What is single origin cultivar?

What is single origin cultivar?

September 15, 2020

As market demand continues to develop for specific tea cultivars, perhaps this blog’s entry will provide you the opportunity to educate others. More specifically, this entry’s focus is on understanding “single origin cultivar” with a quick review of cultivars.

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Everything You Need To Know About Aracha

Everything You Need To Know About Aracha

September 04, 2020

Gokyuzyo aracha is considered one of the best crude green tea based on taste, water level, aroma, and the quality of the leaf itself. Gokuzyo translates literally to "The Highest Grade" in Japanese. Find out more about Aracha in this article.

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

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

August 10, 2020

Japanese Green Tea and Turmeric Tea have risen to popularity thanks to its miraculous health benefits which help to boost our immune system. During this time of the pandemic, Japanese Green Tea and Turmeric have earned a loyal following, however, which drink suits our needs and lifestyle better?

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Is Benifuuki Tea The Same As Matcha?

Is Benifuuki Tea The Same As Matcha?

August 03, 2020

Matcha is increasingly becoming a favorite in the world of tea for many. Without question, part of its attraction is the myriad of use cases. Many of you may already know some additional dictions between matcha and other teas but more specifically, what separates Benifuuki tea from matcha? Are there similarities? What are the differences? I want to spend a few minutes talking about these two teas. In part, this is an educational exercise, but more importantly, it may also help you see the value of these teas in a different way.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Everything You Need to Know about Covering Process for Matcha and Gyokuro

Everything You Need to Know about Covering Process for Matcha and Gyokuro

December 24, 2019

The process of covering tea plants is a difficult one. But what comes out of this process is quality tea like matcha and gyokuro. The shading process is what brings about that umami taste we all get while sipping a matcha tea. Find out more about what does the covering process does to Tea and so much more.

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What Does Astringency Mean For Tea Drinking?

What Does Astringency Mean For Tea Drinking?

November 13, 2019

Green tea has become such a popular drink in recent years that different factors have come to the forefront of tea culture. Astringency (渋み) is a hot topic among tea drinkers but is often misunderstood. What is astringency and what causes  it? Why is it such a touchy subject in the first place? What are the basic categories of tea astringency? This article discusses everything you need to know about astringency in green tea.

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Why Is Matcha More Expensive Than Other Types Of Tea?

Why Is Matcha More Expensive Than Other Types Of Tea?

November 04, 2019

Matcha green tea has risen to popularity throughout the world in modern history. It is known for its quality and taste, yet some have wondered why it is usually more expensive than other types of tea. There are several factors that influence the quality and therefore the cost of matcha green tea. This article discusses those factors as well as how to get the best quality matcha green tea.

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How Do You Make Matcha Tea At Home?

How Do You Make Matcha Tea At Home?

October 03, 2019

With so many articles, websites, and resources out there about matcha green tea, it can be difficult to pinpoint a good recipe and to know how to make a delicious cup of matcha green tea. This article discusses what matcha green tea is, why it is so popular, how you can make it at home, and multiple reasons how matcha can benefit your health.

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Everything You Need To Know About Japanese Hojicha Tea

Everything You Need To Know About Japanese Hojicha Tea

September 17, 2019

Hojicha is a very popular type of Japanese green tea. It has many differences from the tea most are familiar with, and some do not know different aspects of it. Do you know how it is different from Chinese roasted tea? Do you know how to brew Hojicha for the best flavor? Did you know you can find good Hojicha no matter where you live? This article discusses everything you need to know about Hojicha green tea.

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Everything You Need To Know About Sencha Green Tea

Everything You Need To Know About Sencha Green Tea

August 22, 2019

Sencha green tea (煎茶) is a popular type of Japanese green tea that has a unique flavor profile. With numerous health benefits that can be derived from drinking it and the wide variety of types of sencha available, there is a lot to learn about Japanese sencha green tea. Read on to learn about the different varieties of sencha, the difference between matcha and sencha, and how to make a delicious cup of sencha.

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Everything You Need To Know About Water And Japanese Green Tea

Everything You Need To Know About Water And Japanese Green Tea

August 08, 2019

When making the perfect tasty cup of Japanese green tea, there are several different factors that affect the overall taste. Have you ever thought about how the quality of your water affects it? There are four different elements to consider when examining the quality of your water. Those include water hardness or softness, water pH, water purity, and water temperature. This article discusses how each of those factors affect your cup of green tea and what you can do to get the best-tasting cup of tea possible.

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What is the best equipment for Cold-brewing Japanese Green Tea?

What is the best equipment for Cold-brewing Japanese Green Tea?

June 25, 2019

In today's world, busy lifestyles make it difficult to slow down and enjoy a good cup of Japanese green tea. If you enjoy drinking your green tea on the go, then you are sure to enjoy using the Hario Cold Brew Filter-In Tea Bottle! This article discusses the pros and cons of using this tea bottle.

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Which Tea Kettle Should I Use to Brew Japanese Green Tea?

Which Tea Kettle Should I Use to Brew Japanese Green Tea?

April 10, 2019

When it comes to making a good cup of Japanese green tea, there are different factors to take into consideration. One factor is the tea kettle that is used to brew the tea. Does it matter what materials the tea kettle is made with? How do traditional and modern tea kettles compare? Read this article to find out.

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Top 7 Tea Books of All Time for Tea Lovers

Top 7 Tea Books of All Time for Tea Lovers

April 03, 2019

As you may know I am an author of 4 published books about green tea, but I often get asked what are the other books I recommend.  

Here are 7 books I personally like that are likely to fuel your love while educating you on the art of all things tea.

With so much to learn about green tea, it can be hard finding the right resources. In this article, you can find Top 7 Tea Books of all time for tea lovers. Use the books recommended in this article to expand your knowledge about tea.

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Does Roasting Green Tea (Hojicha) Make It Less Healthy?

Does Roasting Green Tea (Hojicha) Make It Less Healthy?

March 19, 2019

With the many different types of green tea available, it is good to know the details behind each one. Hojicha, or roasted green tea, is becoming more and more popular. What caffeine level does Hojicha have? Does it have the same amount of antioxidants as regular green tea? Keep reading to find out.

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