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A Taste for Tea features stone-ground matcha from Japan.

We feature authentic ceremonial matcha – 100% stone ground matcha from the organic tea fields of Japan. Ceremonial matcha has a long history and has been part of the Japanese Tea Tradition for over 800 years. The matcha is poured into a funnel that routes the tea leaves down a tube to the middle of two large granite stones. The leaves are slowly ground into a powder between the stones. It takes a full hour to produce 1 oz. of stone ground matcha. You can see how very bright green and fine the powder is after grinding. Healthy and trendy, people around the world are learning about the wonderful benefits of matcha. Japan is actually experiencing a new boom in the matcha tea business as more and more people are learning about matcha and green tea in general. Part of the daily routine, matcha is often served with a small healthy treat called wagashi, a Japanese confectionery. In this photo is a traditional Japanese matcha bowl, called a chawan. The matcha is served with  a  sweet …

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Journey to a Green Tea Field

On the wall in a local coffee shop where I would buy my morning cup of tea, was a beautiful picture of a foggy hillside with workers hand-picking tea in a green tea field. I really enjoyed looking at that beautiful picture and one day I stated out loud, “I really want to visit a green tea field!” Sure enough a year later, that’s exactly where I ended up… Standing in a green tea field, you breathe in the air. The whole side of the mountain smells like tea and permeates your being. Drinking a cup of matcha, is just like standing in the field. The fresh smell of tea is the same and the gentle aroma of tea creates a sense of well-being with a nice little lift. Matcha had an extra benefit, it helped overcome jet lag and travel fatigue. That’s why I’m an advocate for matcha green tea. It helps restore energy when traveling, provides mental clarity and it has a natural lift with the right combination of l-theanine and light caffeine. …

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Tea Lover’s Matcha

Tea Lover’s Matcha is by far one of our favorite ‘drink it straight’ savory matchas. This ceremonial organic green tea is provided from My Matcha Life Products. It has a richer, more complex flavor or ‘umami’ compared to most ceremonial grade matchas. It is smooth, pleasant and naturally sweet, making it perfect to drink hot as is or over ice. We like it both ways. Tea Lover’s Matcha is a Ceremonial Matcha- What exactly does ceremonial mean? The name ‘ceremonial’ is reserved for matchas of a high grade used in the famous Japanese tea ceremonies throughout Japan. Quality matcha comes from picking the top five leaves picked from the tea plant. Prior to harvest each May, the tea is grown under shade cover. This forces the chlorophyll and nutrients up to the outermost leaves of the plant which are then picked and stone ground into a fine matcha powder. This growing method produces a natural sweetness and high quality nutrient content. Additionally, the tea fields are fed with organic composting and natural water wells insuring …

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Coconut Green Tea Ice Cream

Green tea ice cream made with matcha, has a bold and delicious flavor!  It’s bright green color makes it eye appealing and you can almost taste that wonderful matcha flavor just by looking at it! Once you’ve tried it, it will move to the top of the list of your favorite green tea ice creams. A regular bowl of matcha is often served with a sweet treat, called wagashi, a confectionery treat in Japan.  There is just something perfect about matcha’s distinct earthy flavor that combines well with something sweet. It is so enjoyable in ice cream you will find yourself wanting it more and more. Some natural food stores are carrying brands of green tea ice cream, but if you want to make a batch at home here is a delicious recipe to try. Ingredients: 2 cans full fat coconut milk, pre-chilled (this is very important as it makes the ice cream creamy, like ice cream should be!) 4 T of matcha (we use Foodies culinary grade for it’s great taste and beautiful bright green …