Pineapple Kona Pop!

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200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 45 sec 11 oz / 325 ml

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  • “I love pineapple but ehhhh, even with a little sweetener, this is still kind of gross. Like someone put something really weird in some pineapple juice. It's okay, it's helped me feel like calming...” Read full tasting note
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From Teavana

Taste the Hawaiian islands with bursts of tropical flavor from this exceptional herbal tisane. Lusciously golden and juicy pineapple combines perfectly with apple bits and fragrant blossoms abound. It’s ‘Ono, mikomiko’ (delicious)!

Ingredients: Apple pieces, candied pineapple pieces (pineapple, sugar), pineapple flavoring, rose blossom leaves, rosebuds, marigold blossoms, and orange blossoms.

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673 tasting notes

Hodie Hum…a little of this Teavana left to finish up and then it will be gone. Bah Humbug! Drats! Buggers (who says that? one of you says that?) I dunna like this tea!

Schey fixed my haircolor this afternoon, then Megan came over to spend the night (for newbee’s these are my teenaged granddaughters who think I might grow up some day…fat chance!). Schey and I are planning an afternoon outing to a local Hookah Lounge. Megan and I want to go to Rome. Ah, Rome…good looking men….ah hum….

This Kona Pop has to go…and I’m not sad about it. If you read the reviews…I’m not alone in my view that this is a poorly created tea. Few enjoy it.
It happened that I had some whole dried pineapple rings from the organic market in my cupboard so I chopped up half a ring and added it to my steeping basket. No way was I going to have a lack luster, blechy pineapple tisane. Mine was going to POP!
The results worked pretty well. (A true organic flavoring would have been better)
Compared to the shriveled up bits of tasteless fruit from Teavana my addition greatly improved the flavor.

Adios Pineapple Kona Pop! Don’t Come Back!

Michelle

I actually kind of like this one! It’s good when iced, I think :)

Bonnie

I know a few people do like this tea. It’s ok to like it. I don’t!

Invader Zim

Haha, I said buggered earlier in one of notes! And good looking men in Australia too…hint hint wink wink :)

Jim Marks

I miss you cupcake…

Bonnie

Wah cupcakes? I have to drink tea! Not sure what you are meaning dear JM?

Jim Marks

Sorry for the confusion. That is a cultural reference for the esteemed “Invader Zim”.

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107 tasting notes

Teavana: (Skip to “The Tea” if you’re familiar with Teavana, or just don’t care to read about my first time at the vendor.) So it didn’t really take me long to crack on the Teavana front. It’s just so convenient to work in a mall with a tea store, and I drop by multiple times a week – often just to look around and enjoy being in a place that’s all about tea. I couldn’t really give that up.

Our new Teavana opened on Thursday, but I wasn’t working until today. I got a peek at the finished renovation-and-stock Wednesday night through the metal gate, but that’s about it. So I had to stop by today to say hi and check it out. The manager grabbed me and asked if she could give me, “the tour,” and I obliged…because I like her and was genuinely curious about what was going on with the store. Apparently Calgary is the first to get finished Teavanas? Some quick observations:

-Staff have to wear stupid colorful aprons like my store does (although being a guy, I generally get let off the hook with anything but the more basic colors). These were truly garish yellow aprons with rainbow text on them that said something about iced tea. My condolences to the staff.
-There were two sample stations of two: one at the door, one at the counter. I was sweetly warned by the manager that they are sweetened, but I obviously don’t care! She also pointed out that all their samples are blends of two teas. The taste of them all? Like juice. Good, but pretty much exactly like fruit juice. I see no need whatsoever to try to replicate them by buying all the teas in the blends.
-Expensive gift sets and cast iron is indeed closer to the entrance than lower priced stuff. Also, there is no price tag on practically ANYTHING, including the cast iron. I’m not sure if that is just because they haven’t gotten to it yet, or what – there is a paper tag tied to everything, but except for some little cute saying, the tag was blank. Stupidly, I kept checking them anyway and getting annoyed when they were blank.
-A lot of the product really does look good. I’m horribly tempted by the pretty glass stove-top kettle. Unfortunately, my family just bought an electric kettle that will probably last us years and years, and we don’t have room for a stove-top. I’m now going to hope the kettle breaks…
-Commission is so obvious that all the employees have little green plastic cards that they put stickers on for each tea they sell. No joke. I have no idea what else that could be for except commission. It makes me sad because I think now that it will be harder to say hi to people when they are so focused on getting their own sales and won’t casually switch off with each other anymore.

