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Well, trying the second coffee leaf tea that I grabbed from Wize Monkey…

The dry leaf of this one smells really lovely; a strong, and very ripe mango aroma. I’ve been craving mango for like two weeks now, which I think is why I even ordered this one in the first place – so I was very excited to get this one steeped up.

However, I don’t think I’m really a fan of this one. The mint coffee leaf tea I tried earlier in the week is DEFINITELY better and there’s something just off about this one? It is very mango heavy and that’s not actually the thing in the blend that bothers me. I think it’s the coffee leaf base? There’s a strange buttery element and it tastes a lot more roasty than the other one did; like a really roasted yerba mate tea. That buttery roasty and almost nutty flavour just doesn’t suit the mango at all in my opinion and it really ruined the profile for me.

Ughhhh….

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So, I placed a Wize Monkey order on Friday among many BF orders. They’re a company that I’ve seen off and on here on Steepster for the last few years and always been a little curious about and I was able to stack a Sipsby discount on top of their BF discount so it was a really good time for me to order…

What’s really impressive to me is that my order shipped out on Saturday and it arrived yesterday! That is some mighty impressive shipping times – especially for a company that’s not based in Canada like I am. Like, holy smokes!

Anyway, I cracked open one of the two boxes I got tonight and my mom and I each tried out one of the sachets. I did a little research on what coffee leaf is supposed to taste like before hand – I guess it’s a little green tea like in flavour? I mean, I don’t love green tea but Moroccan Mint (mint and green tea) is one of the more palatable greens out there in my opinion and so I thought that if this was anything like that then it would be fine! The aroma of the dry leaf was certainly minty – very pleasant smelling, and a little sweet.

Steeped up? I don’t know that green tea is actually the thing that this reminds me of. In fact, it’s much more like guayusa in my opinion or even a very softly roasted yerba mate! That’s definitely more pleasant than green tea, in my opinion. It’s actually not super minty though; like the aroma was a lot more minty than the brewed cup is. Still, it’s smooth and just sweet enough. I definitely enjoy it – which makes it all the more easy to support this company and what they’re trying to do for the environment and create job opportunities!

Scheherazade

I think I’ve only tried one coffee leaf tea (another Wize Monkey – Mango Party), but I thought guayusa, too. It made me miss Butiki.

Roswell Strange

Ooh, I bought the Mango Party! Now I’m just even more excited to try it!

tperez

Interesting, I had wondered what coffee leaf tea would taste like. I may have to try some! Does it have caffeine?

Roswell Strange

It is caffeinated; according to the two boxes I got, though, one cup has less caffeine than the average green tea.

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Awesome tea !!!

Flavors: Grass, Licorice, Mint

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Mango Party by Wize Monkey
1814 tasting notes

The packaging of this one didn’t give much away – only the name (Mango Party), and the fact that it’s a test flavour. It’s a bagged tea, but in an unbleached, sizeable bag so there’s plenty of room for leaf expansion. No complaints there. I did a little digging around, and discovered that this is, in fact, a coffee leaf tea. This isn’t something I’ve ever tried before, so it piqued my interest straight off.

Read my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/10/14/mango-party-coffee-leaf-tea-wize-monkey/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Nichole/CuppaGeek

I was curious about this one. I liked the other blend I tried of theirs.

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I love the idea behind this “tea”. Helping the coffee farmers with having a stable year round income is admirable.

The tea itself is unique. The flavor is a cross between a green and black tea. Green grassy notes with a malty flavor that reminds me of a black tea. There is a hint of an herbal tea profile as well. I’ve had a tea before that reminds me of this but I can’t figure out what it was.

Not sure how much I would reach for this tea, but I’m glad I tried it and am excited to try the mint version of it.

http://www.cuppageek.com/index.php/2015/07/25/tea-from-a-coffee-plant-wize-monkeys-armandos-original-blend/

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Thank you Kittenna for sharing but this isn’t for me. At all. It got dumped. I am grateful for the chance to try something new though so I do appreciate the share. 217.

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Woah. So thank you Kittenna for sharing this one. I really, really, like it.

It’s actually making me crazy because I SWEAR I’ve had a tea that had a similar profile but I cannot figure out what it is, and I cannot nail down exactly what this tastes like (sorry) but I do know that I really really like this.

I went with a 3 min steep because I didn’t want to go crazy with it, and the resulting tea is very smooth, and slightly sweet due to the licorice. I feel relaxed drinking it, but not so much that I’m going to nod off. I’m just alert, and relaxed. Not a bad way to start the day!

Oh, and I cheated and looked at other reviews! AwkwardSoul mentioned that it made her think of guayusa and dingdingding that’s the flavour I was trying to find. That’s pretty much exactly what this tastes of – woodsy, honeyed, and smooth.

Thanks for the sample!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

haha that’s maybe why i hated it lol

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The good news: I didn’t get the sickly feeling that I get when I have coffee when I drank this tea. The bad news: while I liked it OK, I don’t know that I’d call it a tea. A tisane? OK, maybe. But I think it belongs in the category of a coffee product more than it belongs in the category of a tea product.

