Lavender Lounge Tea Company in San Clemente, California
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I think my expectations for this place were a little high. I didn’t see many blends that were interesting or looked like something I’d buy. You could purchase 3.5oz tins of loose leaf for around $16 or get any of their teas made into a to-go hot or iced tea right then. I tried Tea Street (black tea with peach and apricot) and thought it was pretty standard. The person I was with tried Mojito something or other (I think this was green tea with lime and mint) which he absolutely loved and I absolutely loathed (but I think whatever mint was used is not agreeable with my taste buds).

The atmosphere is nice. It’s very casual. There’s a lot of seating…to the point that it feels a little cramped, especially if there had actually been people sitting in the seats.

One thing that is a little bit different here is that you can order your to-go tea sweetened/flavored with something called Choobies, which were basically little cubes of coconut jelly. They seemed to be similar (if not exactly the same) as the kind of flavored jellies you can get at Asian boba places. Anyway, they were okay but added an additional $1 to your tea price.

Overall, I probably wouldn’t buy tea here but would visit it as often as I might visit a place like Starbucks for iced tea.



I am a teacher for an after school tutoring program serving grades 1-12 and the Assistant Director of an English language program. Dealing with people who are just learning how to communicate can be stressful. Since I’ve never been (and never want to be) a coffee drinker, I was happy to have found a tea I liked when I started college. Bigelow French Vanilla was my first ever favorite tea. I am just learning to love loose leaf. I drink tea both hot and cold every single day.

I’m not too much of a fancy-pants when it comes to tea drinking. As long as it tastes good and doesn’t take up my whole paycheck, I’m happy. I find I am mostly enjoying flavored blacks and oolongs, as well as whites and the occasional green tea. I’m struggling with plain greens. I take to fruit-flavored greens much more readily. The only reason I ever sweeten a tea is if I hear it brings out a particular flavor in that tea. Otherwise, I don’t usually add sweeteners. When it comes to milk, I again don’t usually add any. But, when I do, I only use almond milk or coconut milk (the thin kind that comes in a carton from Trader Joe’s…not the thick canned kind).

Love: Floral (especially jasmine and rose), caramel, maple, nuts, cream, cake/cookie flavors, chocolate, and fruit (especially peach, pineapple, berries, raisins, and coconut)

Loathe: Peppermint, licorice, really strong vegetable flavors, mint/chocolate combo, heavily spiced teas

Aside from tea, I also really REALLY enjoy reading.

NOTE: I haven’t been putting my one to two cup samples in my cupboard because that’s really only enough for tasting and experimenting. If it’s in my cupboard, it means I have enough to go back to it if I’m craving it (or if somebody wants to swap).


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