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drank Matcha (100g) by Lupicia
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My matcha needs make me do questionable things… I’m in a new relationship which is long distance and that’s putting an even larger strain on my wallet. I’m so tight on money right now… I won’t even be purchasing my chai for a while. But… I needed my matcha so I did some research and found this- it’s only $15 (not including shipping)/100g. Now I know a lot of you must be thinking… that can’t be good. I even had my reservations (and even more so when I realized it wasn’t even in the data base), but I’m desperate.

The aroma of the bright green powder is quite strong. Of the matcha and matcha like products I’ve tried I think the aroma is closest to Den’s Tea’s powdered sencha.

2 large scoops in 16oz water as a appetiete suppressant waiting for dinner.

I need to mention that their directions were simply 1-2 teaspoons matcha and hot water (although the picture showed a chashaku- quite disappointing from a Japanese company.

Once the matcha and water kiss it reminds me of 52teas’ matchas. The color is darker and not a dingy olive, but the 2 instantly incorporate and the matcha begins to froth even before I whisk.

The flavor is very sweet- possibly the sweetest matcha I’ve had. It tastes green- not vegetal. It tastes like fresh cut grass would smell (sweet) and not like it might taste (bitter or astringent).

The mouth feel is thick, and rich, and creamy- also like 52teas… not like the watery experience I was fearing. All I could think of is when you wring out frozen spinach in a towel. I am SO glad my budget forced me to try this and would absolutely recommend this to a person on a tight budget. I could make a joke here, but I know Jason would get on my butt so I won’t lol.

??Edit: After doing a side by side color comparison in my chawan, I discovered that the mandarin is lightly brighter than the strawberry)

P.S. All their other matchas are named, but I wanted to make sure it was distinguished- that’s why I added the amount to the tea name in the database entry.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C
Peggie Bennett

I’m glad you tried it! I really love Lupicia, have had nothing bad from them. And in the store, everyone is fantastic!

Cofftea

Peggie, maybe next time you go in you could mention the poor instructions. As a Japanese company they should know how to make matcha.

Peggie Bennett

I always tend to think some things are lost in translation. :-)

Peggie Bennett

But I will get the matcha there next time I go! :-D

Cofftea

Eh, these were by far the strangest matcha directions I’ve come across (well maybe other than the wiki ones which are totally fubared lol).

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Peggie Bennett

I’m glad you tried it! I really love Lupicia, have had nothing bad from them. And in the store, everyone is fantastic!

Cofftea

Peggie, maybe next time you go in you could mention the poor instructions. As a Japanese company they should know how to make matcha.

Peggie Bennett

I always tend to think some things are lost in translation. :-)

Peggie Bennett

But I will get the matcha there next time I go! :-D

Cofftea

Eh, these were by far the strangest matcha directions I’ve come across (well maybe other than the wiki ones which are totally fubared lol).

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