Holiday Gift Guide 2010: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Review

Sunday, December 05, 2010 Posted by Dina N

There are no stores from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf chain where I live but I've been to a few of their cafes when traveling. I do hope the company expands its locations beyond the seven states where the coffee shops are now located. In the meantime, I can enjoy their excellent coffee and tea at home - and buy gifts for family and friends online.

I received three of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf gift sets: Winter Dream Tea Latte Set, Cafe Mocha Mug Set, and the Holiday Flavored Coffee Duet. All of them arrived in perfect gift condition, nicely wrapped and complete with a festive red bow. The pictures here do not do them justice - the gift sets look beautiful!

The Winter Dream Tea Latte Set and the Cafe Mocha Mug Set each include a nice large white ceramic mug and a whisk to help make those fancy drinks at home. The tea set comes with a pretty tin of Winter Dream Tea, very flavorful, and 8 oz of vanilla powder. The cafe set includes a pack of House Blend Coffee and 8 oz of chocolate powder. I love it that the mugs and the cans of powder feature instructions on preparing the drinks. I've been making the Tea Latte, and it's every bit as delicious as what I get at pricey coffee shops. I found I could use much less than the 1/3 cup of vanilla powder recommended in the recipe, and still get excellent results. I use only 1 and a half tablespoons because I like my drinks less sweet. With the can of chocolate powder included in the Cafe Mocha Mug Set, I made hot chocolate - my kids loved that one! - and cafe mocha. Yum!

I enjoyed the festive aromas of pumpkin spice and eggnog coffees, both included in the Holiday Flavored Coffee Duet. They brightened more than one cold morning at my house!

All these sets would make wonderful gifts for the coffee or tea lover on your list. They are priced between $15.95 and $17.95. You can find them in The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf stores or online.

Disclosure / Disclaimer: No monetary compensation was obtained for this post. I received complimentary products to facilitate this review. The opinions expressed here are mine and may differ from yours.


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