So anyway, I ordered, using miles, this Breville Tea Maker.
I was never notified that it had been shipped. So one morning, I'm asleep, and my doorbell rings, and it's a delivery service. They brought the package up, which I needed to sign for. The only other package I was expecting was a Swiffer I had ordered from Amazon. So, I'm really pissed that they woke me up, incredulous that I'd have to sign for a Swiffer, throw the package on the floor in scorn and try going back to bed.
Fast forward to the next week. I'm walking past the building manager's office for my condo. The manager says I have a package. I wasn't expecting anything after the Swiffer, so I open the package, and it was the Swiffer. I go back up into my apartment and open the package I had received the previous week, and, you guessed it, it's the tea maker. Seriously, I could have smashed it to smithereens.
So since then, I've been looking for loose tea in my area. I know I could go to Teavana or David's Tea or Argo Tea, but there are none around here and I sleep during the day (when they'd be open). Mariano's has tea bags, mostly. There are a few loose teas in the Roundy's brand. I end up getting a bag of Earl Grey. But, you know? I'm not really fond of Earl Grey, so it remains unopened. I finally get around to going to a Jewel, and nope. They don't have any loose teas. I could have sworn you could get loose teas pretty easily at supermarkets around here. Maybe it was at Dominick's, now discontinued.
So today I go to Whole Foods, which I figure, as they are such snobs about everything they sell, that they would be tea snobs and have loose tea on sale. Not a single one! Well at least I could keep my record for not spending a single cent in the Whole Foods that replaced my nearby Dominick's.
So, I ended up ordering a bunch of teas from Amazon.com. They should be delivered in a couple of days. I'll finally be able to try this machine out. I don't know how useful it will be for green teas, since you just swish hot water around for a minute or so in a little pot with the leaves from my experience. I guess I could have gotten one of those pots that boil water at the proper temperature and it would have worked the same. Zojirushi makes one that sells for only $50 less than this tea maker, so it's not really as outrageously priced as first appears. I'm just not sure how useful it will be in the long run. Although if I can make a whole pot of delicious green tea that would be a plus.