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drank Strawberry Sangria by Cuppa Geek
5389 tasting notes

CuppaGeek Advent Calendar – Day 4

Made this one iced since it seemed like it should be cold but I was already using the bottle I use for cold brewing for Strawberry Lemonade.

It’s nice. It’s not sangria for me, but its nice. What it does have is a lot of strawberry flavour. Natural strawberry flavour which is pretty uncommon since strawberry tends to be sweet and candy-like or milkshake-esque. This is more true to the fruit and thus not overly sweet. I do like it. With that said, there is something else here that I don’t like so much. It’s sort of medicinal and that leaves me sad. I wish this was just that strawberry flavour.

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As I need to keep up with the date, I decided to brew two CuppaGeek teas. I have to admit, i was bit cheating today as well, as I needed a caffeine-free blend as… it’s evening again.

Time flies!

Anyway to the tea… I was quite afraid being hibiscus heavy (so, maybe a cup for Mastress Alita?) The brew is having deep red colour and aroma? I think I notice cherries and strawberries; that is probably the expected flavour profile. Yep, it’s pretty strawberry/cherry forward in taste as well. Hibiscus was strong too. !EXCEPTION AHEAD! I did an exception and added a teaspoon of sugar. I think I get more from cherry.

Now I am confused. My blend is having a lemongrass in. Fruit salad lemonade doesn’t contain lemongrass on CuppaGeek website. Other tea called “something” (scratched original label by tearing off the silver one) lemonade is Rose Lemonade and that one includes the lemongrass, but I don’t think it’s only rose and lemongrass. The image on the label looks like Fruit salad lemonade one. Mislabeled? No, taste is indeed bit more on cherry than on rose. Holds on rating

Song pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4BBQ6Pni7c — you never heard about Publisher? Well, I found him approx. 6 years ago. I was browsing through Jamendo for some free songs, easy-listening genre. I listened to one, two (of four) from him and I knew I wanted to download them. So I did. And to be honest, I prefer bit more his Never Wanted track :) .

PS: Those silver labels aren’t scratchable, are they?

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Received my second ADVENT CALENDAR today and, as you can see, it’s from CuppaGeek. 4 days late isn’t that bad at all, especially when I have ordered it 17th November.

I like the idea of teas not being numbered. I get as well one reusuable tea bag with Nichole’s business card in. And tea!

I just randomly picked the one from quite small, but very cute paper bag and my hand selected this tea.

I used whole small pouch in a mug. Mug of 400 ml volume and let it steep for maybe five minutes. The aroma of prepared tea was quite on chamomile, but taste was certainly apple-y, pie-y and overall cozy and enjoyable. There is slight hint of rum indeed, but I am glad it isn’t boozy.

Enjoyable simple cuppa which delivers what is expected from it. Apple pie.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Pastries

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
gmathis

I think this is my favorite CuppaGeek herbal.

Martin Bednář

Indeed it’s very tasty!

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drank Blueberry Peach Crisp by Cuppa Geek
2277 tasting notes

Another flyby; ashmanra’s review pretty much captures this: peach and piecrust. I think this is my first experience with green rooibos and I like it. CuppaGeek does flavored, desserty things quite well.

Courtney

This one sounds tasty. I love when tea companies can capture pasty/baked goods well!

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drank Lavender Earl Grey by Cuppa Geek
5389 tasting notes

CuppaGeek Advent Calendar – Day 3

I was very much not excited to see this as today’s Cuppa Geek blend. It’s not flavours I enjoy on their own so combined just didn’t appeal to me at all. Interestingly enough, I drank it while FaceTiming with a friend and learned that Lavender Earl Grey is actually her favorite so that was a fun discovery. Plus, now I know where to send all my Lavender Earl Grey twas I come across. As for the tea, I didn’t really like it as expected and don’t recall much beyond that.

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Cuppa Geek Advent Day 3

I made my husband smell the packet for this one and it wasn’t cruel like last time when I had already drunk all the delicious tea. This time we were sharing. He said it smelled like candy, and then he said maybe it was maple syrup or maple candy. I think it was the caramel that made him think of maple syrup because once that suggestion was put in my head, I smelled it, too.

My packet said to make it at 185F so I did, but now I see that the website says 212F, which makes more sense for black tea but I can tell you that 185F worked cuz it was DA BOMB. The tiny marshmallows melted away in the steeping basket and I combined the steeps for the sake of strength, although we both had a small amount of unadulterated first steep.

