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drank Tazo® Chai Tea Latte by Starbucks
2411 tasting notes

Ugh. Way too sweet. Why did I buy a carton of this concentrate? Going to try to make a chai muffin recipe I saw recently that calls for this sort of thing, just to use some up.

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drank English Breakfast by Starbucks
21 tasting notes

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drank English Breakfast by Starbucks
21 tasting notes

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drank Tazo® Chai Tea Latte by Starbucks
2411 tasting notes

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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.

Preparation
6 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
carol who I don’t use that much matcha in my drink. I use only 1 tsp per 8 oz. milk substitute. I don’t know what others use. I then add some sweetener/flavoring. Right now a hazelnut stevia is my fav. Yum yum! I know others have all sorts of ways to make it.
Flyawaybirdie

Hehe, thanks for your recipe. I think it’ll take me some time to see how I like it, but I just ordered some off Zen Tea while it’s on sale. I have a vague idea of how Sbux makes it, but there are soo many ways to enjoy matcha, I’m going to enjoy experimenting.
Is there a reason why you use stevia? I rarely sweeten my tea but I’ve noticed stevia being popular around here. I’m still using white sugar. =)

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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!

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drank Earl Grey by Starbucks
149 tasting notes

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HAYf_QJw2g

You can see my fat face from about 6 seconds in on the right. Lordy.

Memily

OMG EXCITING

keychange

omg! how exciting! I wish you were talking in it!

TheTeaFairy

Oh! You’re a star :-)

Sami Kelsh

Oh geez, I’m blushing!

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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.

mrmopar

Thursday tradition.

K S

Like clockwork.

Lala

Have you tried RLT plain matchaccino. I think it tastes pretty close to the starbucks version, although it comes pre sweetened. I can send you a sample if you like. Just send me a PM.

K S

I have not tried it yet. I have half a pound of green tea powder to get through before buying anything similar.

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fabulous!!!

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!

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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.

Fjellrev

Go you, being all productive!

Courtney

Thanks! It’s amazing what one can do when the Internet is inaccessible. :P

VariaTEA

For a short while, we were in the same place and that is nice :)

Courtney

We were! I am still technically here, on the runway. Perhaps we will be geographically close again soon.

VariaTEA

Haha and maybe someday we will actually meet face to face :P

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drank China Green Tips by Starbucks
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Flavors: Earth, Flowers

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 45 sec

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drank Shaken Sweet Tea by Starbucks
300 tasting notes

So good.

So sweet.

So good, though.

In other news, I think it might be illegal to eat this much, even in the south.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Lala

This is also one of my favs! I like the half black iced tea/half lemonade too.

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I wanted something creamy and delicious, but wasn’t in the mood for coffee. This was delicious and really hot the spot for something on the go. YUM!

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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.

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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 :)

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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

http://instagram.com/p/kQZXoFvhJF/

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…

Preparation
16 OZ / 473 ML
keychange

Best feeling ever to get all that tea in the mail!!!!

jump62359

Oh gosh I know! I’ve been looking forward to these packages for so long and they’ve finally arrived!

Shmiracles

whooo hoooo!!! suck it roomies! you’ll share i’m sure, no need to be all jelly.

Shmiracles

oh crap. i think i’ve had too much mate.

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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.))

Preparation
16 OZ / 473 ML

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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 :)

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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 :/

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OH MY GOSH CAN I JUST CRY BECAUSE I JUST GOT THE STEEPSTER APP AND WOW THERE ARE THINGS YOU CAN DO ON THE APP THAT YOU CAN’T ONLINE.
So. Starbucks. Studying for 3 hours in the library deserves some Starbucks. Now I’m just sitting outside waiting for class to start and I was all huh. I wonder if I got added to the app list thing? AND I DID AND NOW I HAVE THE STEEPSTER APP AND WOW I LIKE VERY MUCH.
Sadly I can’t add a photo because I actually just drank it all hahah but wow I’m liking this app.
Wow okay still don’t know how to do things on the app but it’s so much fun to play with :))

TEA IS GOOD. Drinking my chai outside because it’s such a nice 72degrees here and the sun isn’t harsh at all, and even though I’m drinking something hot on a warm day, I’m not sweating bullets. It’s just so perfect and the steepster all is perfect and I love it so much :)

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I had another one of these today: grande, soy milk, extra hot with whip. It tasted better in one of the big cream-colored mugs than in a paper cup. Still pretty much a meal replacement. There is definitely not enough caffeine in this concoction, but I do like the level of spices.

There is a big dose of pepper—very obviously—but lots of other stuff as well, including cardamom and ginger, two of my favorite spices. Chocolate Chai Tea Latte is pretty good, if evaluated as a dessert, which is what it really is.

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I enjoyed a Tazo Chocolate Tea Latte at Starbucks today. Mine was a grande with soymilk, whipped cream, extra hot. It was quite tasty, with a potent dose of spices, but more of a dessert than a drink. The last time I had one of these, I forgot to request soy milk, and I felt a bit groggy after drinking it. Today’s was much better, although I’m not sure what rating to give it, since it was really a meal replacement beverage, not so much a tea…

__Morgana__

I had this today too!

sherapop

;-) Morgana. Are you a rewards card holder, by chance? ;-)

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We stopped at Starbucks today to get breakfast before the kids’ Kung Fu classes so I decided to try one of these. I got mine with nonfat milk.

I haven’t had chai in what seems like forever and I forgot how enjoyable it can be. This went surprisingly well with my spinach wrap, and after I’d eaten I continued sipping on this contentedly.

I’d only ever had the regular Starbucks chai before, not the chocolate. The chocolate is quite nice. The spices still come through nicely. I got mostly cardamom and some cinnamon, some clove and ginger, not much pepper all, and no anise. That was all fine with me as it’s the cardamom that I really love the most. I wouldn’t have liked this if it had been heavy on the anise. Licorice is a really tricky flavor for me and it has to hit me just right. Most of the time it doesn’t.

If I don’t get coffee at Starbucks next time, I’ll be getting this. I’m also now primed to break out my own chai stash and start cooking.

But this gets extra points because I didn’t have to slave over a hot stove. ;-)

Helena

I buy the concentrate from Costco for the price of one latte I get three containers and make a heck of a lot more :D I like making it iced in the summer.

__Morgana__

Awesome, Helen. Iced sounds like something to try, too.

sherapop

Helena and Morgana: they are selling cartons of this for half price at their website…

__Morgana__

Thanks, Sherapop—that’s good to know. I have so much chai ATM that I can’t possibly justify buying more. LOL.

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