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80
drank Genmaicha with Matcha by DoMatcha
2978 tasting notes

I was just about to pour my 6-8 oz water over it when I read this and saw “each bag makes 2-3 cups” so instead of doing re-steeps I decided to start over, make 2cups hot, drink half and chill the other half.

I was hoping for a matcha burst of energy but in a lighter form than straight matcha. I like how this is sweeter and smoother than other (admittedly low quality) genmaichas I’ve tried! Will write more later…

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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72

After reading all the stellar reviews on this Matcha I contacted DoMatcha for a few samples to taste. However there really is not anything particularly brilliant about this matcha other than its colour. While many say this is not a bitter Matcha it really depends on how you prepare it. To be fair my samples came in tight little tubes and unless you sift that powder it will be clumpy no matter how hard you whisk it. It is a good Matcha, but far from a great Matcha.

Cofftea

The bulk matcha is much better! I agree though… while I would not say that there are matchas that are definitely better out there (that I’ve tried), I would definitely say that it’s better than some. So far for me there’s substandard matcha- then everything else. Pretty black and white:)

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100
drank Organic Matcha by DoMatcha
1 tasting notes

This is my first time making my own Matcha and I was surprised at how smooth, milky, and delicious this was. I will be trying different brands to compare.

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92

Thank you RachanaC for a sample of this! I am backlogging while my daughter is down for a nap…she has a double ear infection and I have been busy since Thursday taking care of a clingy and sad toddler. So since my energy was completely diminished I decided what better to try than matcha?! It’s been 105 here lately so I decided to have a matcha latte and it was quite yummy. Smooth, sweet and grassy…yum!

LiberTEAS

Aww… I hope that she feels better soon. :(

Cofftea

Poor baby! I’m praying for her. Ear infections are no fun! Does she have a fever? if she does, you might want to try to find some decaf white tea to get it down. I was sick about a week ago and chugged white tea. Got my fever down pretty quick w/o fever reducing meds.

-Jessica-

Thanks you guys! She is doing better after I got her into the doctor Friday afternoon…she’s on antibiotics for 10 days and after only being on it for a day and a half I can tell she is much better today than what she was…she hasn’t had a fever since early this afternoon so that’s a plus!

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Glad she is doing better. Never a good feeling when your child and sick and you feel do helpless.

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90

Arrived yesterday. Very pleased.

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93
drank Organic Matcha by DoMatcha
6770 tasting notes

I couldn’t move on to something else until I had a Matcha. It’s been a while for this one so I whisked some up!

It’s a good starter Matcha…not too over the top but still a nice start-to-finish matcha.

Always good to have on hand.
See previous notes!

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93
drank Organic Matcha by DoMatcha
6770 tasting notes

Matcha-Thon Matcha #3…
Azzrian I am sending a bit of this to you…
LiberTEAs…I noticed that you haven’t logged…want me to send you some, too??? I guess I didn’t realize you haven’t tried this one! Eeeeek! Forgive me!

Smoooooooth!
See other notes!

TeaBrat

Where’s mine? :D

TeaEqualsBliss

Amy Oh – if you don’t mind a funky envelop – I can pop a bit in the mail for ya!

Azzrian

Ohhh NICE thank you! DoMatcha! Wait I need to really find out all the good matcha places don’t I!

LiberTEAS

Sure… I know that I’ve tried some of the other DoMatcha as for the longest time it was my #1 favorite pure Matcha… but, I don’t think I’ve tried the organic.

TeaBrat

Aww, I was just kidding. I’d like to try some flavored matchas tho’!

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93
drank Organic Matcha by DoMatcha
6770 tasting notes

backlogging from last week…see previous notes :)

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93
drank Organic Matcha by DoMatcha
6770 tasting notes

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93
drank Organic Matcha by DoMatcha
6770 tasting notes

Increasing the rating on this one…just had 2 cups – I forgot how great it was!

IllBeMother221B

It really is a Matcha day for you!

Oolong Gal

Love to use Matcha when making white chocolate truffles, then coating them in a dark chocolate.