My husband doesn’t like to describe tea because he says he isn’t good at it, so he usually makes jokes like, “it is hot and has tea-like qualities.” With this one, he kept saying, “It’s soooo smooth. It goes down so easily.”

What surprised me is that he usually hates chocolate in tea because he says chocolate flavoring smells like mildew to him and is a scent that really lingers. He really hates the smell of Harney’s Florence and Chocolate Mint. But the chocolate in this did not bother him at all.

This is one I would deffo re-order and I would LOVE to try it as a latte as well. It isn’t on the site right now, but maybe soon…

derk

Is https://cuppageekteas.com/shop loading for others? I haven’t been able to access it for several days.

Dustin

That link worked for me. Clear your cache? Try a different browser? Blood sacrifice to the internet gremlins?

Martin Bednář

Loading is bit longer than I would expect, but it works for me derk :)

ashmanra

It is working for me! I tried to order this but it isn’t in the shop right now.

White Antlers

derk Do you have third party cookie blocking installed? If so, that might be your issue with this site.

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drank Berries N'Cream by Cuppa Geek
790 tasting notes

Advent Day 3, From the Depths of the Grab Bag.

“Jello again. Strawberry. It’s got some floral like a rose or linden and fruity like strawberry.

Smells fruity, floral and vanilla, a little hibiscus, maybe some chamomile, rosehips. It’s got that sourness from the rosehips kinda.

It definitely rosehips. Maybe it’s grape-like. Yeah, that’s about it. Did I hit anything that was in the tea?

I’d recommend it if you like, uh, I don’t know. No. It’s fine."

Cameron B.

LOL, these are my favorite advent notes! XD

derk

Plenty more to come ;)

Cameron B.

I love them! It’s so funny but also super interesting to hear a fresh perspective.

gmathis

Housemate needs to sign on as a regular Steepie!

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drank Sweet Pumpkin Chai by Cuppa Geek
790 tasting notes

Advent Day 2, From the Depths of the Grab Bag.

Housemate, in the recliner with my old girl on her lap.

“{Dry leaf] smells Christmasy. Maybe, uh, cinnamon, star anise, a little juniper. Kinda like that Celestial tiger blend.

[Hot tea] smells like pie. Tastes kinda like apple spice pie. It doesn’t have deep tannins. It’s more smooth. Maybe it has a little orange in it. That’s about it. It’s good. Would I drink it again? Yeah, I’d drink it again. It’s good, pleasant tea. It quenches your thirst.

So what is it? [me: Sweet Pumpkin Chai] Did I say pie? Well there you have it. So far I flunked this one. I can taste pumpkin now."

Cameron B.

Pie is close! Half points! ;)

gmathis

Please tell Housemate that I am loving the secondhand reviews!

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Cuppageek Advent random pick day #2!

I did actually do a random pick today and didn’t cheat and try to see the name first. Yesterday was Frosted Cranberry – yummy, yummy, berries and sweetness, need to order.

Though this is another fruity blend, it was very different. Instead of fresh fruit, this tastes like a baked fruit cobbler. I think the cinnamon is what makes it taste that way to me. It was really good with my brekkie and once again I did three steeps.

Tastewise, I would call this Peach Blueberry, because it is peach forward to me. It isn’t a heavy peach black though, and the green rooibos shines through. I really feel like there is a baked cobbler taste here!

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drank Ugly Sweater Chai by Cuppa Geek
5389 tasting notes

CuppaGeek Advent Calendar – Day 2

This one had potential with its chocolate chips and orange slices. Both those flavors come through, along with clove, which I like. However, there is a hibiscus note that hits you in the back of the throat that is out of place and makes me kind of sad.

Cameron B.

Nooooooooo hibiscus, you rascal! >:|

Leafhopper

Yeah, why would they put hibiscus in this? BTW, I like the name.

Mastress Alita

I love the name of this tea! (And I also love hibiscus, so I’d probably like this)

VariaTEA

I have come to the conclusion that hibiscus works well in some teas and is necessary in others. But in this tea, it was out of place and sort of messes with the flavor profile Nichole was aiming for (imo). Also makes it hard to make it a latte, which a spiced chai is usually best as a latte.

tea-sipper

Ugly hibiscus chai! (sorry Mastress Alita)

Mastress Alita

I totally rock that ugly hibiscus! :-P

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drank Frosted Cranberry by Cuppa Geek
11497 tasting notes

Day 2 Advent
I wasn’t a fan of this when it was hot. There was a bitter edge to it that made me make a face. That being said, after it had cooled a bit, i was better with it. the bitter edge flattened out and it became a tea that i’d drink. However i’m not really getting cranberry from this and as a result it’s nothing special to me. Not a BAD tea, but just middle of the road.

