How to make Kombucha with Japanese Green Tea

How to make Kombucha with Japanese Green Tea

July 06, 2020

The history of Japanese green tea reveals itself in the way we consume tea or the recipes we try. It helps shape our perception and overall experience of tea. In part, this article is a challenge with respect to your knowledge of tea. In another part, this article is a discussion of kombucha: Can I make kombucha from Japanese green tea? If so, how? But before we begin to outline the how-tos of kombucha, let's review kombucha itself.

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

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

June 30, 2020

Japanese Green Tea and Chamomile garnered a cult following over the years. People drink these beverages for different reasons, some prefer their taste while others often drink them for their wonderful health benefits. Let’s find out which drink suits your lifestyle and health needs so you can figure whether you’re going to purchase Japanese Green Tea or Chamomile Tea.

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Gyokuro vs Tencha – What are they and what are the differences?

Gyokuro vs Tencha – What are they and what are the differences?

June 23, 2020

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!

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Tea for Allergies?! What is Benifuki Tea? - ChaCha's GreenTea Room Video

Tea for Allergies?! What is Benifuki Tea? - ChaCha's GreenTea Room Video

June 14, 2020

Did you know that there is tea good for allergies? Benifuuki green tea is a type of green tea that is booming in Japan due to being good for relieving allergies such as seasonal allergies, cedar allergies, hay fever. The study has also shown that benifuki is good for MCAD (Mast Cell Activation Syndrome). Click here to watch the video Presented by ChaCha's Greentea Room Now

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How to Make Matcha Smoothie - ChaCha's GreenTea Room Video

How to Make Matcha Smoothie - ChaCha's GreenTea Room Video

June 14, 2020

Matcha Smoothie - How to Make healthy matcha smoothie with Banana, Baby Spinach, Frozen Grape and Milk. Tips and Tricks to make it tasty and healthy.  ChaCha and Kei from the Japanese Green Tea Co. show you step by step how to make in a fun and simple way. Click here to watch the video Presented by ChaCha's Greentea Room Now 

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All Tea are the Same?! - ChaCha's GreenTea Room Video

All Tea are the Same?! - ChaCha's GreenTea Room Video

June 14, 2020

What makes Japanse Sencha Green Tea different from English Breakfast Tea? There are so many different types of tea out there. What are the differences? Sencha, Matcha, Oolong Cha, Black Tea, Red Tea, Yellow Tea... Are they all the same?  Click here to watch the video Presented by ChaCha's Greentea Room Now

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What is Tea Cultivar?

What is Tea Cultivar?

June 10, 2020

Cultivar sometimes does not always determine what type of tea, i.e., black, oolong, green, etc., you have in the end as most of it depends on processing methods. If the tea leaves are steamed and dried right after picking, then the result is green tea. Whereas, tea leaves that are crushed and oxidized make the strong flavor of black tea. Only some types of cultivars suit a particular tea and is an exciting process to explore. Read on to learn more. 

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8 Benefits of Switching from Office Coffee to Home Tea

8 Benefits of Switching from Office Coffee to Home Tea

June 04, 2020

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!

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Virtual Japanese Green Tea Tour - What is it?

Virtual Japanese Green Tea Tour - What is it?

June 01, 2020

I was so excited to be one of the first people to join the Virtual Green Tea Tour, a new and magical tour offered by Arigato Japan that has been the pioneer for English-speaking Japanese tours for many years, featured by the New York Times Travel Shows, CNN Travel and more.
In this article (and a bit of video), I want to share with you a small segment of the virtual tour.  Read on and watch the video of the piece of the actual tour here.

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Japanese Green Tea’s Effect on Women Fitness and Exercise

Japanese Green Tea’s Effect on Women Fitness and Exercise

May 31, 2020

If you are wondering what are the effects of Japanese green tea in women’s health, you have come to the right place. Because here, we have rounded up 6 reasons why women should find time making and drinking tea in order to enjoy its several benefits after.

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Which beverage contains more fat, tea or coffee?

Which beverage contains more fat, tea or coffee?

May 27, 2020

Green tea is very popular when it comes to organic health drinks. It aids in proper digestion, cancer prevention, weight loss, stress, and allergy relief. It is also associated with relaxation. Coffee also has great health benefits and aids in weight loss too same with tea. But which of the two does aid in fat and weight loss better?

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What is Shincha - New Crop Tea and What Makes them Unique?

What is Shincha - New Crop Tea and What Makes them Unique?

May 20, 2020

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.

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A Guide to Healthier You During a Pandemic with Tea #QuaranTEAning

A Guide to Healthier You During a Pandemic with Tea #QuaranTEAning

May 12, 2020

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. 

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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

May 08, 2020

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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What does Umami mean for Tea Drinking?

What does Umami mean for Tea Drinking?

May 03, 2020

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. 

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20 Surprising Things about Gyokuro Green Tea You Didn’t Know About

20 Surprising Things about Gyokuro Green Tea You Didn’t Know About

May 01, 2020

Everyone is looking to get healthy while still enjoying interesting foods and drinks. This is one of the reasons why green tea in its many variations have grown more and more in popularity these days. One type of tea that is made of green tea leaves that has recently begun to gain more notice is the Gyokuro tea.(玉露茶) It is considered to be the most luxurious and therefore expensive teas, making it highly coveted among aficionados. Whether you know about this tea type or whether you are brand new to it, we have some of the most surprising facts about Gyokuro.

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5 Heart-warming Things You can Do for Your Tea-lover Mom

5 Heart-warming Things You can Do for Your Tea-lover Mom

April 29, 2020

Mother's Day is just around the corner and you may be wondering what to get your mom. Adding personal touches to gifts is always the way to go, especially with family. A great way to start your search for the perfect gift is by taking your mother's likes and dislikes into account. By doing so, you won't just show her that you went through the effort to get a gift, but also that you put some genuine thought into selecting her gift. If your mother loves tea, you’re in luck because you'll find five heartwarming gift ideas for her!

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Everything you need to know about Eisai, The father of tea

Everything you need to know about Eisai, The father of tea

April 22, 2020

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.

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Where Different Types of Japanese Tea are Grown

Where Different Types of Japanese Tea are Grown

April 16, 2020

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.

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How to Select Japanese Green Tea?  - The Expert Advice

How to Select Japanese Green Tea? - The Expert Advice

April 07, 2020

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!

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Tea vs Coffee – Which Is The Better Caffeine Choice For Runners

Tea vs Coffee – Which Is The Better Caffeine Choice For Runners

March 25, 2020

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. 

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How to Make the Perfect Cup of Matcha - Video Recipe

How to Make the Perfect Cup of Matcha - Video Recipe

March 22, 2020

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.

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20 Best Tea Lover Items to Buy on Amazon

20 Best Tea Lover Items to Buy on Amazon

March 20, 2020

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!  

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What is Japanese Tea Ceremony? – Explained in 6 simple steps

What is Japanese Tea Ceremony? – Explained in 6 simple steps

March 17, 2020

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. 

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