Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Glass Dharma Sipper Straw and Heavenly Tea Leaves Organic Berry White, Made in USA

American Mom Review of Glass Dharma Sipper Straw and Heavenly Tea Leaves Organic Berry White, 

Made in USA

Note: I was given Glass Dharma straws in exchange for an honest, unbiased review
Glass Dharma Sipper Straw and Heavenly Tea Leaves Organic Berry White, Made in USA
Scroll to the bottom for a Children's Science Project!

If you don't already know, Glass Dharma has been on my mind lately. These glass straws, I dare say, are changing my life. The cheerful "tink" they make when I brush the straw against my teeth, the healthy weight of them in my mouth as I drink, the playfulness of seeing my drink go through a perfectly crystal-clear straw. It's all a delightful experience. Frankly, much more so than I would have ever thought.
Glass Dharma Sipper Straw and Heavenly Tea Leaves Organic Berry White, Made in USA
Although not all is cheery on the glass straw front though. My family laughs at me. Yes. Yes they do. What ever for? (Science project on this at the bottom) Well you know how when you're drinking through a plastic straw, there is a tiny space of time from when you stop sucking on the straw and you can let go of the pressure you put on the straw with your mouth and the straw will slowly slip back into the cup. It's such a slight thing you don't even notice it until something changes.
Glass Dharma Sipper Straw and Heavenly Tea Leaves Organic Berry White, Made in USA
Like the straw's weight. Now that I'm drinking through these heavier glass straws I can't let go with my mouth right at the moment I stop sucking. If I do that, the straw immediately plunges into the drink but the suction of the liquid is still, ever so slightly, still coming upward.  The result of this phenomenon is a delightfully comic sprinkling of my face and surrounding person, then the sudden uproar of laughter in the car as we merrily toot along the highway.
Glass Dharma Sipper Straw and Heavenly Tea Leaves Organic Berry White, Made in USA
notice the small opening of the sipper for hot liquids
This brings to light two options for me. Leave the straw resting on the bottom of the cup, or learn to stop sucking - then - drop the straw.  Sounds simple enough, but you'd be surprised at how a lifetime of habit turns into the new family comedy hour. Despite my personal sacrifices, I *really* enjoy my glass straws. I wanted to use the sipper straw today because I'm trying out my new tea "Organic Berry White" from Heavenly Tea Leaves.  

Glass Dharma Sipper Straw and Heavenly Tea Leaves Organic Berry White, Made in USA
The silver tin is a very nice presentation of the tea. When I opened this tin up, I was hit with a beautiful waft of berry aroma. It smelled delicious. The tea colors were a dusty dark green intermixed with large dried berry pieces. I steeped about a teaspoon in 6 oz of boiled water for about 2-3 minutes. The flavor was mild, sweet, with a *hint* of fruity. I felt the fruity taste was much weaker than I expected because the smell was so good.  The tin makes approximately 25 servings they say. I'm assuming it's about a teaspoon each time. That works out to about 25 cents a cup. 

What are the pros and cons of the Glass Dharma Sipper Straw?
Pros:


  • Very environmental
  • Beautiful and strong
  • Induces laughter

Cons:

  • Induces laughter
  • could disrupt a lifetime of habit
  • it's annoying to try to tell drive-thru people to not give you a straw. They don't ever understand. Forego this step and simply hand it back to them.

Would I purchase Glass Dharma again?

I plan on filling my purse, diaper bag, jars at home, and giving them as gifts this year. Simply- yes.

If you'd like to have your very own straws, get yours here. It helps my little laughing family out and it costs you nothing more than it would normally :)

Glass Dharma Sipper Straw and Heavenly Tea Leaves Organic Berry White, Made in USA


If you'd like to have your very own Organic Tea by Heavenly Tea Leaves, get yours hereIt helps my little laughing family out and it costs you nothing more than it would normally :)
Glass Dharma Sipper Straw and Heavenly Tea Leaves Organic Berry White, Made in USA

Children's Science Project!

Suck and Drop
Glass Dharma Sipper Straw and Heavenly Tea Leaves Organic Berry White, Made in USA



A super-simple activity which also happens to demonstrate a fundamental scientific effect.
What will happen when the following three things come together? Kids will love trying this out to see how it goes.
You Will Need
drinking straw
two drinking glasses
water

Instructions
Half fill one glass with water.
Put the straw in the glass.
Suck a small amount of water into the straw.
Hold your finger across the top of the straw.
Glass Dharma Sipper Straw and Heavenly Tea Leaves Organic Berry White, Made in USA

Take the straw out of the water.
Place the straw over the second empty glass and take your finger away from the top of the straw.
Observe what occurs.

What’s Happening?
The water will come out. But why?
When you suck through a straw, you take away some of the air inside the straw. This makes the pressure inside the straw lower than the pressure outside the straw.
The greater air pressure under the straw holds the water inside.
Take this a step further and put this colored water onto paper that has a secret message written on it with white crayon. You can't really see the message until the colored water is dropped on it, but the water won't go where the crayon was drawn. Why is this? 
Glass Dharma Sipper Straw and Heavenly Tea Leaves Organic Berry White, Made in USA

Crayon is a wax, also called a lipid. Any lipids like oil, wax, and fats have a property known as hydrophobic. This literally means "water fearing". Oil and water don't mix! The lipid repels the water away from it, revealing the message written in the crayon!
Have Fun!
Thanks to, and adapted from kidspot.com.au



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