Still glad to try it and am loving this advent! Also…at least it only took me two days to realise the stickers are scratchable hahahaha

ashmanra

Sil SAME! Ha ha! I know it said to scratch off the stickers, but I sort of scratched and didn’t see anything happening so I thought we were just supposed to pull it off. So that’s what I did. Today it would NOT come off so I gave scratching a better try and realized she really did mean to scratch it off!

gmathis

(oops) I peeled, not scratched.

Sil

i didn’t even realise shed said scratch…you just have to try and catch the right spot or it doesn’t scratch.

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drank Frosted Cranberry by Cuppa Geek
2470 tasting notes

Ever since gmathis said this was more “Berries and Cream” to her, I have wanted to try it. The name Frosted Cranberry didn’t appeal to me much because I drank a LOT of cranberry juice years ago for health reasons and not for pleasure. I just found it too tart, so I was afraid this tea would just be tart and hibiscus-y.

When my advent from Cuppageek came, I pawed through all the packets and noticed that a few letters of the name peek out from some of the stickers, so I could tell what this one was.
Yes, friends, I cheated on the first day of advent and instead of randomly pulling out a packet I chose this one because I just couldn’t wait to try it.

I LOVE IT! I used my Kamjove and made the first steep and poured off a tiny bit to taste full strength, then made a second steep right on top of what was left in the Kamjove so the two combined.

This is sooo good, so sweet and smooth. It does have the ever so slightest hint of briskness at times so you know your are drinking TEA and not a bunch of flavorings. The cream flavor is reminiscent of Parker’s Blend (not the Evening version) but where PB has the betgamot going on this has fruit and berry! Oh so good. I made my husband smell the empty packet which was cruel since we were out. He liked.

It was so good that this afternoon I made a third steep and it was STILL good. Yes, it was muted, but still flavorful and well worth my time to make and drink.

I used boiling water at 3 minutes if anyone is interested in how I made my three steeps.

Must have more.

Courtney

Berries and cream, yum!

Lexie Aleah

You know it must be good when your making someone else smell an empty packet of tea haha. I’ve definitely done this before!

derk

You funny lady, you.

VariaTEA

Looking forward to trying this one now!

Martin Bednář

You cheater! Haha. I am glad that you liked it as I did. I also checked the Kamjove and now aI think I need one of those pots. Hopefully one day!

gmathis

I love the “rules don’t apply” approach to this advent batch. Glad you like it as much as I do.

Sil

haha this was my tea today too randomly!!

ashmanra

Martin: I use the heck out of my Kamjove! I love it! I hope you can get one.

Gmathis: Even before 2020 I pretty much threw rules out the window! I am a tea renegade.

Mastress Alita

There are rules? I bought two matcha advents that I immediately ripped open back in… October? November? just to get all the samplers for my smoothies. I always do badly at the “must drink this tea this day” thing anyway… (I don’t know how y’all do fifteen of these things a day when I have trouble finding the time to do one)…

Martin Bednář

ashmanra: I can imagine why… it’s perfect tea pot for one!
*Mastress Alita: * Rules? That’s so 2019!

gmathis

I don’t know how y’all do fifteen of these things a day and accomplish anything other than trips back and forth to the water closet ;) (Sorry, couldn’t resist!)

Martin Bednář

Just stumbled across this song: https://www.jamendo.com/track/1733595/rules-don-t-apply-remastered/lyrics

RULES DON’T APPLY; isn’t that right this year?

White Antlers

Ok-here’s a great 80s song that tells us ’the rules do not apply…"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0XjezfWXu8

ashmanra

White Antlers: Me like! Reminded me a little of New Gold Dream by Simple Minds for some reason. My husband asked what I was listening to, said it sounded very 80’s. I told him it IS 80’s! Spot on. He liked it, too.

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75
drank Strawberry Sangria by Cuppa Geek
790 tasting notes

Advent Day 1, From the Depths of the Grab Bag.

