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For my latest batch of iced tea I decided to make a quart of cold brewed mugicha, Japanese roasted barley tea. I’ve never tried it before, but know it is a cultural staple there for the summer months, so I’ve been very curious to try it. The mugicha I purchased from Yunomi came in 10g bags, so I simply dropped one in my quart mason jar, sealed it up, and left it to cold brew in my fridge overnight.

Now, I have a confession to make… I like coffee. Yes, it’s true, you can revoke my Steepster account and kick me off the site now. I drank it for years, until I had to go through a “caffeine detox” period to test if caffeine affected my migraines (for better or for worse). During that time I switched to tisanes, since I was still so used to having warm beverages in the morning, and was really shocked by all the flavor options. Once it was determined caffeine wasn’t a migraine trigger and I could have it, I just started exploring more teas rather than taking back up coffee, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like it or won’t drink it. In fact, if I don’t have good tea on me at a restaurant, I will order coffee instead rather than take their LQ brand bagged drivel. If I’m going to be paying for a single cuppa, I at least want to make it a good cuppa, and I’ll take a froo-froo mocha over Lipton or Bigelow anyday!

So imagine my surprise to discover that roasted barley tasted exactly like chilled coffee! I was expecting mugicha to have a sort of houjicha taste from the roasting process, but I’m definitely getting a very distinct coffee bean sort of flavor… the only difference is the drink is of course not as heavy of a mouthfeel as coffee, and very light and refreshing without leaving that acidic feeling in the stomach. I looooooove iced coffee and usually ordered my drinks iced rather than hot at cafes, so this was an extremely pleasant surprise! I can only imagine that I’ll be making loads of this stuff over the summer.

Flavors: Coffee, Roasted

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 10 g 32 OZ / 946 ML
teepland

This sounds wonderful! I also have given up regular coffee due to health issues (stomach in my case), and I occasionally miss the flavor of coffee as well. I kept hearing that yerba mate is the closest I’d find to coffee, but wasn’t impressed with it when I tried it. I will be sure to find this tea to keep on hand for those days when I am in the mood for coffee!

Mastress Alita

Yerba Mate has that caffeine kick of coffee, but as far as flavor, I found it tasted like gunpowder green tea to me — that sort of tobacco-smoke vegetal flavor. This is an herbal tisane so it has no caffeine, but the flavor is definitely the closest I’ve found to coffee beans!

Lexie Aleah

I quite like Teeccino which is a tea alternative to coffee.
@Teepland That’s one of the main reasons I don’t drink coffee much anymore. On top of the fact I’m pickier flavor wise in terms of coffee and caffeine doesn’t have any effect on me.

teepland

Thanks, @Mastress Alita and @Lexie Aleah! Alternatives to coffee which still have something of the flavor sound great, so I am going to check these both out. I especially like the fact that both are caffeine-free, since that means they’d be great for any time of the day. Thanks!

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teepland

This sounds wonderful! I also have given up regular coffee due to health issues (stomach in my case), and I occasionally miss the flavor of coffee as well. I kept hearing that yerba mate is the closest I’d find to coffee, but wasn’t impressed with it when I tried it. I will be sure to find this tea to keep on hand for those days when I am in the mood for coffee!

Mastress Alita

Yerba Mate has that caffeine kick of coffee, but as far as flavor, I found it tasted like gunpowder green tea to me — that sort of tobacco-smoke vegetal flavor. This is an herbal tisane so it has no caffeine, but the flavor is definitely the closest I’ve found to coffee beans!

Lexie Aleah

I quite like Teeccino which is a tea alternative to coffee.
@Teepland That’s one of the main reasons I don’t drink coffee much anymore. On top of the fact I’m pickier flavor wise in terms of coffee and caffeine doesn’t have any effect on me.

teepland

Thanks, @Mastress Alita and @Lexie Aleah! Alternatives to coffee which still have something of the flavor sound great, so I am going to check these both out. I especially like the fact that both are caffeine-free, since that means they’d be great for any time of the day. Thanks!

