Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Cameron’s Coffee
japanese sencha garnished with pinapple bits, blue malva flowers and natural flavoring is wonderful hot or as an iced tea.
Learn more about this tea here.
In general, I tend to be somewhat skeptical of teas from a coffee purveyor. Although they are both beverages and there are some similarities between them, I still consider them to be worlds apart. And to be honest, I like to get my tea from someone who knows their tea, and I just don’t feel like a coffee purveyor puts tea first. Maybe it’s my own narrow-mindedness speaking, but, that’s how I feel.
So, when approaching this tea, I tried my best to be as open-minded as possible. And while this isn’t the best flavored green tea I’ve ever encountered, it is still quite good.
The green tea is the strongest note here, and that is a big plus in my book. Yes, I enjoy the flavors and I like it when the flavors are strong … but I still think that the tea should play a key role in the flavor and here, it does. The green tea is a Japanese Sencha, and it is vegetal with a light creaminess to it – not an overly buttery feel and taste but it’s there. It is a smooth, deliciously medium-bodied Sencha, and it melds beautifully with these tropical flavors.
So often in tropical fruit flavored teas such as this, the tropical flavors are overwhelming and even a little cloying, but, I don’t find that to be true with this cup. The green tea prevails, as I mentioned, and the pineapple and papaya play background notes, offering a sweet, fruity note without overpowering the cup. There is just enough of a tangy note at the tail to keep things interesting, and the aftertaste tastes very pineapple-y.
I found this to be good served hot, but even better iced. As I said, this isn’t the very best flavored green tea I’ve tasted but it is good enough for me to not only finish the cup, but also be eager to try more of Cameron’s tea offerings. Not bad for a coffee shop!