Friday, November 19, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Take a look of these photos. Can you guess what's in common in them?
If you guessed it right, you are a green tea savvy.
Believe it or not, they are all green tea products. The bag, purse, and shoes were dyed with green tea. It gives nice earth-tone brown color.
Body-wash towel, soap, mouthwash and socks were made for more of anti-odor purposes, because catechin in green tea is powerful antioxidant and help prevent odor.
True or not, you be the judge.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
What is your plan for Halloween?
- Put cream cheese into microwave and make it soften about 30 sec to 1 min
- Add sugar and mix well with cream cheese in the ball
- Add eggs one by one and mix well
- Add Sen Cha powder( Match powder) and flower then mix well again
- Pour whip cream little by little and mix well
- Bake cheese cake at 180-degree oven for 30 to 40 mins
Friday, October 22, 2010
You might have already heard Green Tea Coke has hit the Japanese market in 2009. Coca Cola Japan said it is enriched with green tea and good for health and beauty. It looks just like regular coke but it definitely made me wonder how it taste like.
Here's another green tea fusion beverage from the green tea mecca, Shizuoka prefecture, Japan. It is called "Shizuoka Cola" literally.
Yay! The color of this beverage does not disappoint me. The manufacturer of this very unique cola, Kimura Beverage Company, said that they wanted to create cola that goes well with Japanese food. It seems they put lots of thoughts into the balance of cola flavor and green tea flavor. It took them five years in planning and one year for product development. Too bad, Shizuoka Cola is only available in Shizuoka.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Trick or Treat! Have you decided what you will do on Halloween? Some of you may have decided what costumes to wear or what to cook for party.
- A cup of Sen Cha or Hoji Cha( as you like)
- About 7oz of Plum wine
Friday, October 8, 2010
- Mike Buerdia (Gift Set)
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
I have been a fan of Hoji Cha since I was a little girl. Maybe it's because Hoji Cha was the first green tea my mom gave me. Hoji Cha is roasted green tea and known for its very low caffeine. In Japan pediatricians recommend Hoji Cha for babies. Surprised?
Golden brown color, nice toasty flavor, calming aroma... ahhhh never get tired of Hoji Cha. What's interesting about this green tea is that it tastes delicious with cream and sugar. Just like black tea, it can be enjoyed as "Milk Tea". My kids LOVE Hoji Cha milk tea. I use loose leaf and brew it VERY thick and add a hint of cream and sugar.
Majority brands of Hoji Cha is made of tea leaves. SA Hoji Cha is made of mainly young twigs. Twigs have more sweetness than tea leaves. Tea Maestro Sugimoto's well-honed roasting technique beautifully crafts Hoji Cha.
Now Hoji Cha is the Tea of the Month. Don't miss out this offer!
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
A smile is one of the most obvious and effective methods of non-verbal communication. Your warm smile might brighten up someone's heart, bring positive attitude to your workplace, make people want to know about you, and simply you feel good.
Use the power of smile and be happy!
Smiles are everywhere. Even teas are smiling today.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
- H30 L
Selected Hoji Cha is 10 % off in this month.
Believe it or not, the origin of green tea can be traced back to 5000 years ago in China.
An herbalist, whose “study” has become the foundation of today’s Chinese Medicine, travelled across the land and sampled countless wild grass and leaves to study their effectiveness on human body. He was often poisoned and ate green tea leaves as antidotes for those poisons.
Interesting, huh? I find this story very amusing because it really depicts the nature of green tea. Today we drink green tea as a beverage because we love the flavor and we know it’s good for our health. But this story tells us more than we thought we know.
It is said that green tea was introduced to Japan in the 7th century. Tea culture flourished as drinking tea was embraced by the samurai class and became their noble hobby. A whole sub-culture of teapots, tea cups, art and manner developed. After the war, green tea industry supported Japan’s economy by exporting overseas. Japan’s history is inseparably-tied to green tea.
Today in the states, green tea has been increasingly popular as it receives growing attention. Just like sushi and tofu have been adopted into their diet, there’s no doubt that green tea will be commonly enjoyed in their everyday life. Tea culture of the next millennium may be taking root in the United States. Who knows?
Thursday, September 16, 2010
- Green tea toast
- Easy & Quick
- Versatile application
- Rich in anti-oxidant
- No teabag, eco-friendly
Monday, September 13, 2010
Tea of the month for September is Sen Cha
For over three centuries Sen Cha has been Japan's favorite green tea. Sen Cha is a premium tea renowned fore its balance of sweetness and bitterness.
