On to the reason we went in the first place. I get inside to the store counter and the clerk asks what we think of the free sample. I reply that I’m not a fan of rooibos, but that I would like to buy a full tin of their Pineapple Oolong, because I can’t get enough of it. To my dismay, she replies that they have discontinued that tea.
Luckily, she advises that they have replaced it with a ‘Grilled Pineapple tea’ with brown rice, so if you like the pineapple flavour, this will be similar. Phew… So I buy a tin of that (around $22), and saunter back to the office to get my brew on. As I’m sipping the freshly steeped tea, the aromatics of pineapple hit my nose, and it is glorious. Then there is the light nutty taste of brown rice… yum. And then there’s something else that doesn’t quite seem right. So I check the label, and oh what’s the first faaccking ingredient? ROOIBOS.
Doing a bit of sleuthing on the internet, I learn that Rooibos comes from a plant in South Africa which “Scientists speculate that climate change may threaten the future survival of…” So I guess despite the problems posed by climate change, the silver lining is that there won’t be anymore vanilla, caramel, cinnamon and poop flavoured tea.
And so ends my rather long winded story about my 'can hardly be considered a problem' #firstworldproblem. Meh. Judge away.
From now on, guess I’ll have to stick to real teas, like these beautiful and fragrant jasmine pearls.