the only one that I like.
I’m spending the weekend with my cousins and I totally brought tea with me (since their teas are all like… bags and.. no) and I totally forgot that they don’t have a kettle, or a strainer, or anything that deals with loose tea at all. Bleeehhh so I’m totally going to spend the weekend not drinking tea :/