865 Tasting Notes


A bit of a sore throat… Hoping matcha OJ will help.

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Still really thirsty- the pink lemonade protein water/lime juice/matcha combo quenches my thirst better.

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2tsp in Pink Lemonade Special K protein water and 16oz water. Dang this is sweet. Good thing I’m picking up lime juice tomorrow.

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Drank a full chawan (2tsp/16oz water) of this to celebrate my new job! Only one thing can be said, “PRAISE GOD”! Oh, and, “boy is this matcha gooood!”

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Congrats on the new job!



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Tall, 2 scoops matcha, 2 pumps raspberry, 2 pumps peppermint. Warning: This looks really nasty lol. Needed something to detox myself from the venti iced Americano w/ a total of 16 pumps of syrup I had while meeting with my new boss yesterday.


Cofftea, you have become the matcha master. :P I haven’t tried any matcha before; where should I start?


Haha. I’ve been called that before. :) Really, anywhere. Try any and all matchas you can get your hands on. HANDS DOWN 52teas flavored matchas- hurry though since they’re limited edition. If there are cafes/tea shops in your area that serve matcha (I know you can sample matcha at Teavana even), try it there first. Then you can try it for only a few bucks. I suppose you could even just order matcha in hot water (I suggest 2 scoops for a tall, I don’t think any other sizes or ratio work) at Starbucks, but keep in mind that this stuff is sweetened. Or you could try a green tea latte (hot or iced). My FAVE winter non coffee drink is a tall 2 pump peppermint 2 pump mocha hot chocolate w/ 2 scoops matcha powder. I bet it would be good over ice as well. As far as buying it, I always think organic ceremonial grade is best. Urbana Teas & Tonics (in the Steepster data base, search for it) has massively good matcha massively cheap. I also have Art of Tea’s organic (but not ceremonial grade) ginger matcha coming. Lupicia has their line of matcha au laits- some have sweetener and/or dairy, others don’t, You can also play with flavoring your own matcha by using organic herbals or fruit tisanes instead of plane water or adding extracts to the water.


Thanks for the tips! I’ll see what I can get my hands on at Frank’s, and try the Starbucks solution. (Someone gave me a gift card a few weeks ago.) Urbana Teas & Tonics sounds intriguing… Hey, would you consider guest writing a post about matchas on my blog?!

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Dinner will probably be at least another hour… Matcha OJ will have to do for now!:)

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My sleep schedule has been massively out of wack and the quality poor so when my dog gave me the opportunity to sleep til 10:30, I took it. But that posed a unique problem- I needed to take my breakfast pills w/ my lunch pills. I decided to take them with my protein water/matcha combo hoping the extra liquid and the flavor will make taking them (14) easier. And it seemed to have worked!

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Yesterday- protein water matcha to hold me over for lunch while watching Little Women. Good movie, I should dig out my book and read it again.

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Yesterday- added lemon juice instead of lime w/ my Special K protein water. I like lime better.

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Tea tastes:
I will ALWAYS pick loose leaf over tea bags. I only drink bagged tea if that’s my only choice or I find a flavor that I can’t find a loose leaf version for. When I do drink bagged; however, I always weigh my bag and am constantly curious as to the weight/flavor ratio- sometimes I am quite surprised by the flavor punch of light bags.

I have a preference for organic and fair trade teas (preferably both), but would never pass up an amzing tea just because it isn’t organic and/or fair trade.

I love savory teas.

I’m currently searching for a chai flavored soy powder or a soy based chai mix (either already mixed or a recipe).

I hardly EVER sweeten my teas. I feel that sweeteners (unless flavored like tea honeys, brown sugar, ice cream topping syrups, flavored coffee syrups, etc) do not add anything to the flavor profile of tea- in fact, I’ve found that they dumb down the flavors.

I NEVER serve my tea over regular iced cubes- I always make tea cubes.

I LOVE cooking w/ tea and making smoothTEAS.

I LOVE tea blending.

I rarely drink herbal teas unless they are mixed with true teas. My favorite herbals to mix with true teas are: spearmint, peppermint, lemongrass, rose hips, and gingeroot.

I can’t stand anything w/ fennel or anise. Hot black teas (except orange pekoe bagged tea that you get when you go out to eat and chai teas) tend to upset my stomach.

I drink matcha daily and love flavoring it. I’m also in a constant search of preflavored matchas.

I’m constantly searching for information on how to prepare tea authentically according to its country of origin.

My Tasting Notes Ratings (edited 8/8/10)
1: I can’t even stand the raw leaf enough to make this (I’ve never owned a tea w/ this rating, but I’ve smelled some before buying resulting in me NOT buying them that were that bad)

2: I steeped this tea but couldn’t stand the aroma enough to get it past my nose

3: I immediately gagged at the 1st sip and spit it out.

4: I manageed to get the 1st sip down, but I tossed the rest.

5: I drank the 1st cup but I can’t bring myself to resteep

6: Made it thru the entire set of infusions but I can’t bring myself to tinker w/ the parameters and won’t be making it again.

7-10: Does not taste anything like the ingredients or name suggests (i.e. Adagio’s Sour apple)

11-25: I can taste some of the ingredients, but the flavor is severely lacking

25-49: Teas that I would not consider bad in their flavor profile, but certainly below average

50: Average.

51-69: Teas above averge, but I wouldn’t go as far as calling them “good”.

70-75: Very good, but still room for improvement

76-85: Above average flavor profile

86-90: REALLY good flavors

91-99: Almost PERFECTLY achieves the goal of the ingredients and name of the tea.

100: Abosolutely perfect teas!

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Favorite Music: ANYTHING Christian. I don’t normally listen to secular music, but I do love jazz and swing.

Favorite Movies: Romantic comedies mostly. My Sister’s Keeper, P.S. I Love You, Fireproof, National Treasure Trilogy (I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE 3rd ONE TO COME OUT!), Night at the Museum 1 & 2, Sister Act 1 & 2, Yes Man, Bruce & Evan Almighty, rarely watch animated movies but LOVE anything 3D.

Favorite Books: THE BIBLE!!! & My Sister’s Keeper

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“You should always carry burdens, but they should never be your own”- me

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“Mom was right, ‘because I say so’ is enough- at least when it comes to God.”- me

Favorite Foods: fried calamari, lemon chicken, anything w/ buffalo sauce.

Favorite Places: WA state, Switzerland, Orlando

Places I Want to Visit: Hawaii, Africa

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