Wize Monkey x Bucha Brew

Last Friday, I went to the Wize Monkey office for their launch party of their collaboration with Bucha Brew! The launch celebrated the new collaboration product, which is the first coffee leaf kombucha on the market, Bucha Brew with Wize Monkey Mango!

If you’re local to Vancouver, this seasonal flavour will be available at Vancouver beach and park concession stands this summer. I got to go home with a fun swag bag with Wize Monkey samples (all of have either been reviewed or will be reviewed soon!) and a bottle of Bucha Brew. Bayside Lounge was there to offer Wize Monkey coffee leaf tea cocktails – with fresh takes on using tea as a mixed drink ingredient (and while not the same as what was offered at the party, Wize Monkey has some cocktail recipes on their website!).

Thanks to Wize Monkey, Bucha Brew, Piquant Marketing, and Bayside Lounge for having me at the party!

Wize Monkey’s Ginger Lemon

Ginger Lemon by Wize Monkey
Herbal Infusion / Flavoured
$10.49USD for 35g (15 sachets)

Wize Monkey has provided me with Ginger Lemon for the purposes of providing an honest review.

First Impressions

I generally think of ginger and lemon going together when I’m sick because that’s what my mom used to put together for me (along with some honey – I can’t forget the honey!) so when I opened up the packaging on the sachets of Ginger Lemon, it brings me right back to being little & feeling poorly (sorry, Wize Monkey, it’s not your fault!). That said, this tisane has an amazing flavour – it smells exactly like you’d expect it to, very strongly of ginger and lemon.

Ginger Lemon consists of premium arabica leaves, ginger root, lemon peel, lemon myrtle, and natural lemon flavour. Unlike my earlier review this month of the Original coffee leaf tea from Wize Monkey, I can only smell the lemon and ginger and none of the tisane base.

Preparation

Wize Monkey recommends steeping Ginger Lemon in 95°C (203°F) water with no set time limit. If you recall my review of their Original, I steeped it for 8 minutes with no ill effects on the flavour. I opted to steep Ginger Lemon in 93°C (200°F) water for 5 minutes.

First Taste

Ginger Lemon steeps to a lovely golden red and has a great aroma to it. The ginger and lemon are very much in the forefront and it’s the only thing I can smell from this coffee leaf tisane. The aroma still makes me feel like I should be drinking this when I’m sick, but what’s a girl to do? The flavour has some of the warming properties from the ginger, and I can definitely taste the lemon. I don’t really get a lot of the tea base, which isn’t that surprising considering how strong of an ingredient ginger can be. I get a little bit of the grassy notes, but it is mostly overwhelmed by the lemon and ginger. The flavour of Ginger Lemon honestly reminds me so much of what my mom used to make for me when I was ill, it just needs a spoonful of honey to make it match up perfectly.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Ginger Lemon twice. I found for the first resteep that it was more ginger than lemon, and the grassy notes were a bit stronger in the first resteep. For the second resteep, it was lacking the ginger and the lemon and just wasn’t as tasty as the original I would say that Ginger Lemon is good for one more steep.

My Overall Impression

I loved Wize Monkey’s Ginger Lemon. There was just something really thought provoking of the flavours of the ginger and the lemon, and it probably has to do with the fact that I really enjoy the flavour combination. That said, it did make me feel like I should be sick or at least feeling a little bit under the weather while I was having it, so I might not be the best judge of things. However, it tasted good, smelled and tasted like I feel like it should have, so all in all, it made for a good cuppa.

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Wize Monkey’s Original

Original by Wize Monkey
Herbal Infusion / Straight
$10.49USD for 35g (15 sachets)

Wize Monkey has provided me with Original for the purposes of providing an honest review.

First Impressions

If you haven’t heard of Wize Monkey yet, it’s a Canadian company that does tea that is produced with coffee leaves (so it doesn’t actually contain any tea, so it’s a tisane). Coffee leaves aren’t usually part of the plant that gets utilized, since most coffee producers are focused on the bean. Part of what I received from Wize Monkey is a 15 day sampler pack which consists of five different flavours of their coffee leaf tea: Original, Jasmine, Mango Party, Minty Marvel, and Earl Grey – so be on the look out for future reviews of the other flavours.

Each sachet is a tea pyramid, and it was pretty easy for me to rip open to get a closer look at the coffee leaves. I was half expecting it to actually smell like coffee, which I’m very happy to say that it does not smell like coffee. If you know anything about me, I don’t like the smell of coffee. The smell of Original reminds me a lot of a mix of a green tea and a black tea, and also there’s just something about it that reminds me of the aroma of yerba mate, it has a bit of a roasted aroma to it. Original consists of “hand-picked single-original premium arabica leaves”.

And as an aside, I just want to say how much I love Wize Monkey’s logo. Between the coffee leaf eyes and the tea cup mouth and the fact that it’s a monkey?! So cute.

Preparation

Wize Monkey recommends steeping in 95°C (203°F) water and actually says that it can be steeped for as long as you want. One of the claims about steeping coffee leaves is that it doesn’t get bitter, so of course I had to put that to the test. I steeped it for 8 minutes in 93°C (200°F) water.

First Taste

The aroma of the steeped Original is interesting to me because I just can’t quite pinpoint what it reminds me of. There’s some mild grassy notes that I liken to green tea, and there’s a slight malty flavour that reminds me of a black tea, and then there’s some roasted nutty flavours in this coffee leaf tisane that are lingering in the background. The overall flavour is nice, there’s a smoothness to it that’s pleasant, and it lacks of the pow that comes from coffee itself Despite steeping it for 8 minutes, there’s no bitterness and no astringency, so it’s kind of nice that it doesn’t get bitter or astringent with over steeping like traditional teas do.

A Second Cup?

I attempted two resteeps with Original. I found that the flavours were fairly similar for the first resteep, but it was quite watery for the second. I would say Original is good for one more steep.

My Overall Impression

I liked Wize Monkey’s Original. I think it’s really neat that Wize Monkey is making a product from part of the coffee plant that generally isn’t used by most producers. The fact that you can toss a sachet into a cup and step away for a while and come back to a cup of herbal tea that hasn’t gone off is really appealing, especially if you’re the type who forgets about your tea after a while. I like the flavour of Original, I think it makes for a good tisane base and I’m looking forward to trying the other samples that they sent me.

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