I bought the advent grab bag for my housemate because she liked the Cuppageek teas that ashmanra sent me. I brew for my housemate either caffeinated or herbal tea every evening. All of my upcoming Cuppageek reviews will be straight from her mouth unedited :) She has no idea of the ingredients in the teas and I will be telling her the name of the tea and ingredients after she finishes her mug. I have a very willing blind taste tester. This excites me.

“The packet smells like raspberry and orange. The brewed aroma smells like strawberry jello, like when you’re making it, it’s still warm. The strawberry tastes like the peach does in Celestial Seasonings Country Peach Passion, kind of fake but I kind of like it! You can almost taste the white pith of the strawberry. It’s got a little minty something on the tongue. I enjoyed it. Burrrrp. Burrrrp. Burp.

7.5/10 because you know there are some peppermints that I really like, like that one you made last night. That was like an A, maybe like a 95. I like the peppermint more than this one and I still like linden flowers more."

ashmanra

What a neat idea! Tell housemate we wilk be looking forward to her tasting notes!

derk

She’s a crazy old coot. Daily tasting notes might be varying levels of kooky and there will probably be many more burps involved.

Martin Bednář

This tasting note made me smile :)

White Antlers

Nothing wrong with being a crazy old coot! (BTW-that word is a derviation of ‘cote’-an Old English/Low German word for any diving water fowl…)

gmathis

Fresh perspective is always good!

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drank Orange Creamsicle by Cuppa Geek
11497 tasting notes

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drank Fall Delight by Cuppa Geek
11497 tasting notes

Advent Calendar Day 1 (for me)

A little excited today because i have TWO advents, but only one of them is tea. Husband drew this one out of the calendar today for my tea advent and it was a pretty tasty tea. I fully expected apples in this tea based on the name but instead if was a fruity, pumpkin spiced blend. Thoroughly enjoyed as a first day tea!

(Other advent today is a jam advent from “Bonne Maman” Todays jam was pear and mirabelle plum). Nugget was a fan.

Cameron B.

YAAAS someone else is doing Bonne Maman! (high fives)

Sil

hahahaha yay!!! It seemed totally ridiculous but i’m so happy now. Every morning we get a new tiny jam…plus i’m sure kiddo will love the jars after we clean them!

Cameron B.

Toast and matcha is my new advent breakfast. XD

Roswell Strange

I saw someone else on IG today post about Bonne Maman too – now I need to remember to try and find who it was, so that I can share it with you both. I’ve never done an advent before other than tea/chocolate, but y’all have me super curious about this jam advent!

tea-sipper

YES for Sil also going the jam advent! haha

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drank Summer in a Cup by Cuppa Geek
5389 tasting notes

CuppaGeek Advent Calendar – Day 1

This is the tea I grabbed out. Actually, its the one my sister grabbed. I insisted her and my brother-in-law open the advents with me. They were not nearly as excited as I was but here we are haha.

This was an interesting one to have today given how much snow I woke up to. I realized now the picture I took could have been infinitely better if I put it in the snow but not possible now. Oh well.

Anyways, the tea itself is good. It’s got great fruit flavor. It’s honestly a bit fruit loops like for me. At least what I remember of fruit loops since its been forever since I had them. This tea also boasts peach and strawberry ingredients and I can see how this tea leans into those flavors a bit. Though no fruit flavor is overly distinct. I also like that marshmallows add a fluffiness here that pairs with the fruit notes well.

Cameron B.

Mmmm Fruit Loops… :P

Sil

haha i got a different tea (likely) so this should be fun!

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Advent Calendar Day 1

So excited to FINALLY dig into this! I was happy to find that today’s tea was not only a new blend for me but a new company I hadn’t even heard of! Also excited that it’s a banana tea. Weirdly enough, I’m not the biggest fan of fresh bananas, but I love banana bread and banana-flavored tea blends. And this particular one is excellent: a nice blend of banana and caramel with the black tea adding some depth and the honeybush bringing some sweetness. A great start to a fun month of sampling new things! A big thank you to Shae for organizing this year and to Amanda for the cute calendar and extra Lush goodies she included. :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
VariaTEA

So I have a different tea for today. It seems like there is no designated tea per day, at least I don’t think.

gmathis

Mine didn’t come numbered…the proper procedure appears to be “pick one and be surprised!” I’m with you … I despise banana texture, but the flavor itself is OK.

