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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

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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?

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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…

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180 °F / 82 °C

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I love how this slowly continues to get thicker as I drink it if I savor it!

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180 °F / 82 °C

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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.

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180 °F / 82 °C

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drank Organic Matcha by Den's Tea
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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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drank Organic Matcha by Den's Tea
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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.

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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:)

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180 °F / 82 °C

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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:)

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180 °F / 82 °C

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drank Organic Matcha by Den's Tea
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Ugh… Idk why, but my entire body has been extremely sore since yesterday afternoon. I need something comforting. So I went for my matcha bowl and whisked up a double batch of thick matcha. 6oz water/2 scoops matcha. The warm matcha warms my body and gives me “warm fuzzies”. It temporarily releaves my pain, I just hope it lasts.

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180 °F / 82 °C

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drank Organic Matcha by Den's Tea
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Finally got around to my matcha. As much as I love my matcha 1st thing in the morning, sometimes having it later is good because it makes me appreciate it more. I had it thick today, 1 scoop/3oz water. Yummm…

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180 °F / 82 °C

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drank Organic Matcha by Den's Tea
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I forgot to log this today… kind of an inbetween thickness, 1 scoop/6oz water. It almost tastes like fresh mown grass. Clean, crisp, smooth, perfect.

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180 °F / 82 °C

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drank Organic Matcha by Den's Tea
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Lucky Gold Matcha! I dumped the last half of the gold flakes from my Lucky Gold tea onto my half bowl of matcha, unfortunately a lot of the flakes stuck to my chasen, oops. Didn’t think that thru I guess. Oh well.

It frothed a little more this time, yay! Smooth, rich, creamy, like a nice warm blanket for your tongue!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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drank Organic Matcha by Den's Tea
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The question came up yesterday "How much is a scoop?, so I measured it. For me, a scoop is how much wonderful matcha I can cram onto my scoop and I can fit .55g of organic matcha on it. This surprised me because I weighed Den’s Tea’s Kaze and that was 1.04g. Oh well, that means it’s cheaper per scoop and that’s ok w/ me:)

Made half a bowl this morning, 1 scoop per 8oz water. It was wonderful, I just wish I could get it to foam more.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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drank Organic Matcha by Den's Tea
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Made this before I leave to go w/ my friend looking for a bridesmaid dress for her dad’s wedding. 3oz water/1 scoop. Wow! The flavors pop even more when made thick! I just wish it frothed a bit more. This may be my favorite unflavored matcha yet, unfortunately it’s also the most expensive.

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180 °F / 82 °C
S

What size scoop are you using? I thought thick matcha was ~3-4 bamboo scoops in 3 oz. water, and thin is ~1.25 scoops in 3 oz. water.

I haven’t tried organic matcha yet, but it sounds good!

Cofftea

There are different sizes of Chashaku? How can you measure .25 of a scoop other than measuring what a scoop of matcha weighs and then using 125% of that weight? Thin/thick is relative I guess then. My definition of thick is 1 scoop in 3oz water and thin is 1 scoop per 8oz water (for half a bowl, 2 scoops, 16oz for a full bowl).

S

Quality chashaku are handmade, unique and are all slightly different as a result. However, most bamboo cheapo ones are about the same. I was asking if you were using an actual chashaku or a tablespoon. Sorry, I cut off the last part of that, it says 1 1/4-2 scoops for thin. You can eyeball a quarter or half of a scoop pretty easily…
Sorry, I was a little confused by your reviews and your using the words thick and thin to describe how you prepare your matcha. Like I’ve said a million times, different strokes for different folks (to a point). If you like it like that, then you like it like that! :)

By the way, sorry, I got the water off…thick is 3-4 for 1.5 ounces, thin is 1.25-2 for 2.5-3 ounces. The rule of thumb is double the matcha and half the water, at least according to my Japanese teacher…

S

If you have any more info, that would be great.

