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About Podcast

Hi, I’m Ricardo. I’ve always been drawn to the Japanese culture, for some reason I can’t explain.
I have studied the Japanese language until achieving a reasonably high level of proficiency (passed N1 level in the JLPT) and even lived there for some time.

Why I started this website

I was born in Colombia but oddly enough I never liked coffee. I think it smells nice, but that’s about it. Too much caffeine makes me anxious.
While at Japan, I had my first exposure to green tea. Its everywhere you go, you can’t miss green tea in Japan, a lot of restaurants will even serve it for free. I liked it immediately, began to learn all about it, and now I drink it daily.

I’m the first Colombian to obtain the certification of Japanese Tea Advisor by the Nihoncha Instructor Association.

My mission

In Asia, for a very long time green tea has been number 1, unlike the West where black tea is more popular. However, the situation is slowly changing. There is a tea renaissance happening outside Asia, each day new tea enthusiasts join the cause.

I want to fulfill my part by writing about Japanese green teas. I believe that one day, words like sencha and matcha will be as common as espresso and cappuccino.


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Green Tea Mania Book   Paperback

Paperback: 120 pages
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1544093322
ISBN-13: 978-1544093321
Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.3 x 6 inches
Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces

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Steeping Guide

Steeping Guide - Hot

  1. Dissolve 2 teaspoon of powder into 8 Oz of hot water. We recommend about 175°F for most common green tea.

    Please note that our product page has different recommended temperature based on type of tea between 175°F- 185°F; however, 175°F can be the most common and standard temperature that would work for any type of our green tea.

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  2. Wait for 60-120 seconds  (Please follow steeping guide on the product for specific time based on type of tea.)

  3. Use mesh strainer to filter out the green tea leave and serve hot

Steeping Guide - Cold

  1. Dissolve 3-4 teaspoon of powder into 30 Oz of cold water.  For best result, use filtered water, bottled water. Alternatively, you can boil water and let it cool down until room temperature. 

  2. Keep in refrigerator for 3 hours or more. Key point is to use longer time to dissolve. This way, sweetness increases, and it does not break down theanine and vitamin C.  For best result, let it sit for overnight. 

  3. Stair the water first, then use mesh strainer to filter out the green tea leave and serve cold.