December 3rd, 2009

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Teavana steps up to the plate -- and it's a clean miss!

Okay, time to declare Fail. For the second time in the past week, I've gone to Teavana for some tea, only to find that they don't carry it.

Of course, this isn't obviously a big deal. But we're not talking about cutesy specialty teas. I was looking for Genmaicha one time, and Lapsang Souchong the second -- both pretty routine traditional (if eastern) teas. Worse, both were attempts to refill cans that I had bought from Teavana in the first place: in both cases, they've replaced the classic with cutesy blends.

So be it. I've already started buying my blends from Teaguys instead: the flavors are, in general, better, and it's considerably cheaper. And I'd bet I can get the classics quite cheaply at an Asian market, if I look around. So I think my last reasons to bother walking into Teavana have gone away...