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100
drank Matcha Kaze by Den's Tea
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Try 2 for flavored matcha. Hmmm… what to flavor it w/? I sure don’t need anymore caffeine so a 1st infusion of true tea is out. I have a few herbals! I have spearmint, orange mint, lemon verbena, and ROT’s Get Relaxed! Matcha is a comforting experience for me so I think I’ll use that.

Boiled 8oz of water instead of my normal 6 for Get Relaxed! and steeped it longer as well, 9 min and 20 sec. It resulted in a dark browny orange liquor and smelled of light rose. Reboiled it, added a scoop (yes only ONE this time lol) of matcha to my bowl, poured the tisane over the matcha, and whisked.

SUCCESS! This is a WONDERFUL use of herbals which I don’t drink solo. The result was a light rose flavored comforty goodness. I know the texture of the matcha comes from the matcha itself, but it seemed to be smoother today. Maybe because of the rooibos? If anyone has other ideas of how to flavor matcha, PLEASE post them in the flavored matcha forum thread.:)

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Boiling

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100
drank Matcha Kaze by Den's Tea
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Crap. I wasn’t thinking when I made this and put 2 scoops in half a bowl. My tongue is happy but my stomach isn’t. It was good til the last sip, then it got chunky. I used a 3rd infusion (1.5 teaspoons/8oz boiling water steeped for 1 min 40 sec) of Adagio’s cocomint green to make it instead of plain water, but w/ 2x the matcha, didn’t taste it. Gonna retry it sometime. Why can’t I get this to foam? Tomorrow I’m gonna try to remember to try it latte style.

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Boiling

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100
drank Matcha Kaze by Den's Tea
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1/2 a bowl this morning before Prayer + Share because I discovered last nite a full bowl has way too much caffeine. 8oz water/1 scoop matcha. Does this count as breakfast?;)

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170 °F / 76 °C
Cofftea

Note to self: Try Irish Cream cappuccino mix whisked in it!

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100
drank Matcha Kaze by Den's Tea
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backlogging, last nite OH MY GOSH! I could just slap myself. My matcha set came a day early than I expected and I didn’t even hear it being delivered! Mom noticed it when she came home. I could have had it long before I should have cut off my caffeine… and I just couldn’t wait! 16oz water/2 scoops matcha. This is the 1st time I’m making this myself. The only other time I had it was Rishi brand and it was lighter in color and had a foam on top… The lack of foam I’m just attributing to my lack of experience whisking. Rich, lucious, decadent, a little sweet yet bitter, and a little grassy finish. YUM!

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170 °F / 76 °C

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86
drank Sencha Fuka-midori by Den's Tea
224 tasting notes

The leaves are a deep dark green. It brews into a pale green liquid with floating sencha dust that smells delightfully nutty and has a light sweet taste.

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170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Apple Sencha by Den's Tea
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The perfect beverage to have w/ Wendy’s Asian boneless wings and a salad w/ Asian dressing! 4.5tsp/6oz water.

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160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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100
drank Apple Sencha by Den's Tea
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I can’t believe the brewing perameters on this! The info they sent me clearly states 1/2TB (1.5tsp) steeped in 4oz boiling water for 1min for senchas, but the bag says 1tsp/6oz in 190 degree water for 3 min. I’m sticking w/ the sheet.

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Boiling 1 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

2nd and 3rd infusions combined. 8oz boiling water steeped for 3min. In light of the bitterness of the 1st infusion. I did something I RARELY do. I decided to sweeten it. 1 packet of stevia. Idea isn’t bad, but too sweet. next time gonna steep it in 16oz for 7 min 40 sec. You could just use half a packet, but to me that’s a pain and a mess.

teaplz

Japanese greens have very specific steeping parameters. Each green from company to company can be radically different. I’ve heard of greens that require 2 tbsp.

Cofftea

@teaplz, it shouldn’t be the company that makes the difference. Each sencha SHOULD be the same. Are other teas (black, chai, pu erh, white, oolong) from Japan similar? What about from other countries? This is the 1st I’ve learned of steeping according to sub type of tea (sencha vs. just green) and can’t find this info for other kinds.

teaplz

No, each sencha is not the same. Like every other tea, sencha has many varieties. Depending on which sencha you’re drinking, steepage might be different.

