Tea of the Week for May 2, 2016: Coconut Flan Genmaicha
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Happy Cinco de Mayo!
Tea Description: For this Cinco de Mayo, I went with a favorite dessert inspiration: Flan! I love the stuff. But I wanted something MORE than just a caramelized custard - I wanted to go coconuts! Coconut Flan! (Seriously, how yum does that sound?)
For the base, I tossed around several ideas before I settled on my organic Matcha infused Genmaicha. I thought that the Matcha together with the toasted rice would lend a really nice nutty flavor to the cup - which I felt would complement the coconut as well as that hint of caramel that Flan is famous for and the Matcha would lend a creaminess to the cup to accentuate the custard.
This is totally yum! Matcha Infused Matcha blended with huge coconut flakes and the flavors of Flan. A perfect way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!
organic ingredients: green teas, toasted and popped rice, unsweetened coconut flakes and natural flavors.
Can I just say that I have the greatest job in the world?
I mean, not only do I get to dream up amazing tea flavors (and I have about 3 years worth of tea flavors that I've already dreamed up!) but after I blend the teas and give them a couple of weeks to cure, I then get to TASTE the tea to make sure it tastes the way I want it to.
What could be better than that?
Well the only answer I could come up with for that question is that I could get a bigger paycheck for what I do - but until that happens (or if that never does happen), I still get the first part of this dream job - I still get to dream up tea flavors and create them and then taste them.
And seriously, this tea is OH SO YUM! Coconut-y, custard-y goodness with just a hint of caramel. It tastes like what a coconut flan would taste like or what I think a coconut flan would taste like as I've never actually had a "coconut flan." I've had flan (lots of it!) and I've had coconut - but I haven't had these two wonderful tastes combined. But maybe I should try to make some (it's been a long time since I've made flan!)
I like that I'm getting a good level of flavor from all the components of this tea: I taste coconut, I taste the creamy custard and I taste the Genmaicha green tea. There is a light, fresh, slightly grassy note from the Genmaicha as well as that warm, roast-y nut flavor from the toasted and popped rice. The coconut is sweet and creamy, as are the custard-y flavors. And I get just a hint of caramel.
Really, you've got to try this!
To brew: As I say with most of the teas (and really, this is true of all my teas), before you open the pouch, turn it upside down and give it a gentle shake to redistribute the ingredients. Then grab your favorite brewing vessel, mine is my trusty Kati Tumbler. I used a teaspoon of tea to 12 ounces of hot (175°F) water and let it steep for 2 minutes. Strain the leaves and let it cool for about 5 minutes. ENJOY!