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drank Coconut Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I thought I had mixed Cheesecake with milk and popped it in the fridge, but it turned out it was Coconut. That was a lovely surprise. I actually added just a wee touch of sugar because I find it helps the coconut in cold milk.

Hopefully this will give me the kick I need to finish off the reading part of my studying for my exam on Monday. Tomorrow’s studying will be all writing and rewriting. The cat has been sleeping on the couch for about four hours and I just want to nap too.


Good luck on Monday!! I have a final on Wednesday and a midterm Thursday but I may be procrastinating by watching Dawson’s Creek. What a ridiculous show. I should be reading too but do not want!


Haha it’s so hard at this time of term. I have that exam Monday, then 3 presentations and the papers that go with them all that have to be done before I leave early Thursday. GAH.


I know that feeling. You will get through it and then you will be rewarded so YAY!


Yes! And you will also survive hehe. My finals don’t start until April 14. They go from the first to the last day of the exam period. Of course. :P


I like how I have a final the day before a midterm. The course also has a paper though so I think the prof is being nice and helping us get something out of the way.


That is nice :) Yeah this exam Monday is a midterm. When courses fit in two midterms sometimes I have finals overlapping too.


I hear you. The midterm Thursday is my second in the course as well. My actual exam period doesn’t start until after the first two weeks in April and it goes until the very last day of the month, though for the first time in forever, I am finishing early (which is good because I need time to move out of my apartment).


Tea makes reading coursework more bearable… especially the getting up breaks to make the tea. ;-) Good luck to you and VariaTEA on exams!


Good luck on all your exams, presentations, papers, etc!


Thanks ladies! I’m sure we all understand haha.

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This is all maple with a hint of molasses. These flavours add up to deliciousness. Good call OMGsrsly, and thanks for sharing!


I was talking to OMGsrsly about this today :P

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drank Vanilla by Fru P Kaffe & The
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This one is pretty awesome. There is a distinct, rich vanilla flavour, with a strong, but not overwhelming black base. I could happily drink plenty of this one. I bet it would be tasty chilled too.

Angrboda you were right about this one! Thanks for sharing. :)

Speaking of chilled, we have blowing snow and a ‘feels like’ temperature of -20 here. UGH. But in Jamaica it feels like 40. AH YES.

Flavors: Vanilla

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

It’s lovely, isn’t it? I’m glad you liked it. :) I haven’t tried it cold. I prefer my cold brews to be fruity.

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drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
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The scent of coconut and banana wafting from this cup promises for something wonderful.

I kept pulling out this sample from keychange’s swap envelope and staring at it the last few days, because in my efficiency, I deleted our message and forgot what all she sent. This one was a mystery, and it has been bothering me since her envelope arrived. Today it finally hit me that it was this tea. This tea! The tea that everyone loved. So of course, I brewed it up immediately.

Both the banana and coconut are apparent, yet not overwhelming. AKA perfection. True to Butiki style. I’m also thrilled the back is PTA, rather than the original pu’erh planned. I’ll have to write a bit more later, because I had an incredibly garlicky dinner and I’m concocting ways to rid my mouth of the taste to further enjoy this tea. I clearly did not think through the timing for steeping. :P

Thanks keychange for sending me this one, and thanks to JustJames and Stacy for thinking and creating it.


I can’t wait to buy some. I will totes break my hiatus for it :)


Me too! I’m out a few of my favourite Butikis, but I’ve been patiently waiting for this one to be released before I place an order.


apparently stacy is sending out samples to everyone =0P. creating this one was so much fun.


Neat! I will definitely be ordering this one. It is an excellent combination.


JustJames you win at tea :)


Oh, I’m not supposed to be ordering anything, but… I will really need to get more of this. I’m so happy JustJames and


Stacy got together on this!


the dynamic for this tea was so funny. we agreed, we disagreed, we agreed…. then stacy said ‘it needs a fruit’. i said ‘no’. ‘yes’, ‘no’, ‘yes, ’no’, ‘yes, ’banana, ’ew!….really…. no…. maybe?’

then she loved it. but i’m normally the ‘ew banana type,’ heh heh. has to be juuuuuust right. proof that it is? stacy and i both love this!


mmm banana!! when will this be available for the masses?

Butiki Teas

keychange-late this week! :)


WOOT! I’ll be placing an order the moment I return.

