“Come, let us have some tea and continue to talk about happy things.”
– Chaim Potok
I drink tea… a lot of tea. With Mr. Wonderful’s gift of a personal Keurig for my office I drink probably more tea than I should. This tea was ordered from Art of Tea, it was one of my first sample sized buys
Apple Pie is not fair trade certified. While the fair trade certification does nothing substantial in the flavor of the tea, it does tell you that the quality and standards of life of those that grow and harvest this tea are greater than those who earn below living wage for what they produce. This is neither the time or the place for standing on a soap box… so I will not digress further at this time into the definition of fair trade. There are wonderful explanations on the Art of Tea website and you are more than welcome to go view the videos and learn about what they are doing to ensure a higher quality product. Why is Apple Pie not fair trade certified? I have no idea… maybe it is the ingredients or… who knows.
Apple Pie contains (organic unless otherwise noted): Rooibos, Honeybush, Cinnamon, Apple Bits, Coconut, Ginger, Pink Peppercorn, Black Peppercorn, Nutmeg and Natural Flavors (not sure what those are, might not be organic).
Please also note that my Keurig is not the recommended way to brew this tea. While it might be the easiest way for me to enjoy tea throughout the day… they recommend steeping 1 tablespoon for 5-7 minutes in 206° water. I do own a tea pitcher with infuser (that I can no longer highly recommend as one of mine broke for seemingly no reason) that I bought from Art of Tea. While this allows the tea to properly steep… though I have no control over the 192° temperature. Do I think that the 14º difference is really important? Maybe, if you’re a purist and you are making tea like a science experiment. I make tea and then remember to drink it while I am working.
Apple Pie tastes to me like eating applesauce before drinking strong cinnamon tea, which is not really a bad thing. It is warming and relaxing. After the first cup it was a bit on the weak side for me. So I added some Rishi Chinese Breakfast Tea and it perked it up (as well as thankfully adding caffeine).
I’m not sure I would order this tea again. While I do enjoy the flavor, I cannot brew it more than twice without adding something to boost flavor.