KaiMatcha

Recent Tasting Notes

80

Sipdown. Not sad to see it go, but the taste grew on me. Vegetal and greeny tasting with a little bit of sweetness at the end. Also never had as bitter a cup as the very first time I made this so that raised it up in my eyes.

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80

Still not preferred over DoMatcha, but I’m boosting the rating a little as I haven’t had as bitter an experience as the first time I made this. Been having it in the mornings prepared with the chasen in a chawan, just water and no additions. It’s a little more vegetal/spinachy tasting than the DoMatcha. Froths up like a champ.

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80

Decided to give this a try after reading the reviews. I’ll admit, the website is a huge turnoff for me. It looks gimmicky and plays up matcha as a big health fad; just rubs me the wrong way.

Even though I froze my container for storage while I finished off the DoMatcha, this frothed up beautifully. It has a slightly heavier mouthfeel than DoMatcha, a stronger vegetal taste with mild sweetness, but it also had more of a bitter taste mid-late sip. The bitterness increases as the cup cools.

Two chasaku scoops sifted into a chawan, added about 2oz of 175F water to mix, then added another 6oz of water and whisked.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Green as spring itself
Most beautiful cup of Jade
There is only one

Perfect top of foam
Sometimes it works out that way
Glad it did today

Random snowflakes fall
Sitting by my kumquat tree
Sipping dreams of spring

Terri HarpLady

“This is the only Matcha in my collection. I detest flavored matchas & consider them to be a blasphemous travesty, a desecration of perfection.” from Terri Harplady’s Tea as Spiritual Experience.

Terri HarpLady

Note to Sil – I love you anyway,you heathen! hahaha
To each their own.

TheTeaFairy

DYING WITH ENVY…I have yet to find ANY matcha I like. I have a strong stomach, takes a lot to upset it. Yet, a tiny little bit of matcha, and I feel instant pain. Plus I don’t understand what’s so fantastic about the taste. As you said, to each their own :-)

Stephanie

I bet this is amazing I just can’t justify $30 an ounce :(

Terri HarpLady

My Fairy friend, I can only drink Matcha & other greens with or after food. Any other time you can forget it, so I relate.
Steph, I got mine on sale last year, 2 for one. I keep it in the freezer. I only drink it about once a month, so it has lasted almost forever!

Sil

Terri – i think of my flavoured matcha as flavouring. not matcha. if that’s any consolation :)

ashmanra

Terri: how I earth did I miss a two for one sale on this??? I surely would have bought it. Bought a bunch for Christmas gifts with a small discount, though.

Stephanie

Wow, two for one would be an awesome deal! :) Let us know if you ever see that again.

Terri HarpLady

It was shortly after I joined steepster, a year ago in the fall. I think it was 2 for one…or buy one get the 2nd half price…something like that.

Starfevre

Flavoured matcha is coffin and flavouring. It doesn’t really count as matcha because I love Flavoured matcha and not so much the real stuff.

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I found myself craving something decadently green today, & this really hit the spot! :)

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This tea has been known to send me into a Haiku writing Nirvana, and if it was snowing outside, that would probably be the case. But the reality is, it’s 3:30 in the afternoon & I haven’t really accomplished anything. Well, that’s the case if I don’t count the novel outline I spent 2 hours on in my bedroom, several tea blend samplings, fantasizing about a music video I want to make, making breakfast, & starting dinner in the crockpot. So I guess I have done a few things, but none of them, other than eating, are the things I had planned to accomplish today. I think I have enough caffeine in my system now, so I’m going to go do the most important one: Make a bank deposit!!

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A lovely cup of green!
I would probably write another Haiku to this tea, but I’m getting ready to go look at a house with Tony. That doesn’t actually mean we’re finally moving in together (after 13 years of each owning houses 5 minutes apart), but we are leaning more in that direction, & are both very interested in this house, as it appears to have the features we want, & it’s in the neighborhood we want to live in (which I already live in.)
To be continued…

Lala

Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter just bought houses side by side that connected through a balcony or something like that. They didn’t have to live with each other but didn’t have to live apart. Ha ha. A great idea I think.

