What do you really know about Gyokuro and Tencha? This article is a reply to some of your questions and a challenge for you to expand the world of tea that you currently enjoy. Let’s take a few moments to dive into gyokuro and tencha and find out what differences and similarities are out there!
Coffee and tea are the two most commonly consumed beverages in the world. The only “drink” ahead of these two would be drinking water. They’re practically woven in our personal and social lives. There’s often a comparison between what would be the healthier choice between coffee and tea.
Viewpoints about coffee and tea can vary, but there are some real benefits of switching from coffee to green tea. Let’s take a look!
As tea lovers, it is ultimately to our benefit that the complicated world of tea is complicated! There are important distinctions to be made that help guide you to the best products to fit your need(s). One of those distinctions is to understand the importance of ichibancha (一番茶) or Shincha(新茶) or “first tea”. Let’s take a deeper look into what makes “first tea” unique and special.
We do certainly live in a very uncertain time due to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that affected nations from all over the world.
In this blog I will be talking about how drinking green tea will help during quarantine or shall I say, quaranTEAn? Click here to read more.
As kids, we are taught that there were four basic tastes; salty, sour, sweet, and bitter which are represented by a map of the tongue. Not to burst your bubble, we do not just have four basic sense of flavor, instead, we have five! The fifth element: Umami.
What does Umami (oo·maa·mee) うま味 mean for Tea Drinking? I will first explain what exactly umami is and then will touch about how it relates to tea. Keep reading as I also added a couple of interesting facts about umami at the end of the article.
Eisai's full name is 'Myoan Eisai' (明菴栄西), and he was commonly known as Yōsai Zenji (栄西禅師) which translates to Zen master Eisai. In 1191, early Kamakura Period, Eisai visited the Sung-dynasty China and brought back new tea leaves to Kyoto and he wrote about it in 1214 in his first book, Kissa yojoki (喫茶養生記).
Read more about how Eisai has lived from childhood to becoming the "father of tea" legend.
When reviewing green tea farms across Japan, the sheer variety is nearly endless: Whether you’re comparing cultivars or how the tea is grown or where the tea is grown there is something that everyone can learn. But where exactly is tea grown within Japan? Is it possible to grow sencha in Hokkaido? How much tea is grown on Honshu? Are there major tea farms on Shikoku or Kyushu? Read on to find out.
Tea presents itself in many ways. Of course, visiting the grocery store you’re likely presented with a variety or different flavors and types. Loose leaf tea or tea bags? What options are available if I want something with less caffeine? Is there an ideal breakfast and morning tea for someone such as myself?
Let’s narrow our search and focus on selecting Japanese green teas based on your needs and what fits in your life. Hope this list helps you navigate the great world of Japanese tea variety!
A lot of athletes start their day with coffee or tea, especially before their exercise session.
Researcher from WalkJogRun, Mackenzie Jervis, explains the differences between the two from the expert runner perspective.
A short animated video showing How to Make the Perfect Cup of Matcha.
30-seconds Youtube Video show you easy steps to make your matcha perfect.
Click here to watch the cute animated Video Recipe.
Gadgets and gifts! We love gadgets and gifts. And Japanese green tea lovers are no exception. Many of my readers have asked for thoughtful ideas for gift giving.
Read on to find my top 10 best tea lover items that I have found – and all under $50 on Amazon!
Chanoyu（茶の湯）, Sado（茶道）or simply the Japanese tea ceremony is a ritual which is religiously followed in Japan. Japanese Matcha green tea is served in a series of choreographed steps with the host simply gliding through the whole ceremony.
Tea Ceremony is so deep, that there can be books of information, but I tried to summarize the ceremony in easy simple steps so that you can understand what they are.