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drank Organic Matcha by Den's Tea
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CRAP! I found almost a half of a container of this that’s a year old! I must have gotten distracted w/ Frank’s matchas or something. Dispite the nose dive in color, this is actually still pretty good.

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I had quite a spicy dinner so I decided to put my daily matcha in some yogurt. I didn’t have vanilla so I went w/ Boston Cream Pie. The flavor of the yogurt was stronger than expected and some spoonfuls had more matcha flavor than others. Not too bad though.

LiberTEAS

Have you tried their Miyabi Matcha? I ordered some of this… I think I may just have to make some for my next cuppa!

Cofftea

No, the only other Den’s matcha I’ve tried is Kaze. Very good.

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drank Organic Matcha by Den's Tea
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1 scoop/3oz water. Getting to the bottom of the canister so I think I didn’t get as much on my scoop today- it tastes a bit weak.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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Attempt 2 at Koicha, this time going w/ 3 scoops instead of 3.75g. Very thick. Just a touch too chalky for me I think. Maybe I just need to have someone make Koicha for me lol.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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drank Organic Matcha by Den's Tea
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Ugh… Wikipedia’s matcha page needs work. I wanted to make Koicha and it said 3 scoops or 3.75g… well 3.75g actually equals about 7 scoops! I had to add an extra 120ml of water just to choke it down… what a waste of matcha and now I feel like I’m gonna puke… can anyone help me make Koicha?

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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After 2 cantata performances I’m feeling quite out of it. I need matcha, but I don’t want anything too thick to coat my tongue since I’m having chai later. 2 scoops, 8oz water. Wow… after my matcha you’d think I would be more cohearant lol. It’s REALLY good like always though and that’s what matters, right?

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drank Organic Matcha by Den's Tea
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Ummm… wow… holy crap! If anyone wants to talk at 2am, just gimme call- I’ll be awake!

I love matcha! I also strive to prepare my teas using athentic steeping parameters and teaware. I haven’t really done that w/ matcha though. And, I admit- it’s a money thing. Most of the time I only use one chashaku of matcha and use less or more water (3 or 8oz) depending on if I want it “thick” or “thin”… Well, I’m determined to at least try to transition to more authentic Usucha and Koicha.

I decided to start w/ Usucha (thin tea) prepared with approximately 1.75 grams (amounting to 1.5 heaping chashaku scoop, or about half a teaspoon i.e. level teaspoon) of matcha and approximately 75 ml (2.5 oz). This must be really light matcha cuz it ended up being a crap load of matcha… like 4 or 5 scoops. I can’t quite remember.

The result was a thick, slightly foamy, very dark liquid that is more bitter than most times I enjoy matcha but was the bitterness was balanced perfectly by the sweetness, vegetal notes, and astringency. Now, the question is- will I sleep tonite?

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C
SoccerMom

I know what you mean about the staying awake part! I have been overdoing it on the black teas a bit and have found myself staring at the bedroom ceiling and thinking about teas and which ones I’m going to order next! I’ve gotta restrain from drinking black teas so late in the afternoon. Otherwise I’ll be giving you a call!:)

Cofftea

I’m actually ok (I have ADHD that’s getting worse as I get older, but it does not seem to be caffeine induced or even affected), but just looking at how much matcha I put in my chawan made me go ooohhh boyyy I can get really shakey and spaced out so I was kinda worried I’d have a heart attack.

SoccerMom

A HEART ATTACK omg!

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drank Organic Matcha by Den's Tea
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Decided to try it double thick (2 scoops/3oz water) and I was really surprised! While ever so slightly more bitter it was not chalky like I feared. And it stayed homogeneous w/ the water longer because the matcha:water ratio was higher. YAY!

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What a morning! Got up, showered right away, talked to my someone special, then made lunch. I’m just now having my matcha! I made it thicker (1 scoop matcha, 3oz water). It seems more spinachy today which went great w/ my salad. Odd that I don’t like spinach, isn’t it?

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C
~lauren.

Not to be too presumptuous, but your LDR sounds like it’s going well! Happy for you!

Cofftea

It’s by no means official yet, but he his special:)

~lauren.

It’s spring and life is good!

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drank Organic Matcha by Den's Tea
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Matcha is as green as you can get for St. Patrick’s day so does it surprise anyone that I made some since I do every day anyway? And I love flavoring matcha so does it surprise anyone I made a matcha Irish Creme cappuccino? It shouldn’t… well, maybe just because I’m not the least bit Irish:)

6oz water, 3 level TB instant Irish Creme cappuccino mix, 2 scoops matcha.

The Irish Creme is definitely stronger than the matcha, but it’s still there. I would have put more matcha in, but I didn’t want to overload myself on caffeine lol. A perfect morning wake up for St. Patrick’s Day!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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Matcha is the only way I can function at 6:30am. 1 scoop w/ 3oz of water this morning before Prayer and Share. Can I go back to bed now? lol

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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Yesterday was nuts! Bible study and church 9:30-11:30am, then lunch at grandma’s, organ dedication concert at 3, cantata practice 6-8. This was the only tea I had all day. But it’s my favorite so that’s ok:) After being out of the house 11 hrs (which means my shoes were on and I was in my chair all day- big contributors to my chronic pain), I was just too tired to make anything when I got home… not to mention I didn’t sleep well Saturday nite and was jipped out of an hr.

