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Last month, I took a road trip to visit some old coworkers and had a cup of Juniper Ridge’s Douglas Fir Spring Tips while I was there. I really enjoyed the tea so I perused their website, ordered the 3 teas they had available and came across a job posting on their website for a Production Line Supervisor in Oakland, CA. If anybody is interested, the posting is still up: https://juniperridge.com/wp-content/uploads/PDF/181101_JRCareers_Wildcrafter.pdf

I would’ve applied at the time but I knew I’d be moving soon, so I passed the job posting on to the coworker who gave me a ride from the Bay Area down to Monterey. It seemed like a good fit for somebody with our habitat restoration experience.

Cue yesterday, about a month later, I got an email from a different coworker at our habitat restoration company that closed down last year. He got a new job working for a company that makes essential oils, perfumes, soaps and teas. They source their ingredients sustainably from various locations on the west coast. He’s looking for contacts with landowners and resource agencies so that the company can broaden their harvest-base. I’m sure you can guess, he’s working for Juniper Ridge but in a different role than the job posting I linked.

How strange and exciting.

I made a few mugs of this tonight for both myself and my housemate who is afflicted with the same two-week sickness that I finally recovered from this week. The other one developed bronchitis and the third, who actually lives in an RV out front, developed pneumonia.

Anyway, my housemate really enjoyed this as a hot beverage to soothe her sore throat, cough and burning lungs. The sage lends a good savory base but still has some ethereal qualities, while the mint is pretty strongly cooling and I can feel it with each inhale. Long after I’ve finished the mug, I notice a clean, sweet-tart aftertaste. This herbal tea is simple, refreshing and calming. The white sage and mint are incredibly fresh and despite steeping the bag many minutes past the recommended five, they are not stewy in the slightest.

I’ve tried 2 of the 3 teas available from Juniper Ridge and both have been of excellent quality. Now that I know my old coworker is working for them, I’m even more inclined to purchase their sustainably harvested herbal teas. This makes me happy :)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 12 OZ / 354 ML
Martin Bednář

This blend looks as good for evening drinks I am looking for. As I need something without caffeine with evenings – this looks like perfect. I like mint and with sage it sounds delicious.

derk

I’ve been drinking it several nights in a row since it is a good nighttime tea. It looks like the company does ship internationally however the price of the tea plus the price of shipping to CZ might be quite expensive. I could send you several teabags in an envelope if you’d like to try it :)

Martin Bednář

I guess I will take some time too decide. But thanks for offer :-)

Hris

Ah, this brings back pleasant memories. I had bought a tin of this on a whim from the Muir Woods gift shop on my first work trip to the Bay Area. Loved the sage mint combo – deep piney sage and the cooling mint – great for colds, an upset tummy or a wound up mind. I still keep the tin as a memento of my visit.

derk

Ha, thanks for sharing! I’m glad you were able to visit Muir Woods :) I used to do a lot of habitat restoration work there. If you ever visit the Bay Area again, I’d be happy to host a tea session.

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Martin Bednář

This blend looks as good for evening drinks I am looking for. As I need something without caffeine with evenings – this looks like perfect. I like mint and with sage it sounds delicious.

derk

I’ve been drinking it several nights in a row since it is a good nighttime tea. It looks like the company does ship internationally however the price of the tea plus the price of shipping to CZ might be quite expensive. I could send you several teabags in an envelope if you’d like to try it :)

Martin Bednář

I guess I will take some time too decide. But thanks for offer :-)

Hris

Ah, this brings back pleasant memories. I had bought a tin of this on a whim from the Muir Woods gift shop on my first work trip to the Bay Area. Loved the sage mint combo – deep piney sage and the cooling mint – great for colds, an upset tummy or a wound up mind. I still keep the tin as a memento of my visit.

derk

Ha, thanks for sharing! I’m glad you were able to visit Muir Woods :) I used to do a lot of habitat restoration work there. If you ever visit the Bay Area again, I’d be happy to host a tea session.

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Always up for a trade. I keep an updated cupboard. Check it out. Don’t be shy — message me if you want to try something! I send international :)

Most enjoyment:

Wuyi and Taiwanese oolong, GABA oolong, sheng and shou puerh, Yunnan and Wuyi blacks, Laoshan green. I also appreciate Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Darjeeling and Nepali teas, bagged tea and herbal teas/tisanes.

I take my teas without milks or sweeteners except sometimes chai and the rare London Fog or matcha latte. I generally steep a tea until it has no more to give.

I’ll try anything once because it helps me learn. Not opposed to well placed herbs, flowers, fruity bits and flavorings. Just nothing cloying especially banana, caramel, coconut, cinnamon or maple. And no added sugars, sweeteners, candy or chocolate.

Preference reference:

100-90: A tea I can lose myself into. Something about it makes me slow down and appreciate not only the tea but all of life or a moment in time. If it’s a bagged or herbal tea, it’s of standout quality in comparison to similar items.
89-80: Fits my profile well enough to buy again. Some could be daily drinker teas.
79-70: Not a preferred tea. I might buy more or try a different harvest. Would gladly have a cup if offered.
69-60: Not necessarily a bad tea but one that I won’t buy again. Would have a cup if offered.
59-1: Lacking several elements, strangely clunky, possess off flavors/aroma/texture or something about it makes me not want to finish.
Unrated: Haven’t made up my mind or some other reason. If it’s puerh, I likely think it needs more age.

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