2018/05/15

Dust in the Tea!?? NO!!


Have you seen some dust-ish stuff when Sencha is served in Japan?
Actually, this is not “dust” at all. That’s fine soft hair on the back of new buds called “Mouji”.It is a proof of freshness. Which mean the tea is good quality of new tea.

When you find those stuff, you should be lucky to have such a great new tea! 

Enjoy.

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2018/04/07

Australian Shincha

Recently, Japanese green tea has been diversifying. We see more single origin tea, more varietal tea and more aromatic tea. For the customers, this kind of trend is fun.

I wonder this can be called diversification too, but I found an interesting tea in name-wise; Austrarlia Shincha.



Shincha literally means “new tea”, and is the first flush Japanese sencha and highly valued in Japan. I took shincha granted for “Japanese” tea. So I was surprised to look at it first.

Wait a minute… this is from a Japanese tea giant, ITO EN, LTD. ,and they grow tea both at home and abroad. So is this still considered to be Japanese??? I am not sure since I don't know how and when the tea is processed. But I can see that  this is very eye-catching brand name, and some will buy it thanks to this novelty.



Nowadays, non-Japanese matcha and sencha have seen here and there in the world market. So I guess I shouldn’t be surprised if I see "not-born-and- bread" Japanese shincha one day. 

2018/03/24

Genmaicha Sakura Tea


Sakura season has come already! So we see more sakura-related stuff including food and tea here and there.

Tea and food menu items at a Japanese tea room, Osaka Chakai, in Osaka.
Sakura sweets and Sakura Green tea Latte… I found a “Genmaicha Sakura shuffle”. I was curious what that was….Looks like latte, but never had genmaicha latte anyway….



That was cold beverage, which was ground genmaicha mixed with milk with a salted sakura petal on it. When I was going to drink it, I smelled the aroma of genmaicha. I mean I smelled the roast aroma before drinking, which was nice. It was slightly sweetened, and a little saltiness of tiny edible sakura accentuated the tea.


It is supposed to look prettier. Unfortunately, a sakura petal is sinking.....


Matcha latte, hojicha latte are already so popular everywhere. I guess, it is genmaicha turn now.

* Osaka Chakai  https://www.osakachakai.jp/