More Matcha Please

Is matcha the new espresso? The growth of interest in recent years in this powdered Japanese green tea has been rapid enough that it prompted one writer to pose that question. The writer ultimately concluded that while matcha and espresso do share some similarities, matcha will likely come to occupy a healthy niche in the …

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Mince Pie Mania

Mince pie mania has set in at our house. One of the best things about the winter holidays — and that gets our hearts to beating a bit faster — is the reappearance of mince pies on the market. My first mince pie memories are from childhood. My father would cut a quarter section out …

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The Perfect Cup of Tea

If you've been a tea lover for a while you've undoubtedly heard the term "perfect cup of tea" a few times. Run on over to Google and do a search for the phrase and you'll come up with a mere 341,000 results. Which suggests that it's a topic that's on more than a few people's …

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Harvesting Tea by Hand or Machine

There are comments being bandied about regarding machine-harvested tea vs. hand-harvested tea, asserting that the latter tastes better than the former. Such statements, however, are subjective and cannot be categorized as strict assurances as if you were saying “This is an apple and that is an orange.” Time for a little objectivity here, if I …

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