April tea at Bocca Coffee Roasters, Amsterdam
Dec 27, 2016
A couple of days ago we went to a coffee house in Amsterdam called Bocca (yes, you are still on a tea blog.. just keep on reading). Some of you might know this place but for those who don’t, Bocca is very well known for their pure, honest and diverse coffee.
But this time they are taking a step further by partnering up with April Tea. You guessed it, they serve loose leaf tea now! And that is where it gets very interesting for us tea drinkers. So what kind of tea are they serving? what can we expect? To answer those questions, we were invited by April Tea to do a tea tasting at Bocca coffee house.
The first thing that we noticed while looking through their menu card is that they only serve pure tea. That is mainly because April Tea and Bocca has the same point of view on their products. Which is, serving products in their purest form while doing it in the most honest way. A very good perception if you ask us. Because nowadays there are a lot of tea houses and restaurants offering perfumed teas. So it is also nice for a change to drink pure natural tea without any added oils.
After going through the menu we received the following tea from one of the modest barista, Yakup Aydin (former number 1 barista from the Netherlands):
- Sencha (green tea)
- Zomba Pearls (white tea)
- Oriental beauty paired with spicy pear cake
- White Silver Needle tea
So what can you expect? The Japanese Sencha from April tea had a very refreshing aroma and when you roll it over your tongue it has a very light sweet taste and an almost sea weed like flavour. Truly amazing! Next to that, the Zomba Pearls is a white tea originated from Malawi, Africa, with a sweet flowery taste. It is perfect for light tea drinkers.
The Oriental Beauty oolong tea is considered as one of Taiwan’s top 10 teas. It is a highly oxidized and half fermented. This tea would really fall in the taste of heavy flavoured tea drinkers. The Oriental Beauty has a honey and cinnamon like undertone. This particular tea was even paired with a spiced pear cake. This was actually the first time for us that we tasted a cake that was especially made to pair with a certain tea. We were quite surprised that the flavours blended well together. Maybe it was because both the tea and the cake had the same undertone. It is also nice to know that Bocca occasionally changes their pastries to fit another type of tea. Cool right!?
And last but not least the white silver needle tea. A white tea that has a light creamy and sweet taste. The silver needle tea is the most expensive variety among the white teas, as only top buds are used to produce the tea.
If you ask us what we think of Bocca right now, is that because of April tea, Bocca has become a very versatile place for people that loves pure products.
We would like to thank Bocca and April tea for their hospitality and tea tasting.
We are definitely coming back for the other tea paired pastries and tea ;-)!
Also be sure to visit Bocca yourself and let us know what you think of the place in the comment section!
Location: Kerkstraat 96HS, 1017 GP Amsterdam.