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Every time I think a tea site won’t annoy me they start going on about how the antioxidents will magically make the cancer go away and I just want them to stop.

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failwolfhale:

Any kind. Hot. Cold. White. Green. Black. Rooibos. Herbal. Oolong. Sweet. Unsweet. With Milk. Without. Tea is great.

All tea

Tea is life.

Tea is life. 

The Tea must flow!

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  • Question: Do you like Teavana? - Anonymous
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    uglyorangecouch:

    asgardreid:

    samanticshift:

    underunderstood:

    samanticshift:

    Never tried it. Should I?

    I gotta jump in here and say my piece on Teavana. It’s going to be a long post.

    1) Overpriced tea, poor quality — though usually better than supermarket brands, since loose leaf is inherently better than bagged 99% of the time. (One notable exception: Lady Gray, which is strangely less tasty in loose leaf form, imo.) Broken leaves everywhere due to the way they showcase the tea to people, ramming metal spoons into the storage containers. They quite often leave tea leaves out on display in the light and air, which ruins their flavour. That said, their blends are almost always fantastic, and their top-price teas are at least of decent quality (you can find better for the same price, imo).

    2) Pseudoscience and misleading information up the wazoo. They will not hesitate to tell you that x tea will help prevent or cure y, or strongly imply that it will. Whether that’s because employees believe that from their training or just want to sell, I’m not sure. For example, I was told that a maté tea was an excellent tea for people sensitive to caffeine, because it had the effects of caffeine without the actual caffeine in it. Absolutely not true, and that information can harm other people (e.g., my best friend is prone to panic attacks after caffeine consumption).

    3) There are pages upon pages of alleged former employees talking about Teavana’s crooked selling tactics. They are taught to always upsell, pressuring even those new to tea to buy just about anything regardless if they even need it (a $150 tea set for some peppermint tea? No thanks). They sell from the top up, no matter what — I’ve directly pointed to a cheaper tea and asked for it, only to spend 10 minutes dinking around as the employee tries to sell me a near-identical, yet 3x more expensive tea. Then the 2x more expensive tea. Then the 1.5x expensive tea… ad infinitum. They routinely overfill the bag when it’s on the scale, knowing that if they politely ask “Oh, I went over how much you wanted, is that okay?” the customer will usually say yes. A 0.2 oz overfill doesn’t seem like much until you realize that some of their teas are $27+ for 2oz. (A $5 overcharge). The company allegedly pushes all employees to do these sorts of things. I’m inclined to believe it because it happened to me all the time. 

    4) Employees are required to sell x amount of tea per week, which seems reasonable until you realize that it’s a very small population that actually buys tea in bulk, and tea is only beginning to get popular in North America. This perpetuates the up-selling and lying to sell more. It’s also incredibly stressful, according to many employees. They appear to have a very high turnover rate of employees, at least from what I see at my local Teavana.

    5) They totally lie to you about the amount of tea you need to make a decent cuppa. They tell you 1-2 tsp per 8oz, which is the standard for most loose leaf teas. But if you watch carefully when you order one from the store (and they always taste delicious), they put 1-2 TABLESPOONS. I can only attribute this to the poor quality of the teas. Also, they sweeten their sample teas to hell and back and won’t hesitate to do so to a drink you order to go — did I mention that ordering a drink is a pain in the butt because they’d much rather sell you the loose leaf tea? 

    6) I’ve heard rumours about them using additives, artificial colours, preservatives, and so on… I think they’ve changed since they merged with Starbucks, though.

    7) Frankly, for an equal or slightly higher price point you can order amazing teas online, not deal with pushy retail assistants, and (in some cases) support the tea farmers directly, since many have their own online storefronts.

    (P.S. Teavana’s Earl Gray Creme is decent. It’s got less of a bite to it than traditional earl grays, though.)

    This is super educational and awesome, holy shit.

    Order from Adagio instead.

    ^Even better, find a local independent tea store.

    There are at least two in my area, one of which I buy almost all my loose leaf from. Obviously every local store is different, but you’ll usually get higher quality tea for about the same prices, if not less, than a chain like Teavana or David’s Tea. (I’ve never actually been to a David’s Tea, but I’ve gotten a lot of their teas as gifts and I have to say I’m not super impressed. They tend to go for label and scent appeal without bothering to check if the tea actually tastes good.)

    They’ll also usually do special orders, offer discounts for bulk if you need a lot (when I made my wedding favours I got 2.5 kg of tea for $57 per kg, and that blend was normally $9 for 100 g, I think), and sometimes even offer custom blends.

    I’ve never found a loose leaf tea store that doesn’t overemphasize unproven and quite frankly ridiculous-sounding health benefits, chain or independent, so I’m not sure how to get around that one other than do your own research and stay skeptical.

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georgetakei:

Your Wednesday earworm. I’m such a teas. http://ift.tt/1mY32Ax

[image: the Bigelow tea flavor “Sweet Dreams” with a post-it below it that says “are made of teas”. The entire image is captioned, “brew am I to disgree?”]

georgetakei:

Your Wednesday earworm. I’m such a teas. http://ift.tt/1mY32Ax

[image: the Bigelow tea flavor “Sweet Dreams” with a post-it below it that says “are made of teas”. The entire image is captioned, “brew am I to disgree?”]

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Available on Amazon.com.

Pros:  
- IT’S A TARDIS 
- Doesn’t drip 
- IT’S A TARDIS

Cons:
- Holds only 3 cups of tea. SMALL cups of tea.
- Uses decals not paint so hand wash only
Really… it had me at “disappoint” when it wasn’t bigger on the inside. :(
Available on Amazon.com.

Pros:
- IT’S A TARDIS
- Doesn’t drip
- IT’S A TARDIS

Cons:
- Holds only 3 cups of tea. SMALL cups of tea.
- Uses decals not paint so hand wash only

Really… it had me at “disappoint” when it wasn’t bigger on the inside. :(

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vmites:

….tea rexes. Hahaha? Get it? Tea. Ha. I’m going to sleep.

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lifeislikeabadrpg:

pica-scribit:

Very exciting. Relevant to my interests. The green tea is not faring well so far (I admit I have limited interest in green tea.)

So I went to the Fortnum and Mason website, and it insists that the

Do you have pictures of the tea? It’s easy to ID most green teas. Their leaves are larger than most black teas.

Also when you brew green teas you get a light liquid. If yours is light and not dark red that’s another green tea indicator.

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pica-scribit:

Very exciting. Relevant to my interests. The green tea is not faring well so far (I admit I have limited interest in green tea.)

So I went to the Fortnum and Mason website, and it insists that the

Do you have pictures of the tea? It’s easy to ID most green teas. Their leaves are larger than most black teas.

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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Mighty Leaf’s Brazillian Fruit Tea. A bit mellow for my tastes but still quite good.