In fact, in general, there are two broad categories of sencha: “Two types of sencha are available. They’re differentiated by the length of steaming time: there are lightly-steamed (regular) senchas and deep-steamed senchas. Generally speaking, teas from the select growing zones and higher-grade teas (such as the first-harvest teas discussed below) are processed with shorter steaming times to retain their natural flavor. Deep-steaming is a relatively new processing method. Advantages brought by longer steaming are a milder yet rich-bodied taste with less bitterness, brilliant green brewed color, and easier brewing.”
http://www.greentea-direct.com/about_hishidai/sencha_gyokuro.html

So yes, you have to change your steepage time for each different tea depending on varietal.

teaplz

Further information on the difference senchas: http://www.amazing-green-tea.com/sencha.html

Not all teas are the same.

Cofftea

@teaplz, I think there was some miscommunication on my part. What I meant was that all premium sencha should be steeped in an amount of 1.5tsp of leaf in 2-3oz of 160 degree water for 90 sec no matter what company it comes from. Same w/ sencha, Premium Fukamushi-Sencha, and Fukamushi-Sencha with their own unique parameters.

teaplz

What I was trying to say is that different companies can order different types of sencha, and suggest different steeping times as a result. That’s why each company can have very varied steeping suggestions. It’s all to taste, anyway. Different amounts of buds vs. leaves, different varieties of plants, different roasting procedures, all of these can change suggested steep times.

If every company’s premium sencha tasted exactly the same, then why would anyone bother drinking several different companies’ varieties? It’s because no two teas are ever alike, and no one’s taste buds are ever alike.

I don’t think that tea can ever be an exact science. One man’s “BLECH!” is another man’s “MMM.”

Cofftea

Although I’ve gotten in trouble for saying so, I definitely agree "One man’s “BLECH!” is another man’s “MMM.”", but I also think that while different teas of like type (premium sencha for example) should be steeped using the same parameters to amplify the differences. Just my way of thinking of course. It just doesn’t make sense for them to include that pamphlet and then suggest alternative steeping perameters.

Cofftea

I get confused easily lol. And contradictory info DEFINTELY confuses me:)

teaplz

Hrm. One might be Japanese-style and the other might be Western-style steeping? That’s what it looks like to me!

Cofftea

@teaplz, that’s exactly what I think it is- but I don’t think a company should publish both (especially w/o specifying the difference). It confuses my poor tea-logged brain cells. Don’t get me started on Western style steeping LOL. I’ll stick w/ Japanese style steeping. It never occured to me that the way we drink it here could be different than in their countries of origin. Now that I do, I’m going to strive to steep each type of tea authentically.

Cofftea

4th & 5th infusions combined. 8oz of water steeped for 5 min. Not a whole lot of apple flavor, but definitely a sweet green tea. Dumping the leaves out cuz most of them are so small they’re getting mushy- does anyone else have that problem w/ Den’s Tea?

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100
drank Apple Sencha by Den's Tea
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Infusion 6 of my apple chai sencha. 1st noticably stronger liquor since infusion 3. Strongest so far. Aroma is light and slightly spicy and the taste is mostly (although still lightly) spicy, but the sweetness from the apple (that doesn’t taste like apple anymore) makes it not harsh.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Apple Sencha by Den's Tea
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Infusion 5 of my apple chai sencha blend. 1 min 40 sec.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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100
drank Apple Sencha by Den's Tea
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Infusion 4 of my apple chai sencha blend. 1 min 20 sec.

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180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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100
drank Apple Sencha by Den's Tea
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Infusion 3 of my apple chai sencha blend. 50 sec.

Pretty much like infusion 2, a touch stronger.

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180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Apple Sencha by Den's Tea
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Infusion 2 of my apple chai sencha blend. 40 sec.

