Soba Cha Deep Roast

Tea type
Herbal Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Corn Husk, Roasted Barley, Roasted nuts, Nutty, Toasted Rice, Nuts, Baked Bread, Chicken Soup, Cream
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Caffeine
Caffeine Free
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Average preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 4 g 9 oz / 280 ml

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Soba cha (roasted buckwheat berries) is a caffeine free tisane drank in noodle shops in Japan. With an intoxicating aroma and slightly sweet, nutty brew, this is sure to become a favorite. GLUTEN FREE!

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I got an offer for a free month of Steepster Select, so I broke down and got it. This was in the March box which I received.

It’s really interesting, I can see why it was noted as being a common companion to ramen. It’s a tisane, not tea, so it doesn’t check that internal box, but it’s likable, and I will definitely brew the second pouch.

Very foodish. It’s like drinking breakfast.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Chicken Soup

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Not a huge fan of the Soba Cha. It smells like Sugar Smacks which is a lot of fun but the taste is just too bitter for me.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Nuts, Roasted Barley

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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143 tasting notes

Forwent my gaiwan for this one in favor of a western style teapot.

The scent of the dry buckwheat berries is exactly like puffed wheat cereal (In the USA, think Golden Crisp, Honey Smacks, etc.) It also reminds me a bit of roasted soy nuts. What surprised me is how mellow this tea is. I was expecting an in-your-face experience like my last run-in with Houjicha.

The taste is pretty straightforward. Roasted, nutty, bready, grainy. The one element of the flavor that I wasn’t expecting is there is a sweet floral note above all the darker flavors. It is evident in both the taste and aroma. I’m not sure what type of flowers to compare it to. Maybe dandelions?

Either way, I really enjoyed this tea. I have to love that Steepster Select educates us by sending regional teas that are well known in their area, but many people outside have never heard of. Now I just need to go put some soba noodles and Worcestershire in the skillet! This tisane would pair wonderfully with them!

Edit: Tried it. Awesome. thumbs up

Flavors: Baked Bread, Nuts, Roasted Barley

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 350 ML

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This was a deep roast indeed – very toasty (almost smokey) buckwheat flavor, nutty. The intensity mellows by the second brew. I liked mixing it with some sencha (Japanese green) tea to create a genmaicha-like flavor (although genmaicha is with popped rice, not buckwheat).

Flavors: Nuts

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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ok did i not log this one? ADORE! hits all the right spots for me, bready, roasty, toasty goodness!

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Mmm…As soon as I smelled this in the package, I was so excited to try it.
It’s scent and flavor are reminiscent of Kellogg ’ Honey Smacks.
The liquor is about the color of dirty water, but the roasted, sweet & nutty flavor
are extremely satisfying. Enjoying this to the fullest..

gmathis

Honey Smacks! That would be awesome!

CelebriTEA

It really is awesome~ worth trying…my Dad also says it taste like Honey Smacks
He couldn’t believe that flavor in a tea!

Marzipan

Oh good, looks like we got the same Steepster box! I haven’t tried them yet.

CelebriTEA

It is wonderful, Marzipan~ let me know if you love it too!

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Back in my vegetatian/vegan days, we used to eat a lot of buckwheat at my house: Soba noodles, buckwheat pancakes, & Kasha (not to be confused with Kashi). I have a ton of tasty recipes that I miss, & I might have to try eating some Kasha soon, to see how it digests, since it’s not a true grain. Most buckwheat noodles have gluten in them, although I think Eden (or some other company that’s been around awhile) makes one that is 100% buckwheat.

So this tea was a trip down memory lane for me, like having a bowl of Kasha, without having to chew it. It’s not the first Soba Cha I’ve had, but I haven’t had one in awhile. A pleasant evening tea, roasty & sweet.

VariaTEA

How does this compare to the Harney version?

Terri HarpLady

I dunno, I’ve never had Harney’s. I’d be willing to guess this one might be more roasty? But then again, maybe not.
If you like this tea, you can actually roast your own very easily!

VariaTEA

I suppose so. Also, on a different note, buckwheat pancakes sound pretty tasty. Around the corner from my house there is a crepe place that specializes in buckwheat crepes that are sooo good!

Terri HarpLady

They are especially nice with maple syrup, absolutely perfect! When my kids were young, I made pancakes almost every day: buckwheat, or oatmeal, or blueberry…if we didn’t have pancakes we had muffins or scones, or some quick bread, & whenever it’s owed/sleeted, we had waffles. That was before I realized how crappy gluten & grains make me feel…sigh…

VariaTEA

Sounds delicious! I am sorry to hear about the gluten and grains though. Luckily it seems as though a bunch of gluten free alternatives are popping up everywhere. My roommate is trying a gluten free diet and has found some pretty amazing alternatives to the things she loved. She makes a gluten free carrot cake that is one of the better ones I have had.

Terri HarpLady

oh yeah, lots of amazing recipes out there! I’d like to see that carrot cake recipe (is it also dairy free?)

VariaTEA

The cake part is dairy free but the icing is made with cream cheese. Also, I can ask her for the recipe but she is not one for following a recipe properly – she tends to use wrong measurements and makes substitutions and somehow it works out.

Terri HarpLady

Sounds like your room mate & I have similar cooking methods, LOL

Terri HarpLady

I’d probably just ‘ice’ it with some melted coconut butter :)

VariaTEA

Mmmm. I will ask her when I see her (it’s coming close to exams and she is an engineer so she is sort of trapped in her room) and let you know :)

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Very nice. A mic surprise this month for sure. A sweet bread flavor to it that coats the mouth. Love it. Would be a great pairing with food.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cream, Nuts

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec 0 OZ / 0 ML

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I am glad I tried this tisane in the morning because the dry berries smell like dark toast. Smells like a breakfast diner.
I like buckwheat grain and eat a lot of different grains with vegetables so I was intrigued about an herbal drink made from it!!! I am thoroughly enjoying this!!!!!!
It is nutty, warm, “breakfasty”. I didn’t add anything to it but I could see a maple syrup doing quite well in this. Delicious!

From the Steepster Select box, March 2014


Second Steeping —-OK making another pot of this and looking at a package of buckwheat that I have in my pantry. Buckwheat is very high in magnesium, manganese, B vitamins, etc. I love this tisane!!! It is a very reviving and healthy drink!!

The flavor with the second steeping is still very good. Still toasty and no bitterness. I think the best was in the first steeping. I added a touch of maple syrup to see what it would do and it wasn’t as “mapley” as I thought it would be and this tisane does have a natural sweetness so it doesn’t need it.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Nuts

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
CelebriTEA

I was so excited when I smelled the dry tisane and the flavor does not disappoint.
I hope the second steeping is as good~ the first one looks like dirty water, but
it is extremely satisfying.

Lee

Yes :) I am glad I have one more package to enjoy. I love Steepster Select! So fun!!!

CelebriTEA

Hahaha…I blew through both packages…super love it.
Steepster Select is FUN
and has introduced me to some teas that I now wonder
how I could live without ;-)

Lee

Lol,,,wonder if Steepster is going to start selling its teas? Then we can buy more!!!

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