Mastress Alita

I think I’m the only person with a strong aversion to both banana texture and flavor… heck, even the scent of the stuff triggers my gag reflex. It’s the only food I have that kind of an aversion! So even “artificial banana flavorings” I can’t handle.

AJRimmer

Mine aren’t numbered either so I wasn’t sure what to do. I guess I’ll just pick one!

amandastory516

Glad you liked the first day’s offering!

Shae

Amanda’s such a great swap partner! I don’t know if you have swapped with each other before, but you two seemed like the perfect match when I was putting my list together.

This blend sounds really good. I’ve been seeing a lot of notes for CuppaGeek’s teas and am feeling very tempted to place an order. Plus, I’m adding more and more teas to my wishlist after reading everyone’s advent tasting notes. There are too many to try!

Inkling

It was so thoughtful of you to pair us up, Shae! I sent a calendar to Amanda last year, but don’t think I’ve ever received from her before. And Amanda, I’m loving it so far. Thanks again! :)

amandastory516

Shae- Aw, shucks. Thank you.
Inkling- Glad to hear that! You’re very welcome.

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drank Spiced Hot Toddy by Cuppa Geek
2277 tasting notes

Wanted a second steep; needed somebody to clout my head with a blunt object to get me awake and out the door, so I dumped a teaspoon of pantry-staple generic Assam into the toddy leaves and stewed it a bit. The orange peels are a little bitter now, but they are doing a good job of clouting. This is still mighty tasty. Still recommended.

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drank Spiced Hot Toddy by Cuppa Geek
2277 tasting notes

Confounded bifocals…label on the Advent packet was too small for me to read. I’ll let somebody with 20/20 vision add the ingredients to the tea description.

However, whatever is in it (hunks of fruit; I think I saw a strand or two of lemongrass?) is absolutely delicious. Tastes like a rum and raisin fruitcake. The good kind—not the dried out and petrified mass market variety that people throw on the pay-it-forward snack table at work. Very well blended!

gmathis

Aha! Just got a newsletter update cataloging all the Cuppa Geek Advent teas. (In larger font!) No wonder I liked it! Tea description now updated.

ashmanra

Ha ha! I tried to read the ingredients to my daughter and said, “Hold on a minute while I take off my glasses and hold the package against my eye!” I was glad of the ingredient and flavors list, too!

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Cold Brew!

This isn’t my favourite tea that I’ve tried from Cuppa Geek, but it was alright overall. The strawberry is nice and very natural tasting – it has a bit of that tarty bite that slightly underripe strawberries have that seems to lean into the natural quality of it. There was something in this that felt almost medicinal though, and it really stuck to my palate after each sip. I’m thinking it might have been from the base teas, but I’m not actually totally sure. It was unexpected, and I thought it detracted from what was otherwise a nice strawberry note.

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drank Spiced Fall Evenings by Cuppa Geek
2277 tasting notes

Happy mail! My Cuppa Geek advent calendar arrived today—-lovely little packets with stickers over the labels so every day can be a surprise! I cheated and de-stickered them, as I’m keeping some for myself and sending the ones I’ve already tried as a Christmas box tuck-in for a friend. I won’t share spoilers, however, for those of you who are going through yours honestly.

Oh, my stars and garters, Spiced Fall Evenings was a perfect wind-down for Thanksgiving Eve. Everything that is good about pumpkins and apples and chai, with a very gentle creaminess that meshes it all together. Expertly blended.

AJRimmer

Ooooo I might have to open this one first!

ashmanra

We love this one! It is on my re-order list!

Martin Bednář

This is indeed great one!

Michelle

My order has been stuck in USPS limbo all week! Looking forward to trying this one.

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I got 10 grams from derk, thank you and ashmanra maybe? Or not? I am again confused.

While I am writing those lines, Steepster is down again. Dashboard is stuck. I hope it will work correctly during Advent calendar period! And I can’t wait for my Advent calendar from this company. Based on tracking, it seems it’s in Chicago already! That means it could be delivered quite fast maybe?

Anyway, to the tea. I saw big chamomile buds in pouch and, well, I am not fan of chamomile. I actually dislike pure chamomile teas. But on the bottom there is something like rooibos? Something else than just chamomile? Sounds better.

I have opened the pouch. I notice maple? Apples? Spices? That indeed seems better!
The pouch weight is 10 grams. How much I should use? I have decided for half.
I brewed for 5 minutes and I immidiately start to inhale the aroma and felt cozy.

