How to make Kombucha with Japanese Green Tea

How to make Kombucha with Japanese Green Tea

The history of Japanese green tea reveals itself in the way we consume tea or the recipes we try. It helps shape our perception and overall experience of tea. In part, this article is a challenge with respect to your knowledge of tea. In another part, this article is a discussion of kombucha: Can I make kombucha from Japanese green tea? If so, how? But before we begin to outline the how-tos of kombucha, let's review kombucha itself.

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Japanese Green Tea vs Chamomile Tea - 10 battles you don't want to miss

Japanese Green Tea vs Chamomile Tea - 10 battles you don't want to miss

Japanese Green Tea and Chamomile garnered a cult following over the years. People drink these beverages for different reasons, some prefer their taste while others often drink them for their wonderful health benefits. Let’s find out which drink suits your lifestyle and health needs so you can figure whether you’re going to purchase Japanese Green Tea or Chamomile Tea.

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Gyokuro vs Tencha – What are they and what are the differences?

Gyokuro vs Tencha – What are they and what are the differences?

What do you really know about Gyokuro and Tencha? This article is a reply to some of your questions and a challenge for you to expand the world of tea that you currently enjoy. Let’s take a few moments to dive into gyokuro and tencha and find out what differences and similarities are out there!

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How to Make Matcha Smoothie - ChaCha's GreenTea Room Video

How to Make Matcha Smoothie - ChaCha's GreenTea Room Video

Matcha Smoothie - How to Make healthy matcha smoothie with Banana, Baby Spinach, Frozen Grape and Milk. Tips and Tricks to make it tasty and healthy.  ChaCha and Kei from the Japanese Green Tea Co. show you step by step how to make in a fun and simple way. Click here to watch the video Presented by ChaCha's Greentea Room Now 

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Tea for Allergies?! What is Benifuki Tea? - ChaCha's GreenTea Room Video

Tea for Allergies?! What is Benifuki Tea? - ChaCha's GreenTea Room Video

Did you know that there is tea good for allergies? Benifuuki green tea is a type of green tea that is booming in Japan due to being good for relieving allergies such as seasonal allergies, cedar allergies, hay fever. The study has also shown that benifuki is good for MCAD (Mast Cell Activation Syndrome). Click here to watch the video Presented by ChaCha's Greentea Room Now

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All Tea are the Same?! - ChaCha's GreenTea Room Video

All Tea are the Same?! - ChaCha's GreenTea Room Video

What makes Japanse Sencha Green Tea different from English Breakfast Tea? There are so many different types of tea out there. What are the differences? Sencha, Matcha, Oolong Cha, Black Tea, Red Tea, Yellow Tea... Are they all the same?  Click here to watch the video Presented by ChaCha's Greentea Room Now

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Virtual Japanese Green Tea Tour - What is it?

Virtual Japanese Green Tea Tour - What is it?

I was so excited to be one of the first people to join the Virtual Green Tea Tour, a new and magical tour offered by Arigato Japan that has been the pioneer for English-speaking Japanese tours for many years, featured by the New York Times Travel Shows, CNN Travel and more.
In this article (and a bit of video), I want to share with you a small segment of the virtual tour.  Read on and watch the video of the piece of the actual tour here.

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What is Shincha - New Crop Tea and What Makes them Unique?

What is Shincha - New Crop Tea and What Makes them Unique?

As tea lovers, it is ultimately to our benefit that the complicated world of tea is complicated! There are important distinctions to be made that help guide you to the best products to fit your need(s). One of those distinctions is to understand the importance of ichibancha (一番茶) or Shincha(新茶) or “first tea”. Let’s take a deeper look into what makes “first tea” unique and special.

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A Guide to Healthier You During a Pandemic with Tea #QuaranTEAning

A Guide to Healthier You During a Pandemic with Tea #QuaranTEAning

We do certainly live in a very uncertain time due to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that affected nations from all over the world.

In this blog I will be talking about how drinking green tea will help during quarantine or shall I say, quaranTEAn? Click here to read more. 

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What does Umami mean for Tea Drinking?

What does Umami mean for Tea Drinking?

As kids, we are taught that there were four basic tastes; salty, sour, sweet, and bitter which are represented by a map of the tongue. Not to burst your bubble, we do not just have four basic sense of flavor, instead, we have five! The fifth element:  Umami.

What does Umami (oo·maa·mee) うま味 mean for Tea Drinking? I will first explain what exactly umami is and then will touch about how it relates to tea. Keep reading as I also added a couple of interesting facts about umami at the end of the article. 

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Everything you need to know about Eisai, The father of tea

Everything you need to know about Eisai, The father of tea

Eisai's full name is 'Myoan Eisai' (明菴栄西), and he was commonly known as Yōsai Zenji (栄西禅師) which translates to Zen master Eisai. In 1191, early Kamakura Period, Eisai visited the Sung-dynasty China and brought back new tea leaves to Kyoto and he wrote about it in 1214 in his first book, Kissa yojoki (喫茶養生記). 

Read more about how Eisai has lived from childhood to becoming the "father of tea" legend.

