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I have never tried them - don't know much about them. Are they taboo worthy - are they like the Starbucks of tea?

Yixing is having its bath. And in the interim ...

post #707 of 716
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Originally Posted by Pudu View Post

I have never tried them - don't know much about them. Are they taboo worthy - are they like the Starbucks of tea?

Yixing is having its bath. And in the interim ...

Well, Starbucks did buy them out a while back...

On some of the tea community sites they're hated because they were known for a long time to treat employees poorly, low wages, long hours, overpriced, etc. That being said, haven't heard much since the acquisition by Starbucks.
post #708 of 716
Those seem like good reasons to tabooify.
post #709 of 716
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Originally Posted by lilfatty View Post

anyone order from teavana? or are they taboo here?

Yes, somewhere in 2010. Had a satisfying experience. :normal_smile : 

Wasn't aware of the society investment side of things though. :(


Edited by Silent One - 1/5/15 at 11:01am
post #710 of 716
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Originally Posted by smitty1110 View Post


Well, Starbucks did buy them out a while back...

On some of the tea community sites they're hated because they were known for a long time to treat employees poorly, low wages, long hours, overpriced, etc. That being said, haven't heard much since the acquisition by Starbucks.

 

I don't think they're overpriced for those who are patient... Once a month (usually first week or last) RMN (retailmenot) has a whooping 45% off X amount (varies from $60 to 150). I've gotten a complete cast iron tea set for ~$35 after some thrifty shopping lol. Top it off with the fact that you can actually use your starbucks giftcards here (which you can get about 15-18% off quite often on giftcard sites), and and often very buggy teavana site (good and bad thing).

 

Just last month I had a $64 order (after the 45% off), the site was SO screwed up that it showed my order as $24 after tax. Needless to say I quickly ordered it. And, to make things even better, I was only charged $20.22 haha. You also get free shipping for anything over $50, there's a coupon that allows free shipping for orders under 50 though, I don't know what it is.

 

As for treating their employees poorly, I suppose that happens everywhere... One of my good friends managed the one here locally. He'd price match everything from the site for me (which was better than his manager discount sadly).

 

Final note is that, don't be discouraged if you had to wait a while for 45% off... More often are 33% and 40% off discounts.

post #711 of 716
Anyone have a good recommendation for matcha sifting?

I have my bowl of matcha almost everyday, and the only part that leaves me wanting is the sifting. I have a little tin can sifter with a plastic paddle ...




But I wouldn't mind a solution that offers a bit more style/class/je ne sais quoi and a little less plastic-scratching-on-screenyness. Anyone have a nicer method they can recommend?
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Originally Posted by Pudu View Post

Anyone have a good recommendation for matcha sifting?

I have my bowl of matcha almost everyday, and the only part that leaves me wanting is the sifting. I have a little tin can sifter with a plastic paddle ...




But I wouldn't mind a solution that offers a bit more style/class/je ne sais quoi and a little less plastic-scratching-on-screenyness. Anyone have a nicer method they can recommend?

 

That's probably the best way, or look at sifters used for cooking or for science (super expensive).  

post #713 of 716

I've always greatly preferred tea to coffee and just bought one of these:

 

Hoping for the best.

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I've always greatly preferred tea to coffee and just bought one of these:


Hoping for the best.
I use the same infuser. Works like a charm. Isn't as good a as my Kyusu, but it's still really cool.
post #715 of 716

I use the Adagio Teas version of the same design as that Teavana one that drains from the bottom for the past 5 years.  The plastic is well stained from all the tea brewing but still works great.  

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Originally Posted by daigo View Post
 

I use the Adagio Teas version of the same design as that Teavana one that drains from the bottom for the past 5 years.  The plastic is well stained from all the tea brewing but still works great.  

 

bleach it, then soak it in hot baking soda water. It'll look and function like new (I have one as well)

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