Coffee Share 191109

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Good day all,

Sonoma County, post the Kincade fire, is quickly getting back to normal.  Our weather continues to cool (finally . . .) and the stores have restocked with fresh and frozen foods, much of what was lost when almost whole cities lost power which took refrigeration with it.

We have a small drug store in our little town and I had occasion to stop by a couple of days after power was restored.  I walked by their cooler and freezer section to get to the isle I needed and was stuck by their empty, not heavily picked over, but empty shelves behind the glass doors.  But of course, I thought, they were without power for 5 days, just like us, so unless they found a way to plug in a generator, quickly relocate or surround with lots of ice and drainage, everything in those coolers would have been lost – which it clearly was.

This got me thinking about the economic impact patterns of the fire and power outages.  It would be interesting to map, the towns that lost power, note their populations and locations relative to others that did or did not lose power and try to guess where people would have to go to replace their cold and frozen foods lost to their own outages.  This simple thought brought to mind a quick estimate of where the shoppers would have to go – in mass.

I hate crowds and find myself moving as quickly and efficiently as possible to accomplish whatever is needed so I can get away from everyone. We were not left in an urgent situation.  We lost food, but had plenty of dry or canned options sufficient for several days so we elected to stay out of everyone else’s way and let those with urgent needs have the first pickings of what nearby towns had in stock.

Give us, our neighbors and the neighboring cities another week or so to restock personal or business shelves and we’ll be fully back to normal.  People are resilient as are the businesses they run.  The fire itself is now fully contained and the dangerous wind patterns have passed.  Our fire fighters and care givers and insurance representatives are all doing their jobs or folding up, being celebrated and thanked.  Churches that took in the displaced are returning cots and portable restroom facilities because their charges are making there way back home or on to more permanent housing.

It seems to me that there are plenty of compelling stories out there to tell about real people – but are those who might be most interested also exhausted by the topic.  Perhaps what many need is a simple well-told story that takes them somewhere else to relax, rest and have a few minutes of simple refreshing entertainment.  Hmmm?

I thought I’d offer something today that I don’t see in our coffee shares, a tea review.

I’ll own up that I strongly prefer tea to coffee.  I know that will distress several of you, but I’m not dismissing coffee at all.  I just prefer tea both for the taste and the fact that I can drink a lot of it without the coffee caffeine or acid blast to my stomach.  Tea is the way I start almost every morning and some days I follow it up with a good cup of coffee as the mood moves me.  Today I’m trying out a new tea I purchased a sample of.

Genmaicha - Loose 4 oz. Tin - Harney & Sons Fine TeasI start all my tea wanderings at a web site that has become my goto for all things tea.  Harney & Sons pretty much has it all: bags, sachets of loose leaf as well as normal loose leaf teas.  They have a wide variety of qualities of basic black teas, flavored black teas, green and herbal teas.

Today, I’m trying a new (to me) flavored loose leaf green tea named Genmaicha.

I was looking for a simple Japanese green tea, with some mild flavoring.  The description of this one interested me enough to order a sample (US$ 3.00 for enough for a few cups).  Check this out from their own description.

Genmaicha -   - Harney & Sons Fine TeasGenmaicha is a different kind of Japanese green tea that many people find intriguing. Brown rice kernels (“genmai”) are added while the green Bancha leaves (“cha”) are being dried, so the kernels get crispy and some burst open. Genmaicha has a unique appearance and a pleasant roasted flavor. Kosher.

Seriously?  Do I want burnt rice in my tea.  Not really – right?  I’ve had “smoky flavored” teas before and they are not for me, but as I read through the comments of some of it’s reviewers, it sounded mild, rich with a toasty backtone that simply had to tried.  One reviewer captured my reaction exactly, calling it the “comfort food of teas”.  I caught myself just holding a sip in my mouth to let the flavor sink in.  It has one of the most pleasant tea aromas – not unlike, shockingly, toasted rice – yummm. I could drink and smell this all day long and it has a flavor that makes me want to.

I would not be likely to use it as my wake-up drink.  As a green tea, it has much less caffeine than both coffee and even normal black tea – so you can drink lots of it. This is much more of a tea you want in hand as you curl up with a book or settling back with friends to chat and start a lazy morning conversation.

The cost is US$ 8.50 for a 4oz tin which translates to ~ .24 cents / cup.

I wish I could offer you a real cup to try, not just the virtual stuff I normally serve. I think you would like it.  I also think I’m hooked after 1 mug.  If you give it a try (for $3 – why not?) let me know what you think.  Have I discovered a gem or what?

Thanks for swinging by.  I’ll see you soon over at your coffee share venue.

Cheers & Blessings

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14 thoughts on “Coffee Share 191109

  1. I think I’ve mentioned that my coffee, morning and evening, is Toddy coffee: a cold-brew method that produces a homemade concentrate that I can store in the fridge. I add whole milk to the concentrate instead of water. About a third less caffeine and minus the bitter acids that come from heating the ground coffee.

