March 23, 2019
In the morning we traveled towards Hangzhou and had lunch at a delish restaurant that was right next to the Houtu tea factory, museum, and tasting room. We did a tour of the factory and it was very nice to see. The head of the Houtu factories was nice enough to transport, feed, and lodge us for a night in Hangzhou. There were about two dozen people and we were able to see West Lake.
The first four pictures are on the way to the restaurant. The next three are from the restaurant. The features picture is of Kyle taking a picture of our appetizers. We had two rooms for our group. You can see a bit of our second room in the featured picture.
I have a few pictures of the Houtu Tea Factory, Museum, and Tasting Room which I will show next week and the week after some of my photos of West Lake. West Lake really deserves two posts for all the lovely pictures.
Well, I am part of a group where we had an assignment to produce a video. Here is my video I made. I hope you enjoy it. It a video showing how to make matcha tea. There is my spirit animal and director. A cat painted on a rock.
This is an informative article from an Indian medical network online provider and is the number one in India and South Asia. I got this again from the Specialty Tea Institute in New York City. Here are some highlights of a very healthy beverage to drink. Matcha tea is also very tasty.
1. High in Antioxidants
2. Provides Relaxation
3. Prevents Cancer
4. Aids Weight Loss
5. Improves Cognition (brain power)
6. Controls Type-2 Diabetes Mellitus
7. Boosts Immunity
8. Controls Hypertension and Improves Heart Health
9. Improves Digestion
10. Detoxifies the Body and Prevents Renal Damage
11. Fights Bacterial, Viral and Fungal Infections
12. Protects Against HIV
13. Protects Against Eye Diseases
14. Boosts Energy
HOW TO MAKE THE BEST MATCHA GREEN TEA
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.
From cherries to matcha tea: The nine metabolism-boosting foods, proven by science, that can help you lose weight
Well, number one is matcha tea. I did a presentation on matcha tea two weeks ago. I let people try my heritage grade and it tasted lovely with its extra rich savory umami flavor. I do also have a slightly lower price point matcha that is ceremonial grade and a lovely tea itself bright green and the broth is a grassy green.
Yerba Mate is on the list as well as beet juice, cherry juice, white kidney bean, and black pepper. All things that are tasty, good for you, and help you lose weight.
You still need to eat healthily and exercise, but if you are having a hard time losing weight, it would not hurt to add matcha tea and/or the other items on this list. Probably best to add a few from the list, especially if you like to consume them.
This is a really great article and explains really well the differences of matcha and powdered green tea. If you ever tasted a ceremony grade matcha you would notice the difference right away, besides the obvious color difference. Matcha is very tasty and healthy tea. Works great in the morning because you ingest the tea leaves, so you get more caffeine than steeping tea leaves. It is still not to the level of coffee.
The image used is matcha tea and shortbread cookies with lemon curd inside at my old teahouse.
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.