Aquariusnat

You had a busy day ! Is that a typical Sunday for you ?

Cofftea

No. Since Jan. I’ve had contata practice at nite, but normally it’s just Bible study/church and then grandma’s for lunch.

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drank Organic Matcha by Den's Tea
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I made a half bowl of this today… ever since I got my uberly fine strainer which I’m using for a sifter, I’ve noticed that it looks strange before I wisk… like it isn’t mixing w/ the water as much as it used to… Why? Isn’t sifting supposed to help that?

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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I’m behind on my tea drinking! I woke up at 8:30, but ended up having a 2 1/2 hr convo w/ someone who may end up to be pretty special. After he had to go, I had this thick (1 scoop/3oz water). I hope the day continues to be as good as it started!=D

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180 °F / 82 °C
Erin

yay at special guys!

Cofftea

But what is it w/ me and LDRs? This’ll be 3 for 3.

Garrett

Nothing wrong with LDRs

Cofftea

Except they’re really hard (and expensive) and obviously they haven’t worked before.

Garrett

True, they can be hard and expensive at times, but if you can make it through one, you can make it through anything in your relationship with that person. Finding new things to do in an LDR definitely helps make them less hard and helps them work out. I’m currently in one, and we always find new ways to spend time with one another.

__Morgana__

I’m guessing “long distance relationships”. :-)

~lauren.

Good luck on the LDR! On a positive note, some of them do work out!

Cofftea

Garrett- “we always find new ways to spend time with one another.”… how do you do that long distance?

Garrett

Well, the time we spend “together” is online, mainly video chatting (both of us having macs makes things a lot easier). There is one function with our computers, we have a screen sharing feature, so a lot of times one of us will play a movie and share our screen with the other person, so we can watch movies together and talk to eachother (even though we can’t see eachother during the movie). We play video games online together (usually flash based video games or things like that). Plus it kinda helps that during winter and summer she has breaks from teaching, so we kinda get to see eachother at these times. We talk everyday even though there is a 16 hour time difference.

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drank Organic Matcha by Den's Tea
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Made this w/ my new sifter today! http://www.lupiciausa.com/product_p/41401682.htm My chawan is the perfect diameter. I can rest the sifter on the edge of it while I scoop in the matcha and it is held up by the handle on one side and a metal loop on the other. It’s a very fine mesh- almost too fine for my matcha. Don’t really notice a taste or texture difference though…

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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drank Organic Matcha by Den's Tea
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I love how this slowly continues to get thicker as I drink it if I savor it!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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drank Organic Matcha by Den's Tea
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Aaaahhh… headache… I get these weird atypical migraines that actually involve little pain but come w/ a lot of spaceyness and just feeling… weird… I can’t explain it… But a half bowl helps quite a bit.

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180 °F / 82 °C
I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

I hope you’re feeling better, girl.

Hotcuppa

I get those. I get “visual” migranes, diagnosed by my Opthamalogist. No pain, most of the time, but vision disruption, spots in my peripheral vision, like bubbly black spots that jump around and close in. Spacey feeling, can’t concentrate, can’ t see good enough to read or drive, but otherwise I can usually work through it, if I HAVE to. Caffeine helps.

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drank Organic Matcha by Den's Tea
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Enjoyed a half bowl after my shower to warm up. Savored it slowly rewhisking when needed.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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As I was drinking my half bowl something dawned on me. I think one of the reasons I love matcha so much is because it smells (and tastes, so I assume) like fresh mown grass and I have many happy memories sitting on my grandpa’s lap as a little kid as he mowed the grass. Say it w/ me… Awww!=D

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180 °F / 82 °C
~lauren.

Awww! I am chorusing in …. : )

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Oops. Forgot to log this from this morning. Had this thick (1 scoop/3oz water) before my cousin’s baby shower. The weather’s been great the past 2 days so no dire need to have it as soon as I come home.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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I love 52teas’ Mandarin Matcha so much I decided to try to make my own. I have a bag of Tazo’s orange blossom so I steeped it for 3 min (8oz water) in boiling water then added it to my chawan w/ a scoop of matcha and whisked. Yum! The orange is much stronger than my Mandarin matcha, but I much prefer the mouth feel of the Mandarin.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Organic Matcha by Den's Tea
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Normally when I want a thicker matcha, I whisk 1 scoop w/ 3oz water, but today I decided to double the matcha. I was afraid it would get chunky and gritty, but thank God it didn’t! It was thick, creamy, sweet, vegetal, and wonderful as always.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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drank Organic Matcha by Den's Tea
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Had this thick this morning (1 scoop/3oz water) before doing my blog/Bible reading for the day. Can’t ask for anything better:)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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drank Organic Matcha by Den's Tea
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Drank a half of a bowl while writing my daily blog entry. Which really is better in thought than reality as I need 2 hands to hold my chawan as I drink lol. Oh well. It was worth it:)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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