The taste is good to. Maybe the aroma hyped me maybe bit too much, because it’s mostly chamomile in tate. Yep, I know it is chamomile based blend, so what I was expecting, right? But beneath the chamomile, there is more. I am not really sure what is it, as there shouldn’t be any apples, but I think my mind is only playing with me because it reminds me rather apple-cinnamon blends that my mother loves and we had tried a several blends. I like the full-body flavour; it’s not watery at all. Actually rather thick.

Certainly cinnamon is present, some sweetness as well. Not that sure about pumpkin as label suggests, but I don’t mind :)

Oh well, an amazing tea for grey day as today with rain showers. I went to post-office to send few postcards (postcrossing) again. Two to US (east coast), Russia (far east part), Belarus and Germany. I didn’t mind the rain, I really needed to get out of my house as I am usually going to the store and back… only.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Maple, Spices

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 5 g 10 OZ / 300 ML
Leafhopper

Having an excuse to leave the house is nice. Toronto might be going into another lockdown, so I’ll be staying home even more.

Martin Bednář

Sorry to hear that Leafhopper. We are in half-lockdown. Schools were closed (but primary are opening now), libraries, museums, restaurants, bars… all closed down. Restaurants can have take-away, at least.

But I am already so tired of distance learing. *sighs
I am indeed recently looking for some reasons going out, but unfortuntately don’t have much time!

gmathis

I just ordered a Cuppageek Advent calendar…partly for myself, and partly for some mini-Christmas treats to share with friends.

Leafhopper

Restaurants are closed here for dine-in service, though takeout and delivery are allowed. I wouldn’t be surprised if schools and libraries are shut down in the near future. Sigh. I imagine that distance learning is getting old, especially since it can be hard to focus after a while.

White Antlers

I hear you Martin. We are in modified lockdown AGAIN. Many restaurants are closed from 11/20 through March or April, all the museums are closed until next year, movie theaters closed, offices have to have staff working from home again, no public gatherings over 10 people, no private gatherings over 10 (and everyone has to be RELATED-but how will THAT be enforced?!), gyms closed, restaurants can only serve outdoors but now the days are in the 40s and 50s (Fahrenheit) and it gets down to freezing at night. If you go to a restaurant as a group, it can only be a group of 4 and once again, everyone must be from the same household. WHAT?! I understand that precautions are necessary and I will abide by them but working from home and being home ALL the time (don’t drive) I am going absolutely stir crazy.

Leafhopper

I don’t drive either and am trying not to use public transportation, so I’m also going a bit stir crazy. I think these restrictions are hard on everyone, although I absolutely think they’re necessary and am following them. I wish some people wouldn’t be irresponsible and have huge parties (one gathering of a hundred people was shut down in Toronto this weekend) so that the rest of us don’t have to suffer. Anyway, thank goodness for tea, which makes staying home a bit more bearable!

White Antlers

Leafhopper I love Canada. When I have visited, the people I encountered have been incredibly courteous and civilized and I always felt safe there, even when traveling alone. I thought is was just us rough around the edges Americans who where the scofflaws during this pandemic. Tea, the company of cats, some good books, netflix, Amazon Prime series and movies and mindfulness are on my side-and things could always be worse.

Leafhopper

I’m glad you enjoyed travelling in Canada! Most of us Canadians are law abiding to a fault, but sadly, not all of us are. We have our fair share of anti-maskers and those who don’t think the rules apply to them. I’m also reading more than usual and enjoy visiting my neighbour’s cat, although that hasn’t happened recently due to the pandemic. I’m also spending more time doing gongfu sessions and looking at tea I shouldn’t buy.

Mastress Alita

Looking at tea I shouldn’t buy has become a favorite pasttime of mine as well the last few weeks…

White Antlers

I do the once a week shopping cart routine now with anything I think I need when I boredom shop online. I allow myself to fill a shopping cart but the rule is that the cart’s contents have to sit for a week before I press ‘buy.’ As a result, I have spent very little money during the pandemic. For me, it feels like simply pretending that the sky’s the limit with shopping is usually as satisfying as having the goods. It’s nice to go back to the cart(s) when the week is up, say to myself-“What the heck were you thinking?”, have a laugh over my foolishness and then delete the contents of those carts. Sometimes dreaming is as good as doing. Or having.

ashmanra

I like this one, too, Martin! We have been drinking it at night a lot, plus another called Baked Apple Pie with a Dash of Rum. GMathis is the reason I ordered that last one, although I don’t taste rum in it.

