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

January 12, 2010

Tee Gschwendner branches in Saudi Arabia

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , , , , — Khaled A. @ 8:00 pm

I talked about Tea Gschwendner (Tee Gschwendner) before. But I will take the time to list all the branches with Gowalla links in Saudi Arabia for easy reference.

One important note that Fahad reminded me on Twitter: ” اذا بغيتوا تشترون من تي جشفندر لاتاخذون كلام البائع كله اعرف وش تبي قبل :)واذا نويت تجرب جرب كميات قليلة”. If you wanted to buy from Tee Gschwendner do not believe whatever the salesman said, you should know what you want and if you want to try something just buy in small quantities (100g, 50g). Yes, I agree with Fahad completely.

Here’s the list:

Come on, Jeddah and Dhahran friends, use Gowalla and add these shopping centers to the map.

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.

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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!

March 3, 2009

Buy tea online: Adagio and Tea Gschwendner

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , , — Khaled A. @ 1:21 pm

Sometimes you will probably not find the tea that you want at any of the local “Tea Gschwendner” branches in Saudi Arabia. You might find the tea that you want but discover that it is much cheaper online!

I will talk about two online tea stores online, the first is Tea Gschwendner’s, they offer a wide selection of teas. Their prices on most items is almost the same as the Saudi Arabia branch. But sometimes you will find something that’s overpriced in Saudi Arabia ($60 compared to $30 online). You could make the order and ship it using myus or Aramex.

The other store is Adagio, they have a variety of teas as well. They can ship internationally or to your myus or aramex account.

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Another good site that I recommend is Teaviews which is a dedicated tea review website! They have sections for Tea Gschwendner and Adagio. They also list many online stores that I will probably try soon.

February 8, 2009

Tea Gschwendner in Saudi Arabia

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , — Khaled A. @ 9:00 pm

It’s about time I mention “Tea Gschwendner”, also known as “Tee Gschwendner” or “Tea Merchant”. Tea Gschwendner is a German chain of tea merchants, probably the best in the world.

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Luckily they opened in Saudi Arabia a few years ago. Their Riyadh branches are located at: Kingdom Center, Centeria Center and Hayat Mall. As usual with Saudi Arabia websites, you can’t find them. So I had to use google maps!

The problem with Tea Gschwendner in Saudi Arabia: Excellent product, bad salesmen! Most of them have no idea what they are selling! Makes me wonder if they have any training at all. So my advice is to research the tea online first before going to their store. Otherwise, excellent tea and good prices! My recommendation: Oolong tea number 625. Go and give it a try!

Image from koenigsbaupassagen.de .

Update: Tea Gschwendner also have a branch is Hyper Panda, Riyadh. We need better Saudi maps on google maps!

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