My Tea Break

Rediscovering Tea around the world


Matcha Latte

Mid – morning break with a Matcha Latte… Soooo delicious….

 

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Happy  Tea Break

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Sencha Green Tea

Sencha is one of the most popular varieties of Japanese green Teas and definitely one of my favourite Teas. Sen meaning green and cha meaning tea, sencha translates literally as green Tea.

The process by which Sencha  is created differs from Chinese green Teas, which are initially pan-fired. This Tea is gently steamed to fix the leaves and preserve their original green colour before being rolled and dried into a flat needle shape.

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Sencha is the most common Tea in Japan, accounting for three quarters of all Tea drunk in the country.  When you drink Tea in a Japanese restaurant  it is likely to be Sencha.  

This Tea  is grown in almost all the Tea producing areas of Japan so the quality can vary a lot depending on the harvesting season and area.

I’ve recently tried a sencha from the Uji area which was delicious. The leaves had a deep green colour with an aroma of fresh grass and perfectly balanced flavour. It had a refreshing and sweet aftertaste with a subtle astringency.

If you’re a sushi fan I encourage you to order Sencha Tea on your next sushi meal! It’s delicious…

Sushi and Tea

Happy Tea Break.

Tania


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Genmaicha – Brown Rice Tea

Genmaicha, often called “Popcorn Tea”  or “Brown Rice Tea” is a traditional Japanese blend with Green Tea and roasted brown rice. 

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Although there are several versions about the origins of Genmaicha, it seems that it was invented about 90 years ago by a small Tea shop in Kyoto, Japan. The original motivation was to create a more affordable Tea for mass consumption. The reputation of being a cheap tea has stuck with Genmaicha until very recently. It was mostly made with low grade tea leaves from the late harvest (bancha) and the rice was used to mask any off-flavours. Nowadays,  you can find Genmaicha with much higher quality sencha or the addition of matcha and is now consumed by all social classes in Japan and abroad.

Genmaicha has a natural nutty and toasty flavour and aroma and can be served either as a hot or cold drink. It is delicious either way…

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To brew this Tea you should use spring water (as always!), temperature should be between 70°C and 80°C and infuse between 2-3 min. The Tea leaves do not have to be removed after the first steeping, simply add more hot water after the first cup is enjoyed.

Happy Tea Break.

Tania


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Tea Zen – Premium Green Tea liqueur

Hi,

Being one of the most popular drinks in the world, Green Tea is being used in new forms. Big brands like lipton and others are creating their own beverages with Green Tea. This is mainly due to its restorative and antioxidant properties.

Zen Green Tea liqueur is a recent beverage that combines Green Tea & Spirits!

Matcha is the green Tea chosen in this beverage, which explains it´s dark color and texture. The Tea leaves are carefully selected to ensure a high quality. “After being chosen, the leaves are infused with neutral spirits for a period of ten days and then blended with flavors and exotic herbs such as lemon grass.”

This particular brand suggests different combinations like:

ZEN -TINI
1 part Zen Green Tea Liqueur
2 parts SKYY Vodka
Splash of lime
Shake and serve in a martini glass.

ZEN & TONIC OR SODA
1 part Zen Green Tea Liqueur
Club soda or tonic
Serve in a rocks glass. Garnish with lemon
for club soda or lime for tonic.

ZEN SAKE-TINI
1 part Zen Green Tea Liqueur
2 parts dry sake
Shake and serve in a martini glass.

ZEN Breeze
1 part Zen Green Tea Liqueur
2 parts white cranberry juice
Serve in a tall glass over ice. Garnish with
a mint sprig.

Lets try it?!

Happy Tea break,

Mariana


Matcha Smoothie

Today I tried this Matcha smoothie recipe. The recipe is very simple. You combine 1 cup of greek yogurt (you can also use 1 cup of milk or soy milk) , 1 teaspoon of matcha powder, and ice cubes in to a blender.

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One glass of matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green Tea in terms of its nutritional value and antioxidant content. That’s because when you drink Matcha you’re drinking the whole leaf (finely ground and powdered).

The result is a delicious and healthy smoothie and a boost of energy to start the day!

Happy Tea Break.

Tania


Kukicha Japanese Green Tea

A few months ago I bought this delicious Japanese green Tea – Kukicha– in a shop in Madrid called Bomec – http://www.bomec.es/home.html

Kukicha is a variety of Japanese green Tea. It is quite special as it is made of stems, stalks and twigs of the Camellia Sinensis. Therefore, this Tea is also known as Twig Tea!

Due to this mixture, Kukicha Tea has a very unique and distinctive aroma and flavour. It is light and fresh, mildly nutty and slightly sweet in flavour.

How to prepare the Tea:

  • Water temperature: between 70°C to 80°C (155°F – 180°F). 
  • You can infuse up to four times
  • Infusion times: 1 – 3 minutes

Health Benefits:

  • Low in caffeine, so you can drink it all day long and it is great for those wanting to limit their intake of caffeine.
  • High level of antioxidants, which helps preventing free radicals.
  • Contains proven anti-carcinogens, which aid in preventing and fighting cancer, as well as other diseases.
  • Some studies suggest that it is great for diabetics as helps stabilising blood sugar levels.

Happy Tea Break,

Mariana!