D AND ABBY! Oh my stars I love this blog. I was wondering if you two would do like....tea haul. Of all the things tea-related that you own and stuff. Tea cups, mugs, actual tea, where you keep it and whatever. I think youre both awesome and I wanna see what kinda stuff you like and stuff. God i use the word "stuff" a lot.
Ok, I'm done....
<3 your follower...and stuff :)
I would totally love to do this and Abby is on board too! I might do mine later today and Abby will do hers at some point also. Abby is putting together things like Submissions Days and stuff so keep an eye out for those too! And we’d love to see ya’ll give us a cap of what’s in your tea cabinet/box/drawer/pantry (if you have that much!) also.
All our tea-riffic love…and stuff ;) D
From Abby: DOOD. Y U SO ANON? Nice people need not anon… :) If it’s because you think we’ll yell at you or you’re annoying… You’re not! And we won’t yell. I told Davis she’s not allowed to yell and stuff. <3
Edit from D: I don’t yell…I just get snarky with…..rude anons. I can’t help it :). But, seriously, Abby’s right. No more anon-ness if you’re being sweet! We love to know who to love <3
I was looking for a new tea the other day and I came across a loose leaf Vanilla Rooibos at Trader Joe’s. I had never tried it but I had heard lovely things and so I bought some.
I had my first cup a little earlier today and it was lovely! It is caffeine free (Rooibos is a red tea) and has a naturally sweet flavor to it so there is no need for a lot of sugar. I turned mine into a latte by putting the milk into my cappuccino maker to steam it.
This is by far one of the best purchases I have made tea wise. It’s loose leaf, high quality and still low priced! If you’re looking for great prices on tea, check out Trader Joes for sure!
Please note there are many ways to make Chai Tea and this is one which I prefer. Listed below are other tips and variations you can try.
Step 1: Using a coffee/spice grinder or mortar and pestle, grind up spices.
Step 2: Add tea to spice mixture. Fill tea pot or coffee plunger with boiling water and add spice mixture. Use 3/4 cup boiling water and 4 teaspoons of tea/spice mixture per serve. Let stand 3-4 minutes. Heat milk using stove top, microwave or even better use a coffee machine so you can produce frothy milk. This gives a cafe style chai tea latte. Add heated milk and sweeten to taste.
Tips and Hints for making Chai Tea:
If you don’t have a grinder, you can use a mortar and pestle, however you should grind the ingredients seperately to avoid mix becoming too fine.
This recipe is unsweetened so you can add sugar to suit your taste.
Edit from D: I really love Chai Lattes but sometimes reliable recipes are hard to find, especially if you don’t want to use a bagged chai. However, brewing a regular chai and adding steamed milk can work just as well! Another tip: add some vanilla for a little extra sweetness. I love vanilla in a lot of teas…but that’s just me! :)
3 new boxes of tea and various other things leave me a happy D.
I splurged a tad and got the Tazo Organic Chai…it was $4 which isn’t much but about twice the price of a normal box of tea. I’m excited about it though. Totally worth it since I can’t do a homemade chai at school.
I also got the Bigelow Herbal Sampler (since I can’t find Pomegranate Pizazz or I Love Lemon in boxes on their own ANYWHERE) and Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Vanilla.
I work in a tea store in Australia called T2. You should check out our website, T2tea.com . I absolutely LOVE tea and adore tea knowledge. Tea is one of those things where everyone wants a FULL STOP answer...but really there isn't one. There are so many different blends, and different types of tea, and different ways of classifying it. In my opinion, there is no 'right' way. There is a way to yield the best results, but at the end of the day if someone wants to drink Green tea with milk...let them! If someone wants to use 4 Twinings English Breakfast teabags per cup and squeeze the hell out of them at the end...let em! Everyone's brew is theirs, so don't let snarky elitists tell you you're doing it wrong.
In saying that , I look forward to reading your posts as they appear on my feed and I'll have to share some knowledge if applicable. :-D
Thanks a lot :D I’ve actually heard of T2 (don’t ask me where or how haha). And I agree… there’s no “right” or “wrong” way… just whatever tastes best to you! Although the 4 bags of English Breakfast sounds a lot like D… ;)
Note from D: Welcome aboard! I really hope you enjoy the blog! And, ignore Abby…I don’t use 4 bags…it’s more like 1 that I just never take out! haha :)
In light of the rather critical anon from a few days ago, and because of all of our new (LOVELY) followers, I just wanted to make sure everyone knew what FMCOT’s main purpose and goal and blah blah blah official stuff.
We are NOT a fuck yeah for tea. And we have never claimed to be tea experts. I started this blog a few months ago to document my “spiritual journey” as I discovered the wonderful world of tea. Now, some people have stated that we only ever blog about “store brand teas” and “crap tea”. Ladies and gentlefollowers, I give you the responses to my question from the other night- “What are you drinking tonight?”
As you can see, the majority of the responses are store brand box teas, or “crap tea” as the anons like to call it. Clearly, the followers of this blog might not be able to afford some of the “real” teas out there, and might want to hear more about the “crap” they buy.
I didn’t mean to get so snarky about this. I guess what I’m trying to say is, a lot of FMCOT’s followers enjoy simple tea you can buy at a grocery store. And so, we will continue to blog about those teas, and periodically break it up with pictures and different recommendations.
