Roasted Buckwheat (Soba) Matcha

Tea type
Food Green Matcha Blend
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Artichoke, Caramelized Sugar, Grain, Marine, Nutty, Peanut, Silky, Smooth, Wet Rocks, Spinach, Sweet
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Bulk, Loose Leaf, Sachet
Caffeine
Low
Certification
Vegan
Edit tea info Last updated by Comm Guy
Average preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 10 oz / 295 ml

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  • “This one is from Kawaii433!  Thanks very much!  I hope you are well!  This is a bit of an intriguingly odd tea — the combination of matcha and buckwheat could be either really good or really bad. ...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Wasn’t expecting this tea from Kawaii (thank you!) to fit one of the sipdown prompts but it did. March 2022 Sipdown Challenge – A tea with spinach/artichoke notes The two ingredients together gave...” Read full tasting note
  • “Finished off my sample packet by making some matcha rice. The buckwheat and matcha worked really well with the rice. I ate it for breakfast this morning with an egg on top and some cucumber kimchi...” Read full tasting note
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  • “In search of a convenient and mellow cup for my “low caffeine days”, I ordered this unique blend in sachet form so I could carry it along to work or wherever. It’s really interesting! It’s nutty,...” Read full tasting note
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From Harney & Sons

A mellow alternative to our popular Matcha iri Genmaicha, this matcha is silky-smooth and features a hint of sweetness from the buckwheat or soba. Full of earthy, warm flavors but light on the tongue, this matcha is easy to make and easier to enjoy. Perfect for those who love the roasted, nutty flavors of Korean buckwheat teas, and equally ideal for someone wanting to explore the world of matcha in a mellow, forgiving way.

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Since 1983 Harney & Sons has been the source for fine teas. We travel the globe to find the best teas and accept only the exceptional. We put our years of experience to work to bring you the best Single-Estate teas, and blends beyond compare.

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This one is from Kawaii433!  Thanks very much!  I hope you are well!  This is a bit of an intriguingly odd tea — the combination of matcha and buckwheat could be either really good or really bad.  It was hard to tell before tasting it.  To these tastebuds — really good!   While sipping this, I had to do further research on buckwheat – it’s not a wheat or grain, it’s actually a pyramid shaped seed harvested from a plant related to RHUBARB.  Very surprising.  It doesn’t taste like rhubarb though!  Two tasty steeps.  I would say the flavors of matcha and buckwheat were evenly balanced in the first steep, with obviously more matcha in that first cup.  The buckwheat tastes like the Honey Smacks cereal, while being a little nutty and toasty flavored.  The matcha is a nice addition for a more interesting flavor profile.  It was fantastic to try this — though to me it makes sense for my personal drinking to have the buckwheat without matcha, so it doesn’t have caffeine as I would rather have that lovely buckwheat flavor profile before sleeping!
Steep #1 // 24 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 24 minutes after boiling // 3-4 min

derk

I can see the Honey Smacks in this one!

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Wasn’t expecting this tea from Kawaii (thank you!) to fit one of the sipdown prompts but it did.

March 2022 Sipdown Challenge – A tea with spinach/artichoke notes

The two ingredients together gave a smooth, muddled mix of seawater and artichoke tones mixed with the grainy sweetness and fragrant, nutty nature of roasted buckwheat. I like sobacha and matcha better on their own. Fine to have a mug but not something I’d go out of my way for. Matcha and buckwheat, for me, are best kept separate.

Flavors: Artichoke, Caramelized Sugar, Grain, Marine, Nutty, Peanut, Silky, Smooth, Wet Rocks

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML
gmathis

Yeah, that doesn’t sound like a good combo…

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1604 tasting notes

Finished off my sample packet by making some matcha rice. The buckwheat and matcha worked really well with the rice. I ate it for breakfast this morning with an egg on top and some cucumber kimchi and it was wonderful.

Kawaii433

Been thinking about getting this since TeaVivre isn’t shipping because of Coronavirus :(. I love TeaVivre’s buckwheat embryo tea and until they get back up and running, looking for a replacement and the matcha sounded interesting.

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In search of a convenient and mellow cup for my “low caffeine days”, I ordered this unique blend in sachet form so I could carry it along to work or wherever.

It’s really interesting! It’s nutty, and a bit sweeter than I expected (not a bad thing!), but there’s a vegetal edge that reminds you those pellets of buckwheat are coated with matcha. Great aroma, nice flavor…I like it!

Flavors: Artichoke, Nutty, Spinach, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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