Published on December 15th, 2010 | by Greg0
Tea and Coffee: Art of Tea / Green Mountain
Winter drinks, so warm.
Tea and coffee delight with
Giant, steaming mugs.
See, every now and then we really do burst into haiku. And today's items might make you do so as well- loose leaf tea and single-cup coffee are nothing new to us, but these flavors are.
First, we've got a half dozen loose leaf blends from Art of Tea. We've been tasting varieties like their Silver Needle and many others, most Organic or Fair Trade. Winner of many World Tea Expo awards, their wares were new to us, and we especially liked their Passionfruit Jasmine and Carmelized Pear. These were two fairly sweet teas with fruit flavors that didn't overwhelm the tea itself, and both smelled divine and offered nice color. It's easy to over-steep jasmine, so beware- this is an excellent dessert tea for pairings that are lighter.
We also liked the Mandarin Silk, which was the 2008 winner for Best Flavored Oolong by the Specialty Tea Institute. It's distinctively vanilla-citrus, works with a variety of cuisine though best with Asian, can holds up well to even rich dishes. It's also the best of the bunch to drink on it's own. The Green Kukicha also works alright on it's own, but it is best with seafood, as it balances any fishy tastes. Finally, their Vanilla Berry Truffle wasn't such a hit- it smelled great and looked nice in the cup, but tasted a bit muddy and slightly too astringent. Overall, these are great winter brews for any tea fan, and they have plenty more to choose from, including sampler sets. Prices vary, but can run from $11 for a single ounce, or much less in bulk (under $4/ounce).
If it's something darker you're after, perhaps try some coffee from Green Mountain and their labels specially for Keurig's K-Cup brewing systems. We've previously tried out several of their flavors, but this time we've got two classic types- Timothy's Italian Blend, and Green Mountain Sumatran Reserve. Both are dark, bold, and flavorful- the Italian a bit lighter and sweeter, and the Sumatran a bit more acidic. We liked that the Sumatran is both Fair Trade and Organic, and both are inexpensive at $15.45 for a box of 24 (and less if you buy in bulk of course). As usual, we find K-cups to be the best convenient coffee, and the wide range of Green Mountain offers something for everyone. Holiday and seasonal blends are also available, and can be purchased from a variety of retailers including Amazon.