Another article from the Speciality Tea Institute. Most people know that green tea has health benefits. I have been telling people for a bit about Japanese green tea and it’s health benefits. Most people do not realize how many different green teas are in Japan and are just starting to realize it’s health benefits. Other green teas are healthy too and have different characteristics. This post mentions The Book of Tea, Okakura Kakuzo saying “Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage”. It also focuses on Japanese green teas. If you have a high quality Japanese green tea that is brewed properly it is very tasty and very healthy for you too. I have quite a few Japanese green teas that just arrive less than a month ago here.
HOW TO MAKE THE BEST MATCHA GREEN TEA
An interesting article with many great facts though there are a few things off with it. There are competition grade and heritage grade matchas. You can get quality matcha for a little less than stated, but for the most part, it does cost. The last thing is it is good it was mentioned not to use boiling water, but the water should be much lower than boiling and Japanese green teas usually have the lowest temperature anywhere from 125 F to 180 F. Matcha tea is on the middle end with somewhere between 140 to 160 F usually. Otherwise, it does give a very good overview of matcha teas with some really great facts and tips.
Another great article that the Specialty Tea Institute has sent its certified tea specialists. This one was written by a global company that does emphasize China. Interesting that they showcase matcha, even though matcha type tea started in China around the 6th century, people today really think of Japan for matcha tea. Japan also has the best matcha tea.
Some of the health benefits are anti-aging, eliminating toxins, cancer prevention, weight loss, increasing energy and stamina, calming effect, improving immune functioning, promoting gastric health, lowering cholesterol and blood sugar, and preventing gum disease and osteoporosis. The article goes into detail about each health benefit.
I haven’t talked for a while about new teas I blended or got from the farms in origin countries. Actually just looked it up and it has been last year. Yikes! I definitely have been getting more teas and blending. I received some teas from Japan, China, and Taiwan and blended a few teas too. Here are most of them:
Orange Rosehip Hibiscus Rooibos
Alishan GABA Oolong
Golden Lily Oolong
Golden Monkey Black
Heavy Roasted Dark Oolong
Hojicha Dark Roast
Honey Nectar Oolong
Lemon Ginger Rooibos
Lemon Ginger Sencha
Pu-erh in a Tangerine
This Saturday I will hopefully be doing a Japanese tea tasting and Japanese tea history. Hopefully Friday I will hear good news about a potential prospect. Today I had a meeting with a lady to partner with her and someone else, details will come once some things get more formalized. Next Monday evening I will be teaching another free Tea 101 class, aka intro to tea.
I think my next post will be more informative than telling my goings on. Hopefully, my writing will also be better than that last sentence, lol.
On Friday 17, 2017 I was lucky enough to be invited to hear Oscar Brekell speak about Japanese green tea at the Ivy Room in Chicago. Been invited to these events since 2012. Always learn so much about various Japanese products like saki, sushi, and other Japanese delicacies.This time it was hearing Oscar Brekell, certified as a Nihoncha Japanese Tea Instructor, talk about Japanese green tea. Only 7 non-Japanese have this designation, so this was a true honor. He was knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. Oscar learned about Japanese green teas from planting to the final product of different Japanese green teas. Some of the green teas he mentioned are not exported, so the only way you know about them is to visit Japan.
I was also able to try a product that cost at least $250 a bottle (wine bottle size). It was tasty and well balanced.
Some more good news about green tea becoming more popular. Found this article about a week or two ago in the World Tea News. They have many articles about the tea industry, sometimes good, sometimes so-so, and sometimes bad. The main goal is to be accurate about various aspects of the tea industry. I have been lucky to have subscribed to this newsletter for over a dozen years. Learning trends and sometimes strifes that happen in areas of the tea growing world. It was nice to read an article that was predominately giving good news for my industry.
As a lover of Japanese green teas, I really like reading this article. Not only does Japanese green tea taste good to me and it is a very healthy beverage too.
Right now I only have 2 Japanese green teas: Sencha and Genmaicha, but can get special orders of almost any green tea from Japan. It may take awhile, but it is doable. I am waiting for my business to pick up a little before I do several grades of matcha tea. The photo below is Sencha tea.
Chinese style green tea is also very healthy and tasty too. Some people prefer one over the other, so choose the one you like the most. Be happy that you are enjoying a tasty beverage that is increasing in popularity and good for your health.