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drank Karada Meguricha by Coca-Cola
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Regardless of how I feel about this tea, I will treasure the experience of drinking it forever because while entering it into the database I learned the Japanese word for bracket fungus. Truly, my life has been an empty shell until now.

So…who thinks that a blend of green, oolong, pu-erh and yellow tea is excessive? Everyone? Good, good. They appear to be operating along the idea of “stuff as much healthy tea into one bottle as possible, thereby creating the ELIXIR OF LIFE.” I wonder if they brew the teas separately and then mix them or just dump the leaves all in together and brew it like that. Hopefully it is the former.

Surprisingly, the result isn’t too bad, although, as would be expected there are absolutely no traces of the green or yellow tea (not that I know how yellow tea tastes, but I’ve heard it’s delicate so…). The oolong and pu erh are both quite present and create a not unpleasant combination. I also feel like I’m getting the orange peel – definitely some citrusy type taste going on. I’m getting other stuff as well but considering I don’t even know what a “chameleon plant” IS there is absolutely no way that I can tell what it is. Although, the label sez there is carrot and it COULD be carrot.

All in all, despite the slightly offputting amount of stuff in this tea, the overall taste is actually not overwhelming and the combination of oolong, pu erh, and orange peel seems to be working well. Regarding the health benefits – it appears to have hit almost every single “health craze” button (whooo goji berries!) so therefore it must be healthy! It doesn’t have acai though. Perhaps I should demand my money back? I’m generally contemptuous of this sort of blatant gimmickry but as I said the taste isn’t bad and it was actually cheaper than some of the other teas (125 yen instead of 150) so…reluctant thumbs up!

Cofftea

Excessive, yes. But that makes me want to try it! Makes me wonder why they left out white. Is the pu erh sheng or shu?

Rabs

Bracket fungus FTW! And now I have visions of the “chameleon plant” as this little shrubbery whose leaves blend into their surroundings. It makes me happy :)

__Morgana__

LOL. That’s some intensive language program.

Ewa

@cofftea They don’t reveal that on either the company website or on the tea, and, unfortunately my pu erh-fu is too weak to be able to tell myself, sorry :(

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Cofftea

Excessive, yes. But that makes me want to try it! Makes me wonder why they left out white. Is the pu erh sheng or shu?

Rabs

Bracket fungus FTW! And now I have visions of the “chameleon plant” as this little shrubbery whose leaves blend into their surroundings. It makes me happy :)

__Morgana__

LOL. That’s some intensive language program.

Ewa

@cofftea They don’t reveal that on either the company website or on the tea, and, unfortunately my pu erh-fu is too weak to be able to tell myself, sorry :(

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I’m a Pole who grew up in Texas, is currently a graduate student in California studying Japan. How’s THAT for random?

Being Polish, my family has always drunk a lot of tea, and I am no different. I may drink more tea than water. On the other hand, I can’t say that I’m very particular about it; I’m generally pretty careless with steeping times and water temperature and I don’t even have a proper teapot (mostly because the lid broke during the move to California ;_;).

I always drink my tea unsweetened and I only add milk in the case of the most egregiously chai-ish of chais. (not really a big fan of milk in general)

Given that so many of my entries seem to be about my morning tea, I felt I should add something here about me and mornings: I fail at mornings. I fail at them a LOT. Therefore I often also fail at proper tea making in the mornings.

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