Saturday, November 21, 2009

Holiday teas in November

If there ever was a day to signify November, this is it. Cold, damp and windy and dark enough that electric lights need to be on for the entire day. Actually, candlelight would be nicer, but I don't like fire, even if it does look pretty.
I opened my box of Harney's Christmas blend today. With the exception of their Paris blend, it's always taken me a while to warm up to Harney teas, and the Christmas blend is no exception. For the first two years, I didn't really care for it but last year, I ordered some for gifts and ended up with an extra box and guess what - this year, I like it. I also had a cup of Bigelow's Eggnoggin' I only have four bags left! I do wish the'd start selling it in Canada.
The Walmart flyer for this week is featuring Tassimo coffee makers for $98 - I am so tempted. Don't need it but I have wanted one for some time. It's the idea of being able to make cappuccinos so easily that appeals to me. I have a coffee/cappuccino maker and it's a nightmare to use so I don't. I use my Kitchen Aid coffee maker for my decaf and it works great but still, the Tassimo beckons. If anyone reading this has one, I'd appreciate it if you let me know how you like it.


  1. At $98, it's a great deal! I got mine 3 years ago for $150 I think they paid for it (Christmas gift the first year they came out) and I use it every single day. The only negative is the availability of the T-cups, some of my local stores don't have any in stock so I've had to order online and pay shipping (much more availability online though, they have 27 varieties to choose from). Or I need to drive half an hour to get my T-cups, which isn't bad if I'm going shopping there anyway and stock up.

    They are usually cheaper at Walmart.. the coffee works out to be about $0.35 to $0.50/cup depending on which you buy. The Starbucks ones are more expensive.

    My machine's lasted great, just a bit of leaky water now near the back, but as I've said I use it every single day...

  2. I'm still thinking about it - there's a guy at work that I might be able to persuade to go in on one with me, since I'd really like to have one there - much rather spend the money on this rather than on the daily Tim's run.