Teatime Tuesday #4: Decaf Mango Green Tea

Being an avid lover of Japanese culture, I have a soft spot for green tea, but I’ll admit that I can be a bit picky about it (especially boxed teabag varieties in grocery stores… some of the first teas I ever had to chuck in the garbage were grocery store teabag green teas, because certain brands were so unpalatable to me!) So I was pretty excited to get to try out the looseleaf variety, especially a flavored one, since one of the few boxed teabag grocery store green teas I do like is Celestial Seasonings Decaf Mandarin Orchard Green Tea.

So when I was at the Spice and Tea Exchange on Pier 39 in San Francisco last September, I picked up their Decaf Mango Tea. The ingredients include organic green tea, mango pieces, lemon peels, safflower threads, calendula petals, and natural mango flavoring, and it is a naturally decaffeinated green tea. Normally green tea offers so little caffeine it doesn’t bother my head much, but I knew I’d be attempting a medication detox for my migraines in the coming months (which I successfully went through in November), and since caffeine can aggrevate the rebound headache effect in the nerves, I was specifically looking for decaffeinated teas on that particular shopping venture. Even though I’m now past that and can have caffeinated teas again, this particular blend makes for a great evening drink, and I’m admittedly a heavy nighttime tea drinker.

Look at those big chunks of mango!

I brew this tea with water heated at 175 degees F and I give it a short steep of two minutes; despite being a green tea, it will have a rich orange color!

When I was on my medication detox and couldn’t have caffeine, meaning most green teas were off-limits during that time, I actually found the flavor of this tea quite pleasant. I found it to have a distinct green tea flavor, but with a fruity mango zing that reminded me of the Celestial Seasonings Decaf Mandarin Orchard Green Tea, with a mango twist on the orange flavor, and a much more fresh-tasting experience.

But after finishing my medication detox and being able to drink caffeinated teas again, and revisiting this tea after drinking standard green teas again, I found the flavor of this tea entirely unpalatable in comparison. There is something very bitter and metallic about the flavor, which is apparently due to the decaffeinization process, and the mango flavor just can’t hide it. If you only drink herbal tisanes and decaffeinated teas and have never tasted the flavor of standard green tea, it likely won’t bother you, and may be a good option to enjoy the benefits of green tea without the caffeine if you have caffeine sensitivities. But if you are familiar with the flavor of green tea, you’ll likely find the flavor strange and off-putting, too.

This tea is on the pricier side even for Spice and Tea Exchange (which is already pricy!) at $6.95 for a 1 oz. sampler (pictured below) and $25.95 for the 4 oz. bag (and it looks like the prices have since gone up slightly on their website, unless it just costs more to order online!) If you are looking for a decaffeinated green tea option it may be worth it, but otherwise, I can’t recommend it.

As I’m sipping on my cuppa of green tea, I feel like reflecting on the last year (after a whole month into the new year… I know, I’ve never been the most punctual). Actually, I got the idea from xoxJennxox’s The Tart ISBI: Year in Review, 2016, in which she brings up the fact that last year WordPress sent out those nice little Year in Review posts to everyone with cool stats for our blogs on them, but this year… Nope! I guess 2016 was just that bad they couldn’t be bothered.

So I went through and gathered up a few interesting tidbits myself.

Last year, this site had 5,944 views from 1,327 visitors. Hey, not bad for a small site that only managed to update once a month! (And if you are shocked at the low amount of activity for 2015… though my Blogaversary is celebrated in April, as that is when my first part of Cat Chronicles debuted, it actually debuted on Livejournal! Yes, Livejournal. I know that no one remembers that host, but from May to November, that was the home to my site before I made the move to WordPress, so “Sim Stories” only lived on WordPress during 2015 for two months. Not really enough time to pull proper stats. :-P )

And here is where all those views were coming from! Not particularly surprising, as I have reading circle members in Canada, the Netherlands, and France, and the rest of us in the United States! (Such a diverse bunch, and I love them all!) I also have a dedicated reader from Russia (I see you, chealsycat)! I can see quite clearly that my friend in Norway does not read my site… proof you just can’t get your non-Simming friends to check out your work. ^_~ (I have evidence Morgan, don’t think you are getting off easy just because you are a Viking!)

Can this be taken as a fair representation of cat-lovers world-wide? Eeh… probably not, but still interesting, hahahaha!

And what posts were they visiting? I am very happy that Sims Pride 2016 is, to date, the most successful post on this site. It was my first time trying to run a community event, and honestly, I did not think I had what it takes to try to run one, because I’m just not that popular or well-known in the Sims community. After the event I still heard a lot of people say, “Oh, I never heard about that or I would’ve participated” so I still didn’t manage to get the word out as well as I should’ve despite all my best efforts, but, for its first year, it still got a lot of participation, a lot of people dropped by to see the community coming together to share themselves and their diverse Sims, and I heard nothing but positivity about it, so I’m really happy about it and plan to do it again next June.

