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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Make Mine Matcha

Once upon a time, tea drinkers in the West would not likely have had ready access to a type of Japanese green tea called matcha. Those who did probably did so thanks to their participation in Chanoyu, which is more commonly known as the Japanese tea ceremony. Until relatively recently this was one of the …

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Matcha Cocoa Recipe

I don't know about you, but here we have been having record cold temperatures. And in our house, that's inside and out. We've been trying to save energy and money by turning down the thermostat and putting on more layers, but I'm still cold. So, I've been adding hot cocoa to the drink repertoire along …

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Japanese Green Tea

While tea from China comes in many colors including white, green, brown (oolong) and black, all tea from Japan is green. There are three main types of green tea from Japan. Sencha is the most common tea served as an every day drink in Japan. While there are high-quality Sencha tea leaves that are plucked …

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The Languages of Tea – Japanese

by Adam Yusko Avid tea drinkers and enthusiasts can find a plethora of  information on the Internet related to tea. There are countless tea forums, wiki sites and articles out there, many of which are rather international in their tea-coverage. If you've ever browsed or contributed to some of these forums, you may have seen …

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Tea and Spirits

By William I. Lengeman III The next time you can’t decide whether to have a drink or a cup of tea, maybe it’s time to consider sampling a beverage that combines both in one bottle. If you thought Long Island Iced Tea was the ultimate combination of tea and alcohol, well, not so fast. This …

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Matcha: The Heart of the Japanese Tea Ceremony

In 1168, a Buddhist priest named Myōan Eisai became disillusioned with the state of Buddhism in his homeland, modern-day Okayama, Japan, and set out in search of Mt. Tiantai, China, which was the birthplace of his religious sect. It would be the first of two visits that Eisai would make to Mt. Tiantai, and when …

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