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Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

July 1, 2006 · 2 Comments

Palm Springs is hot. Very hot. 47 degrees (117F) hot.

That doesn’t stop me from drinking hot tea though.

I went to the local The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, where they used to have decent loose leaf teas when I did live in LA for a little while. I ordered their dragon oolong. But what did I get? Longjing. I asked again, and he said yes, he gave me the dragon oolong. Whatever. I think the guy kept hearing me say “Dragonwell” even though I was saying “Dragon oolong”. I suppose they can be mixed, although I really don’t know how. I looked at the leaves and they looked like longjing (although a little red in places that make it rather weird). I decided not to fight, since the guy was obviously not really following, and drink the longjing.

It’s very weak considering that the colour came out strong. The tea is not very fragrant and not very tasty. Flat. I think it’s probably been out too long, losing most of its flavours. It’s probably also seen some sun which is why it’s oxidized a bit. I guess in a place like Palm Springs the teas move very slowly.

I should’ve gotten a black instead. At least it won’t make a difference that way.

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