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20 Best Tea Lover Items to Buy on Amazon

20 Best Tea Lover Items to Buy on Amazon

Gadgets and gifts! We love gadgets and gifts.  And Japanese green tea lovers are no exception.  Many of my readers have asked for thoughtful ideas for gift giving.

Read on to find my top 10 best tea lover items that I have found – and all under $50 on Amazon!  

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Where Different Types of Japanese Tea are Grown

Where Different Types of Japanese Tea are Grown

When reviewing green tea farms across Japan, the sheer variety is nearly endless: Whether you’re comparing cultivars or how the tea is grown or where the tea is grown there is something that everyone can learn. But where exactly is tea grown within Japan? Is it possible to grow sencha in Hokkaido? How much tea is grown on Honshu? Are there major tea farms on Shikoku or Kyushu? Read on to find out.

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How to Select Japanese Green Tea?  - The Expert Advice

How to Select Japanese Green Tea? - The Expert Advice

Tea presents itself in many ways. Of course, visiting the grocery store you’re likely presented with a variety or different flavors and types. Loose leaf tea or tea bags? What options are available if I want something with less caffeine? Is there an ideal breakfast and morning tea for someone such as myself?

Let’s narrow our search and focus on selecting Japanese green teas based on your needs and what fits in your life. Hope this list helps you navigate the great world of Japanese tea variety!

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What is Japanese Tea Ceremony? – Explained in 6 simple steps

What is Japanese Tea Ceremony? – Explained in 6 simple steps

Chanoyu(茶の湯), Sado(茶道)or simply the Japanese tea ceremony is a ritual which is religiously followed in Japan. Japanese Matcha green tea is served in a series of choreographed steps with the host simply gliding through the whole ceremony. 

Tea Ceremony is so deep, that there can be books of information, but I tried to summarize the ceremony in easy simple steps so that you can understand what they are. 

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Used Teabag - Organic Waste or for My Garden?

Used Teabag - Organic Waste or for My Garden?

We know that given our love for tea, it’s easy to question a better use for the left-over tea. Luckily, the appropriate tea bag leaves tea drinkers with a serious supply for our compost or organic waste endeavors. Tea compost is already a safe bed for the health of many of your plants given its organic nature, it’s simply a matter of making sure the proper tea bag is thrown in there. 

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10 Ways to Sweeten Your Matcha Green Tea

10 Ways to Sweeten Your Matcha Green Tea

There’s a kind of simplicity in tea with the tradition being “add water” and trust that the flavor profile matches the imagination. However, as I’ve fallen into love with tea, there’s a shocking variation in taste profiles. As the tea market continues to grow, there’s all sorts of tips and tricks out there to alter what shapes the taste of your tea.

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Is it OK to Drink Green Tea on an Empty Stomach?

Is it OK to Drink Green Tea on an Empty Stomach?

Lately, the craze with intermittent fasting has grown a following. This includes fasting, this article tackles the question if green tea is okay to drink while on an empty stomach. Read more about it and the other benefits of green tea while fasting.

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Is Green Tea Good Against Depression?

Is Green Tea Good Against Depression?

Depression is a serious condition and it seems that more people are now being vocal about this. If you know a loved one who is suffering from depression, then this article can help introduce green tea as an aid in reducing the symptoms of depression. Check the article further to know more.

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Brief History of Japanese Green Tea: A Cup Full of History and Mystery

Brief History of Japanese Green Tea: A Cup Full of History and Mystery

Green tea’s importance to Japanese culture can’t be understated. This magical drink has a very colorful and wonderful history to boast. From tea drinking monks to tea ceremonies,learn more and understand tea culture.

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How to Make Matcha Macarons - Video Recipe

How to Make Matcha Macarons - Video Recipe

Japanese Green Tea (Matcha) Macarons – a recipe for these delicious, light, and crunchy sweet treats that perfectly blend Western technique with Eastern flavors.

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How Does Green Tea Help Control Cholesterol Ratio?

How Does Green Tea Help Control Cholesterol Ratio?

Cholesterol is essential for the body to work properly and survive. Now there is good cholesterol and bad cholesterol, what Green tea does is make sure that it reduces LDL which is known as the bad cholesterol. With daily intake of Green Tea, it sets you on a path of a healthy lifestyle and other health benefits that you can read more on this article.

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Why Japanese Green Tea is Perfect for Intermittent Fasting + How to Guide, What to do & What not to do

Why Japanese Green Tea is Perfect for Intermittent Fasting + How to Guide, What to do & What not to do

Intermittent fasting has recently become popular. It’s less of a diet and more of a lifestyle pattern because there are no specifications on what food to eat or limit. This article tackles how Japanese Green Tea is off advantage while doing intermittent fasting.

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Everything You Need to Know about Covering Process for Matcha and Gyokuro

Everything You Need to Know about Covering Process for Matcha and Gyokuro

The process of covering tea plants is a difficult one. But what comes out of this process is quality tea like matcha and gyokuro. The shading process is what brings about that umami taste we all get while sipping a matcha tea. Find out more about what does the covering process does to Tea and so much more.

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