Soba Roasted Buckwheat from Harney & Sons. . . . .

Familiar and comforting, that is what you get when sipping on this tea.When I first tried it, I didn’t know what I was in for but it quickly brought me back to flavors I know and love.

Most notably, this tea is similar to those served at sushi restaurants along with your meal. The tea you sip on and don’t think much about while enjoying your hand rolls and sashimi. However, when you take a minute to focus, you realize it is much more than a mere thirst quencher at your local all-you-can-eat.

This tea has been lovingly named “cereal tea” by a tea friend of mine and she hit the nail on the head with that one. It’s a little bit sweet, a little bit nutty, a little bit grainy, a little bit roasty, and a whole lot of yum. Think warm puffed rice cereal and that’s what is in store for you here.

So simple yet different than most other herbal/caffeine-free options making it a great alternative when you want something new. Truly great to have around for when you want something that isn’t fussy but still delicious. Plus, it is flavorful without being in-your-face so it is the kind of tea you can have time and time again without getting bored of it.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Herbal Tea
Where to Buy:  Harney & Sons

Soba – roasted buckwheat – is a traditional Japanese specialty that is prepared as you would an herbal tisane. It is naturally caffeine free, with a delightful toasty flavor and nutty undertones. It was always Brigitte Harney’s favorite on our visits to the former Takashimaya on Fifth Avenue, where we supplied tea for their renowned tea room over many years. We’ve since found a fine source, and are pleased to continue offering it.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!



Hey there! My name is Rachel. I’m a twenty-something from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who loves dogs and has a bit of an obsession with tea. As a child I hated the stuff since all I ever knew was Red Rose (no offense to Red Rose). However, a few years ago that all changed. I was on a diet and desperate for new flavors without adding calories and that’s when I turned to tea. I started off by going to DAVIDsTEA and Teavana for all their dessert-inspired flavors, and since I didn’t know any better, I bought 100 grams each of about twenty-something different teas. This was okay for the teas I liked but for those I didn’t I needed to find some way of getting rid of them.

Enter This is where I met some incredible tea friends, discovered tea swaps, and learned of so many amazing tea companies. My desire to try all the teas grew and since joining three years ago I have tried over a thousand different teas. I have learned what ingredients I love and I have learned what flavors I don’t like. I determined my go-to brewing method is Western-style with no added milk or sweeteners, though I also enjoy cold brewing, iced teas, teapops, lattes, and smoothies. I have yet to brew gong-fu style but I hope to do so just as soon as I get the proper teaware to do it.

About a year ago, I actually stopped drinking tea but as my stash of over 200 teas started aging I decided I needed to respark my interest. I chose to take a 365 days of tea challenge on Instagram in which I post a new tea picture every day. So far it has been rather successful as I find myself drinking (and buying) more and more tea each day. Plus it enabled CuppaGeek to find me and invite me here to SororiTea Sisters.

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One thought on “Soba Roasted Buckwheat from Harney & Sons. . . . .

  1. MrsPremise says:

    This sounds so interesting. I’m always looking for caffeine-free brews and I had no idea buckwheat tea was a thing. I’ll have to try it out sometime! Any idea why they pair it with sushi at restaurants?

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