Despite growing up in Missouri I'm not overly familiar with Kansas City, I just don't make it across the state all that often. So, knowing that I'm prone to being late and I was going to be driving in a relatively unfamiliar city, I left my hotel nearly an hour early and headed towards the National World War I Museum where the festival was held last year. I was hoping to get in early and snag a seat in one of the tasting cafes, but the world was conspiring against me that day. There was a marathon going on near Crown Center and most of the roads were closed for the event. After an incredibly frustrating hour of driving in circles and not getting any closer to where I needed to be I finally made it, but of course all of the slots for the cafes were already filled for the day. I'm generally not one to be deterred, so I stood off to the side snapping photos and uploading them to instagram as fast as I could, knowing I wasn't the only one who couldn't snag a seat that day.
One of my favorite cafe sessions ended up being from Queen's Pantry, a local-ish shop in Leavenworth, Kansas about 30 minutes from Kansas City. They were conducting a tasting with a selection of three of their best selling caffeine-free teas: Carrot Cake, Lemon Soufflé Rooibos, and Highland Hearth. One of the more interesting tidbits I picked up was how to make a delicious tea latte using only their Highland Hearth Rooibos and almond milk. The tea is already on the sweet side, so there isn't any need for additional sugar and the combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla make for an incredibly tasty latte that's perfect to serve as an after dinner treat. I couldn't resist stopping by their booth for a second time to pick up a couple ounces of tea to take home with me. They'll be at the festival again this year so I'll be stopping by to stock up before I head home.
Would I order this again? Absolutely! This tea is really tasty on its own, but it makes a fabulous latte.
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Suggested Brewing Tips
Serving Size: 1 teaspoon per 8oz serving
Water Temp: 212°F
Steep Time: 5 minutes