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Old 11-20-2012, 01:17 AM   #11
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Thanks for the warm welcome DC seems like a very friendly place!

Drinking matcha is one of those healthy 'I should do that' things that keeps getting forgotten about, so I'm grateful to have stumbled across Snip 13's post.

I think you're right roadfix, it's not thought of as your everyday household tea. I think I'll pick some up though and see if it makes a good replacement for my morning coffee ceremony

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Old 12-03-2012, 12:29 AM   #12
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Definitely worth it, I'd say. Generally speaking the quality of the leaves used for matcha is different to that of more run-of-the-mill green tea. They're grown under shade and picked young.

We don't drink a lot of matcha but we have our fair share of green tea, lately we've been brewing the leaves in the cup and eating them afterwards, for that extra bit of goodness

We also like soba-cha, hatomugi-cha (good for your skin) and kombu-cha. If they're not available locally you'll probably find them with a quick search on Rakuten. You might be interested to know that rooibos is very popular here.

Last week a friend was upset at the loss of her tea ceremony teacher, who passed away at the ripe old age of 105. Sharp as a tack to the end apparently. Got me thinking, maybe I should start drinking matcha every day too...

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Thank you so much for your reply
I knew someone would have an answer for me. Matcha will be replacing my regular green tea from now on. Might as well get the best benefits. I love the flavour!
I used to drink loads of rooibos tea but since it's all I drank while pregnant with my children I've stopped. Think I over did it I'm not that fond of it anymore but I do use it for iced tea.
Very big welcome to DC by the way
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Old 09-26-2014, 11:20 AM   #13
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Old 08-28-2016, 09:42 AM   #14
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Thanks for the warm welcome DC seems like a very friendly place!

Drinking matcha is one of those healthy 'I should do that' things that keeps getting forgotten about, so I'm grateful to have stumbled across Snip 13's post.

I think you're right roadfix, it's not thought of as your everyday household tea. I think I'll pick some up though and see if it makes a good replacement for my morning coffee ceremony

Michael
Much welcome Michael. I'm still newish myself, and I have found that this is a friendly place.

I'm gonna chime in here, just because I am kind of serious about tea, and I am kind of envious about your experience with matcha in Hiroshima. You got a chance to do a tea ceremony with a master of it? You can color me green with envy, I guess that is why it is green tea :).

So matcha is a very fine grade of Japan green tea, powdered and generally used for tea ceremonies. As Michael knows, preparation of tea with this is highly ritualistic, and structured.

I will say this, and I hope nobody takes umbrage and offense, but due to demand Japanese green teas are often far too expensive to buy. Most of the production is consumed in domestic demand, and you are paying an import premium.

And I know we were talking about health benefits, right? So I like Upton Teas in Massachusetts. I don't work for them or anything, but they have been my go-to tea people for like forever, and they somehow get the first and second flush Darjeeling before anyone else (that might be a different tea post).

I would suggest, if you are looking for a Japanese style green tea in the states, not spending an enormous amount of money for imported matcha, but looking in to a higher quality gunpowder green tea (called such as the tightly rolled leaves looked like gunpowder)

http://www.uptontea.com/store/

I tried to make a link to a particular page, but the link looked like a mess. If you go to Upton, and search 'gunpowder green' you will get a lovely range of teas, which at about ten bucks for 125 oz, are much more achievable than matcha powder.

We drink green tea all the time, and some of the cheaper, when we get it, even gets made into green iced tea. (which is really awesome, with a little bit of lime, and I should post the recipe).

My feeling is that matcha powder is designed for tea ceremony. And it tends to be rather pricey. If I'm gonna make a cup, I throw some gunpowder greens in the pot.

Anyway, as a two thermos (at work) or two 12 cup chatsford pot (at home) tea drinker, that is my thought.

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Michael hasn't been here since December 2012.
Sounds like he is in Hiroshima, Japan. Craig I kind of come here for new cooking ideas, the chance of exchanging cooking tips with someone in Japan? He knows his tea, and maybe, just maybe he might give us delicious Japanese recipes. I hear they are doing some very interesting things with seaweed over there.

I'm kind of on board, regardless, I know I am pretty new myself here, but yeah, guy moved to japan, posting again, is there a problem? Why the wink?

Michael, there are actually a couple of Japanese teas I am interested about, I had a pen pal in Okinawa that sent me some twig tea. I guess it is a thing there? Have you heard of it? It was interesting.
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If you want to continue responding to someone that hasn't been active since 12-10-12 at 6:31 PM, enjoy.
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Old 08-28-2016, 12:53 PM   #18
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Sounds like he is in Hiroshima, Japan. Craig I kind of come here for new cooking ideas, the chance of exchanging cooking tips with someone in Japan? He knows his tea, and maybe, just maybe he might give us delicious Japanese recipes. I hear they are doing some very interesting things with seaweed over there.

I'm kind of on board, regardless, I know I am pretty new myself here, but yeah, guy moved to japan, posting again, is there a problem? Why the wink?

Michael, there are actually a couple of Japanese teas I am interested about, I had a pen pal in Okinawa that sent me some twig tea. I guess it is a thing there? Have you heard of it? It was interesting.
Michael has only posted twice here *ever*, both times in December 2012. He is unlikely to see your posts or to respond. That's what Craig is trying to tell you.
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Now that we've got this thread back and going again I'm a daily green tea drinker. I also like genmai-cha. It's basically green tea with bits of roasted brown rice mixed in.
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I also love genmai-cha.
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