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I’ve got some serious Steepstering to catch up on. Saturday night, I (through my own stupidity) broke my Zojirushi. Not awesome. At all. But with the combination of an understanding husband, an Amazon Prime free trial, five additional dollars for a next day shipping upgrade and, of course, the joy that is the internet, I am now the proud owner of a new Zojirushi (the CD-WBC40). Thank goodness. The kettle and I just weren’t getting along.

To celebrate the return of temperature-controlled water-dispensing to the household, I thought I’d give this one another go, this time with Shinobicha’s suggestion of just a tiny amount of water. I did 4.2g of tea to 4oz of water and gave it about 30s in my preheated Tokoname.

First off, I was surprised at how mild this was with so much leaf. And sweet! Not quite creamy like my first delightful taste of this, but still very enjoyable. Oddly, it made me think that if the Japanese made green tea gum (what am I talking about? I’m sure they do somewhere), this would probably be what it would taste like. Like a sweet mint gum but without the mint – just the sweetness and freshness.

I’m still not raising the rating any on this one though because 1) for a higher rating, I need easily-found buttercream and 2) as tasty as this is, there’s not a whole lot of depth to the flavor aside from sweetness and fresh green-ness. But still, this ratio is definitely worth repeating.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec
sophistre

Hooray for Zojirushis!

Auggy

So very yay!
BTW, did I mention that the new Zo sings_? It’s sorta nuts. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1rxA1QXIKQ

__Morgana__

Hehe, I have that one, too. It has its own language. I can tell what it’s doing now when I’m not even in the room. Very cute.

Auggy

Isn’t it great? It’s fairly absurd but I have no desire to change it to just the beeps!

__Morgana__

I’ve had mine for about 5 months now and even so, every time it starts singing my BF looks up and goes “what’s that” which totally cracks me up.

Auggy

Ha! That’s awesome! Every time I hear it, I automatically think of this Carebears Christmas ornament I had growing up. When you pushed on the bottom, it played a little carol. So now the Zo makes everyday feel Christmasy!

sophistre

Mine does the boiled water song…I thought they all did! What was the other one? O.o

Auggy

The second song plays when the timer is set (the directions make it sound like the second song happens when the timer turns on (like an alarm) so I’m happy it isn’t – as much as I like it singing to me, I did not want that happening at 6am when the timer makes the water start to boil for my morning tea!). My previous Zo made no sounds, not even beeps! (I had a CD-LCC40.)

Shinobi_cha

Yay, you tried my suggestion. Too bad it wasn’t creamy. :-(
I guess that makes it less worth trying out, being that it is on the more expensive end.

Shinobi_cha

One other idea that you could try – use 1 oz water, 1 rounded tsp (2g+) leaf, but use water that you’ve put in the freezer for 20 minutes, so that its between 32F – 38F. Pour that over the leaves and wait 7-8 minutes. :) If you don’t like it, then you didn’t waste much tea, but I’m sure it will be awesome!
You can do the 2nd steeping as normal.

Auggy

I think this is just a picky tea. Apparently the first time I did it, it was exactly how it should be done and now I just have to repeat it! I will give the cold brewing a try though because I’ve had zero idea how to it previously. So yay and thanks for the directions! :)

Shinobi_cha

Yeah, it sounds like it IS picky. That cold brew method will work with any good quality green tea.

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sophistre

Hooray for Zojirushis!

Auggy

So very yay!
BTW, did I mention that the new Zo sings_? It’s sorta nuts. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1rxA1QXIKQ

__Morgana__

Hehe, I have that one, too. It has its own language. I can tell what it’s doing now when I’m not even in the room. Very cute.

Auggy

Isn’t it great? It’s fairly absurd but I have no desire to change it to just the beeps!

__Morgana__

I’ve had mine for about 5 months now and even so, every time it starts singing my BF looks up and goes “what’s that” which totally cracks me up.

Auggy

Ha! That’s awesome! Every time I hear it, I automatically think of this Carebears Christmas ornament I had growing up. When you pushed on the bottom, it played a little carol. So now the Zo makes everyday feel Christmasy!

sophistre

Mine does the boiled water song…I thought they all did! What was the other one? O.o

Auggy

The second song plays when the timer is set (the directions make it sound like the second song happens when the timer turns on (like an alarm) so I’m happy it isn’t – as much as I like it singing to me, I did not want that happening at 6am when the timer makes the water start to boil for my morning tea!). My previous Zo made no sounds, not even beeps! (I had a CD-LCC40.)

Shinobi_cha

Yay, you tried my suggestion. Too bad it wasn’t creamy. :-(
I guess that makes it less worth trying out, being that it is on the more expensive end.

Shinobi_cha

One other idea that you could try – use 1 oz water, 1 rounded tsp (2g+) leaf, but use water that you’ve put in the freezer for 20 minutes, so that its between 32F – 38F. Pour that over the leaves and wait 7-8 minutes. :) If you don’t like it, then you didn’t waste much tea, but I’m sure it will be awesome!
You can do the 2nd steeping as normal.

Auggy

I think this is just a picky tea. Apparently the first time I did it, it was exactly how it should be done and now I just have to repeat it! I will give the cold brewing a try though because I’ve had zero idea how to it previously. So yay and thanks for the directions! :)

Shinobi_cha

Yeah, it sounds like it IS picky. That cold brew method will work with any good quality green tea.

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I’m trying to be a better tea logger and actually post semi-regularly again! I’ve let my tea tasting senses become too complacent – it’s time for some focused and attentive tea drinking!

Sometimes my notices for PMs and such have been questionable. Email me at your own risk at aug3zimm at gmail dot com.


1 – 10 – Bleck. Didn’t finish the cup.
11 – 25 – Drinkable. But don’t punish me by making me have it again.
26 – 40 – Meh. Most likely will see if the husband likes it iced.
41 – 60 – Okayish. Maybe one day I’ll kill off what I have in my pantry.
61 – 75 – Decent. I might pick some up if I needed tea.
76 – 85 – Nice. I’d probably buy but wouldn’t hunt it down.
86 – 100 – Yum! I will hunt down the vendor to get this tea!

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