Vending Machine Culture and Green Tea Trend in Japan

Vending Machine Culture and Green Tea Trend in Japan

by Kei Nishida July 23, 2017

Japan loves its vending machines (known as jidōhanbaiki 自動販売機, or jihanki for short 自販機) and its green tea, so it's no wonder the combination of both is a hot trend across the country. The Japan Vending Machine Manufacturers Association notes that there is roughly one vending machine for every 23 people; this means there are more vending machines per capita in Japan than in any other country. Surprisingly, even Buddhist temples have vending machines that sell amulets.

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30 Surprising History About Japanese Green Tea You (Probably) Didn't Know

30 Surprising History About Japanese Green Tea You (Probably) Didn't Know

by Kei Nishida July 16, 2017

History tells us that green tea has been a part of Japan's culture for centuries. Today, green tea is still an important part of Japanese culture. If you were to visit Japan, you would find bottled and canned green tea wherever you went. You would even discover the Japanese love green tea ice cream.

It may surprise you to know that green tea in Japan is quite different from Chinese green tea in many ways. However, it was from China that green tea traveled into Japan.

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How to Cold Brew Japanese Green Tea - The Expert Advice

How to Cold Brew Japanese Green Tea - The Expert Advice

by Kei Nishida June 27, 2017

If you’re a tea lover, why not try cold brewing your next pot of Japanese green tea? Cold brewing might sound complicated if you haven’t tried it before, but it’s actually a simple process, and it results in a uniquely sweet, smooth tea. Cold brewing even offers a number of unique health benefits that you won’t get if you brew your tea with hot water. Keep reading to learn about the process of cold brewing Japanese green tea.

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Fresh Cup Magazine Features Kei Nishida's Article - June 2017

Fresh Cup Magazine Features Kei Nishida's Article - June 2017

by Kei Nishida June 22, 2017

Fresh Cup Magazine June 2017 Issue featured Kei Nishida's Article. 

Article: The Whole Leaf, Green Tea Inspiration (Page 30) 

Fresh Cup Magazine is the leading coffee and tea magazine distributing more than 180,000 prints a year.

June 2017 issue was 25th year anniversary edition of the magazine.

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Fukamushi-Cha (Deep Steam)Green Tea - 5 Reasons Why They Taste Better Than Other Types of Japanese Green Tea

Fukamushi-Cha (Deep Steam)Green Tea - 5 Reasons Why They Taste Better Than Other Types of Japanese Green Tea

by Kei Nishida June 19, 2017

Fukamushi Cha, or deep-steamed green tea, is a flavor revelation for green tea fans, and its bolder, sweeter, richer taste can win over those who haven’t yet found a green tea favorite. The very special taste of fukamushi green tea is made possible by steaming the freshly harvested young leaves nearly twice as long as in other green teas, before being rolled dry. 

What makes Fukamushi Green Tea taste so much better than other green teas? Here are five reasons that set it apart, contributing to its unique taste.

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Japanese Green Tea vs Chinese Green Tea - 10 battles you don't want to miss

Japanese Green Tea vs Chinese Green Tea - 10 battles you don't want to miss

by Kei Nishida June 12, 2017

Chinese green tea and Japanese green tea both come from the same plant: Camellia Sinensis. However in many ways the similarities stop there. From when and how they're processed to the benefits they serve, Chinese green tea and Japanese green tea differ. Which one is "better" is the subject of this battle, comparing each on 10 ranging criteria.

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Allergy? Hay Fever? Check out Benifuuki - 5 Reasons Why This Green Tea  Variety is Booming in Japan

Allergy? Hay Fever? Check out Benifuuki - 5 Reasons Why This Green Tea Variety is Booming in Japan

by Kei Nishida June 02, 2017

The Japanese are famous for their long lifespans and lower rates of lifestyle diseases, so when something trends for having amazing health benefits in Japan, it's best for us in the West to listen. The latest health secret is Benifuuki Green tea, a delightfully bitter beverage that has incredible, scientifically proven benefits. Benifuuki tea is a cultivar of the tea plant that was cross-bred between the varieties Assamica and Sinensis in 1965 in Makurazaki City, Japan. It was originally developed as a mellow, aromatic black tea, but scientists soon discovered that harvesting it earlier as a green tea would result in a powerful health beverage.