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93
drank Organic Matcha by DoMatcha
6770 tasting notes

Since I have some Vanilla Rice Milk on hand I thought I would try some of it with this Matcha and compare notes. I like this Matcha over the Culinary Matcha BUT I am not sure if Vanilla Rice Milk is the way to go with Matcha. LOL – it makes this one taste VERY BOLD which is good but it also gives it the coffee creamer aftertaste…perhaps I used too much for my palate!? Not sure.

Cofftea

You’re just a lean, mean matcha machine today!:)

TeaEqualsBliss

But WAIT…there’s MORE!

Cofftea

WOOHOO!!!

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93
drank Organic Matcha by DoMatcha
6770 tasting notes

Okay…so…I tried this again…
I had half of a smoothie left from this morning that I am taste-tasting for a local chain. It was BERRY Flavored and consisted of: Ice, Yogurt, Raspberries, Blueberries, Strawberries, and I ended up putting the same amount of this Matcha in it. Of course, it melted the ice – mostly – but it also was WAY frothy!!! This goes extremely well in a smoothie! I’m really enjoying this. I actually like the concoction BETTER with the Matcha than without – I felt the smoothie minus the matcha was too tart…this mellows that out a little.

My first experience with this match I gave an 80. Mixed with my Smoothie I would say a 90 to 95-ish…I will stick with this overall rating for now but I will change it down the road with more experiments!

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93
drank Organic Matcha by DoMatcha
6770 tasting notes

I just received this and will be spending a lot of time with it over the next week or so…I will be doing a more lengthy review at some point over at It’s All About The Leaf. I would like to try different methods and mixtures just for fun. Right now…I went ‘plain jane’ with Matcha and Water – whisking and it smells like warm broccoli. It’s a dark vintage looking green in color yet very smooth. It’s very flavorful and smooth…almost a milky taste.

Cofftea

See what you think of matcha OJ 1 cup/1tsp- you could make it smoothie-ish by using a half cup liquid OJ and half cup OJ ice cubes. Yogurt would be a good addition for you too I think- but double the matcha if you do.

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63

OK, this really is better than the Matcha I have had before. I’m still not a fan, but I can see if I was going to drink it for health reasons, I would drink DoMatcha’s Matcha. It’s less bitter.

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96

The other matcha teas that I’ve tried were to sour when made without milk (I love matcha milk and shakes). This is the only one that I can drink alone like this. It’s just slightly sour and that could be because I didn’t let the water cool down a bit. It whisked perfectly, no chunks.
Takes like quality green tea. Really leaves the green tea taste in my mouth for a long time. Longer than plain green tea. So it’s more aromatic. I’m really not an expert in matchas but I do like this one. I’d love it with milk too I’m sure of it…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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96

Made 2 matcha rolls today – one with pistachio creme, other one with strawberry yogurt creme. And after that i needed refreshment so i made a nice latte. Everything is so yummy :D

Enjoy the pics:
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=4201584&l=b69396b080&id=613843555
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=4201585&l=c2cbff846d&id=613843555
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=4201586&l=ee14cdb16d&id=613843555

__Morgana__

Looks delicious!

Rabs

^Agrees!

malomorgen

well if anyone has Croatia by their ways you are invited come and try it ;)

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96

Yay i got my DoMatcha tin yesterday. Won it on a FB recipe contest. Gonna make the matcha roll tomorrow. Today i started my day with a matcha latte :D

Soooooo yumm!

I absolutely love the fact that you can make so many different yummy things out of a tin of matcha. And this one is indeed a very tasty one too…

No more words here are the pics…
http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l188/malomorgen/Teas/dm.jpg
http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l188/malomorgen/Teas/dm2.jpg
http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l188/malomorgen/Teas/dm1.jpg

Rabs

I never realized how petite the cannister is — it’s sooo cute! And congratulations on winning the contest :D

malomorgen

yeah its cute even tho i’d prefer less cute and bigger with this one :D i just started drinking it and i’m afraid of stayin without. and it’s too pricey for me to order. cost+shipping goes over my ordering limit (i never order over 30$ cuz then i gotta pay croatian tax which i really don’t wanna pay, i pay more than enough of it anyways). so i just ordered some 3 oz ceremonial matcha from ebay – for 20$. can’t be as good as this one but might be ok – you never know with ebay.