The liquor reminds me of a white tea. Light and clear. The aroma is mostly of apple (a good thing as the steeping time increases) with just a touch of warmth from the spice. The taste is much like the 1st in proportion, but a bit stronger.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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100
drank Apple Sencha by Den's Tea
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Decided to make my own green apple chai this morning. I blended 1.13g of apple sencha w/ 1.13g Adagio’s bengal green chai. For some reason the sweetness of the apple came out more instead of the jolly rancher, although there was still a bit left. Maybe because I measured it by weight this time? The spice was stronger than I expected for only steeping it 30 sec., but still light. For a stronger flavor, use 2.25g apple sencha and 1.13g chai spice mix (sans tea). Steep 30 sec to 3min.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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100
drank Apple Sencha by Den's Tea
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Infusion 7. Oh my gosh… I honestly don’t see why some people don’t resteep their leaves. Not only does it save money, but they’re REALLY missing out flavor wise. Sure you have to wait a lil longer for the leaves to steep, but it’s SO worth it! Although, gotta love being at infusion 7 w/ this tea and only having to wait 2 mins after the water comes to temp. I’ve always steeped my leaves, but w/ every new tea I try I am more amazed at how each infusion can be so different!

The liquor is only a bit, if any, lighter than the 6th infusion. The sent is very faint, but is definitely of green tea. Most of the sweetness is gone, but that’s fine- if I had 7 cups that tasted exactly like the 1st infusion I’d be bored and would have wasted the leaves by dumping them a while ago. It’s a clean green tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Apple Sencha by Den's Tea
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Infusion 6. 1 min 40 sec. Dark, dull yellow liquor that reminds me of brown mustard. Aroma is very light but sweet. Pretty strong green tea flavor especially considering it’s a 6th infusion. Just a bit of sweetness.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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100
drank Apple Sencha by Den's Tea
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Infusion 5. 1 min 20 seconds. Yellow liquor, sweet aroma, and lightly sweet but not fruity taste that doesn’t cover the taste of the sencha.

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190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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100
drank Apple Sencha by Den's Tea
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Infusion 4. Liquor is a touch lighter, a bit more yellow. Aroma is sweet and you can definitely smell the green tea. Maybe my tastebuds weren’t as damaged as I thought, while this is a very sweet and even fruity tea, there isn’t really any apple flavor. The fruitiness is more mango or strawberryish. Gonna keep steeping it.

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190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Apple Sencha by Den's Tea
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3rd infusion, 50 seconds. The liquor is lime greenish! I love greens and have had a lot of them, but I can say this is the 1st liquor I can discribe as lime… pretty! I had this w/ tomato and roasted pepper soup that had quite a bite so that messed up my taste buds, but I’ll discribe what I taste anyway. :) I’m hoping it’s just the red pepper flake, but I don’t really taste apple anymore. Don’t get me wrong, this is a VERY good, still sweet, green tea that I will continue to steep. I just can’t find the apple. The 4th infusion will tell me more.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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100
drank Apple Sencha by Den's Tea
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2nd infusion, 40 seconds. So I settled on increasing each infusion by 10 sec. The liquor is just barely darker. When I smell it the green tea hits me 1st, then the apple, and last a very subtle sour apple aroma. The flavors hit me in the same order as the aromas hit my nose, but they are a little bit stronger than the 1st infusion, almost like I’m drinking my tea backward- weakest to strongest. I like that.

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190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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100
drank Apple Sencha by Den's Tea
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Another tea from Lena! This one has the original packaging so I know I’m steeping it right lol. And I’m glad it does. But it’s here as a back up anyway:) While I know sencha is a green tea, the steeping instructions surprise me. This is my 1st experience w/ flash steeping and it calls for slightly hotter water than I normally use. I went w/ as directed for the time and temp, but decided to go w/ the industry standard of 2.25g of tea per 6oz (I’m always glad when a package calls a cup of tea 6oz) which is actually a little less than a teaspoon. I’m surprised at the density of this tea. One teaspoon is 2.5g.

