On Adagio Tea 
2008.12.17 10:53 - Tea
I've made a couple of purchases from Adagio Tea, but I don't think I'll be making any sort of habit out of it.

There's actually quite a lot going for them, mind. The website's pleasing to look at and browse, tea in reasonable quantities comes packed nicely in reusable tins. There's also some sort of social networking thing going on that I have refused to indulge in, as I usually do. There's also another neat feature that allows you to spec out and share your own blends of tea, giving other customers the opportunity to buy blends you've designed. All of this is very cool, if you're stupid serious about your tea.

I'm not super impressed by the quality of the tea itself, though. It's definitely good, but it's not a great deal price-wise, and I'm pretty sure that Special Teas sells similar teas at a higher quality for a much better price. And, then there's packaging.

At the end of October, I purchase a pound of a flavored blend from Adagio, and a pound each of a couple different teas from Special Teas. I'm nearly done with the stuff from Adagio, which is just as well because a) it's a seasonal thing, and b) it's getting stale. It's getting stale, though, because the entire pound was packaged in bag that cannot be resealed (I immediately transferred it to a sealable container, but it's definitely less than ideal). Special Teas shipped me four resealable quarter-pound bags for each full pound of tea, which should be much more manageable, even if I dump them straight into a tin.

Adagio does ship nearly everything smaller than a pound in a really nice reusable tin, though, including their samples. Special Teas uses resealable bags for everything, period. Make of that what you will.

That said, I've learned two lessons here: don't order that much tea, ever again. Even at the relatively prodigious rate I'm consuming the stuff, I just don't go through it quickly enough to justify having multiple pounds of the stuff on hand. (I'm hoping the sealed stuff isn't stale by the time I'm done with it.) Second, anything over four-to-six ounces will need to be split up into smaller units, vac-sealed, and stored someplace until I'm ready to fool with it. Ordering smaller units will save me the effort.
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