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After the Rishi GenMai with matcha yesterday that was brewed with 1 Tbsp per cup that was super strong, but also super tasty, I decided to try this one with a little extra in the basket too. Not quite 2 Tbsp, but about 4 tsp (for my 16 oz mug). I only steeped it for about a minute and I think Rishi has it right with this one. You gotta start with more tea in the basket. I don’t want to use less and steep for longer as it gets bitter super fast. From now I’m brewing this type with a minimum of 2 tsp per cup. As expected, the second steep doesn’t have the matcha flavor, but the genmai cha is still tasty. And with the extra tea in there, it’s much stronger.

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I love tea. And I love beer. I spent my twenties thoroughly enjoying all that beer has to offer but now that I’m into my thirties and a stay at home mom of 2 little kids and 1 big kid, I spend more time enjoying tea.

I joined steepster in Feb 2013 and it’s crazy how much my tastes have changed since joining. Before, I liked cream and honey in all teas and loved mostly dessert blacks. Now I almost rarely drink them, but enjoy them from time to time. What I love more than anything are straight rich black teas, Fujian, Laoshan, Rizhao, etc… I also love pretty much any black tea that the little leaf hoppers have gotten their teeth on.

I’m still not too into the green/white/oolong varieties. I keep trying to but my tastes are evolving pretty slowly on that front.

Overall, I just enjoy tea. Something about it that just settles me.

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