When it’s done steeping, it doesn’t look like water like I feared. The aroma is definitely apple w/ a light green tea background. But it doesn’t smell like a fresh apple- more like a jolly rancher candy. That’s ok by me, jolly ranchers are sour apple.:) And YAY it tastes just how it smells. It tastes like green tea steeped in watered down apple juice w/ a jolly rancher dissolved in it. If you don’t mind the small amount of caffeine, this would be a WONDERFUL sugar free calorie free substitute for apple juice. For more apple flavor, steep in one apple’s worth of fresh apple juice. I don’t think this would hold up to blending w/ a caramel tea like I originally suspected, unless it was a green base, but I’m really looking forward to blending this w/ adagio’s bengal green chai. My only problem is figuring out how much to increase steeping time for additional infusions… I normally steep greens for 3 min and increase infusions by 1 min so should I keep the 1/3 ratio and increase it by 10 seconds?

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec
LENA

YAY, glad you liked it!

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95
drank Apple Sencha by Den's Tea
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It’s a pretty golden green liquor scented lightly with apple, almost as if a smidgeon of apple juice had been added to the tea. The taste is sweet and light with more of an apple flavor than a sencha flavor. Bliss!

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180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 45 sec
Cofftea

Lena sent me this! I can’t wait to try it. Thinking of blending it w/ Adagio’s green bengal chai and a caramel green if I can find one.

Carolyn

It’s very delicate. I’m not certain it will survive survive much blending. (But I’m totally unfamiliar with blending and you seem to be the pro at it.)

Cofftea

I do seem to have a God given gift for creativity in the area of blending tea (and other drinks) and food, but to each his/her own so I’m sure there are plenty of people who would hate my blends (my mom is one of them, she likes everything simple), but I haven’t had anyone that I’ve given a blend to not like it. But you have to like blends. Some people are single flavor drinkers and that’s great. I love single flavor teas, but I also love a good blend.

Cofftea

I’m still thinking this would be ok w/ bengal green chai though, especially considering the low steep time.

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100
drank Matcha Miyabi by Den's Tea
224 tasting notes

Mixed this with hot chocolate “mix” (actually ground up dark chocolate bars is our hot chocolate mix), Vanilla Soy Milk, and Soyatoo Cream then frothed in our hot chocolate maker for a delicious frothy beverage with lots of chocolatey and matcha goodness. It’s a great start to a new year. Now off to our run!

Andrea in New Mexico

That totally deserves a 100, from what I can tell…

Happy new year. :-)

Andrea in New Mexico

p.s. Hot chocolate maker???

Adam Hansen

Sounds like something worth a try in my future.

Carolyn

Hmmm. I thought I’d upped the rating to 100. Off to do that now.

Yes, Williams-Sonoma outlet was selling them cheaply so I bought one. It is an attractive carafe with a built in electronic whisk to froth the hot chocolate. It worked admirably in this making a full inch and a half of matcha hot chocolate foam.

Cofftea

YAY! Glad you liked it!

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100
drank Matcha Miyabi by Den's Tea
224 tasting notes

Made a hot matcha, banana, and soy milk smoothie and it is yummy.

Cofftea

Like the smoothie idea. Not the banana part. But a HOT smoothie…? That sounds weird. A whole pan of brownie points for creativity for it though.;)

Jillian

Yes that does sound quite good.

Cofftea

My opinon of a hot smoothie may just be a temperature thing… I think some things are gross at a cold temp, and others hot.

LENA

oh man, that sounds great!

Cofftea

Have you ever used almond milk in your matcha?

Carolyn

@LENA, It is wonderful.

@Cofftea, Not with matcha but with other teas. I make my own almond milk when I run out of soy milk and haven’t run out of soy milk lately.However, almond milk is generally good in everything.

Carolyn

Oh no! I accidentally deleted Cofftea’s post. I didn’t think I could do that. I thought I was replying.

Carolyn

What I meant to do was to say that buying Almond creamer is more expensive than making the almond milk. To make almond milk you combine raw almonds and hot water in a blender and then blend on high. Add more water until it is the consistency you want. Easy, cheap, tasty.

LENA

oohh, that sounds good too. I love almond butter, but it is super expensive (like $17 for a fairly small jar)…but now I’m inspired to make my own.

Cofftea

@Carolyn- how the heck did you manage that one! :) Almond creamer is more versitile so I’ll try that. Our blender is out of my reach anyway. Almond creamer is something I can do myself.

Carolyn

@Cofftea, Sounds reasonable. As to how I managed to delete your comment, for some reason I now have delete buttons next to every comment. I thought they were reply buttons. :(

takgoti

This is near identical to my matcha shake recipe. I sometimes add a little honey, though I’ve never tried it hot. Might need to do that some time.

