Teavana tea now in tea sachets!

Starbucks locations now have Teavana teas in tea sachets! This is a big change. Previously you could only purchase Teavana teas as loose leaf teas. You'll find the following teas as tea sachets:

I bought the Mint Majesty to have at home. It's even easier to make a great cup of tea at home.

For the Mint Majesty, bring water to a boil, pour 8 ounces into cup, and steep tea bag for 5 minutes. Make sure to follow the directions on the side of the box. Some of the teas recommend lower temperature water (not as hot as right off boiling), and some of the teas has shorter suggested steeping time.

(One thing is that it looks like Pineapple Kona Pop tea is not offered in loose leaf tea bags inside Starbucks. I hope someone lets me know if I haven't got that right. Pineapple Kona Pop had previously been offered as a loose leaf tea at Starbucks.)

The tea in the tea bag is still the beautiful, same loose leaf tea as before. I just made some Mint Majesty at home - it's perfect. Hot water plus tea bag - so easy!

Enjoy your tea in tea sachets! These were just launched March 22, 2016, inside Starbucks stores. Here's a tip - Youthberry is amazing iced. Steep 2 tea bags with your water to make an extra strong tea to pour over ice. Youthberry is amazing as a tea lemonade. If you can get a Starbucks partner to make you an iced Youthberry tea lemonade, you'll love it. It might be something though much easier to do at home.

Enjoy!

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Melody Overton

Melody Overton is a long-term Seattleite with a passion for Seattle, coffee, a great slice of pizza, and beautiful shoes. From California originally, she moved to Seattle after 4 years Air Force. She loves blogging!

Valentine's Day at Teavana.

I dropped by Teavana earlier today, Valentine's Day 2016. I decided to get a "pink" beverage so I picked the Sparkling Blackberry Mojito Lemonade. Delicious! If you're in Seattle, there is still a concept Teavana Tea Bar, with food, handcrafted beverages, and much more.

While I was at Teavana, I noticed the new little bags and Valentine's Day Teavana-Starbucks cards. Just as a reminder, you can use your Starbucks card at Teavana and vice versa. A Teavana card IS a Starbucks card. The pink handles were so cute! I bought some S'mores oolong tea, and Joe, the Teavana partner put it in this adorable bag. The back side of the Teavana bag says, "Hey there, hot-tea." So cute!

I also want to mention that this Teavana does lots of tea tastings. Want to learn more about tea? Come join them in a tea tasting. It's free and open to the public. Every Wednesday evening at 6:00 PM, they do a short tea tasting. The last Sunday of the month, at 11:00 AM, they do a bit longer tea seminar. I hope to see you at either one!

Last month, Teavana partners Joe and Donna put a spotlight on the Teavana Wellness Teas Comfort and Defense. Hope to see you at the end of this month at the University Village Teavana. The last Sunday in February is the 28th - mark your calendars!

Enjoy!



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Melody Overton

Melody Overton is a long-term Seattleite with a passion for Seattle, coffee, a great slice of pizza, and beautiful shoes. From California originally, she moved to Seattle after 4 years Air Force. She loves blogging!

Comfort & Defense: Tea Tasting at the University Village Teavana Tea Bar

On Sunday, January 31, 2016, I went to a wonderful tea tasting at the Teavana Tea Bar located in the University Village shopping area of Seattle.

Donna and Joe did a fabulous job presenting two of their newest teas: Comfort tea and Defense. Both are part the new Teavana Wellness teas. This was a fun tasting. We talked about what these tasted like, how they compared to each other, and other teas.

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Floral Teas: Tea Tasting at University Village Teavana Tea Bar

I went to a fun tea tasting at the University Village Teavana Tea Bar on Sunday, November 29th!

The theme of the tea tasting was "floral teas," including teas with rose buds or petals.

By the way, The University Village Teavana store is now doing tea seminars the last Sunday of every month at 11:00 AM. Anyone can join in. They're free to attend. They mentioned that they may skip the December tea tasting due to the holidays but will definitely start back up in January. This store also does shorter tea tastings every Wednesday at 6:00 PM.

We explored three different floral teas:

"To Life" White Tea:

I don't see this tea on the Teavana website, but it definitely was a white tea at Teavana. "To Life" has three components: Silver Needle White Tea, Rooibos Tropica, and Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearls. The floral component of this tea comes from the Rooibos Tropica.

I tasted a lot of jasmine and peach with this tea, and thought it had a little bit heavier mouth feel. It had a floral aroma too.