Here are 5 ways that Benifuuki green tea can improve your health and well-being.

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Japanese Green Tea - Simply Explained

Japanese Green Tea - Simply Explained

by Kei Nishida May 20, 2017

Tea is the most popular drink on Earth, next to water. In around 80% of the world, most people prefer black tea to green tea. Yet, in Japan, green tea is the most consumed beverage, and it is a 6.95 trillion yen (7.8 billion dollar) a year industry. Green tea is embedded in the culture and day-to-day life since it was introduced by China in the 7th Century. 

In this article, I will explain green tea, focused on Japanese green tea, how it came to Japan, what exactly is green tea and what are the benefits of drinking green.

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10 Things about Japanese Green Tea Harvesting You (Probably) Didn't Know

10 Things about Japanese Green Tea Harvesting You (Probably) Didn't Know

by Kei Nishida May 15, 2017

Green tea is central to the lives of everyone in Japan. The culture surrounding the harvest and preparation of these tea leaves is complex and rooted deep in tradition. The green tea harvested in Japan differs in taste and value from the leaves gathered in China and other areas of the world.  Here are 10 things about Japanese green tea harvesting you (probably) didn't know. 

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10 Reasons Why Green Tea Extract is Bad for You

10 Reasons Why Green Tea Extract is Bad for You

by Kei Nishida May 11, 2017

Green tea is prized for its health benefits, so wouldn’t an extract be even better? Green tea extract is a supplement derived from the green tea plant. The idea behind it is if you process and concentrate a healthy substance like green tea, its positive effects will be boosted. But As the age-old adage goes -- more is not necessarily better. Green tea extract can, in fact, have negative effects on your health. Here are 10 reasons why green tea extract is bad for you

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25 Matcha Trivia You (Probably) Didn't Know

25 Matcha Trivia You (Probably) Didn't Know

by Kei Nishida April 23, 2017

Matcha has been consumed in Japan since the 7th century and is famous for providing drinkers with a calming sort of energy. Matcha is a specific type of Japanese green tea that differs from other traditional teas in the preparation process and in how the plant is grown.

Matcha tea plants are shaded for a few weeks before the harvest to increase natural levels of caffeine and amino acids. The leaves are allowed to dry, stems and veins are removed from the leaves, and then the tea is ground into a fine powder. The powder can be dissolved in milk or water to produce a slightly sweet, richly flavorful tea.

In this article, I will cover 25 Matcha Trivia  you may or may not know before. This is part of a chapter from my recent book: Green Tea Mania : 250+ Green Tea Facts, Tips & Trivia You (Probably) Didn't Know.  Enjoy!

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Green Tea Science Part 1: Polyphenols, Catechins and EGCG - 15 Commonly Asked Questions and How You Can Benefit

Green Tea Science Part 1: Polyphenols, Catechins and EGCG - 15 Commonly Asked Questions and How You Can Benefit

by Kei Nishida April 22, 2017

Although the popularity of green tea in the Western world is a fairly recent phenomenon, the highly beneficial nutrition value has enjoyed a favorable reputation throughout many parts of Asia for thousands of years. Only recently, scientific research is beginning to understand green tea's healthful benefits in relation to its high concentration of phytochemicals known as polyphenols that include subclasses of tannins and gallic acid.

In this article I will go through commonly asked questions about Polyphenols, Catechines, EGCG, Tannin, Garlic Acid. 