Good luck!

Terri HarpLady

It IS a great idea!
When I got divorced 17 years ago, my ex bought the house next door, which would have been fine except he was a drunk & felt like he should be able to just walk in any time. Hence, I sold that house & moved to the current house.
The house we looked at today is Beautiful, BTW, especially the master bedroom. It’s on the south side of the house, 2nd floor, with 9 windows, built in his & hers closets & dresser drawers, 2 window seats, etc. Nice front porch, lovely yard. The kitchen is kind of small, but there is a spacious dining room. There’s a lot of really nice features, but no garage (but plenty of room to add one). It’s stucco over frame, & the stucco is in need of repair, plus the whole thing needs painted & most of the windows are original (house built in 1890). We went to tea afterwards, & if we were to get it the first thing he’d plan to do is replace all the windows, add vinyl siding, & build a garage. Whew!

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Spring becomes Summer
Sun, Rain, & Earth together
Everywhere Green

Everytime I drink this Matcha, I want to write a Haiku.

Lovely Jade Green cup
Elixer of amazement
to my open heart.

…sigh…& there’s another. This Matcha is so beautiful, so green, with a taste of sunflower sprouts! My cup is empty.

ashmanra

I tried to order more a while back and got a message they out of tea! I was supposedly put on a list to be notified but have never received anything from them saying their matcha was back in stock.

Terri HarpLady

Bummer! Want me to send you a couple cups worth, to tide you over?

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It’s been awhile since I’ve had a cup of Matcha, but I’m pleased to report that my whisking technique is still top notch! I got a nice head of foam on my cup, no clumps, & enjoyed a tasty cup of green goodness!

Ms Theresa (who had the idea for the chart, & the analysis I reported on earlier) has pointed out that I need to drink up more whites, greens, oolongs, & puers before I can have another cup of black tea. So here we go…

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“Dreary Winter Day
Early morning reverie
sipping cup of Spring”

LOL, I wrote this Haiku the last time I drank a cup of this Matcha. Today is not a dreary day, it’s a beautiful sunny day! The sun is so bright it hurts my eyes, but I am loving it. I’ve been taking a walk in my garden for the last several days, looking around to see what’s waking up, & fantasizing about this year’s garden. This morning it was so sunny that I stepped out back barefoot, sliced of a few scallion tops from my Egyptian Walking Onion bed to use in my breakfast. The ground is still cold, & actually there’s a cold wind blowing today, but I love this weather! I’m ready for spring!

ashmanra

I tried to order some more of this yesterday and the website says they are sold out!!

Terri HarpLady

Bummer!
Who else has good matcha that isn’t flavored? I formerly got mine at Teavana, & its the best tea they carry.

ashmanra

I bet the Red Leaf higher grades are good. I know when I upgraded my base on a flavored tea there it was noticeably brighter and smoother. I should give it a try. I am relatively new to matcha. The matcha from Olive Nation is good enough, especially for lattes, but KaiMatcha is clearly superior, no question about it.

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Some time ago KaiMatcha offered a “buy one get one free” promo on Steepster, and I did. But I still had some of the Teavana matcha, which I felt I should finish drinking before I opened anything new, so the Kai went into the freezer. I kind of wish I’d made my last cup of teavana & this at the same time, so that I could really compare them, but I didn’t. Oh well…

Could this possibly be greener? Could it possibly be greener than any matcha I’ve ever had? This is so green, so joyful, so heart opening! The aroma is so ‘fresh’, that’s the only word I can think of to describe it. I don’t sift my Matcha. This foamed up beautifully, & the flavor is heavenly! It’s like the freshest greenest sweetest greens you’ll ever eat, & in the background, sunflower seed butter! No, it’s sunflower seed sprouts, that’s what it is! I haven’t grown those for awhile. Usually I grow them in my sunroom, especially in late winter, & they are so cute & tasty!
Anyway, the mouth-feel is very creamy, & as it cools I feel like I’m drinking cream, & it is lovely & sweet. I take the last sip, and there are NO clumps in the bottom of the cup at all! Wait…I feel it…another Haiku!
Dreary Winter day
Early morning reverie
Sipping cup of Spring

gmathis

Well said.

