Which Tea is Good for Me? (Interactive Tea Finder)

Which Tea is Good for Me? (Interactive Tea Finder)

June 25, 2022

Ever wondered what type of tea is good for me? Try our new interactive quiz to find out which tea that is good for you.

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What is Yabukita (やぶきた)

What is Yabukita (やぶきた)

June 06, 2022

There is clearly more to green tea than meets the eye. It is as diverse as most marketable crops are. While all tea plants belong to the same Camellia Sinensis family, they still manifest differences in shape, color, taste, aroma, etc. That's because they come from different cultivars.

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Everything You Need To Know About Japanese Hojicha Tea

Everything You Need To Know About Japanese Hojicha Tea

June 05, 2022

 

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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WHAT IS SHINCHA TEA, AND WHAT MAKES IT UNIQUE?

WHAT IS SHINCHA TEA, AND WHAT MAKES IT UNIQUE?

May 12, 2022

Shincha tea is prized for many reasons, and this post breaks down the many things that make new crop tea so special and unique. 

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Where to Buy Quality Matcha and Japanese Tea Outside Japan

Where to Buy Quality Matcha and Japanese Tea Outside Japan

April 25, 2022

I have been doing some research to uncover some purveyors who may offer good green tea options in countries outside Japan and the United States.  I want my customers to have an alternative to our premium tasty Japanese green tea matcha and sencha if shipping costs from our company to their country would be prohibitive. Click here to see my list.

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Virtual Japanese Green Tea Tour - What is it?

Virtual Japanese Green Tea Tour - What is it?

April 19, 2022

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

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

April 15, 2022

Does roasting green tea (hojicha) make green tea healthier or less healthy? We answer this question and many more in this post.

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WHAT TO DO WITH TEA GOING OUT OF DATE?

WHAT TO DO WITH TEA GOING OUT OF DATE?

April 11, 2022

For tea lovers, there is never enough tea, and it sometimes leads to a stockpile of tea in the pantry that is just around their expiry date. Teabags or loose tea can last around 6-12 months after the packaging date under normal conditions. When storing a packed tea, you should look at different factors such as moisture and temperature, etc. keep the tea packages tightly shut at normal temperatures away from any moisture.

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Throat Lozenge vs Benifuuki

Throat Lozenge vs Benifuuki

March 28, 2022

Whenever you have cough or throat pain and it is really hard to swallow, breathe or even drink fluids, you want to relieve from the sore and pain to have a good night sleep. A lot of products in the market are out to soothe throat pains and all kinds of cough. You could see all kinds of variety with loaded with so many ingredients, both chemicals and naturals. 

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A Brief History Of Japanese Green Tea

A Brief History Of Japanese Green Tea

March 21, 2022

This post includes a brief history of Japanese green tea, including how it became one of the most popular beverages in the world.

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10 Popular Types of Japanese Tea Ceremony - How many do you know?

10 Popular Types of Japanese Tea Ceremony - How many do you know?

March 18, 2022

Japanese Tea ceremony is known as Chado (茶道the way of tea) or Cha no yu (茶の湯hot water tea, or hot water of tea) is part of the Japanese culture. It is a tradition where they ceremonially prepare, serve and drink matcha. Many rituals and practices turn into tea ceremonies. You might be asking about when they practice those tea ceremonies and what occasion they celebrate. We will take a journey about the types of tea ceremonies and how they appreciate the tea leaves.

Tea ceremonies are one of the most exciting parts when thinking about the Japanese culture experience. Let’s go and know more about them.

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Is Stevia the Healthy Sugar Alternative for my Tea? - Green Tea Quiz

Is Stevia the Healthy Sugar Alternative for my Tea? - Green Tea Quiz

February 28, 2022

One of the greatest elements of tea is the sheer variety in its types. While Japanese green tea is incredibly popular in many parts of the world, black tea rules others. Some enjoy the caffeine-free “teas” such as chamomile tea while an entirely separate world of matcha recipes appears to have established its own unique culture. Regardless of what you enjoy, flavor likely constitutes some part of your tea experience.

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What is Tea Ceremony?

What is Tea Ceremony?

February 09, 2022

The Japanese tea ceremony comes from centuries of tea school teachings and traditions. Its practice is a deep spiritual journey that begins with a simple principle - the sharing of tea is best when the heart is humble and pure.

