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Return of the Coffee Review: A Maxim Adventure

I’ve been staying up way too late recently. I’ve also been able to sleep in very late but that’s mainly due to a sharp decline in my “working schedule” due to a number of students either moving away, going on long trips, or just…vanishing into the maw of the city. Which means they don’t answer my emails. But I’m happy and healthy and progressing in things I love which is nice.

Anyway, where was I? Oh right, coffee.

Now since most of my business takes place in coffee shops I’ve become quite an expert on coffee. Like did you know that most coffee shops call the wringings from the cleaning rag a “small regular coffee”? Now you know.

So usually I get tea at most places. Being from the South, however, I have an affinity for ice tea which takes far more work at home to produce. (Wait for the tea to cool? Why I never!) This lack of willingness to exert any effort on these beverages is what first led me to the idea of the “instant” coffee sticks. You might remember when I reviewed those with the Blendy coffee stick brand. In fact as I write this I am drinking from a cup of 1/2 calorie Blendy blend brew. Which, hilariously, is in fact literally only about half as much powder as a normal stick. Cheeky bastards.

I was in the store the other day when this other brand of coffee sticks caught my eye because they were on sale. For about 10¥ less than the Blendy brands. So, thinking there might be a blog post in this somewhere I snatched up a box of each type they had on offer. Not the best idea perhaps given my financial prospects lately but we have to press forward. Read More…


Blendy Drink Sticks: A review

So I’ve been doing pretty well with my Nanowrimo thing. I’m about half a day ahead of schedule right now and if I can keep it up I’ll “finish” around Nov. 26th. I’ve had a lot of free time this past week though, so we’ll have to see if I can keep up the momentum.

One way I’ve done that is by drinking a lot of tea and coffee. So much so that I think I might explode. But I am a freelance English teacher. A job that requires a lot of trips to coffee shops. So I’d like to think that I have a little experience with caffeinated drinks.

In that spirit, I give you Blendy Drink Sticks!

Two coffee, two tea

So we have two coffees; Cafe’ Au’lait and Espresso Au’lait. As for tea we’ve got Green Tea with Milk and, uh….Brown Tea with Milk.

I’m not good with names. There are a few more types including a hot chocolate I want to try, but I missed the closing time of my local grocery store by 5 minutes. Perhaps tomorrow. (^_^) So which is better?  Well it wouldn’t be very sporting to compare tea to coffee. That’d be like comparing apples to pomegranates. First up: TEA!!!!

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own so if you follow my suggestions and don’t like this stuff it’s not my fault if our tastes differ. (-_-)

Left: Green Tea, Right: Brown Tea


Both types of tea are good. Very milky. Great for sipping on a cold day. It’s tricky getting the water right as you shouldn’t let it boil all the way. Neither are very good if the water is too hot. Which is better? Tough call. The green tea comes with one less stick and the boxes cost about the same. So Brown has more bang for your buck. But, there can be only one.

Green tea baby!

Green tea was by far my favorite. It tastes creamier and the green tea flavor is stronger without being over powering. My vote goes to green tea.


Speaking of which, think I’ll make myself a cup right now.


Ahhhhh. Now where was I? Oh yes, COFFEE!!

Two coffee's enter, one will leave

So on the left we have an Espresso blend and a coffee with milk mixture. The boxes have a little circle (which you can’t see in the picture) that tells you the ratio of coffee to milk. The one on the left has a ratio of 1/6 and the one on the right has a 3/6. The espresso is certainly the stronger brew. Wakes you right up. The taste suffers a bit for it though. The green box has a smoother taste but not quite as strong as a kick.

Which do I prefer?

Sorry espresso but I don't need that much of a jolt

I’m a sucker for taste. The espresso does wake you up but it’s just not that tasty. Cheap though, because espresso comes with a whopping 10 sticks per box.




Tune in tomorrow, if I get my word count done that is. Comment if you like but I’m off to bed. Got a hell of a cold invading my systems.