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Green Tea Science Part 2: Tannin, and Gallic Acid – 7 Commonly Asked Questions and How You Can Benefit

Green Tea Science Part 2: Tannin, and Gallic Acid – 7 Commonly Asked Questions and How You Can Benefit

by Kei Nishida April 22, 2017

This is part 2 of Green Tea Science series. In this article, I will answer 7 commonly asked questions about green tea and its element: Tannin and Gallic Acid, and I will focus on how you can benefit from it.

Polyphenols, or phytochemicals, are a class of micronutrients found in plants. Polyphenols act as chelators to remove toxic metals from the blood stream and tissues and are also considered to be one of the most powerful antioxidants. Scientists have discovered over 4000 polyphenol compounds including tannins and gallic acid, which are a subset of polyphenols.

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Green Tea Science Part 3: Caffeine – Everything You Need to Know (and more) about Caffeine and Green Tea

Green Tea Science Part 3: Caffeine – Everything You Need to Know (and more) about Caffeine and Green Tea

by Kei Nishida April 21, 2017

This is part 3 of Green Tea Science series. In this article, I will answer 19 commonly asked questions about green tea and its element: Caffeine. 

Caffeine is a plant product that acts as a central nervous system stimulant. Caffeine can be found in plants grown in the wild. However, it can also be artificially created in a lab. As a central nervous system stimulant, caffeine affects our brains and our metabolism. It can increase our alertness but can also increase agitation.

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The Ancient Chagusaba Method: Sustainable Farming Makes for Uncommonly Sweet and Healthy Green Tea

The Ancient Chagusaba Method: Sustainable Farming Makes for Uncommonly Sweet and Healthy Green Tea

by Kei Nishida March 19, 2017

Of all the many varieties of tea, green tea has been enjoyed by humans for millennia and is renown for the differences in its taste, bouquet and appearance. Like fine wine, the differences in green tea are largely determined by the type of leaf, the soil, the climate in which the shrub is grown and how the leaves are processed.

Many connoisseurs of tea consider Japanese green tea cultivated by the Chagusaba method to have an exceptionally sweet taste.  Read more to learn how this ancient method is still being preserved in parts of Japan and the world to create precious sweet and healthy rare green tea.

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Japanese Green Tea and Diabetes - 10 Reasons Why It is Good for Prevention and Management

Japanese Green Tea and Diabetes - 10 Reasons Why It is Good for Prevention and Management

by Kei Nishida March 01, 2017

According to the Center for Disease Control, almost 30 million Americans have diabetes, and 25% of those do not even know it. Preventing diabetes is a critical part of reducing its long-term health detriments that it is doing to our country. The number of people who suffer from diabetes continues to rise, and another 86 million American adults have prediabetes. Without intervention, up to 30% of people with prediabetes go on to develop type 2 diabetes within a period of five years.

When you have diabetes, your main goal to stay healthy is to regular your blood sugar. Many people use prescription medication and insulin to do this, but studies strongly suggest that drinking green tea can also make diabetes more manageable. Here are ten reasons why green tea is good for the prevention and management of diabetes.

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20 Yummy and Healthy Green Tea Smoothie Recipes - and Everything You Need to Know About Green Tea Smoothie

20 Yummy and Healthy Green Tea Smoothie Recipes - and Everything You Need to Know About Green Tea Smoothie

by Kei Nishida February 12, 2017

Green tea comes in a variety of forms such as tea bag, loose leaves, and matcha. Each form has a slightly different taste, giving options for those who enjoy the taste of green tea and the health benefits it provides. There are mainly two ways to make green tea smoothie:

  • Approach 1 - Matcha Green Tea Smoothie
  • Approach 2 - Loose Leaf Green Tea Smoothie
In this article, I will show you tips and trick of each approach and recipe of each. Read on or bookmark this page as this is the ultimate guide to making green tea smoothie!

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How to Brew Tasty Japanese Green Tea

How to Brew Tasty Japanese Green Tea

by Kei Nishida January 21, 2017

Japanese green tea can be brewed in many number of ways. In this article, we will go over the Simple Way and the Advanced Way for brewing tasty green tea as well as tips for cold brewing.

