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drank MateVana by Teavana
100 tasting notes

I stopped in at Teavana last night just to check out the mate’ types that I don’t have yet, and I got a whiff of this one. Mmmmm, cocoa. I picked up 2 oz. and had a nice cup this morning.

Before I rate the tea, I’m going to put on my tinfoil hat and sit on the grassy knoll and tell you my Teavana conspiracy theory. Now, I am pretty convinced that the Teavana employees know darn well what a 2 oz. scoop of tea looks like. Yet EVERY TIME I buy tea from them they put 2.8 oz. on the scale (which of course is almost a full oz. extra) and say, “Is 2.8 oz. OK?” “NO,” I always say, “2 oz.” They pour out a little bit. “2.6 oz.?” Me: “No, 2 oz.” They pour out a little more. “2.3 oz.?” Me, exasperated: “Fine!” I have a feeling they are trained to do this so that people who are not paying attention buy .8 oz. (almost a full oz.!) more than they asked for…it adds up, customer by customer! Am I crazy? Is it just me? Tell me your experiences!

So on to the tea. I drank it down pretty fast, which is a good sign. I am not a coffee fan, but I can see why they compare it to coffee a little bit. I get a roasted taste and an aftertaste that is reminiscent of coffee, but not in an offensive way. I definitely get a nice cocoa flavor without it seeming like a hot chocolate. It’s a good mate’ and I’ll gladly drink what I have. I’m going to reserve judgment on whether I’d buy more of it or not.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec
momo

It’s so weird to me when people have these Teavana stories because I’ve gone to the 3 closest stores to corporate and only once has someone poured me a bit more and it was just .2 oz more and that was fine with me because it was a tea I love anyway.

Lynxiebrat

LOL. Yeah my closest one has done that once or twice, but I don’t let that bother me. I just calmly tell them I want the standard 2 and no more.

Rachel Sincere

The funny thing was this time I was there with my sister and between us we had purchased three teas. And he did the exact same thing with all three teas! As if we wouldn’t notice. We both were laughing about it afterward.

Shadow Lion

They do this to me all the time at the Stamford or Trumbull Malls. I’m pretty sure it’s corporate policy, an upselling technique. I have yet to confirm this, but I’d be curious to find out.

Lynxiebrat

I would be willing to bet on that, Shadow Lion…and I rarely bet:)

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momo

It’s so weird to me when people have these Teavana stories because I’ve gone to the 3 closest stores to corporate and only once has someone poured me a bit more and it was just .2 oz more and that was fine with me because it was a tea I love anyway.

Lynxiebrat

LOL. Yeah my closest one has done that once or twice, but I don’t let that bother me. I just calmly tell them I want the standard 2 and no more.

Rachel Sincere

The funny thing was this time I was there with my sister and between us we had purchased three teas. And he did the exact same thing with all three teas! As if we wouldn’t notice. We both were laughing about it afterward.

Shadow Lion

They do this to me all the time at the Stamford or Trumbull Malls. I’m pretty sure it’s corporate policy, an upselling technique. I have yet to confirm this, but I’d be curious to find out.

Lynxiebrat

I would be willing to bet on that, Shadow Lion…and I rarely bet:)

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40-year-old mother of one 17-year-old boy living in central Wisconsin with my partner. I love to read, crochet, play my ukulele, and drink tea, of course!

About my cupboard—I have listed every tea that I have 1 oz. or more. Most teas I have about 2 oz. Feel free to ask for a trade. I love to trade for samples. I will warn you now that I’m a slow mailer so you shouldn’t send me your part of the trade until you’ve gotten your package from me!

TEA LIKES: Blacks, Greens, Whites, and only these herbals: Mate, and Guayusa. Berry, nut, coconut, spice, sweet, crème, pineapple, chocolate, citrus, cranberry, mint, vanilla…

TEA DISLIKES: Herbals besides Mate and Guayusa, strong bergamot, sour, tangy, tart, earthy, pu erh, strong oolongs (they smell like manure to me), Jasmine, floral, smoky…

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