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Hi! I’m Sara, a middle-aged librarian living in southern Idaho, USA. I’m a big ol’ sci-fi/fantasy/anime geek that loves fandom conventions, RuPaul’s Drag Race, coloring books, simulation computer games, Japanese culture, and cats. Proud asexual and supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. I’m also a chronic migraineur. As a surprise to no one, I’m a helpless tea addict with a tea collecting and hoarding problem! (It still baffles me how much tea I can cram into my little condo!) I enjoy trying all sorts of teas… for me tea is a neverending journey!

Favorite Flavors:

I love sampling a wide variety of teas! For me the variety is what makes the hobby of tea sampling so fun! While I enjoy trying all different types of teas (pure teas, blends, tisanes), these are some flavors/ingredients I enjoy:
-Dessert/chocolate/vanilla/caramel/cream/toffee/maple
-Sweet/licorice root/stevia
-Vegetal/grassy
-Floral/lavender/rose
-Spices/chais
-Fruity
-Tropical/pineapple/coconut
-Bergamot (in moderation)
-Roasted/nutty
-Tart/tangy/hibiscus/rosehip

Disliked Flavors:

There are not many flavors or ingredients that I don’t like. These include:
-Bananas/banana flavoring
-Smoke-scented teas/heavy smoke flavors (migraine trigger)
-Perfumey teas/extremely heavy floral aromas (migraine trigger)
-Gingko biloba (migraine trigger)
-Chamomile (used in blends as a background note/paired with stronger flavors is okay)
-Grapefruit (used in blends as a background note/paired with stronger flavors is okay)
-Extremely spicy/heated teas
-Medicinal flavors/Ginseng
-Metallic flavors
-Overly strong artificial flavorings

With the exception of bananas and migraine triggers, I’ll pretty much try any tea at least once!

Steeping Parameters: I drink tea in a variety of ways! For hot brews, I mostly drink my teas brewed in the western style, and for iced tea, I drink teas mostly brewed in the cold brew style. Occassionally I’ll change that up. I use the https://octea.ndim.space/#/ app for water-to-tea ratios and use steep times to my preferences.

Currently Sipping Down: Thunder Mountain Tea’s Ancient One, Fusion Tea’s Very Velvet Oolong and Caramel Pu’erh Chai

My Rating Scale:

90-100 – Top tier tea! These teas are among my personal favorites, and typically I like to keep them stocked in my cupboards at all times, if possible!

70-89 – These are teas that I personally found very enjoyable, but I may or may not feel inclined to keep them in stock.

50-69 – Teas that fall in this range I enjoyed, but found either average, lacking in some way, or I’ve had a similar tea that “did it better.”

21-49 – Teas in this range I didn’t enjoy, for one reason or another. I may or may not finish them off, depending on their ranking, and feel no inclination to restock them.

20-1 – Blech! My Tea Hall of Shame. These are the teas that most likely saw the bottom of my garbage can, because I’d feel guilty to pass them onto someone else.

Note that I only journal a tea once, not every time I drink a cup of it. If my opinion of a tea drastically changes since my original review, I will journal the tea again with an updated opinion and change my rating.

New Teas Tried for 2019: 74
Sipdown Count for 2019: 109

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My Cupboard on Steepster reflects teas that I have sampled and logged for review, and is not used as an inventory for teas I currently own at the present moment. An accurate and up-to-date listing of my current tea inventory can be viewed here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AvGT1XwgJUTErt3zhjpHbXf6HNS3k_Ym85zoHJPmhX4/edit?usp=sharing . A downloadable spreadsheet version with more detailed information can be acquired here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1D2J0sUMNItRsf0jBRBR6XDFUimm60f0o/view?usp=sharing . I am currently on a tea trading/ordering hiatus to get my collection under control! I cannot participate in any tea boxes, group orders, tea exchanges, or accept any tea gifts at this point in time. If there is something on my spreadsheet that I have in large quantity (50g or higher) that you would like to sample, feel free to contact me about it, as I am open to limited gifting (USA only!)

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