I sniffed a bunch of tins, and they indeed all smelled delicious. I was specifically looking for a blueberry white (always looking for one), and a peach white I’d heard they have. I left with both of those and a pineapple herbal because it smelled a bit like DAVIDs’ Tropicalia. The total was a little pricier than I’d expected, but I dismissed that thought because two of them were whites and I figured my mental estimate (without knowing the prices) had just been too low.

Which leads me to my beef. (And if you’ve read rants about Teavana before, I’m sure you know what’s coming…) When I got home and checked my receipt, I found it really hard to read (what the hell is a quantity of 1.91? 1.91 what?), so I got out a calculator and the little Teavana booklet, compared prices and did the math. And it would appear that ALL THREE TEAS were over-poured. ALL THREE, Y’ALL.

-My Precious White Peach was over-poured by 5 grams.
-My Imperial Acai Blueberry was over-poured by 8 grams(!).
-My Pineapple Kona Pop was over-poured by 10 freaking grams! I asked for 50 and got 60. At least that’s the cheapest one, but…

The total price difference works out to $4.31 before taxes, basically the cost of another tea!

THIS NEVER HAPPENED TO ME AT TEAOPIA. Never. There were over-pours, yes, especially towards the end when they were getting rid of stock, but I was NEVER not warned about it.

I’m…not pleased.

The Tea: So after that, is the tea any good?

…Eh. Drinkable. It’s nowhere near as good as Tropicalia, I’m afraid, although the smell is divinely pineapple with something almost spicy underneath.

The taste is just disappointing. I brewed it hot and flash-chilled it, and was very far from blown away at the first hopeful sip. It certainly tastes like pineapple, but the taste is not strong. It actually reminds me a bit of DAVIDs’ Bamboozled (which I have yet to review), so if Teavana is closer to you than a DT this might make a reasonable desperate substitute for Bamboozled. Otherwise, I’d go with Bamboozled itself, as it is by far the superior of the two.

I just wouldn’t get, you know, fifty SIXTY grams of this again. The supposedly dominant flavour is not really strong. If it turns out to be much better cold-brewed, I will raise the rating. Otherwise, I’d say skip this one.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

I hated this!

Daniel Scott

I saw! Several of my Steepster buddies didn’t like this one, it looks like.

Oh, forgot to mention, if you let it sit and warm to room temperature, it also gets sour. Kind of ick.

Bonnie

Did not like this one much and cracked up when the sales guy said all the tea was not very good.

Daniel Scott

Oh wow…the SA said that?! Kinda sad statement.

Also, update: I may not have been over-poured after all. It may just be that all the prices in the Canadian version of the tea booklet are WRONG. So that’s nice, eh?

I will wait to hear back from Teavana Canada on this one before I edit my post.

Michelle

I’m in the minority here, but I really like it brewed strong and then poured over ice… :)
The Teavanas in the US, at least, all have outward-facing scales where it shows you what the weight is, so even if the sales person doesn’t mention the weight (which they should), it’s possible to see for oneself. And I know in the US, they don’t get commission – they track the average ticket and schedule based on that, but there’s no commission, per say. I don’t know if this is different in Canada, though.

Daniel Scott

Oh, we have outward-facing scales, but I never bother to look because the measurements are generally pretty accurate and they warn me if not, you know?

But I’m actually really starting to think the measurements weren’t that off, but that the listed prices are (in some cases by more than a dollar, which seems like a large discrepancy to me).

Oh yes, I was told about the average ticket! One of my friends who works there said he was told there was going to be commission, but he may be wrong.

Ultimately though, it has a very similar effect for the customer, doesn’t it?

