Black Magic Matcha

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Food Matcha White Blend
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Cocoa, Grain, Grass, Roasted Nuts, Sweet, Umami, Toasted
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Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
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150 °F / 65 °C 8 oz / 236 ml

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From Bird & Blend Tea Co.

A delicious activated-charcoal matcha with creamy cocoa, this antioxidant-rich potion creates a magical black liquid once made up. Essentially flavourless, activated charcoal further boosts the antioxidant properties of our signature pure matcha rich in umami – the Japanese word for the delicious ‘fifth taste’, after salt, sweet, sour and bitter.

Ingredients: Activated coconut charcoal, cocoa powder, matcha green tea, Kenyan white matcha.

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9 Tasting Notes

1233 tasting notes

Thus far, I’ve only had really bad separation/texture issues with B&B’s “non-matcha” tea powders, but this one… oh man. Even though this is one of their matcha matchas, this had the worst mouthfeel of any of their tea powders for me yet. It was like a cocoa powder that refused to dissolve no matter how much it was whisked (I used extra creamy plain oat milk) and it was so gritty. I’ve had some gritty powders but this was just plain unpleasant. The flavor was fine — it tasted like a mild cocoa — but that chalky mouthfeel overpowered everything for me.

This was also the first time that I added my latte into my breakfast smoothie for the morning (strawberries and yogurt for a chocolate strawberry smoothie!) and that texture still held up. All the others I had texture issues with at least blended up fine into my smoothies, but this smoothie definitely still has that grainy/gritty feel to it… ah well, it’s breakfast for the morning, so I’ll still drink it…

Definitely not my cuppa. While I have used activated charcoal for health reasons before, I’m fine just swallowing it as a capsule, drinking it when it leaves such an unpleasant texture isn’t really my jam. As for the flavor, B&B has already done a hot chocolate-tasting matcha — Cocoa Matcha — which tastes richer and blends up nice and creamy, so I’d have no reason not to get that one over this.

This is probably my least favorite of B&B’s tea powder line-up I’ve tried thus far.

Flavors: Cocoa

Iced 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

This seems more like a gimmick matcha to me, like people would probably buy it because of the black color.

Mastress Alita

Ya, I’m not into gimmick’s either. I want the drinking experience to be pleasant. :-P That smoothie is my favorite color (grey) but that won’t make up for having a gritty smoothie waiting for me tomorrow morning, hahaha.

Cameron B.

Mmmm wet cement smoothie, LOL! XD


Oh man, that sounds horrible. Magically bad.

Mastress Alita

Magically bad? Like Unlucky Charms? They’re Tragically Malicious!

Martin Bednář

I love your playing with words :D


LOL! Is it filled with charcoal powder? Could that be the unrelenting grit?

Mastress Alita

Yes, it has activated charcoal in it. Which I’ve used before for IBS-related issues, but only in capsule form… which I’m thinking should remain that way. It didn’t taste bad, but as Cameron put it, it definitely looked and felt a bit like a “wet cement” smoothie this morning, hahaha!

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6444 tasting notes

This isn’t as good hot as it is cold. It is grassy with a bit of an umami note. And cocoa. I like that last part. Not loving it combined with the first.

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4083 tasting notes

The mini tin sipdowns continue!

I think age may have affected this one a bit, as I’m not really picking up on the matcha at all. Mostly it tastes like a mild and toasty cocoa powder. Which isn’t a bad thing, but would like more matcha flavor. It also doesn’t stand up that well to the milk without it.

The texture is also slightly gritty, which is unpleasant. And it’s kind of coating my teeth as well, and making my whole mouth feel gritty.

Not a huge fan, especially when it’s basically just a cocoa matcha, which they already offer, with charcoal added.

Flavors: Cocoa, Toasted

175 °F / 79 °C 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Glad I read this hehe. I was wondering about this particular one. I like their Ice cream matcha, and their Super Matcha (with milk or oat milk especially). Been on a matcha kick lately (again). Was thinking of trying another. Their Peach cobbler matcha is pretty good too.

Cameron B.

I want to try the Peach Cobbler, Raspberry Choco Rocket, Pear Tarte Tatin, and Chocolate & Lime flavors, but they’re not available in the Mix ‘n’ Matcha mini tins… :(

I thought Swampthing was good though!

Mastress Alita

This was my most disliked of all the B&B matchas I tried! I couldn’t handle how gritty it was, blech!

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16077 tasting notes

This was so mesmerizing to look at once I’d poured it into my clear travel mug; it just looked like perfectly opaque black ink. I got so many comments on it too, both on the commute to work and then at work itself. So, so aesthetically pleasing to look at. Taste wise, it just tastes like slightly watered down hot chocolate so that aspect is really nice too. Such a good tea…

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