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drank Organic Matcha by Shi Zen Tea
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148/365

This one’s been languishing, probably because I generally prefer flavoured matcha. I did my best with this one, though, and made it up as a latte using coconut milk. I took the ratio from T2’s website, and used 100ml water and 250ml milk. Honey is recommended, but I didn’t add any because I generally find coconut milk to be sweet enough on its own.

It’s a pretty good combination. I whisked the matcha really thoroughly, and at first it seemed like it combined well and easily. It was a different story once I added the milk, though – there were clumps, and naturally they settled pretty quickly. That also seemed to be true of the non-clumpy powder, so it needed constant stirring to stay combined in any real sense of the word. Not ideal. Perhaps the powder is just old, or perhaps it just didn’t work as well as it might have with the plant-based milk. I don’t think that’s it, though. Maybe I just didn’t whisk it enough, even though I felt like I had. I was tired, after all.

It tasted good, anyway. The coconut milk was the main flavour, and made a very creamy latte. The sweetness mostly drowned out the matcha, except for a mild, lightly vegetal savoury flavour every so often (mostly when I came across a clump…) If my object had been to taste the matcha, then this combination would have failed. It wasn’t, though, so I count it a success. Coconut milk is my new favourite, after all! Not with this matcha, though.

Starfevre

Maybe invest in one of those handheld milk frothers? I have one at my desk at work and sometimes it helps to be able to froth after the milk has been added to the matcha water.

Scheherazade

I’m using an electric whisk I got from Teapigs! Sometimes I froth more after the milk goes in, but usually it’s not necessary. Perhaps it is with this one, though!

Starfevre

I agree that it hasn’t been necessary for most of the matchas I drink (also flavoured) but if it’s clumping after the milk goes in, might be worth a swirl with your electric whisk between sips. That’s a lot of maintenance for a matcha though.

Scheherazade

I don’t think I’m up for high maintenance matcha! lol

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Bought this quite a while ago and managed to forget about it without opening it. I am still trying to like green tea and I don’t always like it. I think this is a good quality tea. It is fresh tasting and vegetal in nature. It’s quite floral. Too floral for my tastes. I am not sure if I like sencha, I know many love it. I have always been more of a fan of black teas and do prefer puerh above all others.

I brewed this twice in a 12oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and 175 degree water. I steeped it for 1 min and 1.5 min.

Preparation
3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I find this a decent tea as hojicha goes. I have begun drinking it at times because it is lower in caffeiine. This one is very roasty and I added some sweetener to it.

I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 175 degree water for 2 min.

Flavors: Roasted

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
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Have you tried the flavored hojichas from Yunomi? They have some really tasty ones.

AllanK

I had wondered about flavored hojicha. I will check out their website.

AllanK

I picked up two of their flavored Hojichas last night.

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I hope you enjoy them. A couple are surprisingly good as milk teas which is my favorite way to drink them before bed.

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