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Guess who’s a barista now? A small infused update!

Hey all! So I know I’ve been incredibly inactive this summer, which is the result of a few things, some major, some minor. I got laid off from my design job back in May (boo!), and have since started working at… Starbucks! Which has been an incredibly rewarding and fun job so far. It’s given […]

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Teavivre’s Superfine Tan Yang Gong Fu Tasting Review

Teavivre’s Superfine Tan Yang Gong Fu | Steepster  Smooth and soothing – easily the top choice of words to describe this delicate black from the popular Fujian province. My favorite characteristic is the pretty contrast of colors – the thin leaves vary from a pale orange to deep brown. It’s very nice to look at. […]

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Persimmon Tree Tea Banana Coconut Review

Persimmon Tree Tea – Banana Coconut | Steepster Persimmon’s Banana Coconut was a pleasantly surprising blend that’s sweet and relaxing. Although the name focuses on the fruity flavors, what actually visually dominates the tea are the delicate chamomile flowers which are known to have a calming effect. This is a rooibos, not herbal, and mixed with the banana and […]

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How to brew loose-leaf tea, 101

One of the first existential crises’ newbie tea enthusiasts face is the precipe of the loose-leaf crossover. There you are, standing on the edge looking down at an abyss of infused confusion. Gone are the safety nets of tea bags and string from boxes- instead, you are faced with an open-ended wonderment. So you’ve come […]

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Coffee Personality Test Graphic – Adorable but falls terribly short

I saw this little chart on my twitter feed and thought it might be one of those cute personality quizzes, but ended up sorely disappointed. The creator is designer  Ryoko Iwata of popular and admittedly adorable coffee blog I Love Coffee based on some research from the book The You Code. Allegedly these conclusions are based on the body language […]

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Hario Drip Pot Review – Home Crafted Caffeinated Goodness

My adoration for tea might trump my boyfriend Eric’s  adoration of coffee, a passion fueled by overnight work schedules, but he may be more of connoisseur of caffeine than he gives himself credit for. Eric has a lust for lattes and is always on the hunt for a great cup – his knowledge of Boston […]

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Lupicia’s Tea Review – Momijigari

Lupicia’s Momijigari  | Steepster If tea had a candy flavor, I’d easily use this blend as the basis.. This was gifted to me by a good friend and fellow tea aficionado, Lindsay (aka TokyoAcid), when she saw that I am just about as insanely obsessed with tea as she is. After some back and forth […]

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Hosting A Modern Tea Party

Hosting a Tea Party for Grown Ups in the 21st Century One of the many great things about being an unabashed nerd is that I can have an idea like “Hey, I’m gonna throw a tea party!” and not only do people not think twice about it, they actually sign up to come. Since moving […]

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Red Leaf Tea Matcha Review – Eggnog & Caramel

Red Leaf Tea Flavored Matcha – Eggnog & Caramel Talk about mood whiplash! This is the first time I’ve had a tea experience that was both absolutely delightful and downright disappointing. It actually started with the bad! For the holidays I finally broke my “no online purchases” habit and snagged some flavored matcha from Red […]

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Spices & Tease – White Raspberry Grapefruit & Contest Winners!

A wee late on the announcement, but we’re back on track after the holidays and crazy snow up here in Boston! I would like to extend a big congrats to Val from Ontario, Merin from Utah, and Brandon from New York who are the winners for the New Years 2014 tea giveaway! These lucky lads […]

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Teavivre’s Anxi Monkey King (Ma Liu Mie) Tie Guan Yin Oolong

Teavivre’s Anxi Monkey King (Ma Liu Mie) Tie Guan Yin Oolong | Steepster I’m really excited to get a chance to try a set of five teas from Teavivre, who specialize in high quality teas from China. I’ll admit that, shamefully, Chinese teas are an area that I still need to do a lot of research […]

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New Years Tea Giveaway!

WELP, I did the thing. You know, when you buy more tea than you can reasonably go through before you need room for the new holiday purchases. So, I implore you, fellow fanatics, to help me undo this thing. For my first give-away on InfusedMusings, I’ve put together three sample packs from my personal stash […]

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My Trusty Lil’ Teavana Bamboo Tool Kit

More excuses to play with my camera! Been testing out some backgrounds that I got from an awesome fabric store in Cambridge (Gather Here for those interested – top notch little place!) About the kit – welp, if there’s something I never leave home without if tea’s gonna be involved, it’s this guy. I whip […]

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David’s Tea Organic Bai Hao Yin Zhen Review

David’s Tea Organic Bai Hao Yin Zhen | Steepster This delicious white tea ranks among my favorites both for its wonderful, mild flavor and being utterly photogenic. The high quality leaves are hand-picked in Fujian Province, China and have a lovely, fluffy white coat from being harvested before the buds have opened. As a more delicate leaf, […]

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Ink n Drink Review – Heat-sensitive marker may keep you safe from scalds!

So you know that scenario – it’s 7Am and against the will of the gods themselves, somehow you’ve rustled yourself out of bed, into office clothes, and managed to make that zombie look damn fabulous for the day. You hop on the all-too-packed train, spend half an hour to forty five minutes pressed up against […]

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Temple Mountain Tea Flavor Wheel

Temple Mountain Tea Flavor Wheel – sign up for their newsletter to get a hi-res printable version! Beautiful graphic, one of my favorite flavor wheels to date.

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Can Starbucks’ Strategy Save Teavana’s Image?

Teavana’s Rough History Teavana, for many a budding tea-nerd, served as a gateway drug into this wonderful world of infused delight. But the boutique tea-shop had a dark side – it was no secret that their pushy business practices served to be a huge turn off that drove away customers, old and potential, in scores. […]

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Harney & Sons – Soho Blend Review & Photos

Harney & Sons – Soho Blend Review Type: Black Flavor: Tropical, Strong Body: Bold Aroma: Sweet Bitterness: 1 / 5 Caffine: n/a Multi-Steep Rating  – 2/3 – 1 Steep – 5 Minutes – 2 Steep – 3 Minutes – 3 Steep – 3 Minutes  Dairy: yes Sweeteners:  yes Review:  The first thing I noticed about Harney & Son’s Soho Blend is that it’s one […]

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Tea-Stop – David’s Tea, Downtown Boston

David’s Tea Boston Review I’m gonna start this out with a major warning – J’ai un problème. I have a total hard-on for David’s Tea. I’m not even ashamed to admit that this place gives me funny feelings, and I’m 90% sure some of the workers are considering a restraining order.  Ahem. So now that […]

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Book Review – 19 Lessons on Tea – Kindle Edition

Price: $2.99 on Amazon Pages: 104 Reading Time: Approx. ~ 1.5-2 hours Overall Rating: 4/5 Readability: 3/5 Information: 4.5/5 Before reading 19 Lessons… I thought myself fairly knowledgeable about the fundamentals of tea. Not to say I’m anywhere near an expert, but I was pleasantly surprised that this book offered me some more insight than […]

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Tea-Stop – Harney & Sons, SoHo, New York

“You don’t know what ya got ’til it’s gone”, they say. Or, in my case, ’til I’m gone. Some backstory. Having been raised in the satanic headquarters commonly referred to as Central Jersey, like many of my fist-pumping brethren, my future was ultimately determined to end up at the beacon of hope known as New […]

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David’s Tea -Coco Chai Rooibos Review

David’s Tea Coco Chai Rooibos ReviewType: Rooibos,  Herbal,  Flavor: Spicy, Fruity Body: Medium Aroma: Mild Bitterness: 1 / 5 Caffeine: None Dairy: No Sweeteners: Optional