My TEA-rrific Obsession

Good Thursday morning! How are you all doing this morning?

My week has been pretty hectic, with four midterms in the next four school days, on top of lab reports, essays, and assignments. The summer semester is a couple weeks shorter than others, so all of the content has been condensed. I started to feel a little behind in my classes a few days ago, having missed several classes for interviews. With co-op interviews, you are not allowed to miss any interview at any cost, or risk getting kicked out of the co-op program. 😥

But, onto something more important and much less stressful – tea!

Sometimes, I think of myself as a “bad” tea drinker, simply because of the fact that I struggle to savour each sip. x-OyjIemMy idea of a good tea is something sweet, milky, and whether or not its organic doesn’t matter to me. Am I the only one?

In April, a good friend from high school send me a Facebook message – she asked if I’d like to try some tea from a subscription package from Amoda Tea (@AmodaTea on Twitter). I don’t know, I thought initially, I’m really not the right person for this. Tea isn’t exactly my forte. Hey, did you know that “forte” is pronounced “fort”, not “fort-ay”? I learned that this morning.

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Back to the tea! Faye, my friend, works with Amoda, which is dedicated to connecting people with superfoods, particularly organic teas and matcha blends. They make beautiful subscription (I just typed prescription… too much time at the clinic!) boxes filled with all kinds of flavours.

My aunt once told me that I should “never drink boring, regular tea.” Her reason? Preservatives. Artificial flavours. Leaching. Added sweeteners. Now, I’m certainly not a health nut – well, not a health nut to the point where everything I ingest must be #lowcarb, #vegan, or #organic. I just like good, preferably-healthy food, you know?

Funny story: I was living in Toronto for my 4-month work term at the Toronto Health Centre at the time Faye messaged me, preparing to move back to Waterloo. When I sent her my address, however, I forgot to add my unit number. I live in a student housing complex with four floors and a dozen units – the tea ended up getting mailed BACK to BC. After about a month of flying, it finally made its way back to Waterloo.

The Monthly Tea Box is priced at $20. Shipping is included in this cost. This is a great price, because you are getting 4 packages x 4 cups of tea each, which will make you 16 glorious mugs of tea; each cup comes down to just $1.25. Compare that to Starbucks, where a venti (large) tea latte will set you back $4.65. If I wanted 16 of those? A shocking $74.40. My #studentbudget doesn’t have room for that, that’s for sure!

Best of all, an Amoda monthly tea box can be purchased as a monthly subscription or a gift subscription, and you can add selected add-ons which I detail below.

The subscription box came with:

  • 4 packages of tea leaves, each package able to make around 4 cups of tea (the teas have different amounts of caffeine, but there is also the option of ordering the ‘Low Caff’, where all teas are designed for light sleepers and are low in caffeine)
  • clear steeping instructionsIMG_8562
  • tasting notes for each tea
  • a cute postcard

Possible add-ons include:

  • $5 tea spoon (I want one!)
  • $5 natural, biodegradable tea filters (25 total)

Let’s get brewing!

Let me tell you all about my favourite of the four teas in the subscription package. I’m a black tea lover, so I found MANASLU from Nepali Tea Traders to be incredibly delicious.

  • made from Nepalese black tea
  • reminded me of the many cups of delicious black tea that I enjoyed while living in Kathmandu, Nepal, over the summer
  • high in caffeine
  • rich scent, with a pure, fresh flavour
  • the name reminds of of a Cirque du Soleil production, but Manaslu is actually one of the top 10 highest mountains in the world (part of the Nepalese Himalayas)

I noticed that I needed a packed heaping 1 tsp of tea leaves to make it flavourful; the package stated “1 heaping tsp”, and I was unsure as to whether or not I should pack it loosely or heavily. I found that 4-5 minutes of brewing time was ideal for my taste, and I liked my tea with a splash of milk and a swirl of honey. I can’t wait to have another mug tomorrow.

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This photo is much better than mine. Aren’t the postcards (and the box) pretty? I haven’t mailed mine out yet.

From their site:

The Amoda Monthly Box is a premium tea subscription box. The Amoda tasting team scours the shelves of independent tea companies across North America to find unique teas, delicious blends and fun flavours. The Monthly Box offer a way to discover the hidden gems of the tea world, support the up-and-coming tea companies and taste the very best they have to offer.

