Tuesday Tea Time – Loose Leaf v. Sachet

Tea Time – June 21, 2016


4 years ago I discovered Harney & Son’s Hot Cinnamon Spice (purchased at Barnes & Noble café) and I have never been without it since. Living overseas it has been a bit of a challenge to find my favorite brew but I have Amazon.com to help me out.

The tea snob within me wants loose leaf tea only. I’ve tried the tea bags and the sachets but I only want the GOOD STUFF. Last month I couldn’t find loose leaf that would ship to me so I ordered a big bag of 50 sachets.

I have a touch of loose leaf left so I have conducted a little experiment to see if loose leaf is really better than sachets.

Here we go…


Same mug, same amount of cream, same amount of Truvia, same Culligan water boiled in the same kettle. The only difference – the tea.

Timer set for 4 minutes!


Add the cream and Truvia (ssshhh don’t tell my Doctor – I’m supposed to be avoiding artificial sweeteners)


They LOOK the same.


The taste:  He stole the sachet tea!! He guessed right away that the tea he liked was the sachet tea. I said, “Why do you think that?” and he (can’t get anything by this guy) said, “It’s fresher.” Good point!


Conclusion: The sachet tea is fresher. Must complete experiment again with tea of equal freshness. (good excuse to refill my future tea reserves)


Tuesday Tea Time

Tea Time – June 10, 2016


Today’s tea is English Westminster from Tee Gschwendner in Nürnberg.

The Buy

We stumbled upon this shop on a stroll back to the train station at Königstraße 45.

Luckily my family enjoys the occasional “cuppa” so they didn’t mind stopping to sniff a few blends and show me what they thought I should get. I was a little low on my black tea supply and knew that there were only a few grams of English Breakfast left. I decided to give English Westminster a try instead.

The store provides me a typical paper bag but the label is removable and came off very nicely. As you can see, I was able to easily transfer it to this Tea Purple jar I had leftover from South Korea. Of course, I realize that a clear glass jar isn’t the optimal storage solution for your tea investment but I don’t plan to have this in stock for long.


The store offered me a free sample of another chai tea I was interested in. I haven’t tried it yet but it was nice to have a small sampler to take home even though I was not making a huge purchase. The store owner spoke great English and offered me a free plastic teaspoon (in the photo) with my minuscule 50g tea purchase. It was a nice experience! I also tried one of their tea-infused candies and they were yummy!


The tea is basically English Breakfast. A little milder if anything. I drank it on the run and almost forgot I wasn’t drinking English Breakfast. Very smooth. Little to no bitterness (4 minute steep) and no after taste. I will be getting more.

The rating

Very nice quality tea. I give it an 8.2/10 because it is so similar to English Breakfast that I may as well have had the original.