As for my actual writing, unsurprisingly there are a lot of my short stories in there, since they are read by the dedicated group that follows the Monthly Simlits Short Story Challenges thread every month, but despite that it seems For the Love of Furbabies has struck a special love, and for that I’m grateful, as I was really hoping that would be a story that those “outside the Simlit community” could also connect with and enjoy. The very first chapter of The Cat Chronicles did quite well, though none of the following chapters ranked quite so highly, which makes me wonder if a lot of people dropped it after the first chapter; I’ll admit when I started that story I had just started playing Sims 3 and my screenshot abilities are total ass. And they continue to be that way for pretty far into the story. I feel so much shame about that now, but there is no way I can fix that as that particular story is 99% unscripted and simply moves with the flow of what the characters of the game give me, and I can’t make those particular events happen again to get better images. All I can say is I really appreciate all those readers that have stuck with me over the last year on Shadow’s journey!

And where are people finding my blog? By and large, folks are coming from the Sims forums, and if you are a Simlit author and still haven’t signed up there, I would highly recommend doing so! There is a really bustling, great community for Simlit authors there, and we are sort of separated from the bustle and drama of most of the other areas of the forums, if you are worried about that. There are two really awesome sections for Simlit at the forums and you should check them both out, as there are useful resources for authors in both: Stories and Legacies (this is where you can find my Stories and Legacies Index, a giant library of Simlit links where you can submit your own site, and also the Monthly Simlits Short Story Challenges thread) and the The Sims 4 Stories and Legacies (this is where you can find A Quick Guide to Simlit, the Freezer Bunny Book Club, and Reading Circles).

Woo, look at everyone who is using the WordPress Reader! I’m a WordPress Reader addict myself, so that’s awesome! I really wish I could see which Tumblrs were linking to my site though, so I could visit them and follow if they are interesting! What a missed opportunity there, WordPress…

Thank you so much to all sites that link to my humble little blog; every visit means so much to me!

And the biggest shock of all… people are still finding this site from my old, original LiveJournal site?! This just goes to show, people, don’t delete your old websites! You don’t know how much my heart cries every time I go to a Simlit site and get the “This WordPress has been deleted” message. -_-;; Look at how effective just sticking a link from a dead site to a new one can be! (I’m seriously shocked anyone is still finding that old Livejournal, considering no one visited it before, hense why I moved to WordPress in the first place! Irony, that…)

About Mastress Alita

I'm a fulltime librarian, a chronic migraineur, a tea addict, and an avid Simmer that writes SimLit and maintains the Stories and Legacies Index, a link directory of SimLit on Wordpress. Though I obviously love cats, I actually don't own one! (Blame my apartment lease for that!) I do have a charming old cockatiel, Kali, that has been my companion for the last seventeen years!
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8 Responses to Teatime Tuesday #4: Decaf Mango Green Tea

  1. Simsophonique says:

    I had to delete the reference of my old tumblr (same nick I use here and on the official forum) because a crap girl stole my nickname :'( but not my work.
    People visits me for my cc and most of them for my sims 4 recolours I did and not so often.
    I only got 8 mutual followers here you among, I am very thankful to have joined our mutual reading circles that’s the only window I can touch with the simlit community.
    I try to avoid the community and what I did in the official forum is sharing ideas.

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  2. cathytea says:

    The tea sounds so delicious ! And thanks for sharing the stats!

    And… breaking news… you’re a hero and widely , hugely respected on the forums , so it’s no surprise to see you getting all those well-deserved reads and the great participation in your collab !

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    • I’ve been pretty shocked at how many people have been chiming up lately wanting to see the Stories and Legacies Index get Stickied on the forums recently… I guess I feel like such a small fish in a huge pond compared to all the other wonderful people, stories, and resources I’ve found over there, and I still have only been on the forums a little over year and most folks have been around so much longer! But it has felt really great to see that support recently.

      And I do really hope that next Sims Pride will be even bigger, hoping that folks will remember it from last year and decide to join in this time. Maybe after doing one, the next one will come a little easier, hahahaha! I think 2017 is really going to need it, as the Kindness Warriors must stand strong! <3

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      • cathytea says:

        Oh, so true! I’ve got quite a few Sims eager for Sims Pride! Yeah, regarding your value on the forums: You’re not one to toot-your-own horn, but man! Everybody notices your steady, dedicated, selfless, community-building work! :)

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  3. lisabeesims says:

    MMMM that sounds delish! This is the tea shop I was telling you about .. https://www.facebook.com/encorechocolatesandteas/ I am headed there soon .. I am piking up some of my fav tea and I will send you some for review <3

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    • It is good! I’m thinking that in March I may do a theme month and do all all different green teas then (Cause green! Get it? Hahaha! I’m a St. Pattie’s baby, too… got so used to green clothes and toys as a kid…)

      Aww, I tried searching for them online but it doesn’t appear they have a web store I can order from (amazingly, I’ve found many local, independantly run tea shops do, including the one in Boise I like, Snake River Tea). If they did I’d totally order some of their wares! If you do find yourself with some extra e-mail me and I’d be happy to do a tea swap with you, I have plenty of looseleafs sitting around I’d be happy to share.

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