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Teavana recalls glass tumblers


Thanks to Teavana’s Facebook page, I found out recently that they have recalled their glass tea tumblers due to laceration and burn hazards.  These are the double-walled glasses, most (but not all) with stainless steel tea infusers and lids.

The tea tumblers can break or shatter unexpectedly (I presume with a change of temperature – like putting hot water in the glass!) and poses burn hazards.  Teavana has received hundreds of reports of the glass breaking or shattering according to the CPSC,

If you’ve recently purchased a glass tea glass from Teavana (or received one as a holiday gift – some of the recalled products were sold in gift sets) you should check out the USA Consumer Product Safety Commission website for more information.  The glasses ranged in price from $15.00 – $30.00 for individual glasses, and $40.00 – $100.00 for the sets. The recalled glasses were all made in China.

This applies to both US and Canadian customers.   You can also call 877-261-1509 according to their Facebook page, or bring your tumbler into your closest Teavana.

Teavana is offering a free replacement for your recalled glass along with a free 2oz tea sample.  The replacement is a metallic tea tumbler, and the tea is their Opus Rouge Rooibos tea.

Other options

Bodum travel press

Bodum travel press

If you were thinking of picking up one of these infuser + glass tea tumblers, and now are wary, there are still lots of options.  These are great for single-serving tea (rather than making up a whole pot), still allow you to use your loose leaf tea, and are great for travel or work.

Might I suggest checking out:

Tuffy tea strainer – use your own mug in your office or hotel room

Bodum travel press – a great on-the-go option

T-sacs – pop your loose leaf tea into the tea bag and use your own mug

Or… there are lots of different plastic and metal versions of the tea tumbler with a stainless steel infuser basket and a lid. I have one from Teaopia (before they sold out to Teavana) that I use frequently. (But apparently have never blogged about!)

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Posted by on June 14, 2013 in Tea & Beverages


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Another one bites the dust…

Tea. Photo by Modomatic

I was browsing my workFacebook feed and read an interesting blurb of information from a young woman who works as a barista at Starbucks/Star$$$.  She was quite excited about the news, and thought that it was great for tea drinkers.. but I have to wonder.  Apparently Star$$$ is purchasing Teavana.

Teavana recently bought out Teaopia, and got rid of all but 6 (I think) of the best-selling teas.

Not to rely on information from status updates on Facebook (about as good of a source as Wikipedia is in academia) I did a quick search and found out that it is indeed true – as per this CBC article.

Some of the respondents were happy, some were sad, and one just wanted to know if he’d be able to keep getting his employee discount… Since I am not a huge fan of Teavana, I don’t really think it will be a big deal, but still it’s sad if we’re going to lose another place for loose leaf tea.

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Posted by on November 19, 2012 in Tea & Beverages


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Tea: The taste of lemon

Not too long ago, a family member mentioned that she just loved lemon, and had just started drinking loose leaf tea – so of course, when it came time for some gift-giving happiness, I had to pop into two different tea shops and try out what they had to offer in the way of lemon teas.

I was up in Edmonton, at the West Edmonton Mall (on constant look out for members of Apocalyptica, who I had seen shopping earlier..) and since I wouldn’t have time to shop at home, I figured I would do my tea-shopping there.  Already the Teaopia shop has been replaced (if it was even there to begin with) with Teavana, which I had never been in before, so it was my first stop.

I won’t comment too much on the shop itself (I’m sure that will come in a later post) but the clerk was friendly and helpful, though I was a bit disappointed in their selection.

From Teavana I picked up Lemon Youkou – a herbal tea with huge chunks of dried lemon.  It looks delicious!

Lemon tea from Teavana

Next up, I visited David’s Tea.  This is the first David’s I’d ever been in (last summer) which was kind of cute in a sentimental kind of way.  The store clerk helping me was very enthusiastic and helpful – we started bonding over adventures in Vancouver and other fun topics, all while I sniffed away at a wide variety of teas with a strong lemon or lemongrass flavour/scent.

From David’s Tea I picked up Organic La La Lemon – a black tea with lemon and orange oils.

Lemon tea from David’s Tea

Also from David’s Tea, I picked up the Earl of Lemon tea as well – a white tea with Earl Grey flavour and lemon.

Lemon tea from David’s Tea

Of course, since I was getting tea to give away, I also needed to get just a little sample of each for myself as well!

How they measure up….

Lemon Youkou

Lemon Youkou

The first tea of the lemony set I tried was the Lemon Youkou from Teavana.  I`ll start by saying that lemon teas are not my first choice (I like them fine, but there are others that I would pick first) so perhaps someone who really loves lemon might give it a better review…

Frankly, I was significantly disappointed.  The tea steeped up an extremely pale, weak yellow – as though the tea had barely influenced the hot water at all.  The equally weak flavour was only slightly more complex than a bit of lemon juice added to hot water.  Unfortunately, the tea isn`t included on the Teavana website, so I am not really able to say what is in the tea to give it the very slight additional complexity (something fruity though…) but, from this first impression, I can`t say that I`m terribly impressed.

I thought that perhaps steeping it a lot longer might work to improve the intensity of the flavour – I re-used the same tea and let it sit in hot water (which cooled off fast of course) for quite some time (I didn’t actually time it) and then re-heated the water. The result was instead much less lemony, and quite bitter.  Undrinkable.

Organic La La Lemon

Organic La La Lemon

This tea is far superior to the first one I tried – and exactly as described – a very smooth black tea with lemon/citrus flavour.  Not just black tea with a squeeze of lemon, but very mellow, fruity lemon flavour.  The tea steeps up dark, and I had it with sweetener and milk (yeah, I know milk doesn’t belong with lemon, but I like it…). Definitely worth picking up if you want a ‘normal’ tea (rather than something with lots of unusual flavouring).

Earl of Lemon

Earl of Lemon

Oddly enough, although this is supposed to be a white tea with Earl Grey and lemon flavours, it actually steeps up much more like a green tea, and tastes a lot more like a green tea too for that matter.  There is a slight bitterness that I usually find with green teas, and just the faintest taste of lemon.  I can taste the ‘Earl Grey’ flavour (I usually think of a black tea with oil of bergamot) but it isn’t immediately noticeable.  I tried this sweetened, both hot and cool, and I found more flavour and less bitterness with the cool variety.  I don’t think I’d pick this up again; not that it isn’t good, it’s just not ‘different’ enough for me.

So, Lemon-lovers…

What teas would you recommend for my lemon-loving family member? Leave me a note in the comments below!


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