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Sadness! I’ve tried this twice so far using my Zarafina, and I never got the caramel taste. Instead, I got smokiness—almost like the black tea version of Shanti by The Simple Leaf. The cup I made at the “green” Zarafina setting was not bitter at all and went down easily without sugar or milk—a rarity for me. I didn’t get to taste the tea made at “Oolong” setting until 5-6 hours after it had been brewed, and it was cold and super bitter (there was a lone tea leaf in my mug, so maybe it kept steeping).

Sigh. I need a thermometer, I guess.

takgoti

It doesn’t say what the temperatures are supposed to be for the different settings? That’s a bummer. But yeah, with the caramel thing [and may my losing of the caramel and nearly full-tin journey to regain it bear gravity to this statement] it’s requires some rather strict adherence to the parameters. If you really want to get it I’d measure out your water, too. That was the killer for me – the 11 oz. to 1.5-ish teaspoon deal.

wombatgirl

I’m having problems getting it to the caramel stage too.. but I’m sure we’ll get there!

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takgoti

It doesn’t say what the temperatures are supposed to be for the different settings? That’s a bummer. But yeah, with the caramel thing [and may my losing of the caramel and nearly full-tin journey to regain it bear gravity to this statement] it’s requires some rather strict adherence to the parameters. If you really want to get it I’d measure out your water, too. That was the killer for me – the 11 oz. to 1.5-ish teaspoon deal.

wombatgirl

I’m having problems getting it to the caramel stage too.. but I’m sure we’ll get there!

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