But the main focus will be on any new teas Davis and I try, or any questions/opinions we want from y’all. :) This is a blog by tea-drinking college students, for tea-drinking college students (or those on a broke student’s budget). We will experiment with box teas or some inexpensive loose leaf. If you don’t like the kinds of teas we post about, that’s your prerogative. I’m sure there’s another blog out there just for you. :)
Fine Tea Provides the Best Value
Quality, more expensive teas can often be steeped over and over without losing taste or bouquet. As a result , the high or low prices of various offerings can be misleading since the more expensive, finer teas costs more per unit weight - yet yield more cups of brew.
Different Infusions Provide Different Flavor and Aroma
Making multiple infusions not only allows you to get more value from your tea, but enable you to experience different facets of a tea’s aroma, flavor, and overall qualities. Since natural chemicals diffuse at different rates, each subsequent cup will have a different flavor profile.
Sometimes one cup will be a bit bitter, another sweet, and another primarily aromatic. The aroma of each cup can also be strikingly different from one steeping to the next. These nuances from cup to cup greatly enrich the experience of drinking tea.
Types of Teas that are good for Multiple Infusions: -Green Teas -White Oolong -Pu-erhs -SOME herbal teas. If you get a mix of green and herbal then it is better for multiple infusions. Talk to the clerk at your local tea store.
Note: Tea BAGS are not good for multiple infusions. You need large-leaf, whole tea which is not what you find even in the most high quality pre-bagged tea. If you put the tea in bags yourself, using something like Teavana’s Perfect Paper Tea Filters, then you are still in the clear!
Ever wonder how long you should brew your tea? Forget what the clerk said when you bought it? Well, here are some general guidelines!
Japanese Green Teas: 1-2 minutes Chinese Green Teas: 2-3 minutes White Teas: 2-5 minutes Green Oolong Teas: 2-3 minutes Dark Oolong Teas: 3-5 minutes Black Teas: 3-5 minutes Herbal Infusions: 5-10 minutes
Here are the ideal water temperatures! Black, Dark Oolong, Herbal - These types are best prepared with water that has come to near boiling. Don’t let the water boil too long or the oxygen content will be reduced and the tea will taste flat.
Green, White, Green Oolong - These types should not be prepared with boiling water as this will cook the leaves and destroy their flavor. Japanese greens tend to taste best with water at 170-180º F. China green teas tend to taste best with water at 185º F. Generally, the finer the green tea, the lower the water temperature should be. To brew green tea without a thermometer: pour the water at the moment that bubbles begin to rise from the bottom of your kettle, or bring the water to a boil first and then let it cool for two to three minutes before pouring.
So, this isn't so much a question, but more along the lines of encouragement. :)
I read the post last night about the anon that insulted your liking of Celestial Seasonings, and calling it the "Kraft of tea". I just wanted to let you know that Celestial Seasonings is a fine tea to enjoy. I have never come across a tea I didn't enjoy because of its brand. I, personally, rather enjoy a number of celestial seasonings teas. I live in Colorado where CS home is, and I have been to their charming factory twice. They are a respectable company and their teas are delightful. Sure I also have a number of Teavana loose leaf products, but that doesn't make me think any less of Celestial Seasonings.
Like tea for it's flavor and the way it makes you feel. Don't feel the need to justify why you like it, and don't feel the need to feed a troll. :)
Enjoy your tea experience m'dears! And please keep blogging about it! I do so enjoy being a follower. :)
Thank you for the encouragement! You are much appreciated! :)
I love Celestial Seasonings, and Twinings, and all those other "storebrand teas".
Snobs GTFO. -.-
I swear, there are people who go around to every page on Tumblr and say rude stuff anonymously just to seem self-important.
WE WANT ABBY WE WANT ABBY WE WANT ABBY WE WANT ABBY WE WANT ABBY WE WANT ABBY WE WANT ABBY WE WANT ABBY WE WANT ABBY WE WANT ABBY WE WANT ABBY WE WANT ABBY WE WANT ABBY WE WANT ABBY WE WANT ABBY jk :)
THANKS ANON. :p ..Or is the jk that you really don’t? xD
edit from Davis: I mean, if you want her back you can have her back when she gets her computer back….just know that will mean no more penguin tea timers for you, anon! ;) hehe. Until then you have me…and, I’m cute right? :) lol
Why do you never talk about good tea, or anything substantially tea related? Nothing about methods of brewing, production, etc. Just recommendations of god awful storebrand teas. Seriously, Celestial Seasonings is the Kraft of tea.
Well, perhaps if you were to ask nicely we would do so. We post what we post because that’s what we like and when we get NICE requests we are more than happy to oblige and give more information about whatever you desire.
And, I was drinking Celestial Seasonings because I enjoy it and so I posted it. It is tea and, though you may not like it, other people do. Abby and I are college students and cannot always afford to stock Teavana products, etc. However, when we do have them we review them and post about them. Please be patient with us, time restraints and our budgets; Give us suggestions, not criticism, as we work to make this blog pleasurable for all of our followers.
Also, the definition of good is relative to the person using it. “Good” is in the eye of the beholder, dear. What you deem good others may deem shitty, just food for thought to go with your tea.
Celestial Seasonings’ Raspberry Zinger is quite yummy! A wonderful tea for night time when you’re not looking to sleep but need something without caffeine. Two cups down already and I’ll probably have a cup of their Sleepy Time tea before I go off to bed!
Just wanted to drop in and say hi to all the new followers. :) Davis is doing a wonderful job of taking over the blog while my computer is being a butthead. I hope to be back soon, but til then things will stay in Davis’s hands.