Menu
Cart 0

It's All About Tea — japanese tea ceremony

What is the Difference Between Culinary and Ceremonial Grade Matcha?

Posted by Path of Cha on

What is the Difference Between Culinary and Ceremonial Grade Matcha?

We see this topic pop up a lot. So what really is the difference between culinary and ceremonial grade matcha!?


The most significant difference is that ceremonial grade matcha is made from exceptionally high-quality leaves and as the name suggests, is used almost exclusively for traditional Japanese tea ceremonies or the making of koicha

Unfortunately, the common misconception is that culinary grade matcha is of poor quality and thus is reserved for cooking where the high quality doesn’t matter as much. The truth is that good culinary grade matcha is perfect for making a delicious cup of frothy, whisked matcha, matcha lattes, and cooking. (Read more)

Read more →

The Different Types of Tea Found in Japan: Part 2

Posted by Path of Cha on

The Different Types of Tea Found in Japan: Part 2

With all the delicious tea varieties Japan has to offer, and with the traditional techniques only known to tea farmers within Japan, it is our job to keep tea production stable so we can keep enjoying this wonderful product with its many benefits... (Read more)

Read more →

Practicing Mindfulness in Simple Tea Meditation

Posted by Path of Cha on

Practicing Mindfulness in Simple Tea Meditation

Tea meditation is simple and requires no prior knowledge of meditation practices. All you need is your desire to be in the present moment.

The meditation can be practiced for as little or as long as you want, any time of the day. It is really all up to you!

There is a tendency amongst people to get up in the morning feeling rushed to get somewhere. Why not try getting up a little earlier and dedicating the time for this simple tea meditation? (Read more)

Read more →

What is a Chasen?

Posted by Path of Cha on

What is a Chasen?

Today a chasen (bamboo whisk) is undoubtedly one of the most indispensable parts of Chanoyu (Japanese tea ceremony). You might walk into a modern coffee shop or tea cafe and see the baristas preparing your matcha by shaking or blending the matcha powder with hot water (and possibly milk), but to many matcha lovers out there this is simply despicable. If you are present at a Japanese tea ceremony, you will not expect for your matcha to be whisked with anything but a chasen. (Read more)

Read more →

History of Senchado — The Way of Sencha

Posted by Path of Cha on

History of Senchado — The Way of Sencha

We all know of Chado (the way of tea) or Chanoyu, which refers to the traditional Japanese matcha tea ceremony. But how many of us know that Senchado (the way of sencha) was a thing as much as Chado at a time? Although now sencha is drunk in much more casual settings, most commonly in the comforts of one’s home or perhaps at a sushi restaurant, it started off as a more or less a ceremony quite similar to gong fu cha. (Read more)

Read more →