I have a great new loose leaf tea to share with you today that came from Coffee Bean Direct! Yes, I know that they do coffee but I decided to highlight another part of their company and that is their teas! I was sent a bag of Lavender Black Tea to try along with an awesome infuser.
If you love tea as much as I do, then you will want to try this Lavender Black Tea! It has this really nice lavender taste that isn't too strong, but just the right amount of flavor. Of course, if you put more loose leaf tea in your infuser than I do, then I guess you might get a stronger flavor. I always start out small and work my way up because if I started big then there isn't much you can do to adjust the flavor, but if you start small, you can always add to it. It works for me and I don't waste any tea!
As you can see, the little purple specks are the lavender. This is a nice rich black tea that is speckled throughout the tea leafs with the lavender. Lavender is a calming and relaxing herb that is used for a variety of things from oils, soaps, teas and food. I am a big fan of lavender and love the taste of it in my teas. Lavender also will have a subtle sweet flavor so keep that in mind when adding sugar.
I was also sent this really cool infuser and one of the things I love the most about it is the lid. I have some other infusers but they don't have lids. I like that because I can walk off and let my tea seep without worrying about anything getting into my tea.
Why is that important? Well, if you live in the South, no matter how hard you try, we have gnats and they seem to come in the door with whoever opens the door! We don't have a lot but a few but those few can be pretty darn pesky and determined to stick their noses into everything. We have sprayed and sprayed but they are very hard to kill.
As you can see, I don't put much in the infuser at first until I get a feel for how strong the tea actually is and then I add to it if necessary but I got lucky on this one and picked the right amount, for me anyway. And you can see below that the lid came in double handy as a place to put my spoon while I waited for the tea to finish seeping.
It actually came out perfect as you can see. I don't like my tea to be really dark, almost like coffee, is how one of my friend's makes her tea. I told her one time she should just drink coffee and forget about the tea but she looked at me like I was crazy, so I never said another word!
Coffee Bean Direct has several other types of infusers to choose from if this one isn't to your liking, but I bet once you try it, you will love it. But, if you like the ones that are a mug and infuser, they have those also.
Here is what Coffee Bean Direct says about their teas:
Coffee Bean Direct offers a fantastic selection of the best loose leaf teas from around the world. Just like our coffee, we package & ship all teas in-house to ensure their quality and freshness. All teas are packaged in 5-oz, 1-lb. 2-lb, and 5-lb bags.
They have a good selection of black teas, white, herbal, green, oolong, flavored, seasonal and spiced. So, whatever is your nook, they should have something for you. Also, don't forget that their primary product is coffee and if their tea is any indication of what the coffee tastes like, then I bet it's awesome. Maybe sometime down the road I will introduce you to their coffees.
Here is what Coffee Bean Direct says about their coffees:
All of our coffees are gourmet-quality just like you would find from any other gourmet/specialty roaster- the only difference being that we price at the wholesale level by default for everybody. We roast ALL of our coffee in-house, and have complete control over the quality and freshness of the beans. Coffee Bean Direct currently roasts more than 70 varieties of coffee!
From the list it looks like you can get regular, decaf, half decaf, coffee blends, flavored coffee, smoky coffee and fair trade/organic coffee! And like the tea, they have quite a few coffee accessories that will make your cup of coffee an experience to remember. Also, you can get ground or whole bean coffee, so it's really what you prefer. I prefer whole beans myself so that they last longer. We only grind what we need that day and it will make your coffee beans last a long time if you would follow that advice.
I found this really cute video that they made about how they got started:
They do offer free shipping if the order is 25 pounds or more and a flat rate $7.50 for orders that are less than 25 pounds.
Connect with Coffee Bean Direct:
P.O. Box 538
Stockton, NJ 08559