Kiaharii

I have heard of them over pouring before, and pushing that “Oh it’s only a few grams over is that okay?”. There’s one at a mall near my parents and I’m tempted to go in just to have my own experience. But yeah, not heard good things. Very very pushy and not too kind to their staff because it’s very competitive.

momo

Yeah, here they always ask if it’s okay if it’s over. But it’s EVERY time you get something.

Michelle

I suppose it can make it a bit more of a hassle for the customer.

I work in sales myself. It’s not a sales-based job the way Teavana is, but corporate is always pushing promotions and add-ons to us which we in turn have to push to the customers. I suppose I tend to shop from the corporation’s point of view now wherever I go because I’ve been trained to represent the corporation. It’s second nature for me to read the fine print just because I’m used to explaining it to customers who don’t. :)

Daniel Scott

Argh, accidentally deleted my own comment, genius.

Autumn Hearth

Yeah, the rainbow aprons, I first saw those when I was visiting a new store after I’d quit and was glad I wouldn’t be having to wear those. Oh little did I know. Now I can only wear black or purple. But they should just be for the summer, you may either have the standard olive green with eggplant straps or the sandy amber ones that I hope we get for the fall.

I always let guests know what the weight and price is and try to direct their attention to the numbers on the scale but always say it aloud anyway. If it seems they don’t know how much they want, I aim between 3 and 4oz. If I know they want 2oz I get them to exactly 2oz (it becomes second nature with the sample teas), but if they are interested in the discounts I show them how much a lb or half lb is.

As for commission, not exactly, but if you meet your sales goals each month you get a bonus check which is a small percentage of your sales. We used to always bonus when we first opened, now everyone has D’s and F’s as we are held against what we did last year, when we opened.

Pineapple Kona Pop was only tolerable for me when blended, but still one of my least favorite teas. Give the Frutto Bianco Pearls a try for something tropical, it is retiring soon though.

Daniel Scott

I saw a brownish apron in the back, it said, “teaologist” on it (OMG, dying of laughter here…). Maybe that’s the next apron?

We haven’t even gotten in Frutto Bianco Pearls, sadly.

Autumn Hearth

Yep probably, the “teaologist” was really small on the green ones and I was actually surprise when a customer called me that, though some of the co-workers referred to themselves as such :rolls eyes:. Hmm you may never be getting in some of the retired teas then, I know we just sold our of a couple of them that are out of stock online. Actually its probably smart not giving it to a new store.

Daniel Scott

*not getting ones that DON’T have lots of back stock, rather.

Autumn Hearth

That makes sense. We have one that is horrible to open, but its doable, and I think we sent a few other’s back last summer. If you’re serving out the bags corporate needs to send new ones.

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4710 tasting notes

soooo thanks to fiddling for this one. i have to say, not sure how people drink this one. After having some very nice pineapple oolongs recently, this is just a big ol’ miss. Especially since it smells like…i dunno…something that i’ve smelled before that is most certainly not pineapple. I’m leaning towards pollen..but i think that would be doing a disservice to plants that produce it. I see that some folks out there have enjoyed it, so that makes me happy. It’s just not a tea for me.

tattooed_tea

UGH this is a smelly one! My girls love it mixed with the Blueberry Bliss & I must say is pretty tasty that way, not sure I’ve tried it alone though.

Claire

This “tea” reminds me of koolaid.

Tealizzy

Lol on the pollen comment!

Terri HarpLady

I let Leif buy some of this once, & the only way I could tolerate it was over ice, as I recall.

Sil

Terri…“tolerate” is not a wordi want to have to associate with any teas in my cupboard lol

momo

This one is completely vile by itself, but somehow tastes great w/that Blueberry Bliss one.

TeaBrat

this is sooo nasty

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1195 tasting notes

I love pineapple but ehhhh, even with a little sweetener, this is still kind of gross. Like someone put something really weird in some pineapple juice. It’s okay, it’s helped me feel like calming down since a shower didn’t do it. I’ll finish it off no problem, I wouldn’t seek this one out again.