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This is a sad sipdown this morning. This tea has grown more and more on me. I will definitely be picking up more. Now to work Seattle into the Vancouver trip.

I overslept this morning, which shouldn’t have happened, but sometimes I just don’t care.

Now I’m sitting down with my delicious oatmeal and maple syrup and this awesome tea. I leave in less than a week for Jamaica and I need to focus on all the things I have to get done for school because my concentration has not been up to snuff.

Thanks EvaGrimm for this delightful tea.


yaaay jamaica!


yay Jamaica indeed! Oh that sunshine will feel so good I bet :)

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This one has a lot going on, but the Laoshan Black shines through. Thank goodness. When I saw pu’erh in the description I was concerned.

Those chocolate notes I love are clearly there, and the oolong is also apparent. Teas with an overabundance of ingredients sometimes overwhelm me, but this one melds so well together. Very tasty.

Thanks OMGsrsly!


Oooo that sounds good!



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I’ve taken to steeping my tea and covering it, before I hop in the shower in the morning. When I get out, it’s cooled to the perfect drinking temperature. This one is a sipdown this morning. It’s so tasty! I can’t wait to visit Steam Tea House when I go to Van come spring.

So, my shower was frigid this morning and that infuriates me. Especially when there’s snow blowing by the window outside. Ugh. Now I’m drinking my hot, awesome tea, and eating hot, awesome oatmeal with maple syrup so that should make things better.

Thanks for sharing OMGsrsly!


oh yes, cold showers on cold mornings are the worst!

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This one came in from keychange. :)

I think I would be open to exploring more Darjeelings. This one is similar in that it steeped up lightly, to the Puttabong one I had a while back. Does that mean it’s a first flush? I’be had ones that steep up darker that I didn’t enjoy as much.

This one has a hay-like quality going on with some underlying flavours that are just out of my reach. There is a subtle hint of nuttiness, with a touch of astringency. Not an astringency I’m used to in most black teas I have though. Interesting, interesting. I’d be open to trying this one again. Or other Darjeelings. The more I sip away, the more I am growing to really enjoy this tea.

Thanks keychange!

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

No problem! If I get my hands on more darjes, I’ll send some your way to try. I generally like them, too.


Woot! I will have to keep an eye out now. The light steeping ones I’ve had I’ve enjoyed. All two of them haha. Very much enjoyed them. I will keep this one on my Butiki order list I think. When I’m close to a free shipping threshold it will be thrown in for sure. :)


Almost had this one today!


Butiki has some VERY nice darjeelings! :D

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drank Apple Cinnamon by Tim Hortons
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We’re sitting in evolution now and Mike picked me up an Apple Cinnamon tea from Tim’s. You know, to survive the class still sane. I love evolution, don’t get me wrong, but this prof is a bit dry. Even with a British accent.

Sometimes I don’t feel like the adult I am when I’m sitting here in class typing up tea notes while Mike watches over my shoulder and we attempt to stifle laughter before the prof notices.

This is a decent tea. It was one of the teas I used to drink when Tim’s was my favourite. The apple here is really nice, and of course apple and cinnamon go great together. This is actually a decent herbal option.

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drank Cream by TeaGschwendner
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Sil was awesome enough to send along more of this since the first sample was banana-contaminated. Delicious, but not what it was supposed to be.

This is a creamy delicious tea. The black base works great with the cream. And the creaminess is not hard to find at all. Definitely a great tea. I’m not so sure if I need it in my cupboard, but I wouldn’t say no to a cup.

Thanks Sil!

Today is day one for smoothies guys. I’m doing smoothies for lunch and dinner, and sticking with my oatmeal for breakfast. Check it out!

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I love black teas. I pretty well always drink my tea straight. I’m also fond of herbals, but they rarely make my permanent collection. I prefer my tea hot, but occasionally I’ll cold brew.

Oolongs I enjoy, but I’m not generally in the mood for them. I only truly enjoy subtly fruity flavoured greens. Whites have to be pretty amazing (see Butiki’s White Rhino).

Pu’erhs, rooibos (specifically red, I’m more open to green), honeybush, and matés are not my favourite. I tend to avoid them altogether unless others find them so amazing it would be a travesty to not at least try.

Coconut, creaminess, yogurt, toffee, cacao (true dark chocolate flavour), rhubarb.

Any smokiness, bergamot, flowers (rose, jasmine, chamomile), hibiscus is hit and miss.

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