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From Staufs Coffee Roasters

Dry Aroma: Intense layers of cinnamon, sweet and high nose like Chinese cassia.
Wet Aroma: Lemon zest, heady cinnamon, and a faint hint of clove and orange zest.
Cup: This unique spicy, naturally sweet flavor has become world famous, originating in Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market. A staple at Staufs for over 10 years, this tea was brewed nearly everyday for iced tea. When cupped, this tea has a luminous, pumpkin-orange liquor. An intense bloom of cinnamon greets the palate, followed by a lingering almost candy-like sweetness, and a pleasant spicy sting that shifts to sweet quickly. Moderate bodied with no astringency, but has a deep long lingering aftertaste that is rich with cinnamon and a slight lemon-orange finish.
Directions: Try using 3 grams (1tsp) per 8oz in 200 degree water and steep for 4-5 minutes. Avoid adding cream as the pure cinnamon oil and strong citrus can cause the milk to separate. For a surprising iced tea, use 1.5 oz to 1 gal of cold water and steep overnight in the fridge, garnish with orange and lemon slices and serve over ice.

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I am finally getting a chance to try this sample that Kashyap sent me. This blend is interesting – the leaves are very shiny and look like they are wet. The smells is very spicy of cinnamon and it differs from your average orange spice tea in that it is really sugary sweet smelling, rather than just a natural orange flavor. Oh my goodness! This tea is really sweet. I think this is the first tea I’ve ever had that I’ve not been like, oh I’ll just add a little sweetener. I’ve been sitting here since I first smelled it thinking and thinking what the smell and the taste reminds me of and I finally got it! It’s exactly like those little cinnamon Red Hot candies. I am not really sensing a ton of orange flavor, mainly just a really spicy, burning cinnamon flavor. I’m not really sure what to even compare this to, as I haven’t had any other teas like it. It tastes more like some other type of drink rather than tea, since you really can’t taste any tea in the flavor. This tea really leaves a burning feeling all the way down your throat, eh. It does get a little more drinkable as it cools. I’m not really loving this but if you’re really into spicy cinnamon tastes this may be just for you. Thanks Kashyap for the sample!

-Dry blend has shiny wet-looking black tea leaves with pieces of orange peel.
-Dry leaves smell strongly of spicy cinnamon and sweet citrus. Tea liquor aroma is of spicy cinnamon.
-Tea liquor is a clear medium orange brown color with an oily sheen on top.
-Overwhelmingly sweet orange flavor with a strong cinnamon finish. Lingering cinnamon aftertaste that is slightly numbing.
-Best with milk only.
-Fair tea. Overpowering spiciness with no trace of tea flavor. Reminiscent of Red Hot cinnamon candies.

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Market Spice uses pure cinnamon oil and dried orange and lemon rinds/zest and so the ‘wet’ looking leaves is really the degree of the oils that are added. They are all natural flavors derived from whole ingredients and the oil they make themselves from cinnamon they import. You describe the spicy quality quite well and the citrus is another layer of spicy and tart. I’m glad I could share it and give you a chance to try it.

Josie Jade

I wanted so bad to like it more than I did. Thanks again for the sample!

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I finally got a chance to try this from Josie Jade who sent me a package full of goodies.

Boy does this sure smell like Red Hots when brewed?! I’m not a huge fan of them but it didn’t stop me from trying it. The dry leaves smell almost like licorice…VERY candy-like. Eesh.

The taste…is unique.
It’s VERY sweet and cinnamon-y. I don’t know if I’ll be able to finish it. I had to look on there website to see if any sugar was added and I guess it’s natural and comes from the Chinese cassia?? It might taste a bit better iced. It’s just kinda weird, honestly.

When you take a sip you get a little orange (it’s smooth and sweet) then it zips right to the cinnamon (spicy) then it goes a little sweet again back at the end. It sure is strange to say that THIS is a tea, lol. I don’t think I’ll be able to finish it. Would anybody like to try some??? It’s packed full of flavor for sure! And if you like Red Hots THIS tea is for you!

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Josie Jade

Haha, this is exactly how I felt about this tea too. There has got to be someone out there who would like this tea . . .

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