Last week I got to make my first trip to Steep Me A Cup of Tea, a tea company based right here in my hometown of Fargo, North Dakota. I was so excited to finally get to go. A lot of stores in Fargo sell different big brands of tea but having a store that blends and sells its own teas is next level tea stuff. It wasn’t something I thought I would ever find in my hometown. Sometimes, its good to be wrong.
The night before I went, I sat down and made a list of teas I wanted to try and set myself a budget for myself based on the list. Of course, when I got to the store only 2 of the 7 teas, I chose the actually made it into my haul. The other 5 teas that went into my basket because they smelled good or had combinations of ingredients that intrigued me. And no, I didn’t stick to my budget either. A last-minute find put me over budget by about 20 dollars but I couldn’t resist. It could have been worse, I wanted a lot more tea.
The great thing about Steep Me A Cup of Tea is their blends are unique, either in ingredients, I have never seen a rhubarb tea before, or in how they combine ingredients. I also love how they have teas across all tea types, not just black and herbal with a few green teas thrown in because that is what people are used to.
The teas I got are:
Orange Pu’erh — I am a fan of the fermented teas called Pu’erh (poo air). This particular Pu’erh is stuffed into a small orange to flavor and ferment the tea. It can be resteeped several times.
Indian spice — When I think of Indian spices, I think of Chai. This isn’t a Chai. It has whole fennel seeds, cardamom, anise, cloves and chunks of cinnamon bark. It is a very light and refreshing tea.
Harvest tea — I chose this tea because it has pumpkin and cranberries in it. I am an absolute sucker for anything cranberry. Cranberries are my favorite fruit.
Rhubarb road — I chose this tea because I love rhubarb and I have never seen it in a tea before.
Mango Pineapple Green Tea — Before I started drinking loose-leaf tea, I wasn’t a big fan of green tea. I found that it isn’t that I don’t like green tea, it’s that I am very particular about what kind of green tea I drink. But I want to try it before I say I don’t like it and mango and pineapple are generally flavors I like so I thought a green tea with those flavors. Spoilers — it is very good.
Milk Oolong — Milk oolong has been on my to try list for a long time so I decided to give it a try.
I can see this store becoming a very favorite place for me to go and hang out and read or work on the blog. The teas are good and the employees very nice. I love to shop at a place where I can get and give good conversation. I will do further reviews of the teas and store after I have spent a little more time and money at the store.