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100
drank Matcha Miyabi by Den's Tea
224 tasting notes

Mmmm! Matcha! I’ve been sent home early with a hearty Happy Holidays and orders to take some time to go shopping. I have no holiday shopping to do and so I decided to make myself a wonderful cup of matcha and sit cozily at home and write. I prepared it thick this afternoon and its lovely grassy sweetness is making a good day even better. No bitterness. No astringency. Just sweet, lovely matcha. Mmmmm!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

CAROLYN! You just had to rub in that you had matcha didn’t you. You’re lucky mine should be here tomorrow. LOL J/K ;) I wonder why companies suggested different amounts of water. Rishi suggests 4-5oz. Isn’t there a standard?

Carolyn

I don’t think there is. It is up to personal preference as to how thick it should be. Also, different kinds of matcha can tolerate different amounts of water. So it is a trial and error sort of process. (A yummy trial and error sort of process.) I use a half teaspoon and then fill the matcha cup half-way up with water before wisking.

Cofftea

Since there’s a matcha tea ceremony I would think there would be standards, there seems to be standards for everything else related to tea:) What’s the difference between this and their matcha kaze?

Cofftea

I just noticed you have a steeping time listed… how does that work when the tea gets whisked in?

Carolyn

I couldn’t really figure out how to do that, so I just estimated my wisking time and listed that as steeping time.

Carolyn

As to tea ceremony standards, I don’t know. I’ve been to exactly two tea ceremonies in my life and those were years ago. My memory of them boils down to “Hurts to kneel” and “Good sweets. Bitter tea.” and “I need a kimono!” Not very sophisticated, I’m afraid.

I do not know the difference between the two matchas. I bought this one because it guaranteed to be free of bitterness and astringency and I wanted my first experience making matcha to be successful. My tea ceremony experiences both featured bitter matcha and little Japanese sweets to make it better. So I wanted to be careful. I’ll probably get the other once I’ve finished the miyabi matcha.

Cofftea

Try Rishi, not bitter at all:)

Teafreak

you obviously like this matcha, but how do you feel about Den’s in general? I’ve been thinking about purchasing some tea from Den’s, but I wanted to see what everyone thinks of that site.

Carolyn

@Cofftea: Thanks for the recommendation! I’ll put it on my list.

Carolyn

@teafreak: I’ve been impressed by them. I loved the matcha supplies I bought from them. I loved the Apple Sencha tea (as did my partner). I loved the genmaicha. I still have more to try, but so far I’m impressed by them. Also, I feel comfortable with them for reasons I cannot explain. It’s kind of a gut feeling of comfort. I grew up in Denver, which has a sizeable Japanese community and it may just be that it reminds me of my early experiences with Japanese shops, but whatever it is, my gut is saying nice things.

Cofftea

@teafreak- I second the apple sencha. That’s the only one I’ve tried so far. I got their $3 sampler so I’ll have lots more to report about soon.

Cofftea

@Carolyn, where were these ceremonies? That sounds fun!

Carolyn

@Cofftea: One was at a special event in Sakura Square in Denver and the other was at the Teahouse in the Japanese Gardens in Denver’s Botanic Gardens. (It was fun and I eventually got my much longed for Japanese kimono. Only later did it occur to me that I had nowhere to wear it.)

Cofftea

Note to self: Go to Denver. Got it:) THANKS!

Carolyn

If you go to Denver and are interested in Japanese culture, the very, very place to go is Domo, which is a restaurant that serves Japanese country food. It is the only restuarant serving this in the United States. Both the restaurant (which has its own museum) and the food are an enlightening and delightful experience.

After that, visit the shops and restaurants in Sakura Square.

Jillian

also makes notes on her travel list ;)

Teafreak

@Carolyn: Thanks, I’ll give them a shot next time I buy Japanese tea!

Cofftea

@teafreak, I just tried their genmaicha (1st experience w/ it) and it was good. I didn’t care for it (NOT because it was bad, just personal taste), but it was very good in that it tasted EXACTLY how it sounds lol.

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