drank Orzo by Lupicia
10 tasting notes

I was at Lupicia looking for soba-cha (buckwheat “tea”) or some similar non-caffeinated, roasted drink when I discovered this delightfully packaged Orzo product imported from Italy. Having had barley tea (mugi-cha in Japanese), I was expecting a similar taste.

To my surprise this Orzo was incredibly strong and difficult to drink. The dried form looks like coarsely-ground coffee. When brewed, the grounds turn into a thick sludge that clogged up my infuser, and the resulting drink is dark and murky.

The flavor is like mugi-cha but magnified and with an unpleasant texture. I won’t be trying this again.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 7 OZ / 207 ML
yyz

In Italy it’s mostly marketed as a coffee substitute and it you ask for decaf you will most often be directed to this. Interesting thing about the texture.

mbrictson

Ah, makes sense. It definitely has the look of a coffee replacement.

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yyz

In Italy it’s mostly marketed as a coffee substitute and it you ask for decaf you will most often be directed to this. Interesting thing about the texture.

mbrictson

Ah, makes sense. It definitely has the look of a coffee replacement.

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Currently obsessed with Japanese green tea in general, sencha from the Kyushu region specifically. Also branching out into gyokuro and matcha.

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