Matcha has been making waves and finding its place in modern dining concepts. The ingenuity of chefs churned out numerous matcha-inspired products such as patisseries, lattes and ice cream. Let's go deeper to understand what makes Matcha Matcha.
We are used to throwing away our used tea bags after enjoying our cup of tea. However, do you know that there are many ways to utilize these bags? Before you toss them away, think twice!
Cold-brewed teas are popular these days and are especially desired during the hot seasons. These teas are refreshing and well-liked as they are less astringent and bitter due to the cold steeping. Tannins are reduced when using cold water than hot water. Therefore, cold-brewed teas usually comes out much sweeter.
Fukamushicha translates to "deep steamed tea". It is a unique type of tea typically produced in Shizuoka prefecture, Japan. The difference between Fukamushicha and any other type of regular Sencha (Japanese green tea) lies in the steaming process which is a step to halt oxidation peculiar to Japanese tea.
In Japan, Sencha is the most commonly produced tea. The key difference between Sencha and other types of tea such as black tea and oolong tea is in its production method. To produce Sencha, oxidation of the tea leaves has to be stopped as soon as the leaves are picked. This is also why most people associate Japanese green tea with freshness!
From a single plant, Camellia Sinensis, tea is consumed in different forms and enjoyed by many around the world. Tea culture is steeped in history, formed by centuries of trade, beliefs, practices and experiences.