The Simple way is how most Japanese people consume green tea every day; the Advanced Way is what is being followed by professional green tea producers who recommends the best approach for brewing the most tasty Japanese green tea.

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How to Fight Against Anti-Aging by Consuming Japanese Green Tea Daily

How to Fight Against Anti-Aging by Consuming Japanese Green Tea Daily

by Kei Nishida December 01, 2016

Tea has been around and consumed by people for thousands of years. It's been a mainstay not just for its flavor but also for the health benefits that are right there sitting in your cup. While there's been an increased focus on tea drinking in the west in general, there's been an especially strong focus on the health benefits of consuming green tea.

One of the reasons for this is that there are anti-aging benefits inherent in the leaves. This article goes into science of why Japanese Green Tea is good for anti-aging and how you can take most advantage of green tea to stay younger...

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Science Behind Why Japanese Green Tea is Good for Health

Science Behind Why Japanese Green Tea is Good for Health

by Kei Nishida November 23, 2016

It is no doubt that historically Green Tea has been providing variety of health benefit and is believed to be one of the main reasons why Japanese people live longer and healthier compared to other part of the world. More recent study and researches reveals and confirms the benefit from different angles of science.  

In this article, we will go over the science behind why Green Tea provides variety of health benefits. We will go over elements in detail such as L-theanine, Polyphenols, Caffeines and Fluorides...

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Japanese Green Tea and Diet

Japanese Green Tea and Diet

by Kei Nishida November 22, 2016

Is losing weight your healthy lifestyle goal? Japanese green tea may be able to help. Calorie counters can rest easy knowing that a cup of plain green tea contains just 2 calories or less. Apart from being low in calories, green tea contains a metabolism boosting anti-oxidant which blocks the enzyme that breaks down the hormone used by the nervous system to signal fat cells to break down fat. Better still, this is just one of the ways in which green tea can support your healthy weight loss program. 

Derived from the Camellia sinensis plant, green tea has been used as medicine for over 5,000 years in places like China and India.  In this article we will explorer the true facts and science behind how Japanese Green Tea can help you lose weight, and tips for how you can take most advantage of Japanese Green Tea used for diet purpose... 

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Japanese Green Tea and Yoga - 10 Surprising Facts about Two Cultures and How They Connect

Japanese Green Tea and Yoga - 10 Surprising Facts about Two Cultures and How They Connect

by Kei Nishida November 16, 2016

A lot of people like Japanese green tea, and a lot of people like yoga, but not many people realize that the two share a lot in common. Although the green tea ceremony comes from Japan and yogic exercise is an ancient practice that comes from India, they have a lot of similarities. Below are ten surprising facts about how these two cultures connect.

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Japanese Green Tea and Skin Health

Japanese Green Tea and Skin Health

by Kei Nishida November 13, 2016

Japanese green tea is one of the best options for your skin health.  The main benefit is in the detoxification benefits of drinking the green tea. The liquid will help to remove toxins from the body, which improves the overall health and boosts the skin health. By removing the toxins out of the body, the skin will be acne and blemish free. Removing the toxins also helps to improve the complexion.
 
While you can drink the Japanese green tea to get all the health benefits, this isn’t the only option. You can also gain them through making face masks with your green tea.

Here’s a look at all you need to know to make sure you use it in just the right way...  

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Japanese Green Tea and Hair Health - How It Works and DIY Home Treatment

Japanese Green Tea and Hair Health - How It Works and DIY Home Treatment

by Kei Nishida November 13, 2016

Green tea is an immensely popular drink, both for its delicious taste and incredible health benefits. In fact, it has been used as an herbal medicine in parts of Asia, including China and Japan, for thousands of years. Traditionally used to treat ailments as diverse as headaches and bloating, its use in cosmetic treatments is currently being explored more thoroughly.

You may have heard about the role Japanese green tea plays in losing unwanted pounds, but did you also know it is extremely beneficial for both skin and hair? Keep reading to learn all about how you can use green tea to look and feel better...

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