We've talked about the inception of Japanese tea many times before. From tea's journey to Japan to modern-day tea practices. For example, iced matcha recipes. Believe it or not, Japan's elite class did not drink iced oat milk matcha lattes in the Edo period. Anyhow, today, we are shining a light on Uji, Kyoto, where Japanese tea was truly born.
Out of the different types of Japanese green tea, Tamaryokucha is often left in the shade. Indeed, it's not a very common type of tea, comprising only 3% of all Japanese tea production. However, if you are a Japanese tea enthusiast, trying Tamaryokucha is a must. (Read more)
In the past, we have written about a very popular Japanese concept mottainai. Literally translated as “what a waste!” it is actually more of a life philosophy. Following the philosophy of mottainai, we make sure that everything gets used to the fullest. Nothing gets wasted. Perhaps, this is where Japanese green tea over rice comes in, otherwise known as Ochazuke. (Read more)
Ah,Sencha. Japan's most beloved tea. Found in nearly every household, every vending machine, and in every convenience store in Japan. Chances are you've had it too! As sencha is served in most Japanese restaurants and sushi bars. Often free of charge.
As much as we love our daily gong fu tea, the summer days are only getting hotter. We know sometimes as much as you’d like to enjoy a quiet moment with your tea pet, brewing up pot after pot of delicious loose leaf tea, the heat can make the practice unbearable. At times like this, we switch to our favorite summer-time tea brewing method — cold brewed tea! (Read more)