Thursday, April 5, 2018

Starbucks Chai

I had a sleep study done.   I found out that stop breathing 28 times an hour.  But, to find this out I had to sleep at the clinic with a ton of wires hooked up to me.  The toughest thing was being woken up at 5am!!!  I asked if I could pay more and sleep longer and they laughed and said "no".  To stay awake I stopped at Starbucks to get a Chai Latte.   

I have to say again, the Starbucks chai is nothing great.  I really want to start my own tea shop and have serve some real tea. 
I did learn that I need to sleep with a breathing machine.  I hope I will feel more rested and have more energy once I use the machine on a regular basis.




Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Chai Ornament gifts

I made chai ornaments for my co-workers this Christmas. 
I put a chai mix, red candied sugar and marshmallows in the ornaments. 
And, I did wash the ornaments out first- I wanted to be sure that they were sanitary.


I do know that some co-workers are not into chai, so I also purchased a hot coco mix too.


The ornaments with hot coco, I added peppermint candy canes too as well.

I purchased the ornaments from Pat Catans. I think I got a pack of 9 for around $8 and then I purchased chai mix, mini marshmallows, red candied sugar from the local bulk store.  These were fun and inexpensive gifts.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Preparing for the tea class in Africa with Sub Rosa Tea


I had a lot of fun getting ready for my tea class in Guinea.  I was able to get some tea from Sub Rosa tea and the were nice enough to send me some extra to share with the students.  I wanted the students to be able to experience all the teas out there- green, white, yellow, black, oolong, mate, herbal and roobios.  (Yest, I know that herbal and roobios are not true teas)
 


I took my collapsible to tea pots along to make several varieties at one time.


Getting my supplies ready.  I even made tea tasting sheets -so they could have an idea of what flavors they should be tasting when trying the different teas.

Flavor/Tasting notes:

Linger Finish __________________ Aroma __________________

Berry/Fruit ___________________  Citrus/Fruit _______________

Tropical/Fruit _________________ Stone/Fruit _______________

Floral _______________________  Herbal/Grassy _____________

Spicy ________________________  Sweet ____________________

Malty _______________________  Vegetal ___________________

Savory _______________________  Earthy  ___________________

Chocolaty ____________________ Smoky/Roasty ______________

Woody ______________________ Tannic ____________________

          Body ________________________  Balance ___________________

What a fun day- letting students try different kinds of teas that they have never tried before.  It was not the big class I had hoped for, but God really used the day to reach out and talk with students.  I had more English time and more individual conversations with students this way then had we had an organized tea class. It was a really fun day!  I love these students!!! They are so friendly, giving and kind.
Not having a organized class we did not use my tasting sheets.  I look forward to having a tea class sometime soon to use my tasting sheets :) 

Here I am sharing my tea!