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1829 tasting notes

I intended to eat really well today after having some pretty epic indigestion last night. Breakfast was cheese toast with a little organic mustard – not too bad. Lunch was a cucumber salad eaten in the garden – nice. Supper was a chopped salad – very clean, healthy eating. Dessert was OH MY GOSH HAAGEN DAZ HAS GREEN TEA ICE CREAM!!!!

Funny thing was that after one bite of the creamy, delicious goodness, I craved some real matcha. This is my favorite of all I have tried so far for whipping up a traditional, whisked, unflavored matcha. It was sooooo good. The vegetal green aroma and taste are powerful and not at all bitter or sour. I love it.

After drinking a cup of it, I went back to the ice cream and made two – count them, TWO – green tea ice cream milkshakes while watching Never Mind The Buzzcocks. Yeh, baby. I know how to do Friday night.

TeaBrat

Wow, will you be all night dancing now? :)

ashmanra

Well, I was up late anyway, but I did sleep well once I went to bed! Between the matcha and the sugar in the milkshakes, I am surprised I slept!

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I ordered a tin of this as part of my daughter’s birthday present. She has had tons of matcha, starting out with flavored and then advancing to unflavored. She has never had a premium matcha before, though. She is really drinking it for the health benefits.

I whisked some up last night as we were about to play a board game. She had opened the tin and remarked on how vibrantly green this matcha is. She took a sip and said, “There is no bitterness at all!” This is such a fresh, green, smooth tasting matcha…still the best I have ever had.

Next up, I would love to try the premium offerings from Red Leaf Tea and compare them to this one.

Stephanie

Nice. I’ve never tried ANY premium matcha before either. I bet it is splendid!

ashmanra

I think it was out of stock for about six months or more. I guess it must be one of the best at this price! It is my favorite unflavored matcha so far.

Terri HarpLady

This is a wonderful matcha!

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I don’t log this every time I drink it, but I thought it was worthy of a note tonight because to my great dismay I saw the bottom of the tin tonight. I have about enough matcha left for two more lattes. I hope they have a sale or something soon!

Terri HarpLady

It is tasty!

Donna A

Do you just prepare this as a hot tea, or some other way?

Donna A

Oh, sorry, I just noticed you have posted other notes with details. Your notes and the positive reviews of others really make me want to try this!

ashmanra

Donna A : I use their own recipe for iced matcha latte. I sift one teaspoon into a tall glass, add cold water and whoosh with my aerolatte, add four teaspoons honey and whoosh again, then add milk and crushed ice. It is addicting. The first sips I took, I thought “Why am I drinking this?” Then I just couldn’t get enough. Now I wish I could have three a day, LOL! But I guess I shouldn’t have all that caffeine and all those honey calories. Moderation in all things….sigh. Sometimes I count down all day to when I will allow myself to have one.

ashmanra

Donna: I signed up to try the Red Leaf contenders for plain matcha, plus today I ordered matcha from Olive Nation. I want to see how they compare to KaiMatcha Premium.
I also ordered two tins from Nuvola, because the sample they sent to me was sooo good. In fact, one friend of mine preferred the Nuvola Taiwan Green Tea Powder, as they call their matcha! I am excited to try the one from Olive Nation. They have amazing prices and fantastic service. I ordered today, they shipped today! It is a real contender price wise, if it tastes as good!

Donna A

I just received the Red Leaf contenders. Thanks for the tips on the KaiMatcha. And I will be interested to see what you think of your other matchas from Nuvola and Olive Nation.

