Start drinking tea slowly, without rush, start paying attention to tea, and you start staying more in the moment, and by paying more attention to the present, you gradually become more mindful. By becoming more conscious, you start getting rid of bad habits and begin cultivating a healthier lifestyle and healthier relationship with the world around you.
By allowing yourself to pause and relax, you are allowing yourself to calm down, become kinder, more balanced and make better decisions (Read more)
Have you ever heard about Chabana before? It’s similar to Ikebana — Japanese flower arrangement. However, Chabana (茶花) is a flower arrangement explicitly done for tea ceremonies. Cha meaning tea, and bana meaning flower in Japanese. (Read more)
Gong Fu tea is the Chinese tea ceremony, the Chinese way of drinking tea. Literally translated, gong fu cha means "making tea with skill" or "making tea the right way". Gong Fu cha is quite different from the western way of preparing tea. To make tea the Gong Fu way, we need a proper tea set. (Read more)
When you want to make your matcha in the traditional Japanese style, it's essential to invest in a proper Japanese tea set. A basic tea set will include a chawan (matcha bowl), chasen (matcha whisk), and chashaku (matcha scoop). If you want a complete Japanese tea set, however, you should also get a furui (tea sift), and a kusenaoshi (chasen holder). By the way, this is only if you want to enjoy matcha at home, casually. If you're going to make matcha as per the ways of Chado, you need much more equipment. So, if you want to make a proper bowl of frothy green matcha, if nothing else, you should always have quality matcha tea powder and a chasen. So how do we take care of the matcha whisk to ensure its longevity for years of umami-rich tea bowls to come? (Read more)
In a couple of our recent posts, we have mentioned these obscure words — hui gan. But what does hui gan actually mean? Indeed, it’s as elusive as many of our favorite terms in this mysterious world of tea! Hui gan, cha qi, wabi-sabi… they are all tricky to describe but really hold what we find is the essence of the tea ceremony. (Read more)