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92

My first foray into a matcha and I have to say I am impressed. I wisked this until frothy and the tea has a strong earthly flavor and is silky smooth. I may have used a tad too much of the matcha so I need to experiment with it but I am impressed with the flavor. Added a very small amount of sugar in the raw to help draw out some flavors and loved it.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C

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94

I got froth!

I understand what I was supposed to do now, went out and watched a video. I wasn’t whisking fast enough. Also understand why I thought the color would be lighter. With the froth, it’s more of a sea green than a pool table felt green.

Really yum and healthy feeling/tasting. It’s like drinking shots of wheatgrass only tastes a whole lot better and is a far more pleasing aesthetic experience.

And the chasen reminds me of my dad’s shaving brush in a kind of sideways way, which is kind of a sweet memory as well. :-)

Cofftea

Yes, the foam is definitely well- seafoam. Makes sense:) What I don’t like about some videos is they don’t give you exact amounts. I like exact amounts. You do know you’re not gonna sleep tonite right? lol I say this as I’m contemplating a matcha smoothie myself… um… lol:)

-Jessica-

Yummm frothy matcha! Lol

S

Oh yay, I was looking forward to reading your note on this! By the way, I just use a small strainer by OXO to sift my matcha, and it works really well. Glad you got it to foam :)

__Morgana__

Thanks! I placed an order with O Cha and ordered a sifter as part of that order. I don’t know whether it would have made a difference with this, though — it didn’t really seem to need sifting. No clumps or anything, seemed very smooth. Will be interesting to play around with this more. I was so focused on the process the first couple of times I wasn’t as focused on the taste.

Cofftea

I’m finding that ceremonial grade matchas are the only ones that really benefit from sifting which seems backwars to me. But then again maybe my constant usage of my hands and wrists pushing my chair have given me turbo wrists when it comes to whisking- which is funny cuz I’m always so afraid of whisking too hard in fear of busting my chasen.

LiberTEAS

the need for sifting should not seem backwards – since sifting is part of the art of making matcha, sort of like allowing some time to steep is part of the art of making tea.

Shanti: I use the same thing – I just have a small strainer I got from the utensil aisle from the grocery store – it’s not even from OXO – just a cheap strainer, but it works. A tea strainer would work also.

Matcha just needs a little aeration to get the most out of it.

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94

I had matcha!

I think.

Now I have anxiety. ;-)

I finally have all my implements (except the sifter), so I decided to give it a try. But since I’ve never had it before, and have never even seen it before in real life, I have no idea whether I did it right. I tried to follow instructions but I have to confess I sort of winged it. I just added water until it was about half way up the chawan.

I was amazed at what it looked like. It was the color of the felt on a pool table or maybe a little darker; I thought it would be lighter colored? I didn’t get froth. Was I supposed to get froth? Like meringue froth, the kind that peaks and stands up? (Sort of doubt it, I didn’t get that kind anyway. More like a few bubbles around the edges. But I wouldn’t really call it froth so maybe I did it wrong?)

It was really delicious. Very sweet and green and tasty, but I wish I knew whether I’d done it justice.

How long am I supposed to whisk for? It was very smooth, not at all clumpy. I barely knew I’d whisked when I drank it, it tasted much like drinking steeped tea. (I have a feeling I made the thin kind.)

That does it, I have to go try again now.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec
Cofftea

LOL! Yes. You had matcha. Don’t be anxious.:) I have this sifter and love it. http://www.lupiciausa.com/product_p/41401682.htm

Cheap and very effective. I use a metal teaspoon measuring spoon to get the matcha thru. My chawan is even the perfect diameter- the little loop thing rests on one side of the edge and the handle on the other suspending the basket over the chawan.

Matcha should be dark. I don’t call it “GREEN!!!” for nothing hehe:) You will never get hard peak foam no matter how hard you try lol. The one time I had it made for me it was much like beer foam that didn’t collapse when my lips touched it, but myself I just get tiny bubble bath like foam over the top. Sometimes just around the edges. Sometimes over most of the service. Different matchas foam differently, thickness is a factor as well. Although Koicha isn’t supposed to foam that much and I’ve had a few very foamy Koicha experiences.