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Everything You Need To Know About Sencha Green Tea

Everything You Need To Know About Sencha Green Tea

February 07, 2022

This post covers everything you need to know about sencha green tea, including several tips for brewing a delicious cup of tea. 

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What Causes Some Matcha Flavors to Have a Chocolate Aroma?

What Causes Some Matcha Flavors to Have a Chocolate Aroma?

January 31, 2022

Sometimes I am asked why I drink the teas that I drink, and it is a tough question to answer. Most of the time I struggled to define the flavor or perhaps the aroma. You have probably come across the words “umami” to describe flavor profiles of various Japanese green teas, for example, a kind of full flavor on your tongue.

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10 green tea mistakes: Don’t do these mistakes when brewing green tea

10 green tea mistakes: Don’t do these mistakes when brewing green tea

December 27, 2021

Green tea tastes great, especially when you try a sample of it on groceries and tea festivals. When you got home and brewed your tea, the result is having a bitter green tea or just a drinkable tea that lacks flavor. Cheer up! You just did not know how to brew green tea right. Please don't give up on tasting good green tea, and let's learn how to make it right by discussing the following mistakes.

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The History of Japanese Green Tea

The History of Japanese Green Tea

November 16, 2021

Green tea became a staple drink, and we will show you how Japanese green tea turned into a worldwide sensation.
 
You will learn how the Matcha and tea ceremony were created, and how Samurai culture was affected by tea!

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GREEN TEA SCIENCE PART 3: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GREEN TEA AND CAFFEINE

GREEN TEA SCIENCE PART 3: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GREEN TEA AND CAFFEINE

November 01, 2021

In part three of this series, we answer common questions about caffeine and green tea, including how much caffeine a cup of tea contains.

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Why Pyramid-shaped tea bag considered better

Why Pyramid-shaped tea bag considered better

October 25, 2021

We consider tea bags heaven-sent because we can quickly have a cup of tea and do other things. The taste and aroma of loose tea leave brewed in the teapot is still the best experience, although, in the end, it still depends on the tea quality and how organic your tea is. We do not have much time to clean the pots and cups after drinking, and it is also inconvenient to brew and strain a few leaves on a teapot where only one or two people will drink tea.

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The Process Behind Your Cup of Matcha

The Process Behind Your Cup of Matcha

August 23, 2021

With the clamor of knowing every “behind-the-scene” of simply everything under the sun, from sumptuous food to shoemaking, have you ever wondered how matcha is made? While we have already talked about how Camellia Sinensis should be shaded before being harvested and the leaves to be deveined, removing the stems and the veins to produce tencha, once you find out, you will realize how so much patience, time, effort, and care is being given in every spoonful of matcha.

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What Does Astringency Mean For Tea Drinking?

What Does Astringency Mean For Tea Drinking?

August 16, 2021

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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What to do with leftover tea leaves - 9 ways to use leftover tea leaves and powder

What to do with leftover tea leaves - 9 ways to use leftover tea leaves and powder

July 26, 2021

While tea leaves or tea powders are essentially steeped and consumed as a drink with health benefits, this is not the only way it could be used. Here are just some of the countless uses of used tea leaves or tea powders after being steeped and consumed as a healthy drink.

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Cultivars: Why You Should Think Twice About Them

Cultivars: Why You Should Think Twice About Them

March 27, 2021

When we think of tea there’s much to love I know many who appreciate quality and the freshness in select teas. I know others that are staunch fans of genmaicha’s flavors and that is their proverbial calling. Growers of tea and admirers of landscapes often talk about the beauty of tea plants and their leaves and the arrangements found across parts of Japan for example. In some respects, there is a uniqueness to the culture of tea and as it continues to unfold, I suspect we will appreciate tea just that much more. It’s in this context that tea cultivars push into our vocabulary. I want to spend some time discussing why you should look out for this variable of tea moving forward.

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What is the best way to store your matcha & Japanese green tea?

What is the best way to store your matcha & Japanese green tea?

March 06, 2021

5 Essential Storage Rules for Matcha and Japanese Green Tea

Read on to learn how to store matcha the proper way to ensure that you get the most out of this ancient elixir.

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