Harney & Sons Tea Review

A couple weeks ago, I wrote to  Harney & Sons Fine Teas raving about the Green Tea with Coconut, Ginger, and Vanilla sold at Barnes & Noble cafes. I get it whenever I don’t want coffee and it is absolutely amazing. The people at Harney & Sons were kind enough to send me some samples of other teas to try out.

Of course, I broke into the Coconut, Ginger, & Vanilla Green Tea right away.

“Green Tea with a Thai Twist”

The first thing you smell upon opening the container is coconut and vanilla, followed by hints of ginger and lemongrass. Smelling it right now is making me want a cup. I love this tea because although it packs a lot of flavor, it’s not overwhelming.  I don’t add sweetener to my tea and this one doesn’t need it. The smell and taste remind me of summer. Thinking of warm weather on a cold, winter day makes me really happy.  When I order this tea at B&N, I just refer to it as the coconut green tea because it’s the first flavor that hits me, followed by lemon and vanilla. I’m sure this tea would be fabulous iced. I can’t drink a cup at night because the smells and flavors wake me up. This is definitely my favorite morning or mid-afternoon tea.

I tried the Organic Green Tea with Citrus & Ginkgo next. I was hesitant to try this tea because I don’t usually like citrusy teas and I wasn’t sure what ginkgo was. After doing a little research, I found that it helps with memory and concentration. That’s fine with me! 🙂 Like the other green tea, the flavors were definitely present but not overwhelming. The tea smells like lemon and oranges and tastes like that too. I never would have thought to buy a box of this tea in the store but now I’ve tried it, I might reconsider. I could drink this tea any time of the day.It reminds me of being outside on a bright, sunny day but it also has a calming effect. This is the kind of tea I’d drinking while sitting on my balcony on a warm night, reading a book.

The Hot Cinnamon Spice tea was the only one out of the three I tried that reminded me of cold weather. The smell of cinnamon filled the air when I opened it. The smell of clove was also really strong. This was my second favorite after the coconut green tea. It reminded me of those red hot candies. The flavor was sweet and spicy but again, not overwhelming. For some reason, I can only picture myself drinking this type of tea in the late afternoon or night before bed. I can’t imagine drinking this in warm weather. The taste and smell were familiar and comforting. It made me think of cuddling up on my couch with a blanket during a snow storm. In fact, I think I drank it during a snow storm. 🙂

Harney & Sons definitely has a new, loyal customer. The company was not able to offer an exclusive discount for my readers but check out this link to sign up for promotional e-mails which keep you up to date on free shipping days and special sales. They won’t bombard your inbox with newsletters, I promise.  You can purchase their teas at Barnes & Noble cafes and on their Web site.  So check it out! You won’t be disappointed. Thanks again to Harney & Sons for sending me the samples!  I’m off to drink some tea! 🙂

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Cafe Stalker

Hiya! I almost feel better.. almost! I have a lot of fun pictures to share with you guys today so text is going to be minimal. 🙂 I had an assignment for my Literary Journalism class to do a cafe study (amazing!!) so I basically spent the whole day in a local cafe writing about it. Are you jealous? I found it humorous that the people working  there knew I was doing a story for journalism and probably thought I was taking pictures for my class.

Silly Cafe Employees!  Pictures are for blogs!

For breakfast this morning, my bowl of oats decided to pose on an Ikea Catalog


I think it’s trying to tell me something.


Trip to Ikea, anyone?

My oats contained:

  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk
  • 1/4 cup chocolate almond breeze
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 smashed banana
  • spoon of flax
  • 1/8 tsp of cinnamon
  • A couple chocolate chips (added after picture was taken)

Lunch started with a slice of Nature’s Pride 12-Grain bread, an egg, some reduced fat cheddar, and a hole:




Plate (with black pepper and Frank’s Red Hot)




And a cup of Green Tea


Then it was off to Uncommon Grounds



More Green Tea





I’ve been looking for these everywhere!


Yum! (The other one is for tomorrow)

Work, Work, Work, Amazing Bagel Sandwich for dinner


Veggies with a Schemer of Hummus on a  toasted Sundried Tomato Bagel


Lettuce, Tomato, Cucumbers, Peppers, Onions, Sprouts, Roasted Red Peppers, OMG *Explodes*


This could possibly be the best bagel sandwich I’ve ever had. And you know what the best part is? I saved a half for lunch tomorrow! YAYYYYYY

And to drink?


Iced Irish Breakfast Tea. It was just a tea kind of day!

When I got home, I wanted something chocolatey for dessert


With a scoop of Edy’s Slow Churned French Silk on top


The End.

Have an amazing Thursday!

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