Geek Steep: A New Tea and Fandom Podcast!!

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CallieP said

Just subscribed. Peaked my interest when I saw Doctor Who as the latest episode but when I saw Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Episode 1… Well if it wasn’t 6:30 am and i haven’t slept yet, I would be listening to it now.

We’re both MASSIVE Buffy fans so that was just the natural starting point for us – but it’s been great seeing that episode get so much love!

Let us know what you think, when you have a chance to listen :)

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Episode 18 – The Runaways

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Sometimes our weekly blog post pulls from the deeply rooted personal connections we have to the ‘Geek of the Week’ or touches on the larger real world impact a fandom has had – and there are definitely threads in either of those camps that could be pulled upon with this week’s fandom – The Runaways.

But sometimes the blog post is just two people nerding out about their fictitious “dream collection” inspired by the characters of this week’s fandom – Adagio Style. That’s what this week is.

Alex Wilder – “The Strategist”

What better a blend for the highly charismatic and strategic leader of this ensemble than a classic and full bodied blend inspired by the Southern Sweet Tea your Auntie used to make!? We start with a bold and full bodied Kenyan black tea & add fresh lemon and wholesome “All American” apple. The twist? This apple has a surprisingly sour side to it! Make it by the pitcherful & take it to your next cookout – that is, if you don’t sacrifice the neighborhood to the Gibborm first!

Ingredients: Kenyan CTC, Lemon peel, Acidified apple, Natural lemon and green apple flavouring.

Karolina Dean – “Lucy In The Sky”

This fresh and juicy herbal blend of strawberries & all natural vegan cream flavouring perfectly embodies this down to Earth and cheerful ‘Girl (well, Majesdanian) next door’. We’ve accented it with an explosion of colourful and ethereal flower petals to match both her dazzling physical appearance and honor her Pride as a proudly LGBTQ+ Alien.

Ingredients: Strawberry pieces, Vanilla bean, Natural strawberry and cream flavouring, Pink cornflower petals, Blue cornflower petals, Safflower petals, Calendula petals, Marigold petals.

Gertrude Yorkes – “Arsenic & Old Lace”

You don’t need a telepathic link with a dinosaur to realize that this simple blend of camphourous, earthy & grounded Menghai Shou pu’erh accented with just a hint of parma violet is a perfect representation of this violet haired social justice advocate and her paleolithic partner in crime. You may need to push through a few rough first steeps, but underneath that tough exterior you’ll find a soft steep waiting for you. Made using only the finest ethically sourced, Fair Trade, kosher, vegan, and organic ingredients.

Ingredients: Menghai shou pu’erh, Violet petals, Parma Violet essential oil.

Nico Minoru – “Sister Grimm”

This dark and haunting blend is the perfect representation of Nico’s Gothic persona and inner battle to find balance between the darkness she draws power from and the light that motivates her! Made with Lapsang Souchong, dark but sweet Bordeaux cherries, and accents of light cherry blossom petals to honor her Japanse heritage and the light within the darkness. Caution: Be careful not to steep too long or, like the darkness within, the smoke will overshadow everything else.

Ingredients: Lapsang Souchong, Whole black cherries, Persimmon pieces, Cherry blossom petals, Natural cherry flavouring.

Chase Stein – “Talkback”

Okay, let’s be real here – Chase would not be a tea drinker, and he wouldn’t give a fuck what you thought about it. However, an overly sweetened instant iced tea powder that could be hastily made to drink on the way to football practice is maayyybbeee the closest we’re gonna get here – and thus our proposal is a Nestea and Marvel collaboration we’re dubbing “Nestea: Talkback”. Quick, dirty, and straight to the point.

Ingredients: Cane sugar, Powdered Black Tea, Artificial Lemon Flavouring.

Molly Hayse – “Princess Powerful”

What eleven year old wouldn’t love a bubblegum and cotton candy flavoured tea blend!? Accented with shimmery pink Unicorn sprinkles and edible pink glitter, this high caffeine yerba mate blend packs the stimulating caffeine punch this super powered mutant needs to make it through the day – whether that means stopping the end of the world or just dealing with the stresses of being a teenager. It even steeps bright pink!

Ingredients: Hibiscus, Yerba Mate, Guayusa, Pink unicorn sprinkles, Artificial bubblegum and cotton candy flavouring, Caffeine extract, Edible pink glitter, Stevia.

Geek Steeped:
Runaways Volume 1

Teas drunk while recording:
Kelly- Genmaicha (Calabash Tea & Tonic)
Marika- Blue Shadow (Retro Leaf Tea)

Teas drunk while geeking:
Kelly- Grapefully Yours (DAVIDsTEA)
Marika- Headache Halo (DAVIDsTEA) & Honey Bee (Geek + Tea)

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We’re taking a bit of a genre shift and doing, essentially, a novel study as we explore the first Science Fiction novel ever written – Frankenstein.

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Episode 19 – Frankstenstein (Novel)

Here at Geek Steep, we have made it our business to pair the right teas to the right fandoms. We have some hits (Mastic Black Tea with Dune) and some misses (Coconut Milk Chai with Dune), but the real joy of the pairings is figuring out why they work so splendidly when chosen correctly and the delicious analysis into what went wrong when somehow, in spite of your best intentions, it all falls apart.

Pairing a tea with a novel was not something I was worried about when we prepped our outline for Season 1 of the podcast. I was more concerned with how to find a tea for the X Files and V for Vendetta than I was this week’s fandom, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Pairing movies, tv shows and graphic novels seemed more innovative, definitely requiring more conscious effort on my part to make it work. But a book and a tea? Please. Working in the tea business for close to 20 years and having studied English Literature at University? I was built for this. Besides, even without my credentials, modern mega bookstores like Indigo and Borders have a made a successful business model of selling books alongside large mugs, tea bags and loose leaf tea, all adjacent to their in-house coffee shop. Book and tea pairings was obvious, I wasn’t going to waste any time overthinking it.

