Tea of the Week for June 7, 2021!
Full Disclosure: I had never actually heard of a Curuba until I did a google seach looking for Colombian fruit & even though I have an idea of what it is now, I have never actually tasted one. A curuba is also known as a "Banana Passionfruit" & that is what inspired this blend . . . Banana & Passionfruit.
I have no idea if this tea tastes anything like a curuba fruit & it's not likely that I'll ever know for sure because based on what I've read, the curuba plant is an invasive species which is not good - but the idea of a banana passionfruit is what inspired this tea so I decided - I'll keep the name. I like it. It makes me think of the song Kokomo from the Beach Boys. Yeah, I know they're saying "Aruba" not Curuba. But, it sounds close enough to me. By the way, if you're interested, I love this cover of the song.
So, basically, what I'm trying to say is that I had some amazing organic green tea grown on a single estate in Colombia & I wanted to create a fruity blend that would do this amazing tea justice - I thought the best flavor choices would be tropical fruits that are popular in Colombia.
This blend starts with that Columbian green tea. Then I added a bunch of bananas and some passionfruit powder. The result is totally YUM! Very fruity, lots of sweet banana flavor, a touch of tart passionfruit & the green tea is smooth & silky. An amazing blend - if I do say so myself. It's also organic, VEGAN, gluten-free & allergen friendly!
Large size is approximately 36g
organic ingredients: green tea, bananas, passion fruit & natural flavors
Wow! You guys - you're gonna love this tea. If you like my banana blends, this is gonna be a hit for you!
The green tea is soft & silky. Smooth! It plays very well with the banana notes. The banana is sweet & lovely. The passionfruit adds just enough tartness to keep things interesting. The flavor is tropical. Fruity. Delicious!
It tastes really good steeped hot - please use the parameters below - from what I understand, the tea used in the base can come off as astringent if the water is too hot or the tea is steeped too long. I haven't actually encountered an astringent brew from the base & I've had it several times now, not just in this blend but on it's own - so I think it really matters how it's steeped.
It also tastes great cold-brewed - this tea tastes AMAZING iced. (Good hot, amazing iced!)
to brew: before opening the pouch, turn it upside down and give it a gentle shake to make sure that any smaller bits (aka: passionfruit powder) can shift toward the top of the pouch as these bits will settle to the bottom. measure out 3 grams of leaf & fruit to 12 ounces of freshly filtered, very hot water (175°F) & steep for 2 minutes. strain & allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. The flavor will continue to develop as the tea continues to cool.
this blend does not need sweetener. I did find that the passionfruit notes were a bit more tangy/tart without sweetener - the sweetener brought out the sweeter flavors of the banana. I also found that as the tea cooled, the flavor developed more - so I strongly encourage you to try this as an iced tea. your patience will be rewarded!