I was hoping for something to put me in a better mood. I was supposed to get my new glasses Thursday. Supposedly now they are coming tomorrow, it took two calls for them to be like okay, tomorrow. But nobody told me the lab broke the frames and that has been the delay. I hate that my mom had to call about it too. Then I had to cry to someone at the student advisement center to let me take summer classes without going through all the advisement for summer. It worked, but ugh today has been a nightmare. I just want to go home.

Thanks for the sample, brandy3392!

TeaBrat

I did not like this at all… ecch

Missy

Hope your day gets better!

momo

Tomorrow should be better. I want to take care of all my plants again, I’ve been gone for 12 days :[

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1585 tasting notes

I first tried the blueberry pineapple kona pop blend in the Teavana store near me. I really wanted to have that blend, but the people that worked there told me I had to buy each tea separately at a minimum of 2oz each. I opted for this one instead. I figured I could mix blueberry into this.

Anyhow, I cold brewed this herbal last night. I love all the bits of fruits and flower petals. It is a pretty blend, abeit a bit sticky! I had to shake the tin a bit and scoop to get the bits out. My husband drank a lot of it this morning! I just tried this, and it is good. When I sipped it a little yesterday, it wasn’t that good. I think it needed more time to steep. It is sweet with a little tartness to it. The pineapple and apple flavors are prominent, fresh, and juicy. It tastes like juice. No additives needed. I imagine that kids would love this blend. This is very very good iced/cold-brewed. I cannot imagine this being good at all if I steeped it hot. This is perfect for this hot weather.

Now, I want a pina colada!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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228 tasting notes

Made this tonight as my evening herbal…it is VERY sweet even without sugar. I taste the pineapple and other generic tropical flavors. I will say it has a VERY sweet and cloying aftertaste.

I will drink the remainder of my sample but will not re-buy this one. (I got this in an exotic iced set for the holidays.)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
tattooed_tea

It’s good mixed with the Blueberry Bliss from the same set.

momo

Yeah, this one is TERRIBLE on its own but when it’s with that blueberry one, it’s like magic.

Ellyn

I will try mixing the two tonight! Thanks for the suggestions.

Aimee Popovacki

i like this one alone kind of.. i felt it had a tequilaish taste to it…. almost like a saltiness… but mixed with the blueberry it was great

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2307 tasting notes

Uggg. Teavana I am sorry. I like several of your offerings but this one was just not to my taste. I am usually a fan of fruit tisanes so I had high hopes for this one. It is just kind of tart and tastes artificial like bubblegum. I did not like it all when I brewed it up hot. Finally I decided to cold brew it in the refrigerator with a couple of chamomile teabags from Trader Joe’s to mellow out the Kona Pop. Now it is like a barely drinkable watered down pineapple juice. Oh well. I guess they can’t all be winners.

Honey

I’ve never tried this tea alone, but it’s decent mixed with their blueberry bliss tea. This may help you finish it off!

Ninavampi

It is also pretty decent mixed with Teavana’s Youthberry : ).

TeaBrat

thanks :)

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249 tasting notes

Another rather weak Teavana tea. I really don’t know where they get their suggested amounts. I can’t seem to get much real flavor. It was sold as in an ice tea set. Didn’t get much flavor from it hot or cold. Nothing really negative as far as flavor but not enough body to satisfy me.

TranquiliTea81

I have found that with Teavana tea you have to use a bunch! Some of the fruit blends from them I really like but they don’t last long bc I have to use so much! I have PK Pop and I was not impressed by that one :(

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321 tasting notes

I made this again but iced. I don’t like it. I should have made it stronger but I didn’t. This tea is so lackluster… wouldn’t get this again.

TheKesser

As a side note, I’m glad that I’m starting to realize that I don’t care for the Teavana teas. Now I just need to remember that when I get tempted by the interesting sounding teas from them.

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I can not believe how long it has been since I have had time to sit down with a good cup of tea, much less write tea notes about it! I have been drinking this cold brewed while I am at work and I continue to love it as always. It is tart, like a pineapple tea should be in my world, but not so tart as to verge on being sour. I am not crazy about it hot anymore, but it really shines when it is cold brewed!

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