Nothing like being hoisted by your own petard, huh?

Having spent hours trying to pair a tea with this geek (to a piece of lit I had already read BTW) was one of the most difficult pairing work I have done since we started Geek Steep. I kept telling myself that Frankenstein is also the oldest fandom we have explored, having been published a little over 200 years ago. Modern teas sensibilities weren’t even entirely comparable to what was being drunk in England in 1818. So, I mean, it was normal that the exercise was proving difficult when you take the historical facts into account.

It is truly amazing what bullshit the human brain is able to come up sometimes.

The simple fact is, you spend so much more time with a book that you do a movie or comic. You have to get comfortably seated, find the right blanket, and in many cases, the right cup of tea. I was so blinded by the exercise of finding the perfect pairing that I forgot the main point behind why teas and books pair so well: they both force you to pause, take a moment, and reflect. Slow down. Think. Enjoy the journey and stop focusing on the destination. Just flow with the universe baby, stop trying to force things to come to pass. Kumbaya and all that jazz.

Making a cup of tea, a proper cup, is an incredibly meditative and mindful exercise that takes only a few moments, but always adds a positive vibe to my day. Taking the time to read a great classic of English Lit is also incredibly meditative and allows for reflections on how society has changed, language has changed yet stayed so much the same, and a thousand other ideas that come to mind as you become more and engrossed in a well spun tale.

Books and teas go together like peas and carrots. Finding the perfect pairing? I believe dear readers, I have found a new dragon to chase, and I could not be more delighted.

Teas drunk while recording:
Kelly- Stormy Night (DAVIDsTEA)
Marika- Magnolia Oolong (DAVIDsTEA)

Teas drunk while geeking:
Kelly- Halloween Pumpkin Seed (Adagio) & Body and Soul (Bitterleaf)
Marika- Monster Mash (DAVIDsTEA)

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It’s our season one finale! We’re tapping into some serious 90s level childhood nostalgia with one of the biggest fandom franchises to exist – The Power Rangers! Don’t worry though, we’ll be back for a second season after a short pause to catch up on and explore some new fandoms!

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Episode Twenty – Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers

Well, we have reached the end of the road. Season 1 of Geek Steep has come to a close, and I could not think of a better geek for us to have our season ender steep to.

Mighty Morphing Power Rangers is not a geek I have ever been particularly fond of. Even when it first aired, I found it to be cheesy to the point of undigestible. It was clearly geared towards children younger than myself (I mean, I was 11, but a very serious 11) and held no interest for me. I had not revisited it since the late 90’s, and when it came up in our list of things to watch, I secretly dreaded the preparation required on my part to make our podcast episode happen.

Having watched it again, as an adult, I can now say this with certainty: I do not care for these Power Rangers and I doubt I ever will. I do however, have a great affinity for anyone who considers themselves to be fans of this geek.

I get it, I do. The Rangers are everyday teenagers upon whom great power and responsibility is suddenly thrust, they get to ride cool robots and fight weird and dangerous monsters. What’s not to love? A simple storyline, straightforward and unpretentious execution, cool gimmicks and an epic setting. Oh, and did I mention that Godzilla style man-in-a-rubber-costume style of fighting? By jove there is something here for everyone!

More than that, I see the power of nostalgia that these rangers wield. I know that there are more updated versions out there, but the 90’s nostalgia was very potent for me, and brought me back to a simpler time. A time where Megazords in the shape of dinosaurs could burst forth out of the earth and help masked teenagers defeat giant lizards…and the governments of the world were not involved in anyway. What I am saying is that we held our fantasy shows and movies to standards much lower than anything produced now. In 2021, we expect all fantasy and sci-fi based tv, movies and comics to have a ridiculously high detailed realism, tie-in to any number of other fandoms (I’m looking right at you MCU) and have a longevity that can last a generation. I love the time we are living in. I love that these genres are so mainstream that they now have an injection of millions of dollars to bring Hogwarts and Middle Earth to life. It is everything I ever dreamed of.

But…sometimes I miss a simpler time. When we did not have everything handed to us on a plate of perfectly CGI rendered perfection. Our own emotions and imaginations could fill in the gaps of realism lacking in older fandoms. If you could see beauty in these no budget, no post production time, fly by night executed fandoms, then you are my kind of people. You love the content, not just the pretty CGI painted upon it. You don’t judge a book by it’s cover. You judge a tea not by the package it comes in, but by the quality of its infusion.

I cannot wait to start Season 2 with you all and discover more through it and with you. I may not like or love your fandom, but I love your style.

Geek Steep on my friends.

Geek Steeped:
Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers S1 Episodes 1-5

Teas drunk while recording:
Kelly- Raspberry Revitalizer Lemon Mate (Plum Deluxe)
Marika- Earl Grey (Twinings)

Teas drunk while geeking:
Kelly- Green Seduction (DAVIDsTEA)
Marika- Bonfire Toffee (Bird & Blend)

Listen to our latest episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts!

Want to get ahead of next week’s episode!?

Sadly our first season has come to a close and we’ll be taking a pause to explore new fandoms and get a jump start on recording new episodes! However, we’re currently in the planning phase of season two so if there are fandoms you desperately want to see covered…

NOW IS THE TIME TO LET US KNOW!

Please, share your fandoms with us! We would very much like to incorporate more fandoms that you guys love into our next season.

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