• Teaware and Gadgets

    Tavalon 3 & 5 Minute Sand Timer

    One of the new toys that I picked up at the New York Coffee and Tea Festival was this nifty tea timer from Tavalon. They had loaned us one for our pre-festival tweetup and I knew that I just had to have it. I loved the simple, clean design. It features two hourglasses, one that runs out after 3 minutes and one that runs out after 5 minutes. Those are generally the most common steep times for tea so this will definitely come in handy. I’ve timed it and it is actually pretty accurate. It’s become a bit of a conversation piece in my house as several people have mistaken the hourglasses for salt and…


  • Teaware and Gadgets

    Tavalon Gravity Teapot

    I picked up this nifty little teapot from Tavalon’s booth at the New York Coffee and Tea Festival. It couldn’t be more convenient to use. All you have to do is place tea leaves into the pot and add hot water. Once it is done steeping, place the pot on top of any cup and the gravity flow filter will empty the finished tea into your cup while also straining out the leaves. I love that this pot is made out of food grade plastic that is BPA free. It is also microwave and dishwasher safe. This pot has become my new best friend at work, enabling me to drink untold amounts of…

  • Reviews

    Tavalon NYC Breakfast

    I drink many different kinds of tea but tend to heavily favor oolong and green teas. Every once in a while a black tea comes along that changes all that, at least for one cup. Tavalon’s NYC Breakfast is one of those teas. My sample was a funky, do –it–yourself tea bag with a fair amount of dry leaves in it. They had a pleasant sweet and nutty aroma. It’s funny but after writing so many reviews, I can usually tell if I will like a tea by the way the leaves smell. I steeped it using 212 degree water for five minutes. The resulting tea was robust without being overpowering. Their website…

  • Reviews

    Tavalon Sweet Lemongrass

    I won one of Tavalon’s Twitter contests so I used my prize to buy an assortment of their teas. I’m not a big fan of herbals but their Sweet Lemongrass was included so I figured I would try it anyway. According to my dictionary it is a tropical grass that is native to southern India and Sri Lanka, yielding aromatic oil used as flavoring and in perfumery and medicine. The dry tea pretty much looked like dried grass but with slightly more variance in color. This tea just wasn’t for me. I usually love Tavalon’s teas but I think my dislike of this particular selection has more to do with flavor preferences. It…

  • Reviews

    Tavalon Menage a Gummies

    I’ve been intrigued by Tavalon’s gourmet gummie bears for some time so when I saw the Tavalon booth at the New York Coffee and Tea Festival I took the change to pick up a small jar. While not exactly “healthy” for you they use all natural ingredients, some of which are organic. They smelled amazing due to the fact that they use real fruit extracts instead of artificial flavoring. I love finding something I can indulge in without feeling guilty afterwards. At $5.50 for 4oz they are probably the most expensive gummy bears I have ever had but I have to say that it was worth it. They are simply melt in your…

  • Reviews

    Tavalon Jasmine Dream

    If you’ve read any of my other reviews you would know that I am a complete jasmine addict. I’ve heard very good things about this blend so I could not wait to try it when I won a coupon in one of Tavalon’s many Twitter contests. The leaves were a very dark green and the scent of the jasmine was so strong that I was able to smell it through the package. I brewed this tea at work so I don’t have the exact specs. It is relatively bomb proof though. I haven’t had a bad cup yet. This tea is obviously of a high quality because it very heavily scented. The taste…