That said, it is tasty. It reminds me a little of Guayusa only a little more herbaceous. This is more bitter than Guayusa, so if I had to choose between the two, I’d choose Guayusa. I did find that the bitterness subsided a bit as I continued to drink so after the first few sips, this became a much more enjoyable drink.

I am excited to see what kind of flavors they start developing now that they’ve been funded through kickstarter. I think that this product would taste really good as a Chai, or with peppermint and cacao shells.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/11/26/armandos-original-blend-coffee-leaf-tea-from-wize-monkey/

MaxR

Thanks for the review! I should send you our Minty Marvel blend, it’s so refreshing. Please reply and I’ll get some out to you :)

LiberTEAS

Hi Max – I’d love to try it. Let me know if you need my addy or if you still have it

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kittenna shared this one with me via the free samples this company was giving away. I’m pretty sure her words were “this one is…weird” lol I’m inclined to agree. while this might work for some, this one doesn’t work for me. The smell is all wrong for me – i didn’t brew it in the paper but it still has a bleachy, musty weird smell to me. Initial sips are a taste that also doesn’t jive with what i’m looking for in a tea.

I appreciate the share, and i’m glad some folks are enjoying this one, but it’s just not for me!

boychik

I have a sample and afraid to try

Sil

it’s not pour down the sink bad..but the couple sips were more than enough for me

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The smell of this coffee leaf tea is pungently herbal, so I was expecting something pretty bushy tasting or maybe like coffee.

Turns out AOB Coffee Leaf Tea tastes really smooth. Has a malty, 5 steeps in black tea flavor, with a grassy, herbal and hay spike, all over a honey and licorice sweetness. It is pretty unique tasting and reminds me a little like guayusa but not as grassy as yaupon.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/coffee-leaf-tea-from-wize-monkey/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec
MaxR

Thanks for the review! Much appreciated and your photos are great :)

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Thanks to Max for sending a free sample of this tea! I haven’t previously tried a coffee leaf tea, so have no real expectations (except a hope that it doesn’t taste like coffee, haha.)

Upon opening the packet, I can detect a very herbally sort of aroma… very similar to guayusa, so kind of grassy (not too green, though), and a bit sweet/hay-ish. I opted to brew the tea in a filter basket instead of the provided paper filter, so poured it in (the tea was small fragments and dust, for the most part), and brewed with boiling water for about 4 minutes. The result tastes and smells exactly like guayusa to me. It’s pretty smooth (though there’s a touch of bitterness as it cools), but tastes very herbal. I can’t say that I understand any of the associations to black tea, though I suppose it would be most like the types I’m not fond of (ceylon? yunnan? The ones without the chocolate/raisiny goodness.) Anyhow, I’m not a fan of guayusa, unfortunately, so I’m not really a fan of this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
MaxR

Hmm, it’s too bad you didn’t enjoy our infusion. I guess it just isn’t your cup of tea, so to speak :)

Thanks for reviewing!
Max

Kittenna

I really wanted to like it, but it was just too herbally for me. There are a lot of people who really enjoy guayusa though, and I think they’d quite enjoy this :)

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Thanks again Max for the generous samples of this unique product!

I also used my brew basket like SoggyEnderman, and actually still avoided bits in my cup mostly! The brew smells very much like black tea actually, perhaps with a more vegetal quality that black tea usually does not possess. It has the malty scent of a hearty assam but mixed with the earthy scent of sheng puer. I’m excited to taste!

Okay, so sipping now. The leafy taste of it being an herbal is immediately present, but there are interesting similarities in its flavor with black tea. There is a definite note of licorice. No bitterness or astringency on my end. The malt scent is not met with a matching flavor. The earthy, vegetal scent is however. It is bold enough to not feel like a full herbal though, you could probably pass this for a mild assam!

I usually don’t drink herbals, but this has a very smooth, unflavored taste to it that makes me enjoy it very much. Definitely worth a try, and a very cool product to support!

Flavors: Earth, Licorice, Vegetal

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
MaxR

Thanks John, really appreciate the review :)

PresMarkle

Josh ;)
No problem, thanks for the opportunity! Good luck with the kickstarter!

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I received this sample to review this interesting “new-old” invention! Let us sip!

Since the sample was already bagged, I had to do Western style on it. Not sure how the gongfu style would have turned out, but it might have been good, who knows, this tea disappeared quickly from my cupboard. :-)

As I sip down the last few millilitres, I can taste something I have not tasted for so long! It’s coffee! Oh my gosh, it was so great. Honestly, I enjoyed every single sip of this tea! Now, if we are going back in the time the first few sips were a bit earthy and maybe with a reminiscent of matcha-type grassyness. When you begin to brew this tea the color of the tea is light yellow, but once it steeps for like 3 minutes it becomes dark-orange. It’s not something small like you would expect from black teas, it’s totally big.

Bottom line: An interesting and tasty new-old invention, that I would definitely recommend to anyone!

(What’s worth to mention is that as soon as I poured the water over the bag, a LOT of small bits went straight out of the bag. Whoopsie! :) )

Photos will be available really soon!

