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Tea of the Week for June 22, 2020: Cinnamon Banana Genmaicha!

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 Cinnamon Banana Genmaicha!

Tea Description: This is a cuppa yum! Roasty-toasty, organic Genmaicha blended with cinnamon pieces & chunks of banana, plus vanilla bean & marshmallow root. It's sweet, warm & delightfully toasty, a little bit creamy & deliciously banana-y! 

It's VEGAN, organic, gluten-free, allergen-free & yummy! 

organic ingredients: green tea, popped rice, bananas, cinnamon, marshmallow root, vanilla bean & natural flavors

This tea had kind of an unusual beginning. My first thought was to create a snickerdoodle genmaicha blend. But after my first taste test, I had a weird thought & said, you know what this blend needs? Banana! Hence, a cinnamon banana blend was born.

Yeah, blending sometimes goes like that. I have an idea, & somewhere along the line, another idea emerges. It has happened with many blends I've created. I guess that's the thing with being a mad tea artist. I can create something - & really, the blend can come out really quite nicely. The snickerdoodle one is like that. It came out pleasantly enough but my taste buds just weren't feeling it when I tasted it. It tasted really good but I wasn't feeling it - the truth is that I probably just wanted a banana tea. 

Let's face it, is there ever a WRONG time for a banana tea? I mean, come on! 

to brew: give this blend a good shake before you measure it. I say that a lot, I know. But this one has a lot of ingredients in it - banana, cinnamon, marshmallow root, vanilla bean ... not to mention the genmaicha tea - & it's important to get those ingredients well-incorporated throughout. measure out 2 1/2 grams (if you want a stronger flavor, go with 3 grams. I used 2 1/2 grams & it creates a light tea that's really ideal for the summer, I think, but if you're looking for a stronger flavor, definitely go with the 3g.) heat 12 ounces of freshly filtered, cold water to 175°F & allow to steep for 2 minutes. strain & allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. enjoy!

This blend tastes wonderful hot or iced. I find that a little bit of sugar brings out the flavors a bit more - but it's really nice unsweetened too.

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