Cofftea

Gasp! Tablespoon/teaspoon?! lol. J/k personally I’d never make matcha w/o the authentic tools (which is part of the reason I have a beef w/ Rishi). That’s just me though.:) Sorry, I thought that was clear by my use of the word scoop instead of tsp. I cram as much as I can on the scoop then just use 3 or 8oz water. I’m really freakin bad at eye balling things so no I can’t eye ball it easily. It doesn’t help that matcha balances very precociously on my chashaku and I’m absofreakinlutely terrified of spilling and wasting it. Not to mention it makes a HUGE mess. I’ve spilled matcha once and I bawled for 20 min, yes I’m very attached to my matcha lol.=D

S

I see…funny, I wouldn’t have pegged you as the type to be a purist about making matcha, considering your notes about steeping and cooking tea :-) Personally, I don’t see why not using a chasen or chashaku is a big deal if you’re not even making it traditionally. :) I don’t think I could stand sitting on my knees for so long either, LOL!

Careful with the matcha! Especially if it’s the 52teas matcha :)

harukaJU

I think I can clear up the thin, thick thing. ;). It slightly depends on what school of sadou you follow! The temple I studied at only used koicha for special occasions. Shanti’s teacher is right, though. The “typical” system is to double the tea and half the water. Koicha should be thick, almost like honey (but not so sticky of course!)  Also… if you want to be technical about it, you RARELY make koicha from the same tea as you would make usucha. You can… but generally a higher grade is used for koicha. Koicha is usually sweeter and the matcha powder selected for koicha comes from older trees almost exclusively.
If your matcha brewing is for private use, there is no need to be a purist about it. Make it to the taste you enjoy the most. In my case I like a heavy flavour but am not a big fan of Koicha’s texture. I usually put in 2 HEAVY scoops. Unless you are performing the ceremony or making it for guests, go with the flow and make it how you like it. It sure will last longer as usucha though! ;)
お茶を楽しもう!

S

Thanks Haruka for the explanation! There is a wonderful woman who teaches tea ceremony at my school, but her class filled up quickly so I didn’t get a chance to sign up for it.

I agree with you, I think if you’re making tea for yourself, you might as well make it as you like it. I use the chasen because I like my tea frothy, but I’m not going to make fun of someone if they don’t use one. Not to mention, chasen/chashaku/bowl/sifter can be hard to find unless you order online or have a specialty store nearby.

(And yay, I think I understood the last part…you wrote “o-cha wo tanoshimou/Let’s enjoy tea!” right? My kanji is really bad so sorry if I’m reading that incorrectly!)

harukaJU

your reading is correct.
;)

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drank Organic Matcha by Den's Tea
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Curled up w/ this before Prayer + Share this morning. My 4th unflavored matcha, 3rd prepared myself, 2nd from Den’s, and 1st organic matcha. I really wish I had some Kaze left to do a side by side comparison.

The powder is a pretty bright green and the smell is quit strong, stronger that O-cha’s Kiri No Mori and, from what I remember, a bit stronger than Den’s’ Kaze as well.

Half a bowl- 1 scoop/8oz water.

This matcha incorporatesw/ the water a little differently than Kaze. A few bubbles of foam form on the rim of my bowl. Yay! The color is an absolute gorgeous green color.

Wow! Boy do these flavors pop! I wonder if it’s because it’s organic? It’s definitely vegetal like all matchas should be, but it’s also smooth, clean, and… sweet? I’m not sure if that’s the word I’m looking for, but it’s not bitter. Spectacular.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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Janefan made matcha lemonade so I decided to make my own variation. I used this cuz I’m getting very low on unflavored matcha.

1 tsp powdered sencha/6oz (minus 2TB) cold water/2TB lemon juice. Unlike Janefan, I didn’t sweeten mine. Approx. ratios of a double portion of Usucha and almost 8x stronger than the suggested parameters for powdered sencha.

Wow… measuring by the tsp sure is messy! I had to be very careful not to spill. I put it in a empty plastic water bottle so I could shake it well. It created a lot of foam that didn’t collapse easily. Lemon and matcha were both very evident. Personally I think I prefer my matcha hot. That and not drinking it from my chawan just wasn’t the same.

Preparation
Iced

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Put a scoop of this thru my sifter w/ 8oz water before Prayer and Share. I’m not a morning person and getting up at 6:30am sucks!

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

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