Have you ever found something in a shop or seen something online and loved it so much it made you instantly go, “OHMYGOD! IWANTITIWANTITIWANTIT!” That was me when I went perusing through Tea Forte’s website and discovered their fabulous and uber awesome COCONUT tea set! I was beside myself. I had to use every ounce of willpower not to impulsively click “BUY”. It didn’t even matter that I hadn’t registered for an account or read through their shipping and payment terms; all logic just flew out the window because I wanted that coconut tea set! If I had to choose a favourite type of tea, it would have to be coconut tea, hands down. I love my different dessert teas, but my all-time favourites are coconut flavoured ones: Coconut Almond from Steeped & Infused (they haven’t opened their new location yet, so in the meantime, visit their WEBSITE to order) and Coconut Blossom from Tealish on Queen West.
I know I go on and on about how much I love lemon desserts and lemon-flavoured things but when it comes to tea, coconut tea of ANY kind wins my heart! Coconut is just so versatile – kind of like potatoes and eggs. And let it be known that I have never met a spud or egg dish that I didn’t love and the same goes for coconut tea. You can pair it with fruits, nuts, vanilla, chocolate and any other dessert combination and this is one of the reasons why I love it so much; the flavour is fresh, fruity, nutty, and sweet all in one.
Tea Forte and I met for the first time during the Christmas holidays in December. My best friend had bought me their popular Dolce Vita dessert tea tin set which came with 6 silken tea infusers in 6 different dessert flavours and combos, my favourite being the Belgian Mint. From that point on, I knew I had to integrate and keep Tea Forte products in my ever-growing rotating collection!
I was a little worried at first that I wouldn’t be able to find many Tea Forte teas around town but Indigo has really expanded their Tea Forte selection over the last several months and that’s actually where I saw the Tea Forte Coconut collection in person for the first time. I was so happy when I found the different Coconut sets at Indigo! They had the Coconut tea set in a tin, in a box, ones with 6, 10, and 20, and even a gift set with several of the coconut teas with a gorgeous mug! I thought for sure I was out of luck on the buying-in-store front and was prepared to buy it off their website if I really needed to.
Luckily for me though both Indigo and Blue Banana in Kensington Market carry Tea Forte teas and accessories! YES, Blue Banana in Kensington Market, one of my favourite shops in the whole city! Their tea selection is to-die-for. They have Tea Forte, Kusmi Tea, Mighty Leaf, Harney & Sons and so much more. It would make any tea lover hot under the collar.
I bought my Coconut tea set from Blue Banana ($14.95). This set comes with 10 silken tea infusers in 3 coconut flavours: Coconut Chocolate Truffle, Coconut Mango Colada, and Coconut Chai Latte. The infusers come in a beautiful portable box and all the infusers are individually wrapped in little cardboard pyramids. What I love about their teas is that the infusers don’t get soggy in your tea cup or mug; they hold their shape incredibly well. And look at the adorable little green leaf up at the top! It’s incredibly cute as it bobs up and down while you drink.
The Coconut Chocolate Truffle smells soooo good and the taste isn’t cloying or overpowering. I’d even say that it leans more towards the earthy kind of chocolate taste with the sweetness of coconut. This is a perfect warm and comforting kind of tea. It has a lot of depth in flavour and to truly get the full experience, you need to hold it up close when it’s warm the soak in the aroma and drink it really slow, letting those first notes linger in your mouth when you first take a sip. You’re not going to taste it fully if you gulp it down quickly. It totally makes sense to sip citrus flavours a little faster in my opinion (letting it linger just makes it taste bitter), but not this one. Aroma to contact is what you want to get the full yumminess affect!
I’m hoping to try the Coconut Chai Latte and Coconut Mango Colada this week so I can choose my favourite out of the three. And then I’ll keep daydreaming about adding more Tea Forte to my ever-growing tea collection. For tea lovers, there’s no such thing as too much tea.
Blue Banana is located at 250 Augusta Ave. in Kensington Market, just south of College Street, west of Spadina. To check out Tea Forte’s huuuuge colleciton of tea sets, accessories, loose leaf tins and more, visit their website at http://www.teaforte.com/