Author: Brian

check out Master Matsumoto Sosei interview

Recently, Master Matsumoto Sosei, the highest ranking Ura Senke tea master in North America, was interviewed by the East West Lifestyle magazine. The article effectively communicates the virtues of tea in under 300 words, so I...

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Matcha in Europe

Since 2000, many of you have probably seen the sudden growth in popularity for matcha, Japan’s most exclusive powdered green tea. Starbucks Green Tea Frappuccino, Jamba Juice Matcha Green Tea Blast, Odwalla Matcha-Licious,...

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fair trade: a discussion

I write this post in hopes of stimulating some dialogue on the subject of fair trade certified teas. I would like to preface this post by saying that I am NOT an expert on the technical details or the official position taken by...

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tea and longevity

In Japanese Buddhist culture, tea and longevity have long been associated with each other. The latest study published from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) seems to show statistically significant scientific...

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