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* Do you have tepidophobia? That’s the fear of a terrible cup of tea. Interestingly, I actually LIKE my tea not-too-hot and not-too-bitter (i.e. I prefer mine with milk and sweetener). Tea purists are probably cringing so much right now.

Hope everyone has a pre-tea spectacular week, and tea lovers – don’t forget to check out Amoda’s website for some serious aesthetics and good deals on tea. Perhaps it’ll put you in that Alice in Wonderland tea party mood, like it did with me! Hypnotic GIFs. I know.

Have a blissful, tea-infused week, everyone!

17 thoughts on “My TEA-rrific Obsession

  1. Should I call this blog Cookies and Chemis-TEA, now? LOL!
    Tea is definitely something that I’ve stopped drinking since the beginning of the summer. It is WAY too hot for me to heat up a cup of hot tea, and I’m not the biggest fan of iced tea! Amoda sounds like a wonderful brand to deliver the most delicious teas!
    And here’s a good tea joke: The most essential drink in life is hones-TEA. You don’t want your secrets to be brewing inside–I mean, pour it all out! It’s a TEA-rrific feeling!

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    1. Girl, that’s actually such a good pun. Get out!
      I totally agree. Tea has started to lose it’s appeal now that it’s burning hot and sunny when I wake up! Now, into the world of summer smoothies…
      And that last joke… GET OUT! I love it!

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  2. I’m a fan of both coffee and tea, and this sub looks so yummy! Definitely bookmarking it as a gift idea for some friends/family. I’m not super picky with tea (my favorite green is still Trader Joe’s bagged tea here in the States, no frills or fuss), but whenever possible I try to buy whole leaf. My favorite place to buy from is Mountain Rose Herbs! They have amazing blends for a fraction of the cost of Teavana. They also happen to be organic and fair trade but I honestly stumbled upon them for a good cup of tea without costing an arm and a leg XD.

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    1. I’m really jealous over here because you have Trader Joe’s over there! I love Trader Joe’s, especially for their peanut butter chocolate pretzels and those amazing, amazing jars of nut butter.
      I’ve never tried the Mountain Rose Herb brand, but it will be on the to-find list!

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      1. Awww! TJ is da bomb! I love trying their samples on snacks and coffee ^^ my fam and I love their almond milk and even their freezer fried rice almost comes close to homemade.

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  3. Tea … laughs uproariously

    My best friend drank herbal teas (sensitive to caffeine) and tried to convince me that tea was something other than the boringly bland, hot vaguely coloured water that I (still) believe it is. She tried everything from giving me gift packages of various teas, bags and loose, to try, as well as cute cups/strainers to brew the tea in. It didn’t work as I’m still drinking instant coffee (Nescafe). Periodically I DO try a couple of different teas … Moroccan mint green tea and chai black tea are currently in the cupboard but I haven’t been persuaded to become a tea drinker yet. 🙂

    PS: I DO like Earl Gray tea. I think it’s the bergamot oil.

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    1. Herbal tea is new for me, too. It’s funny that she tried to give you pretty tea cups and strainers! I’ve tried Egyptian mint tea before, but never Moroccan.
      Yes to the Earl Grey! It’s delicious with sugar, vanilla, and creamy milk. I like tea lattes so much better than plain old tea. I once made a buttery pound cake with five bags of earl grey-steeped milk, and it was amazing.

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      1. I should post some pictures of the single serving teapots etc. Maybe I’ll do a post.

        The friend who introduced me to Earl Gray tea (not the one above) said putting milk in it was a no-no (citrus oil + milk –> curdling??)doesn’t happen by the way). So I only did it when I wasn’t having tea with her. 🙂

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      2. You absolutely should! Would love to see your teapots, and I am sure you have quite the collection.

        I never thought of it that way, though I’d imagine you’d need quite a bit of bergamot to curdle milk, like you said. Haha, sneaky!

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  4. I’ve never really liked tea, but, those look delicious! I always seem to like the fruity cold ones that have 1 cup of sugar per tablespoon of tea in it. That’s bad…. Those look awesome, though! And I love how cheap it is!

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