Thursday, September 6, 2018

Bird and Blend Tea


Oh happy day!!!  I got an assortment of Blue Bird Tea.- now called Bird and Blend tea.  I love this tea, my only issue is the tea company is in England and the shipping is pricey.  This company is great, they have a ton of flavors.  
I love to watch their website- they are always doing fun things with tea.  Even if you don't buy their tea, you should follow them on social media.  They also do mixology workshops and have fun recipes posted on line.
I have contacted them several times when I have purchased tea and let them know if they ever come to the states to let me know.  I want to work for them!!



This is my BlueBird Cold Brew container. 


I did a one month tea subscription, I wish I could continue the subscription, but the shipping is too much.  You get 3 teas for $17.95, but with US shipping it was more like $22.  I then purchased other teas too.  

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Muggswigx Coffee and Tea




My friend, Paula, was given two gift cards for Muggswigx tea in Canton.  She said she never goes there, and thought I may like them.  I never had been thee, but I was thrilled to try it.

These are the loose leaf teas that they sell in the store.


With my friends gifts cards I was able to buy some loose leaf tea- Tropical Tisane Tea, and some chai tea.  100g for $8.90- a bit pricey, but since I have a gift card it was free.



This is a very nice, clean place.  Again, reminds me of the tea shop I want to have some day. 



The staff was super friendly.  There were not many people in the shop the day I was in, but I hope it stays busy!!



This was a very nice chai.  It had a nice spice to it.

I also really enjoyed the tisane tea.  I would shop here again.  Prices of loose leaf tea where a bit high, but overall I would recommend this tea shop.



Sunday, September 2, 2018

Real Vanilla Bean Kombucha



A co-worker does some work with some vanilla farmers in Mexico. He hooked me up with this vanilla bean.  They sell for $6- if you are interested.

I never knew that vanilla beans were bendable and almost soft like.  They smell amazing!! I decided to make some kombucha with the vanilla.  I also am making some vanilla extract with the pod.





Look how a good pod bends.



I made the kombucha base- with only black tea.


    These are the seeds- they are so tiny!


I sliced open the pod and scrapped out the seeds,  I also never knew the seeds were so small.  I added the seeds to each gallon of kombucha.

Then in 8 days after the kombucha was ready to bottle and make it carbonated.   When I took the mother out of the F1 Kombucha, I could see all the vanilla beans attached to the mother- it was a bit odd.    But, I tasted the F1- before the kombucha carbonated and it was really good.  You could totally taste the vanilla in the kombucha!  I had no idea how it would turn out, but the flavor was wonderful.





Now, I have bottled it with apple juice for a week to make it carbonated, and the real test will be how it tastes then!  I will let you know how it turns out!



I finished the kombucha on Saturday evening but I waited until Monday morning to try it until I got together with my tasting buddies!!  I have been having fun trying flavors with Scott and Doug.  Doug is the one I got the vanilla seeds from. 
It was hard to wait to try the kombucha, but I really wanted to wait for the guys to try it.  The results are in- we love it!!!  My boss bought 3 bottles of it.  
We said that the vanilla flavor is suttle and you taste it at the end.  I am so very pleased with the results!!