Having suffered a serious case of the freshmen 15, I vowed to avoid all sugar-laden beverages for the upcoming year. The only problem is that it can be difficult to find flavorful drinks that aren’t heavy on the calories. On one of my recent trips to Pi, I was ready to purchase my usual Honest Zero Lemonade; however, when I made it up to the front of the line, I noticed a sign advertising that they are now serving iced teas. Few things bring me more excitement than flavored beverages that I don’t have to feel guilty about consuming. The low-calorie iced tea comes in two varieties, honey green and ginger peach. I opted for the latter, but held on to my lemonade so I could do a comparison, and also because the stevia in the lemonade is great for curbing a sweet tooth. I was very pleased to see that the tea is brewed with leaves “in house” rather than pre-packaged, and I was satisfied by the speed at which the baristas prepared it, compared to some of their other drinks which can take anywhere from 2 to 5 minutes. After a quick photo shoot, it was time for a taste test, and the results?

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The ginger peach tea has an obvious peach flavor, but the ginger is barely recognizable. In fact, I didn’t taste it at all, which was a bit of a disappointment. The tea is definitely not bad. It has a nice, subtle peach flavor, and is definitely superior to bottled iced teas, especially since it’s hard to find unsweetened bottled iced tea on campus. I ended up drinking about half of it, and then turning to my bottle of Honest Zero Lemonade, which I found significantly more satisfying. So the question, should you sacrifice some points for a cup of Pi iced tea? Sure! There’s definitely something to be said for drinking a beverage that has been freshly prepared for you, and it’s not a bad drink. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was served to me at a regular coffee shop, let alone a university dining establishment. That being said, if what you’re looking for is a strong flavor or something a little on the sweeter side, I’d go with the Honest Zero Lemonade.

Have you tried the iced tea at Pi? What do you think?

-Ari Rudess