All Sen Cha is 10 % off in this month.
Enjoy this delicious traditional Japanese green tea.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
- Catechin: Strong antioxidative effect (fighting to active oxygen causing aging process), Antibacterial effect
- Vitamin E: "Anti-aging vitamin"
- Vitamin C: Helping synthesis of collagen
- Mix one third of Sencha powder and two third of flour
- Add water bit by bit until it becomes thick paste
- Put the paste on your skin and wait 10 minutes*
- Wash out the paste with warm water
*Please do skin patch test before use
OR, you can use Sen Cha teabag for facial massage. Even after steeping, many of properties are remained in tea leaves. The teabag massage makes your skin clean and smooth.
Monday, August 2, 2010
Genmai Cha is an aromatic rich blend of roasted brown rice and storn-milled Matcha powder. Our Genmai Cha was selected as the best flavored/blended green tea at the World Tea Championship 2008. Experience the difference.
Please refer to our website for more information.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
For the person who is not familiar to these Japanese green teas, we offer 3 kinds of samplers.
Bulk Sampler A
1. Sen Cha (Fukamushi)
2. Sen Cha Premium
3. Ban Cha
4. Kona Cha
These 4 teas have pure green flavor and loved by Japanese for centuries. If you prefer strong, green, pure flavor, this sampler is worth trying.
1. Kuki Cha
2. Hoji Cha
3. Genmai Cha (without Matcha)
4. Genmai Cha with Matcha
These teas are also traditional green teas in Japan and have very unique flavor. If you are tired of plain green tea, this sampler will let you find another world of green tea.
1. Sencha Powder
2. Hojicha Powder
3. Genmaicha Powder
These powder green tea can be used as healthy ingredients for your cooking. Please find your original recipe by using these powder.
If you have any question about these teas, please feel free to contact us.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Traditionally many Japanese drink barley tea during summer. Because it is caffeine free, many parents let their children drink barley tea. So did my mother.
Today, I love to drink iced Hoji Cha. Its taste is very similar to barley tea, but Hoji Cha has more smoky flavor. Also, Hoji Cha has catechin, which many studies showed its health benefits, so I can say iced Hoji Cha is healthier than barley tea.
It's very easy to make iced Hoji Cha - just make strong hot Hoji Cha and put ice cubes in a cup. Or, if you would like to brew Hoji Cha with cold water, please use a little bit more leaves than usual and steep for 5 minutes. Cold-brew Hoji Cha has much sweeter than hot-brew Hoji Cha because theanin (sweetness) is extracted more than tannin (bitterness) in cold water. Our website has a little bit more information about the balance of theanin and tannin (please refer the "water temperature" section).
Seattle's summer is short. I will enjoy it with iced Hoji Cha!
Friday, June 18, 2010
This year, the Tea Maestro and his wife (my father and mother) came to help me. My father had talked with many customers and explained about his teas, and my mother had prepared more than 800 cups of tea samples for 3 days. It was great chance even for me to listen what my father talked about his teas and also see how my mother brewed each tea respectively.
From this show, we started offering 8 kinds of bulk loose leaf for customers such as tea houses, cafes, restaurants, and hotels. All of the teas were traditional green teas in Japan, but some teas were quite new for here in the U.S. As a Japanese tea specialist, we would like to continue to introduce unique Japanese teas for American tea enthusiasts!
For inquiry regarding to the bulk loose leaf, please contact us.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
The following is the way I enjoyed Temomi Shincha 2010.
After 3 minutes, tea leaves were partially opened, so I waited extra minute.
After a minute (total 4 minutes), I poured the tea little by little into 2 cups. *Remember the last drop is the most flavorful, so make sure no water remains in your pot.
For 2nd infusion, I used 130F water and steeped for a minute.
After the 2nd infusion, tea leaves were completely opened and changed back into whole leaf. Of course, we could enjoy 3rd infusion, 4th infusion, or more.
If you see the open leaves closely, you can see how suavely my mother kneaded the leaves. Surface of the leaves are so beautiful, and there is no damage on it.
I made Temomi Salad, too. After the 3rd infusion, I steeped the leaves in boiling water for more than 5 minutes. This took bitterness out from the leaves and made the salad smooth taste.