Terri HarpLady

Donna, I just whisk mine in hot water until its frothy, & I love it!
Ashmanra, I’ll be looking forward to hearing your reviews on the other brands!

ashmanra

Donna: SQUEEE! Maybe mine will arrive today!

Terri: I have tried the Kai Premium and the Nuvola as you describe, and they were indeed both nice and buttery-veggie tasting that way!

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1829 tasting notes

Yep, had another one today. Yums.

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Today on Facebook, Kai Matcha suggested making an iced matcha latte with this. I was feeling a little sluggish this afternoon so I did it! I have made matcha lattes before but they were usually flavored matcha, all milk, and raw cane sugar. I didn’t follow their recipe exactly but made a few changes.

I sifted one teaspoon of matcha into my Starbucks cup that is like a Tervis tumbler. I added a little water, put the lid on, and shook like mad to mix it. I added the rest of the water for a total of one cup water, then added skim milk to the top of the glass, a little over a cup I suppose. It said four teaspoons honey, so I drizzled some in until I thought it was the right amount. I whooshed it a sec with my aerolatte to mix in the honey. I added a half cup of crushed ice from my fridge door. And then I slurped the whole thing down faster than I can believe. It was total deliciousness. I am going to be doing this a lot more often.

I must admit to being seriously tea drunk right now, though. I am not used to so much caffeine in so little time!

Alphakitty

Mmm, I love matcha lattes!

Kamyria

This sounds interesting… I never had matcha latte, I’m going to have to try one day. :)

ashmanra

I just had another one this morning, and WANT another right this minute! I am LOVING plain matcha now! :)

Terri HarpLady

I’m thinking almond milk, matcha powder, & a frozen banana in the blender…

ashmanra

Sounds great! I want to get more fruit flavored matcha for smoothies like that. I am thinking the chocolate matcha would be good with dark chocolate almond milk and a banana.

Terri HarpLady

I’ve only tried one flavored Matcha, the caramel, which I didn’t care for. Call me old fashioned, I guess I’m a Matcha purist, but I admit, the dark chocolate sounds tempting! :D

Indigobloom

Terri, I think you’d enjoy the wheatgrass flavoured one :D

Terri HarpLady

I know, right? Cuz I love wheat grass, & although I haven’t had any lately, I’m the type that will drink it from a shot glass!

Terri HarpLady

I’d also probably like the spirolina flavored one too. My favorite smoothie of all time (from my raw foodie days…this is one of the smoothies I practically lived on) is to fill my vitamix with an apple (cored but not peeled), 1/2 a lemon (or more) minus the peel, (frozen banana optional), a spoon of spirolina powder, a shot of wheatgrass juice, and water as needed. It’s been awhile since I had it, but I was actually reminiscing about it earlier today, & thinking I could add a tsp of matcha too!

Indigobloom

I loooove wheatgrass shots!! though sometimes I take a shot of orange juice after. Duno if I’d like spirulina. A little too fishy for me lol

Terri HarpLady

That’s why I put the powder in a smoothie!
When I use that stuff, I’m like the energizer bunny!

Indigobloom

thats what I do with the powder to, only I’m almost out! eeeps.
I prefer the shots tho :P

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My best friend had never had unflavored matcha before so I offered to whip some up today. Even using my metal kitchen whisk in a plain cereal bowl I got a really decent froth.

My friend said she felt like she had just had a serving of vegetables. I thought it tasted a bit like buttered kale, although sometimes leafy green veggies can have a bitter taste and you really don’t find that here. She agreed about the taste. This is the veggie goodness. I told her I hoped she was prepared to do some housework with all the energy that would be hitting her in about twenty minutes!

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Last night was Writers’ Group meeting at my house! One of the men who comes is married to a Japanese woman. He has mentioned several times that she and her friends drink bitter tea and that he has tried it but just can’t drink it with her.