You only need to whisk till the matcha is evenly mixed w/ the water. If you sip it and it’s too chalky/chunky, whisk again. Sifting also helps this. I advise not rushing your matcha experience. If you make an amount and drink and a speed that causes your matcha to start to separate, simply just give it a quick whisk and resume the experience.

__Morgana__

Thanks for the tips, I need them!

Cofftea

Any time! Always more than happy to help people get over their matcha phobias/concerns:)

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100

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Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C

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88
drank Ceremonial Grade DoMatcha by DoMatcha
92 tasting notes

My package finally arrived! Included was a 1.06 tin of ceremonial grade matcha and a bamboo whisk (chasen). Thank you to DoMatcha for holding this contest! I decided to go ahead and prepare this thick style right off the bat. For those who are unfamiliar with matcha, there are two ways matcha is usually prepared: thick style (koicha) and thin style (usucha). Koicha is prepared using more matcha and less water, and thus requires very high grade matcha; using a lower grade matcha to make koicha will result in a bitter, undrinkable mess. Generally speaking, the higher the grade of matcha, the sweeter and less bitter it will be. I’m using the directions a friend of mine told me about preparing koicha, as well as the instructions listed at http://www.yuuki-cha.com/matcha_green_tea_powder.php. Note: These directions are for koicha (thick) matcha, and not usucha.

1. Sift 3.5 chashaku scoops of matcha into pre-heated, dry bowl.
The chashaku is a bamboo scoop that comes with many matcha sets. I read on a blog that the amount of matcha in a single chashaku scoop should be about the size of an almond—if anyone has learned tea ceremony, please let me know if this is accurate.
2. Heat 40-50mL of water to a temperature between 70°C and 80°C (158°F and 176°F).
I went with just under 50 mL of 165°F water which probably cooled down a little before I had a chance to add it to the matcha powder.
3. Add a small amount of the water to the sifted matcha to create a thick paste. Using the chasen (bamboo whisk), knead (don’t whisk!) the water and matcha powder together using up/down and left/right motions, or a calm 360° rotating motion.
The water and matcha paste actually was fairly smooth from what I could see, probably thanks to the sifting. It almost looked like green paint.
4. Add the rest of the water to the matcha powder. Continue kneading, not whisking, the matcha. Koicha is not supposed to be frothy, and the kneading should produce a tea that is thick, smooth, and without froth.

The resulting tea was thick and smooth. I was shocked because there was absolutely no bitterness. None. Whatsoever. Maybe my taste buds are off because I’m used to drinking very concentrated matcha using crappy quality powder, but really: I didn’t taste any bitterness or astringency. The flavor of the matcha was a little more on the savory side than sweet. It was vegetal and just lightly sweet, similar to steamed green beans, and oh so creamy…mmm. There wasn’t much of a sea or seaweedy taste. There was no grittiness or left-over clumps, and there was such a small amount of tea (50 ml) that there was no opportunity for settling. The temperature was a bit cool for me, probably because I sifted the powder after the water was done heating up, instead of before, so it just sat on my counter losing heat. Oops.

I prepared a bowl of my really low grade matcha from Mighty Leaf in the same way, and the result was a very bitter and had a thinner mouthfeel, for some reason. So, another plus of the DoMatcha ceremonial grade: the mouthfeel was really smooth, thick, and creamy. The Mighty Leaf was also gritty and didn’t mix as well as the DoMatcha, but that might have been because of error in preparation.

Unfortunately, this is the first ceremonial grade matcha I’ve ever tried, so I don’t have anything to compare it to. However, this is a really delicious matcha, and the lack of bitterness, the sweetness and savoriness, and the creamy and thick mouthfeel all make this one a winner for me.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C
LiberTEAS

Best tasting note on Matcha Ever! :)

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I know it truly is great and btw great note.

__Morgana__

Terrific instructional note. This is a great how-to for me as I’ve never made matcha before and my chawan just arrived in the mail yesterday so now I feel like I am ready! Or I did, until I realized I had neglected to get a scoop. Hmm. Do I need a scoop before I can do this? Or alternatively, any idea how much a scoop translates into in teaspoons?

