Review: Genki Matcha

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Thumbs up!"Sweet, earthy, and complex. Best Matcha I've ever tried."
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GenkiMatchalogoA high quality Matcha is a rare jewel in my part of the world, (the Deep South of the United States. Not a lot of Japanese culture 'round here.) Until I discovered the vendor known as Genki, I didn't know how good powdered tea could be.

The substance I received from Genki was a brilliant, almost neon, green. My past experiences with  Matcha involved a brownish, split-pea hued mixture that tasted bitter no matter how weak I made it. And making Matcha involves quite a bit of patience.

First you must make a paste from the powder and a bit of water. Second, you add more hot water slowly, as you whip the mixture up into a froth. Plus you need special equipment for Matcha-making: a sifter, a bamboo whisk and a bowl. Teacups aren't large or shallow enough to accommodate the whisk.

Genki's Matcha made all that trouble worth it. The brew was fresh and the color of sprouting leaves in Spring.  This was real Matcha-the type of Matcha that has been turning up in everything from cakes , to pasta, to waffles.

But I wouldn't waste Genki Matcha in any recipes. As a beverage, it was as complex as any Chinese oolong. It had strawberry notes, and a slight touch of roses, all swirled in a slightly grassy green tea goodness.

It was a gentle and most refreshing a hot drink. I suppose iced tea lovers would enjoy it cold, but with such rich and complex flavors, it would be a shame to blunt them with a chilled temperature.

I rate this a 10.

— To purchase Genki Matcha, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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