I showed him this matcha and he said, “Yep! Looks like it would be bitter!” So I went in the kitchen and whipped up a batch for everyone to try. He was so surprised when he tasted it and found no bitterness at all! Everyone seemed to like it, even though they are not hard core tea drinkers like us!

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My first unflavored matcha ever arrived today! I bought this because of the rave reviews I have seen here, and it did not let me down.

The tin has a screw on lid, and when it arrives it also has a metal pull tab lid inside. They care about preserving the freshness, and respect their product! That is a good start.

I opened it and sniffed the matcha powder. Buttery, fresh sweet vegetables! I heated some water and got out my whisk. Now I can’t wait to get a real bamboo one. I still got a good froth with my metal kitchen whisk, but what amazed me was the color of this tea. It was the brightest emerald green I have ever seen.

My daughter and I both drank it, and this was so smooth, creamy, and buttery. You feel so healthy drinking it because it is plain how high quality it is, and how pure. My daughter sighed and told me that she is going to go broke with this new found matcha habit. I have a feeling she will be placing her own order before long. This was a fantastic introduction to unflavored matcha! There was nothing that could be considered bitter or astringent about this.

Kittenna

Sigh. I soooo can’t afford this matcha. Finally I’ve hit a tea that’s simply too expensive for me to purchase! I’ll have to live vicariously through all you reviewers! :D

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99

Simply brilliant flavors in this tea. Complex and whole, yet easy on the pallet.

I was ready to write off matcha tea all together after trying a few other brands, but then I learned the difference between the grades. KaiMatcha is ceremonial grade, and it makes a huge difference. I had been pinching pennies and thinking all matcha was created equal but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

I won’t pretend to be an expert, but basically it comes down to how the plant is grown and when it’s harvested. Ceremonial grade matcha only uses leaves from the most prime harvest, whereas cooking grade matcha uses leaves from the second and third harvest, and everything that wasn’t good enough to make it into the ceremonial grade.

That’s why a lot of people complain about bitterness when drinking matcha tea, it’s because they’ve only tried “the cheap stuff” and have yet to experience ceremonial grade matcha – the way it’s meant to be enjoyed.

I highly recommend giving KaiMatcha a try, even if you haven’t been too keen on matcha teas in the past. We will be featuring a more in-depth review at http://TeaPerspective.com soon and are looking forward to delving deeper into the world of matcha and everything it has to offer!

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85

Loose,Powdered
Appearance: bright green, silky fine grain
Aroma when Dry: sweet, velvety, butter texture
After water is first poured: creamy, sweet, buttery
Tea liquor:
At beginning of steep: bright spring green, (after shaking) lighter froth highlights
At end of steep: color deepens a shade
Staple? Type yes, may reorder brand
Preferred time of day: any
Taste:
At first: Rich, bodied, somewhat vegital, chewy, hints of grass, brothy, no bitter notes
As it cools ? gets sweeter, milkier
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No

Lingers? Yes, with a velvety brothy, sweet (eastern) note

Good cooled

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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92 tasting notes

Wtf is this ? O_o The stuff is like energizer on steroids… you drink one cup and you’re set for the day :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

Fo SHo!!!! I’ve been known to drink 2 or 3 or 4…or 6…lol…

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1311 tasting notes

The dreaded head cold got me!!! Noooooooo.
This is especially troublesome because I have a phone interview this afternoon. For a job I really do need but it’s in the wrong city. I enjoy working in the city (seriously, I’ve thought long and hard about this, it really is a thing for me, for many reasons).
So I’ve generally turned down opportunities to work in the suburbs. Except now I need the cash to tide me over and this job is related to my field. Thankfully it’s only a three month contract.
Ugh. What to do!?

Anyhow, as usual I don’t make this delicious tea nearly often enough, and again, as usual I’ve drained my mug faster than a kid with a milkshake. So many levels of delicious.
I’m impressed that I can actually taste it through my stuffed up nose.

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