Kappa Matcha from Wendigo Tea Co. . .Heaven in a Cup!

It is no secret.  I adore, love, and admire all things Wendigo Tea Co.  From the moment I first saw their website, I was hooked.  After trying their tea, I was in love.   From the high quality teas to the crazy adorable tea names to the amazingly created art work for each of the teas, this company has always been one of my favorites from the start.

Recently, Wendigo Tea announced they would start selling a high grade ceremonial matcha.  Once I saw the adorable artwork for Kappa Matcha, I was smitten.  But I will be the first to admit, I have not always the best of luck with matcha.  Maybe it was how I was prepping the matcha or maybe it was that I just didn’t have the right matcha.  Regardless, I had high hopes this go around.

I prepped my water right around 180F, scooped half a teaspoon of matcha in my bowl, added in 6 oz of the prepped water  and went to work whisking away.    After whisking for a few moments, I was ready for my first sip.

Right away you notice this gorgeous smooth creaminess that flows right to the very end.  There are notes of a very subtle vegetal tone here and there.  I eagerly gulped the matcha down and set about to make another cup.  Not something I’ve traditionally done in the past with matcha.

This go around, I wanted to try I topped my matcha with a froth french vanilla creamer and after taking a sip, I was in instant tea heaven.  That rich smooth matcha became this incredible matcha latte.  After having one sip, I guess I sighed and said “Heaven in a Cup”.  My husband just looked at me and laughed.

Kappa Matcha is insanely good.  No other way to really say it.  I have drank so many variations of different matcha drinks over the last few days, I think I’ve lost count.  This will be a staple in my tea cabinet going forward and part of my daily routine for sure.

So what I’m trying to say is that Sky (owner of Wendigo Tea Co.) has once again offered us another amazing tea to enjoy every day.  I’m quite obsessed with Big Foot, Nessie and Yeti.  Now I can add Kappa to that list!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Matcha
Where to Buy:  Wendigo Tea
Description

Welcome! I am the incredibly smooth Kappa Matcha.

This elegant beast is one of the highest quality Ceremonial Grade Matcha teas produced in Japan. I am organically grown close to the river, where the soil is very fertile giving me a mellow and deep taste, then am kept in shade the last 20-30 days until being stone ground and sealed with Nitrogen to give you the freshest and cleanest matcha possible. You can taste the difference. It is perfect for Koicha (thick and strong matcha) and Usucha (thin and weak matcha).

Compare me to any other matcha.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

MatchaStick by Magus Brands

Hello Tea Friends,

I adore Matcha and was giddy to be sent this sample to try; I was even giddier to learn that this Matcha stick’s contents are organic. I haven’t tried anything from Magus Brands and I always enjoy drinking from a vendor that is new to me.

The MatchaStick is a handy pocked/bag size that contains “2g of matcha, which contains 70mg of caffeine (equal to a cup of light roast coffee) and 137 times the antioxidants of a cup of green tea.” They have a lovely guide for brewing on their home page for those that are new to Matcha. With two method examples given (Usucha and Koicha) I will be using the traditional Usucha method as I like my Matcha frothy and bubbly.

Opening the stick the Matcha appears a vivid green colour that bares a grassy, sweet pea scent.

Once prepared the Matcha has created a lot of lovely foam (with very little effort on my part) and is a bit lighter than the natural raw state.

Flavour wise the first few sips reveal sweet grass, seaweed and thick umami notes among the light and frothy foam. Slightly bitter but in a pleasant way. The after taste is clean and light which sweetens the grass and umami even further. Half way through the bowl/chawan the flavour remains consistent, also the foam still remains thick.

Overall: This Matcha was a handy packet size and was easy to prepare. It claimed to be of ceremonial grade and organic which from the foam proportion and colour I am inclined to agree with. You could certainly taste the quality and it made for a very nice Chawan of Matcha. The umami in this was strong and I savoured every sip with a smile. For new Matcha drinkers or seasoned fans that like to travel I recommend you consider these fantastic MatchaSticks, they are Matcha-tastic!

 


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Matcha Green Tea
Where to Buy: Magus Brands
magusbrandsDescription: Our MatchaSticks™ are made from the highest-grade, premium organic matcha. We’ve partnered with a network of centuries-old, small family-owned farms who cultivate the tea by hand on the island town of Kagoshima. The island soil creates a vibrant, refreshing strain of tencha, a shade-grown tea that is transformed into matcha.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!