This was a complex tea. Since it's a blend of three teas, you might discover a lot of different flavors in it. You might even get a hint of caramelly-ness from the Silver Needle.

I enjoyed this tea though I think Sakura Allure was my favorite of the three. If you want a complex, fun, floral tea, try "To Life."

SAKURA ALLURE GREEN TEA:

Next we tried Sakura Allure, a flavored green tea. This is a green tea with flavors of soft rose, mango and bold cherry fruit. This is juicy tea with a slightly tart flavor. Since this is a little bit tart tea, from the cherry component, we tried this tea slightly sweetened, and then for comparison, unsweetened.

I really enjoyed this tea both ways - both sweetened and unsweetened. It has a little bit of a sour tartness without sweetener, in my opinion. I think this tea would be amazing iced.

The aroma of Sakura Allure is so wonderful: it would be wonderful to fill your house with this kind of floral and cherry aroma. Very beautiful aroma!

I believe the green tea component of this tea is Dragonwell Imperial Reserve.

 

 

Last up we tried STRAWBERRY BLUSH ROSE tea:

Strawberry Blush Rose is a flavored oolong tea. It's very popular and Teavana has been offering it for many years!

The aroma of this tea is sweet and light. It has both a light strawberry aroma and flavor. It's interesting if you were to compare "To Life" side by side with Strawberry Blush Rose, you'd find that "To Life" is heavier and more complex, and Strawberry Blush Rose has a thinner mouth feel. This tea is delicate, fragrant, and the juniper berries add a slightly tart finish (though not as tart as the Sakura Allure).

Just as coffee tastings are great coffee education, tea tastings are a great way to learn about tea. It's important to be able to compare and contrast when learning about coffee or tea. Some of the most amazing coffee tastings I've been to were structured the same way: Compare and contrast three coffees.

I don't know if there are more Teavana stores doing regular tea tastings, but I hope you can find one near you to join in. If not, I hope to see you at University Village Teavana one day!

Here are just a couple more pictures from this tea seminar:




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Melody Overton

Melody Overton is a long-term Seattleite with a passion for Seattle, coffee, a great slice of pizza, and beautiful shoes. From California originally, she moved to Seattle after 4 years Air Force. She loves blogging!

Something All New: Matcha Singles from Teavana

Something new has landed at Teavana. They are Matcha Singles, which are ready-to-go packets for instant hot or cold Teavana Matcha drinks. Enjoy them hot or cold, with water, or with frothed milk as a latte.

The Matcha Singles come in 3 flavors:

Chai Matcha Singles

Peach Matcha Singles

Imperial Matcha Singles (unflavored Matcha)

I dropped by the University Village Teavana tea bar and had a lot of fun sampling these new instant Matcha sticks. Some of my readers might be familiar with Starbucks Via Coffee. Conceptually, these are the same idea.

The Chai Matcha and Peach Matcha singles are lightly sweetened with a little added sugar.

Teavana partner Joe demonstrated the Breville Cafe Milk Frother to make the matcha samples. I have to say the Breville milk frother was pretty easy to use. Just measure out 8 ounces of water (or milk), put inside the container, and press a button and you’ll get absolutely perfectly heated water or milk (and perfectly frothed too with nice foam, assuming you’re using milk).

We tried the Chai Matcha as a hot latte with milk and the Peach as a hot drink made with water.

Joe said that the Peach Matcha version has been so popular that the store was completely out, except for a store sample packet, which is what we used. I enjoyed the Chai Matcha Singles so much that I bought a box of them. I really wanted the Breville Milk Frother - it has a disk inside that circulates the milk so that it doesn't scald and the milk gets perfectly heated. It turns off automatically when the milk is the right temperature. I still might go back and get the milk frother eventually. You can use it to make hot chocolate, milk for lattes, matcha lattes, or add standard apple cider from the grocery to make perfect apple cider. I think you could possibly heat tomato soup in the Breville milk heater and frother! (There are two disc options, and one does not froth the liquid in the container).

If you like matcha, I think you'll like the instant Matcha singles. I want to try the peach matcha single in an iced drink, shaken vigorously!

Thank you Joe at University Village Teavana for demonstrating and sample the new Matcha singles for me!

Much appreciated!

 

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Melody Overton

Melody Overton is a long-term Seattleite with a passion for Seattle, coffee, a great slice of pizza, and beautiful shoes. From California originally, she moved to Seattle after 4 years Air Force. She loves blogging!