Hey there Teacups! Im back today with a new Stateside Steeps post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Frank Community Farm – Tulsi Cacaonut. Frank Community Farm is a brand new tea company and I’ve never featured them in my blog before, but the work they do is incredible so not only was I really excited to try out their tea but, also to share with you some information about the fantastic work they do.
Frank Community Farm is a farm where individuals work and have access to varying levels of job support as needed. They use behavioral supports which allow workers to try jobs that may have been inaccessible to them in other settings. Individualized skills-acquisition training programs allow them to excel in positions that they have not previously had the opportunities to learn. Job carving ensures that each worker is placed in a position that best matches their talents and areas of interest. NEURODIVERSITY – a social movement that encourages society to accept neurological disorders such as Autism and ADHD as a variation in functioning rather than a disability or a mental disorder that needs to be cured.
They believe that neurodiversity gives way to new ideas, helping businesses to take their success to the next level. By actively participating in the community and partnering with other local businesses, Frank Community Farm spreads education about the benefits of neurodiversity in the workforce. There is lots more information about the work that Frank Community Farm do here.
Here’s what they have to say about this specific tisane over on their website: ” Nutty and Chocolatey – Steep at 200°C for 5-6m
Ingredients: Tulsi, Organic Dried Coconut, Organic Cocao
Tisane Tasting Notes
Now I’ve had blends with Tulsi in them before but I’ve never had a tisane that used it solely for it’s base and I’ve also never had it paired with coconut or cacao, so going into this tasting session I was really excited to see what this blend had to offer. For this tasting session I tried it two ways Hot (on it’s own) and Hot (with the addition of a teaspoon of honey). Out of the two cups I had I have to say I deffinelty did have a clear favourite and It was the one with the addition of a little bit of honey and here’s why..
The cup I had on it’s own had all the classic characteristics of Tulsi: a strong aroma, floral and peppery note, a subtle fresh, lemony aroma and flavour. Some Tulsi I have had is a little bitter and astringent but that wasn’t the case with the one at all, and it made for a beautiful base for this blend which put it off to a great start. The coconut was probably my favourite thing about this blend It added a classically coconutty note to this blend, with a hit of sweetness and played a hand in giving it quite a smooth creamy mouthfeel. The cacao and the coconut pair beautifully together but as you all know caca on it’s own tastes too much like dark chocolate for me and while the cacao in this blend didn’t taste as dark as cacao normally does it was still a little too dark for me and that’s really the only reason I enjoyed it more with a little honey added rather than on it’s own.
With just a teaspoon of honey added the cacao became much more reminiscent of milk chocolate and in my opinion paired much better with the coconut that way. The addition of the sweetness also seemed to amplify the coconut as we which was already naturally a little sweet before the honey was added in. The Tusli’s flavour profile didn’t seem to alter much with the addition of the honey, but I wasn’t really excepting it to. I wanted to try this one out with a little milk but I think that it might overpower the Tulsi a little bit so I don’t know whether or not I’ll try that, but I’ll deffinelty try this iced as soon as I get the chance as something tells me that would work well.
This blend deffinelty made a great first impression of behalf of the Frank community farm and it’s deffinelty set the bar very high or any other blend I my try from them in the future. Once I left my tea buying ban again and have progress further with my sip down I’ll deffinelty purchase some more of this, it’s going to take some pretty great tisanes this yea to beat this one. It’s ingredients maybe simple but sometimes simple is best and in this case it really works and I’m really glad I was given the chance to try it out.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
If you want to find out more about Frank Community Farm and purchase some of this tisane to try yourself, you can do both here. As always if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley
*the tisane featured in this post was gifted to me for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own and have not been paid for*