Starting my day off with this sample from Craig Buntin@ Teabean. This chai flavor is really unique and really interesting.

First off, this is the first coffee-chai I’ve ever tasted. Second, it’s the first tea infused with coffee beans – black or white, regardless – that I’ve ever tasted. I had no expectations, although I was hoping for a spicy chai.

For a bagged tea, this chai brews up strong and bold. My first sip was full of coffee-flavor – the “good” parts of coffee, no bitterness and no heartburn for me. ;) In my second sip I tasted more spice and more nutty-flavor. I can’t tell which kind of nut (peanut or hazelnut), but it doesn’t matter – it’s a good flavor and utterly unique.

It’s not as spicy as other chais, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing in this case. Normally I frown on mild chais, but this one is different. Too much spice would take away from the coffee and nutty flavors. As it happens, all three flavors blend together happily.

Brewing time doesn’t seem to be an issue. I left the tea bag in for the remainder of my cup and from the first sip to the last drop, the taste was the same.

However, I’m not sure how to rate it. I really enjoyed my cup and plan on purchasing more in the future, but I can’t compare this to any other chai or even tea for that matter.

All I can say is that this is a terrific new spin on chai. Fans of chai, you’ll love this take, even if you don’t normally like coffee. Fans of hazelnut will enjoy this infusion as well.

Can’t wait to try other infusions by Teabean! This is a great new concept. Oh, and stay tuned to my blog, keenteathyme.blogspot.com; I will be featuring the company soon. :)

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I drank this a few days again and I am still having a hard time putting it into words other than very unique.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I meant few days ago.

KeenTeaThyme

It is really interesting and unique. I really like it!

teawing

I have been wondering about Teabean, thanks for filling us in.

The Purrfect Cup

I got my samples in the mail yesterday. Will have to try this soon.

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RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I drank this a few days again and I am still having a hard time putting it into words other than very unique.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I meant few days ago.

KeenTeaThyme

It is really interesting and unique. I really like it!

teawing

I have been wondering about Teabean, thanks for filling us in.

The Purrfect Cup

I got my samples in the mail yesterday. Will have to try this soon.

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Hello fellow tea fans!
I’ve been a tea enthusiast for years but just recently started brewing my own. I’ve created some blends, and enjoy researching about new teas. I combined my love of tea and writing to create a tea-devoted blog, Keen Tea Thyme. I have been writing for most of my life and am a former journalist with a degree in Communications and Social Psychology, and a minor in Writing. Journalism is in my blood, so that means I’m inquisitive by nature, will double-check sources and/or get a second opinion as needed, but also fair and balanced in my reviews. If my reviews seem more positive, energetic and have high ratings, it’s because I love tea. :)

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