The Republic of Tea: Blackberry Sage

You may remember our guest post from A, The Republic of Tea: Ginger Peach.

It sounded yummy, but I wanted to make sure I had something new to blog about for you all, so I selected The Republic of Tea’s Blackberry Sage. I picked it up at my local Fresh Market.

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Blackberry Sage

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Blackberry Sage Back Label

The bottle claims it is “tea for wisdom”. I wonder if I am any wiser…

The tea is a nice twist on classic black tea, a little fruity from the blackberry, but earthy (sage and tea). It is actually quite nice.

I added honey to my tea, it toned down the earthiness and made the drink sweeter and more enjoyable.

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Algebra Tea House

Today E and I visited Algebra Tea House near Little Italy on Murray Hill. I got the Tanzanian dark roast and E got their Raspberry Black Tea.

Tanzanian Dark Roast in E's coffee mug!

Tanzanian Dark Roast in E’s coffee mug!

E wanted to try something new and she had never had fruit flavored tea before.

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Algebra’s tea menu (above).

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Get Jolly! Part 2

We went to the Jolly Scholar…again….(no, this is not a problem) and our friend J had a long island iced tea. Which mean blog time!

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Long Island Iced Tea

J chose a Long Island Iced Tea – the normal kind, not one of the fancy ones featured in our previous blog entries. He described it as “delightfully fruity, magically sweet, with the bearest hint of coca-cola.” The long island was made with a lot of rum, a little bit of margharitta mix, and a splash of coke, as opposed to his first round , which was composed of even more rum, no margarhitta mix, a splash of soda water, and a small amount of coke.

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Get Jolly!

Jolly Scholar Long Island Iced Tea

Ok, so we know that technically a long island iced tea is NOT tea, but P received some REALLY good news today so we decided to celebrate. We headed to the campus bar, the Jolly Scholar (tagline “Get Jolly”), for a quick celebratory drink in between sorting through the massive amount of work that we need to finish in between now and graduation.

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Ohio Harvest Long Island Iced Tea

Jolly has several long island iced tea options (see menu after the break). We tried the Ohio Harvest Iced Tea – which is long island + apple and cranberry flavors. It is very festive (pink with limes!). The drinks were very sweet and very strong. We each only finished half of our drink, but we weren’t really there to drink a lot, we just wanted to celebrate P’s good news!
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Arabica Coffee House

Last weekend C and I went to Arabica Coffee House in North Ridgeville on Center Ridge Rd. It was a great outside- one of the first that hadn’t been freezing temperatures- and so we went and drank our caffeine in the sun 🙂

Welcome to Arabica Coffee House in N. Ridgeville!

Welcome to Arabica Coffee House in N. Ridgeville!

C and I both got mocha drinks, but I added a little twist: a caramel apple espresso shot! It was so delicious and C was jealous she hadn’t thought of it first. It added just the right amount of fruity flavor from the apple flavor, and we all know caramel and coffee go great together.

Sitting outside with our mocha at Arabica Coffee House.

Sitting outside with our mocha at Arabica Coffee House.

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Snapple K-cup

Lots of tea companies have jumped on the K-cup band wagon (Lipton, Twinnings, etc. etc.). I recently tried Snapple’s  K-cup version of iced tea.

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Snapple K-cup

I have always been a big fan of Snapple. My personal favorite is the diet peach iced tea, so I was very excited to try the Keurig version. These K-cups can be found almost anywhere. If I remember correctly, I think we picked these up at our local Walmart. They sell several flavors and it comes in diet and regular.

The Keurig makes hot tea, so the iced tea required several steps. First I brewed a large cup using the k-cup. Then, after it cooled down a little, I poured the tea from the mug to the Keurig pitcher (pictured below).

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Coffee Beanery

I went to the Coffee Beanery with G and S.  It is right at the entrance of Midway Mall in Elyria, a nice little coffee station near the kids’ play center.

They had some specialty drink promotions so I decided to go ahead and try the Turtle Mocha- basically chocolate coffee, the world’s best combination of flavors! I got it blended with ice for a nice cold drink. It was very sweet but didn’t have enough of a coffee flavor for my taste. I really like chocolate with my coffee so I enjoyed the chocolate drizzled on top of the whipped cream.

My Turtle Mocha and G's Cafe Caramel from Coffee Beanery!

My Turtle Mocha and G’s Cafe Caramel from Coffee Beanery!

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illy

illy is an italian company that produces coffee beans, coffee grounds, and coffee machines. They portray coffee as an art (just check out their website, it comes off as very communal and artistic). You can order several type of coffee blends at their website, but it is also available at Williams Sonoma (where I aways see it) and I actually picked this mini sized canister  up at T.J. Max. I was happy with with mini size because it was inexpensive (compared to the large tins) and I knew I could finish it all before it went bad.

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illy Coffee Canister

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illy Lid

The coffee comes in a pressurized tin to optimize freshness. Technically, the coffee is for use in their espresso machines, but I used it in my little pink coffee maker, and it came out tasting great. The below image shows the grounds in the canister. It is very fine and smells great. (more…)