Khaled rambles technology, tea/coffee, consumer rights and other interest from Saudi Arabia

August 11, 2009

Tea Gschwendner reviews part 1

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 11:17 pm

I decided to buy Tee Gschwendner’s World Tea Championship Sampler. I bought them from the United States and shipped here using myus or other forwarding services. You can buy from their stores located in Riyadh and other cities in Saudi Arabia.


Here are what I think of each sample so far:

No. 705 Japan Sencha Extra Fine: a typical Japanese green tea, not to be confused with the Matcha. Good taste, not bitter at all. I give it 5 out of 5.

No. 233 Darjeeling Soom First Flush, Air Freighted: This is not part of the sampler though. Black Tea. Although it’s black tea the leafs are very green and the color of the tea itself is light compared to other black tea. The smell is different, very fresh. It tastes flowery with little bitterness. I give it 3 out of 5.

No. 988 Pineapple Mango: Black tea with pineapple and mango pieces as well as rose and mallow blossoms. Yet it’s bitter. Average taste but I am not a Mango fan. I give it 2 out of 5.

No. 1444 Summer Romance: Tea is made from the Camellia sinensis plant. If it is not from that plant then it is not really considered tea. Therefor Summer Romance is not tea. It includes Apples, hibiscus, rose, elderberries, raspberry, strawberry and vanilla! Very sweet and you can either have it alone or add tea with it. 3 out of 5.

No. 780 Indian Chai: No need to add milk here, although they suggest it. With cinnamon and cardamom this tea is good. 3 out of 5.

How I rate: if it’s over 1 then it’s good. I will only give 1 to something that is very bad and I will not buy again, ever! More reviews coming soon!

May 4, 2008

Zune Software Review

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 11:03 am

I have decided to review Microsoft Zune software on my Windows XP computer. However I cannot review the hardware since Microsoft released the Zune only to the US market and the only Zunes I found here in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia are overpriced and gray marketed.

Add to that Microsoft thinking that it is too good to allow me to even have a look at the ZuneOriginals site (which is the only thing I found interesting about the Zune), giving me this very silly message “ACCESS DENIED: We are sorry but Zune Originals is not available in your area yet. Please check back soon.“, not zune enough if you ask me.


  • The installation took almost 15 minutes for some reason and it stuck on %99 for 5 minutes.
  • No its 8 minutes now. 10 whole minutes on %99.
  • “Checking for updates” should not take that long and should not be done in the middle of the install.
  • A full 15 minutes of waiting on %99 now.
  • 25 minutes at %99 of Zune software installation.
  • I will be going out now, and leaving this computer on until the install is finished.
  • This concludes part one of my Zune software review. I give it a 0/10 on the design and implementation of the installer. Part two will be available once the installation is actually done.

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