Brewing Up Perfection with the Breville BTM800XL One-Touch Teapot

Brewing Up Perfection with the Breville BTM800XL One-Touch Teapot

February 27, 2018

Do you think you can only enjoy black tea at home? Do you have a hard time figuring our how long to steep your favorite blend? If so today is your lucky day because we’ve found a teapot that can eliminate all the guesswork and frustration that comes from brewing tea and let you make whatever you fancy: the Breville BTM800XL One-Touch teapot. The BTM800XL uses the best of today’s technology while honoring the time-honored tradition of tea brewing to help you make the perfect pot, or cup, of tea every time. Our in-depth review will show you just what makes this teapot so great and why it should be in every tea lover’s home.

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Is matcha originally invented in China or Japan? - Green Tea Quiz

Is matcha originally invented in China or Japan? - Green Tea Quiz

February 27, 2018

Is matcha originally invented in China or Japan? - Green Tea Quiz

A1: China A2: Japan   Read more for the answer.

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Exploring the Green Tea Smoothie Revolution in Japan

Exploring the Green Tea Smoothie Revolution in Japan

January 17, 2018

Trends have a way of taking something relatively obscure and pushing it through a “coolness” filter. The latest trend, the green tea smoothie, has revolutionized the way green tea is consumed, and Japan is on the forefront of this exciting trend. And, like every trend, there is a story behind its popularity which you should know a thing or two about.

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How to Make Tasty Green Tea Latte

How to Make Tasty Green Tea Latte

December 17, 2017

There are different ways to make a green tea latte, but all of them involve matcha, which is the fine powder made from grinding a special variety of green tea. It has two unique characteristics in its farming and processing: The first is that it’s shade-grown for three weeks before it is harvested, and then when processed the stems and veins of the plant are removed. In other words, matcha is not simply ground green tea leaves of any variety.

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Green Tea Bubble Tea - What is it? Why is it Trending? and How You can Make it at Home

Green Tea Bubble Tea - What is it? Why is it Trending? and How You can Make it at Home

November 18, 2017

When most people think of bubble tea they think of the boba or tapioca pearls on the bottom of the cup. But actually, bubble tea got its name because of the small bubbles that form on top after shaking the tea. In fact, In Taiwan (where bubble tea was invented) the most popular drink isn’t boba milk tea but actually regular iced green or oolong tea. Green tea is often seen as a healthier option than coffee and can be very refreshing on hot summer days.

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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

October 24, 2017

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. 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 below.

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Tea Appliances For 21st Century Homes

Tea Appliances For 21st Century Homes

October 21, 2017

For many, the act of drinking tea and brewing it go hand in hand, a ritual as old as time. So the idea of taking a shortcut, or using a new-fangled appliance, seems almost sacrilegious. Almost. The truth is, these new gadgets are designed to make the process not only faster or easier, but also more flavorful and rewarding.  To see what I mean, check out my list of the Top Tea Appliances for 21st Century Homes.

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

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

October 20, 2017

Fresh Cup Magazine October 2017 Issue featured Kei Nishida's Article 

Article: The Whole Leaf, Innovation and Tradition Lead to Green Tea Enlightenment (Page 28) 

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

His article was also featured in June 2017 edition.

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Do You Know How To Prepare And Serve Green Tea Correctly?

Do You Know How To Prepare And Serve Green Tea Correctly?

September 23, 2017

Green tea, which is made from Camellia Sinensis leaves, is widely known to have a wealth of health benefits. The tea originated in the country of China, before quickly spreading throughout the Asian continent. Today, people all around the globe consume the delicious drink as a way to improve their health, boost their immunity and enhance their brain functions. Nevertheless, many westerners do not understand the precious protocols involved with traditional green tea preparation. Most opt for the most convenient and quickest method. Are you positive you’re getting the most from your green tea?

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10 Trendy Green Tea Cocktail Recipes

10 Trendy Green Tea Cocktail Recipes

August 21, 2017

Green tea and matcha aren’t just for ceramic tea mugs anymore. Bartenders across the nation have been using green tea and matcha in their trendy recipes, and it’s been a great success. Here are a few trendy and tasty cocktail recipes for any bartender to wow their friends and guests – all these recipes use matcha powder and prepared green tea.

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Vending Machine Culture and Green Tea Trend in Japan

Vending Machine Culture and Green Tea Trend in Japan

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

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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4 Ways To Add Green Tea To Your Recipes

4 Ways To Add Green Tea To Your Recipes

June 27, 2017

The world is waking up. More people than ever are waving goodbye to fast and processed foods in favor of natural and healthy products. Everyone is aware of the health benefits of fruits and vegetables, thanks in large part to our parents reminding us every single day throughout our childhood before allowing us to leave the table. “Eat your vegetables,” is a common saying in many households, but… “eat your tea”? Green tea to be specific. The saying might not catch on but the act of eating green tea, in addition to drinking it, is at an all-time high.

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How to Cold Brew Japanese Green Tea - The Expert Advice

How to Cold Brew Japanese Green Tea - The Expert Advice

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

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

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

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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Japanese Green Tea - Simply Explained

Japanese Green Tea - Simply Explained

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 Reasons Why Green Tea Extract is Bad for You

10 Reasons Why Green Tea Extract is Bad for You

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

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

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

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

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

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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