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There’s a Shel Silverstein poem, “Jellyfish Stew,” I used to read to my son. Substitute Fugian Congou for jellyfish stew, and it fits: Oh, Fujian Congou, I’m loony for you, I truly adore you; I love you, I do..

Well, except when you get to the “tastes like glue” and “slimy with goo” parts.

Bitter and sweet, smooth, can’t ruin it even on a Monday morning; even one punctuated with bad poetry references.

Nicole

Ain’t nothin’ bad about Shel Silverstein poetry and I suspect he might approve of your changes as well.

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drank Genmaicha Satsuki by Den's Tea
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One of those days that can’t make up its mind: a little bluster, a little sun, a fair amount of raw wind that makes it rain yellow leaves in the backyard. Calls for an afternoon tea that’s savory, not sweet.

This is a (my bad) neglected little sampling of thin green tea needles with toasted rice popcorn in it. The grain scent makes me want to find a hay barn to spend the rest of the day in. More toasted rice flavor than greenness, but that proportion is perfect for the day and time.

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This just gets better and better with each cup. Previous notes are heavy on the fruit metaphors; this afternoon,I’m picking up some nutmegginess, too. Perfect for late afternoon.

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drank Coconut Pu-Erh by Unknown
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Wish I knew more about this one; provided by a friend, purchased at an indie grocery called Mama Jean’s in Springfield MO.

Pu-erh was just made for fuzzy-flannel additive flavors like chocolate and coconut. Half a cup made me crave a plaid shirt instead of the striped one I’m wearing.

Letting it sit to cool only improved the flavor. Sweet coconut + moist earth with a little mineral scent. Non-pu people wouldn’t get how wonderful that is, but I know you do.

OMGsrsly

Trying to get people to drink a tea you described as ‘drinking a forest’ can be a little difficult… :D

mpierce87

This sounds delightful! I love your description of flannel additive flavors – I totally agree.

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drank Coconut Pu-Erh by Unknown
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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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Made my own brew this morning—-some hopelessly old Adagio Pumpkin Pie, cocoa nibs, little milk. Not bad!

Terri HarpLady

I got your lovely card, my dear! You are such a talent! I think you need an webpage, or an etsy page or something. Absolutely adorable! :)

gmathis

(To make that happen, I also need 36 hours in a day and a good deal more energy than currently available ;) Glad you liked it!

Terri HarpLady

I know! Plus, I’m sure that hours & hours go into making those, & no price could ever equal the true value of the love & time you put into them.

Terri HarpLady

Anyway, I feel honored to have been a recipient!! :)

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Nice with a cinnamon stick, though the chamomile keeps it from getting too cider-y. (Also nice with The Great Pumpkin, although my husband observes it’s just not the same without Dolly Madison commercials. I loved chocolate Zingers.)

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Two in one cup, little half and half, little honey. Still can’t fool your tastebuds into believing it’s really dessert, but it’s a plausible chocolate-ish teaser when you are pie-less or bereft of cake.

Interestingly, with dairy added, it turns orange.

Nicole

Bereft of cake. That is a horrible state in which to be.

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87

Bingo! Thoughtful Hubby stuck his Thoughtful Nose into The Other Store, The One That’s Expensive, and scored a box of this Rare and Gentle Treat. (Don’t ask me why I’m in a capitalization mood, Pooh; I’m a Steepster of Very Little Brain.)

Two bags are better than one, but one is just fine, left in the cup, with or without sugar. Apple and chamomile in a very even balance.

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drank Pu-erh by Unknown
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We are loving this bulk bin pu-erh. Dark, earthy, tasty, cheap. (Fifty cents an ounce. Seriously.) What more could you ask for? This pitch-dark and rainy morning, I threw in a half-spoonful of cocoa nibs. Yum. Bakers chocolate for breakfast. Already gone.

K S

Fifty cents and it is not fishy? Wish we had a shop like that around here. Yep, jealous. ;)

Where do you get cocoa nibs? I have a world food mart that is probably my best bet. Is it with the spices in your store?

gmathis

Nope, not getting any fish—a little minerally at the end, is all. Definitely gotta get more. Cocoa nibs—same store, bulk spice aisle. Wonderful drop-in ingredient for numerous varieties, but this was a perfect pairing.

ashmanra

Jealousy! Bulk bin tea? And cocoa nibs? Green.

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Somebody asked me once when I became a tea junkie; I think it dates back to college when I needed caffeine for a 7 a.m. class but chose not to do coffee. My favorite teapot is a medium-sized Brown Betty given to me by my Mema; the painted flowers are chipping off, but the size and feel is perfect. I rejoice when I get a morning to brew a pot of loose tea starting with a kettle; not a bag and a hot pot.

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