    Since childhood, though, tea has been my favorite beverage. What I drink during the day. Currently, I bulk order loose leaf tea: Stash’s English Breakfast blend; I also favor Oolong varieties. The emerald green tips green tea that I had been buying, I am now rationing, since it’s no longer listed on their web site. My mother was stationed (Navy) in Hawaii during WW II, where she developed a passion for tea, which is the source of my tea habit. I don’t care for the smoky tea, myself. Rather settling in with what I know I like after a lifetime of sampling.

    Happy you are finding new blends and types that you can enjoy!

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  2. That sounds good. I love tea, and drink it every day. I’ll see about giving this a try. I’m so happy that the worst of the fire season seems to be over in California. I’ve been given the thought of big power outages lots of thoughts. Especially the cities are os vulnerable. Many people aren’t as well prepared as you were. I want to one day live off the grid, and not having to care about that. I hope you have a wonderfully weekend. Thanks for the inspirational tea!

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  3. I appreciate your insights on the Kincade fire. Ugh. I’ve been reading some fascinating fiction about post apocalyptic life, such that the power never returns and the infrastructure is gone. I hope that never happens because my family wouldn’t make it more than a day or two. Sounds like you were better prepared. I am a tea drinker, too (hate the taste of coffee) and will check out that website. Thanks for the link! I probably won’t buy any green tea but I’m curious about their black teas.

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    1. Hello TZW. I couldn’t bear the taste of coffee for decades. I gave it a try again when our first born started drinking it and I wanted to be able to share this with him. I found a few things I can enjoy based on coffee, but tea – I’m very happy with it. H&S has some great simple black teas. Look up one called Kenilworth from Sri Lanka – mellow and wonderful. It’s another favorite. They have some great oolongs also.

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      1. Thanks for the tips! I’ve been to their website and it makes me drool! I appreciate your doing the hard work (aka research) for me! We’ve also made adjustments in what we eat and drink based on our kids’ interests. It gives us some more common ground, right?

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  4. Glad things are returning to normal. Natural disasters can have a huge economic impact, particularly for the small mom and pop shops that rely on day to day business to stay afloat. The tea sounds interesting. Maybe someday I will give it a try, but we have so much tea in the house and don’t drink it enough… I hope your weekend is going well.


  5. How could you….tea! That’s outrageous 😉. Glad to hear things are getting back to normal, we have a small freezer with a good rotation of stewed meals to get through the mid week meals and dread to think what would happen if that went down. We rely on these modern conveniences so much. Thanks for the tea…Which I do prefer first thing and then a coffee later in the morning to savour. Have a good week.

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  6. I drink tea on occasion. I like green tea or herbal typically although a nice oolong finds its way to my mug every once in a while. I get my tea from David’s Tea, loose leaf and tasty. They have a herbal cinnamon one that I love.

    I can remember a few extended power outages as a child. They were scary for so many reasons. It sure does have long reaching effects.

    Hope you have a great week Gary!

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  7. I’m so glad to hear that people are recovering from the fires/outages so quickly. The longest I remember being without electric was 14 days, mid-winter (temps in single negatives with windchills in the neg. 30’s) ice storm.It was very cold. Our town’s water tower even froze. The school gym became home to many in town as it was the only place with heat and water, because they ran on nat. gas. I spent most of the time out directing traffic at the edge of town warning locals/college students/ and downright idiots from leaving town in the treacherous conditions. We worked in 4 hour shifts because it was so cold. The nights were horrible. Then, came the clean up. We didn’t loose food, but there was an awful lot of people with food in their car trunks. The hardest part was the no water situation. It took another week or two to thaw out the town’s water tower. water was rationed at the fire house, brought in by the National Guard. I do remember just how blessed that first hot bath was after the storm. Ahhhh, to be warm again.
    Mmmm, that tea sounds good… and I’m not much of a tea drinker. I like herbal teas that I’ve harvested and made myself mostly. Although, there is one oriental tea that I like called Chrysanthemum honey drink… it’s a crystalline drink that comes in a packet that you just dump into hot water. I have to travel up to Ohio to get it at the one and only oriental store that sells it… and then, only around the Chinese new year, so I have to buy a year’s supply when I do. With snow coming in this afternoon, I just might have to make me a nice cup while I’m writing.

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    1. Incredible bear! Your neg 30s 14-day outage beats anything I’ve experienced – thankfully. You gave me yet another reason to be thankful for our military and public helpers. We simply take them too much for granted and don’t treat them right.

      I’m getting more interested in both black tea drinks and herbals. I’m likely to review a few more in my coffee shares – just because I like being the minority sometimes. I don’t know that I’ve ever tasted a Chrysanthemum herbal tea. I’ll keep an eye out for it. You might check out that Harney & Sons website. They so much going on there – I’ve only begun to explore and they have inexpensive samples which are fum to check out.

      Stay warm my friend.

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    1. Hello Antoinette – exactly my initial reaction, but I was intrigued enough to try a sample and was very surprised at how much I enjoyed it. The word “burnt” was my sarcasm, but it’s what I thought before tasting it.

      Thanks for stopping by.


  8. Hi, Gary. I tried to find your most recent coffee share, but I am not familiar with your site’s navigation. I have a drastically busy day, so I will try another time. By the way, that tea sounds interesting! I just wanted to say hi for now. Busy week ahead. Take care! Pam


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