Monthly Archives: October 2014

Drink Me: Republic of Tea, Coconut Cocoa Cuppa Chocolate

I have several friends who are avid tea drinkers, so we often exchange teas.  A few weeks ago Ana gave me some Republic of Tea Coconut Cocoa Cuppa Chocolate and I loved it.

Per the website, the blend contains roasted carob, caramel malted barley, roasted chicory, dates, coconut flavor, cocoa powder and chocolate flavor.

It’s available in a tin of 36 teabags for $10.95 and in bulk (250 teabags) for $46.00.

When I first opened the package I could smell the coconut and the cocoa.  Normally I’m not a fan of chocolate flavored teas because they lack the richness of chocolate and I feel they fall a little flat. However, given that there was cocoa in this tea, I was pleasantly surprised that was not the case. I also LOVED the coconut flavor. This is definitely going on the list as one of my favorite dessert tea flavors.

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Tea & Cookies: Macaroons

The Knitting: Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso self striping in La Duree Macaroons, My own sock pattern.

The Mug: Society 6, Mint Macaroon mug

The Macaroons: Colors Macarons, Overland Park, KS

The Tea: Teavana, Marshmallow Macaroon (review here)

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 12, Rabbit Rabbit

Welcome back to Episode 12 and welcome to new viewers.

This week I started a Ravelry group – please come join us!

You can also find me on Ravelry as Fluffyk, Twitter and Instagram as Fluffykira, and in my shop The Stashbuckler: Adventures in Yarrrrrrrrn.

Sipping:

Wearing:

Knitting:

Spinning:

  • In Progress: JulieSpins, BFL (Blue-faced Leicester) in Loyal Friend
  • On Deck: Two if by Hand, CTA Spin-a-long colorway, Superwash Merino, India

Extras:

  • Come join the Ravelry Group!
  • Want to knit a sweater? Come check out NaKniSweMo – National Knit a Sweater Month, starting November 1!

Teaccessories: I tawt I taw a Tweety Pot

I have a soft spot in my heart for Tweety Bird.

Tweety Bird Teapot, Cottage Rose Gifts & Collectibles, $14.95

Tweety Bird Mug, Xenos, $16.95

Drink Me: Teavana, Spiced Mandarin Oolong

The final tea that I ordered from Teavana a few weeks ago was Spiced Mandarin Oolong. I have a soft spot for orange teas. One of my favorite bagged teas was Tazo’s Wild Sweet Orange before they changed the blend.

This blend contains dark Oolong tea, cinnamon, hibiscus flowers, apple bits, carob bits, ginger, orange juice bits, citrus slices, pepper, tangerine pieces, ginger slices, candied tangerine, cardamom, star anise, cardamom seeds, cloves and allspice.

It is available in a variety of sizes: 2oz for $9.98, 4oz for $19.96, 8oz for $39.92, 16oz for $79.84, 3lbs for $239.52 and 5lbs for $399.20.

When I opened the bag the first thing I smelled was orange and a collection of spices. Once brewed I got more sweet orange and hibiscus smell. The tea tasted delicious.  I got a nice sense of the orange and hibiscus, which made it sweet. But there was also the tang of the spices adding a more savory complex note. I’m not sure it’s as good as my Wild Sweet Orange, but it’s not a bad second!

Tea & Normality

A Cup of Tea, M. Aller on Pinterest

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 11, It’s Mother-elfing Tea Time.

Welcome back to Episode 11 and welcome to new viewers.

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Sipping:

Wearing:

Knitting:

Spinning:

Extras:

Teaccessories: Infuse Me

If you’re looking for an easy way to get into loose leaf teas, a must have is an infuser. There are so many available that there’s something for every aesthetic.  Here are a few I’ve seen recently:

Tovolo in mug infuser, Bed Bath & Beyond, $9.99

Umbrella Shaped Tea Strainer, FeelGift, $23.00

T-Bird Swing infuser (Orange or Green), The Kitchen Gift Co., £7.95

Eva Solo Tea Bag Infuser, Amazon, $29.00

Drink Me: Teavana, Pomegranate Cranberry Crush

Another tea I purchased recently from Teavana was Pomegranate Cranberry Crush.

This herbal infusion contains apple bits, pineapple bits, hibiscus flowers, cranberry bits, pomegranate seeds, raspberry bits and marigold petals.

It is available in a variety of sizes: 2oz for $6.98, 4oz for $13.96, 8oz for $27.92,  16oz for $55.84, 3lb for $167.52 and 5lb for $279.20.

When I opened the package I mostly smelled cherry, but there was another smell that I hate to say was a little off-putting. It reminded me a bit of the Currant Affair from David’s Tea that I didn’t much care for.  However when I pulled a smaller amount aside and put it in a tea bag to brew, I found the tea smelled fresher and sweeter.  While brewing I got more of a hibiscus smell.  I was pleasantly surprised that when I drank the tea, it was just sweet hibiscus and cherry. I didn’t really get much of the pomegranate, but this was a delicious fruit tea. Maybe a candidate for next year’s summer iced teas?

Must Stash/Mustache

Many knitters commonly refer to the yarn that is overflowing out of nooks and crannies affectionately as their “stash.”  I refer to my tea collection as my “stash.”  I can’t help it. I must stash!

Mustache Mug, Sky Blue, Bread and Badger, $25.00

Mr. Teacup’s Big Moustache Hug Mug, Mr. Teacup, $36.25

Black and White Mustache Zipper Pouch, Hahn Stitched, $13.00