Mark (mhaithaca) wrote,

Half and Half (212.8)

When seity1 and I exchanged some sample K-Cups a couple of weeks ago, one of the things she gave me but I hadn't gotten around to trying yet was a Celestial Seasonings Black Tea & Lemonade K-Cup. It uses the same hot-water process as any other K-Cup, since that's all the Keurig brewer knows how to do, but it's designed to be brewed over ice.

Iced TeaThe Keurig commercials that have landed heavily on TV lately warn you not to brew into glass, since there's a risk of the glass shattering, so I had to find a plastic cup to brew into, then see if there was ice in the office freezer. (My new refrigerator at home has an ice maker I didn't think I cared about, but I've really enjoyed having it. Of course, I don't have a Keurig at home.) It looked a little old, but there was.

The iced tea was pretty good. As far as I can tell, the pod is full of actual black tea leaves rather than instant powdered tea, mixed with what I guess is powdered sweetened lemonade. For the first time, I peeled away the foil top of the K-Cup after brewing, and I could see some un-dissolved sugar granules and a mound of soggy tea.

It took quite a while to find an ingredients list, and I admit I'm a bit miffed to discover that in addition to evaporated cane juice, which is absolutely fine by me (it's sugar, and is natural even if I don't want too much of it), this stuff is sweetened with a Stevia-derived sweetener, which is "natural," but the jury's still out on how safe it is.

I generally don't bother sweetening tea or iced tea anyway, so I might just start making iced tea in a pitcher to keep in the refrigerator for the hot, muggy afternoons ahead. Even if I decide Stevia doesn't bother me, making a glass of iced tea with a K-Cup is just a little too much more involved than brewing a cup of coffee to bother with it all that often.

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