LiberTEAS

Morgana: I now have a chashaku scoop, but until about 2 weeks ago, I have been drinking Matcha (for years!) without one, a teaspoon works just fine, and using the “almond size” guideline as suggested in this tasting note would be a good starting point… and know that everyone’s tastes are quite different, so experiment a little to find what works best for you. Best of luck with it! Matcha is awesome!

S

Hmm, I’m not sure how much one scoop is in teaspoons, but if you can visualize an almond, that’s about the size of a scoop. A heaping scoop would be about 1 1/2 almonds, I suppose. :)

Also, if anyone is wondering how to make thin-style usucha, you use 1 1/2 to 2 scoops of matcha, and 70 mL of water. Whisk the matcha using a “W” or zigzag motion, and voila!

__Morgana__

Almond with or without the shell?

LiberTEAS

Oh… you also don’t need a fancy sifter (a tea strainer works as does a simple, small strainer that I picked up in the grocery store for a buck fifty). You don’t even need a chawan… you can use a smallish cereal bowl. I used to use a fork to whisk my matcha until I finally broke down and bought a chasen… and that is the one tool that I would say is probably the most essential… but it could probably be replaced with a small wire whisk…

S

One more thing: definitely start out with usucha if this is your first time making matcha! Koicha can be kind of off-putting if you’re not used to making matcha, and even usucha can seem strong sometimes. I like to do 3 to 4 ounces of water and 3 to 4 scoops of matcha.

Another thing to keep in mind: koicha requires very high grade matcha, so I wouldn’t necessarily use 52teas or Might Leaf matcha to make koicha :) but of course, that’s what experimentation is for :)

S

Almond without the shell (I’m not sure how big they are with the shell), but I tend to do a little bit bigger than almost sized scoops since a lot of websites say “heaping” scoops…so yeah, I’m not totally sure about the size.

LiberTEAS

Yes, I totally agree with Shanti. I made that very mistake of making Koicha once with a lower grade of Matcha and it was not a good thing (but it is a mistake that can be easily remedied if you add more water to thin it out a bit…) This is one reason why I usually buy high grade Matcha now, unless I find a interesting flavor (Frank’s flavored Matchas have been amazing) or latte mix that intrigues me (I’m loving Domo’s chocolate and I love Pirate’s Chai). But for unflavored Matcha, I go with Ceremonial grade because I do prefer mine slightly thicker.

LiberTEAS

Just visualize a large, roasted almond without the shell… that will give you a nice starting point… and then experiment from there to find the “just right” scoop for you. Even with the chashaku scoop I still go by “eye” than I do by “scoop” because I’ve sort of trained myself to the amount that looks right.

S

I agree with LiberTEAS…the scoop isn’t precise (you can google chashaku for an image) and it really does come down to just eyeballing the amount you like.

Rabs

Shanti: I wanted to add another thank you! for the wonderfully detailed note! I have yet to try (non-Starbucks) Matcha, but I know when I finally do that I’ll track this note down :D

SoccerMom

Great tasting note very informative! Thanks Shanti!

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91

Umm…yummy delicious amazing. I loved this I am so happy to have had the opportunity to try this, as I was one of the 10 winners. The best part is how long the flavor lingers past the sip and sollow. Even my 3 yr old daughter loved. She has a very sophisticated pallete. Don’t worry she only had a touch. I would recommend this to everyone.. Did I mention it has a sweetness that appears a minute or two after you drink it. Amazing! Thank you DoMatcha!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C
Rabs

Congrats! :)

__Morgana__

Waiting on my bowl to arrive to give this a try!

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Any day now I am sure.

LiberTEAS

congrats on winning. This is the BEST Matcha I’ve ever tried.

Stephanie

Congrats on winning!!

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Thank you it is much appreciated. :-)

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99

I had a little bit of Crystal Light Lemonade left so I tried to salvage it buy adding 2TB lime juice and a tsp of matcha- James Bond Style. It worked pretty good but the obnoxious sweetness of the lemonade can still be tasted in the back of the sip sometimes. I like my home made lemon or limeade.

Preparation
Iced

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