Flavors: Coffee, Earth, Grass

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML
MaxR

Thanks Levente! With our Kickstarter funds, we’ll be able to mill and package the tea in a better fashion, which would solve the tea bits problem :P

Cheers!
Max

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Guys, I cooked, I made dinner, and it wasn’t a disaster! In fact I can safely say this is my first Italian style pasta sauce I have ever made, yay for pasta puttanesca. The inspiration for this dish hit me this afternoon when I was grocery shopping and missing Ben’s food (he is a bit famous for his various sauces) my version was very different, but turned out delicious. Plus the corn pasta I used could have fooled everyone into thinking they were getting regular pasta. so that is always a win. In case any of my cheese loving friends are curious, I also picked up a large (and I mean really large) block of Smoked Gouda to experiment with and see which teas go best with my favorite cheese.

Today’s tea is a fun little tisane that blends two archenemies, coffee and tea (I guess it is more of a cold war really since you always see them hanging out together in the same beverage places and grocery store aisles) really they should just get along. Wize Monkey’s Coffee Leaf Tea: Armando’s Original Blend is pretty much an olive branch between the warring factions, it is an herbal tea made from the leaves of the coffee plant. One of the things that caught my attention (other than the offer of samples on the steepster forum) was calling attention to the humble leaf of the coffee plant, and using it to hopefully increase the livelihood of coffee farmers. They have a Kickstarter starting in a few days, just in case any of my curious friends are interested. So let me tell you about these leaves, their aroma is pretty unique, it is a pungent blend of green unroasted coffee, hemp, and a sharpness reminiscent of green tea. It reminds me of summers, specifically in the 90s where beach themed hemp bracelets were all the rage and you wore them constantly, they would heat up and the woody and slightly earthy aroma would waft out of them. I only ever enjoyed wearing the blasted things because the smell was fun, and so this tea also was fun.

Brewing time! I took it out of the little ‘fill your own’ style tea bag it came in and used my basket, it might mean I get some bits in my cup, but when has that ever bothered me? The aroma is pretty strong, the kitchen smells like hemp, green beans, a little bit of that distinctive black tea briskness you get, and very earthy quality of peat. There was also another note right at the end that took me quite a bit of memory searching before I isolated it, oak galls, oddly as a kid I would collect them and use them for ink, they have a very sharp, tannic smell, and it is kinda enjoyable. The liquid without said leaves has a blend of cooked (and slightly burnt) pinto beans, peat, and a finishing note of dark chocolate. This is a very unusual thing and I find it fascinating.

Ok, so the taste, it is a bit unlike anything I have experienced before (which is always very exciting) it starts off with an herbaceous note of thyme, bay and a tiny bit of sage. This transfers to a bit of a medicinal herbal taste, it is not bitter like medicine, but it has a medicinal tone to it, combine this with the surprising internal cooling effect and it ends up reminding me of mint but without the ‘mintiness’ to it and yes, that is totally a word now. There is also a really fun note towards the end that had me almost giggling, it tastes exactly like the way Vitex smells, once upon a time my mother had a huge Vitex in her yard and I would hover around it because I loved its sharp, almost peppery aroma. The finish is wildflower honey sweet with a hint of straw, the honey tones lingered for a bit. This was an unusual drink, I found myself enjoying it despite (or maybe because of) its strangeness. I will say that it does not mix well with corn chips and salsa, sadly, but I have not found a tea yet that does.

For blog, photos, and a link to what a Vitex is: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2014/11/wize-monkey-coffee-leaf-tea-armandos.html

Cheri

I was hoping for pictures of dinner. Hah. Sounds like it was good.

TeaNecromancer

Oh derp, I totally took a photo and forgot to add it!!

MaxR

Thanks for the review Amanda, very detailed. You make me want to drink some right now, hehe clink

MushroomBugg

Cheese and tea? This thought intrigues me!

TeaNecromancer

Cheese is my favorite food, so I am always trying to match it with tea. So far I have found that Smoked Gouda goes really well with Lapsang Souchong, very complimentary :D

MushroomBugg

I must get to a point in my tasting where this is tried! It sounds like a wonderful time.

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I was sent a generous sample of this tea for review. It seems like a great eco-friendly company and I love the idea of putting to use the part of the tea plant that usually goes to waste!

This was a very unique “tea”…it reminded me of a black tea in some ways and a green tea in others. It was slightly grassy, but also had an earthy undertone. It was pleasantly smooth with no astringency or unpleasant aftertaste.

Flavors: Earth, Grass

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
MaxR

Thanks Inkling! I’m glad you liked it :)

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Drank this last night and it was a lovely cup. A blend of earthiness, herbal and vegetal notes. Very unique.

Flavors: Earth, Herbaceous, Vegetal

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Thank you to Max for the samples! They arrived beautifully packaged in individual servings.

This is really interesting. It’s earthy and grassy, and there’s a sweetness at the back of my throat that is reminiscent of licorice, but not the same flavour and not overpowering. In many ways this is very like tea and in other ways, not so much. I could draw comparisons to Japanese greens, pu erhs and herbals for the various elements.

Definitely worth a try and a tasty cup.

Flavors: Earth, Grass, Licorice, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
MaxR

Thanks for the review Anlina, sounds great!

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