After last week’s decadent brownie tour that left 1girl in a food coma, we decided to take it easier this time and study everyone’s favorite classy drink–tea! With all of the varieties of tea floating around Morningside, we had to narrow it down, so we decided to go for straight green tea. No milk, no bubbles, no other exotic flavors. Did we succeed in even that? Let’s find out! (Full disclaimer: 1girl has fancy Canadian tea in her dorm, while the other 1girl’s closest experience to tea before this was Snapple.)
Ferris Booth Commons – Bigelow Classic Green Tea (1 meal swipe)
It’s very possible that some students, perhaps driven away by the high costs of New York or for want of an ascetic lifestyle, have decided to limit themselves to only the dining hall foods. If we were they, we would probably swear off tea. The bags provided in Ferris contained severely ground, practically powdery, “tea,” making it difficult to extract any flavor from the so-called leaves. As a result, the tea was neither aromatic nor tasteful. By its color and labelling, you could call it green tea, but the experience of drinking it doesn’t quite add up. “Some weird thing” was the best way our resident connoisseur could bring herself to describe the taste. We recommend bringing your own tea bags and stealing Ferris’s hot water.
2Girls Rating: 1.5 mislabeled cups of water out of 5
Café East ($2.99)
Although 1girl’s experience helped her label this as jasmine, not straight, green tea, it disappointed us regardless. When still hot, this loose leaf tea seemed to be an infinite improvement over Bigelow’s tasteless water (and arguably still is), but the further it cooled, allowing us to better sense the flavor, the soapier it got. Yes, soap–that artificial taste your mom might’ve threatened you with when she caught you cursing. That was the taste. Whether this was because of cultural associations of jasmine scent with hand soap or because of the secret Café East recipe that puts a squirt of Bath and Body Works in each cup is up for debate. Now, 1girl regularly gets Cafe East’s “elite oolong,” but it seems that the floral teas at this quick grab-n-go should be avoided.
2Girls Rating: 2.3 soapy jasmines out of 5