Leafhopper

White Antlers, sitting on your shopping cart for a week is a good idea. You’re right that a lot of boredom shopping is just daydreaming. This’ll be hard during all the Black Friday sales, though. I’m sure I’ll convince myself that I “need” more Dan Cong and unsmoked Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong, which are the teas I’ve been filling my fantasy shopping carts with lately. (I also bought these teas a couple weeks ago, though they have yet to arrive.)

derk

Martin: I like to send you chamomile because you don’t like chamomile. Am I sadist or merely abetting the pushing of boundaries? I very much enjoyed this one. After I finish off an old tin of some ‘sleep’ blend, I’m going to order a few ounces.

Martin Bednář

White Anlers: Consider this! We can go to shops only in two, unless you have your own children with you. You have to got shopping cart, because you have to keep 15 sq. m. free around you. That’s circle with diameter 4,7 m. And of course nobody cares, for example you are picking the bread. If there isn’t cart for you, you have to wait outside the shop.

We don’t have an online orders available here (of groceries). I am going slightly mad, because I go only to shop and back, so going to post office was a nice change.

Leafhopper I completely agree with you, they are tough, but they make sense. Unless you are changing them every day or two, as here. They declare something, but they change their mind again and change it afterwards. So we are pretty much in stress what changes again, day after day! Looking at teas I shouldn’t buy… and daydreaming about trips and everything, that’s all I do if I am not having a lecture! Haha. Luckily my bank account is quite thin, so I don’t have money for all the tea I see. Kind of luck that Bar Harbor Tea Company haven’t replied to my question! On one hand it makes me sad, on other hand I don’t have to pay the shipping!

ashmanra: * I can imagine indeed! It’s much better than I have been expecting, especially seeing the almost only chamomile buds. I am curious what will be in the Advent Calendar! But I hope I will be able to *do not look before the day comes!

*derk: * You are teaching me that chamomile CAN be tasty! I think you push the boundaries that says chamomile is yuck. Not the blends! I was indeed worried it will be too strong in herbal note, I can imagine the same but with black tea base, but then it won’t be an evening blend, huh?

White Antlers

Martin you have my sympathy being stuck with so few shopping options. While I love going to the grocery store or a farmer’s market, I don’t drive and schelpping a week’s worth of groceries and pet supplies on a bus is very difficult. With COVID, I avoid the markets (indoor and outdoor) but am lucky enough to be able to have organic groceries delivered once a week from a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) plus Amazon (at least in the USA) has Whole Foods as well as Amazon Fresh delivery. There is also Fresh Direct, a big online grocery delivery service. I also can get pet supplies delivered through an online service-Chewy.com.

Even though many grocery stores now have special hours for senior citizens, I prefer not to take a chance being around a lot of people in a store. Reading about your very restricted options makes me grateful for all I have available here and also makes me feel less grouchy. I’m sorry you are so limited in your choices but I do thank you for (inadvertently) helping me to feel better about things here.

tea-sipper

Grr these tough times. I’m wishing safety and health to you all! (Yeah, I’m slowly catching up on tasting notes and comments.)

Martin Bednář

Today shoppign was kind of distster; I had to go early morning because of lecture. So many people! As it has to be closed in Sundays, everyone needed get a breakfast. We had that limitation that 1 person/15 sq. m. — so you have to get the shopping cart. When I was returning the cart, there were only 3 left!

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drank Eleven by Cuppa Geek
10435 tasting notes

This is honestly the perfect Eleven/Stranger Things tea concept, so I was obviously massively excited to try it – even if I am always dubious of maple teas coming from American companies. Unless your company is based in Vermont, and then you get a pass…

I messed up my steeping for this and forgot I was steeping it, so unfortunately my cup was tannic as all hell and oversteeped. However, despite all of that I got a very rich and sweet gooey maple syrup note that forced its way through all the bitterness and astringency – so I feel like with more care and attention this would probably be a really delicious tea! Excited to eventually do my cup over again, and get a proper read on it.

derk

Looking at the ingredients, it seems to be the same tea as Mornin’ Waffles.

Roswell Strange

That would make sense, given the geekdom/character.

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