Tea and Terroir

Terroir is such an interesting concept. This idea that we can sense, perceive, the energy of a place through that which is grown there. This idea that there are background notes shared between different farms in the same area that come through in the cup. Popularised in wine, there is a rich hundreds (if not […]

How We Choose and Use Accoutrements for Maccha Preparation

When you put careful thought and intention into your maccha, your tools are an integral part of the process. Here’s how you can evaluate and use the proper tools to prepare maccha. Choosing Your Chasen What is a Chasen? Chasen are bamboo whisks used for blending maccha green tea. The delicate shape, coupled with the […]

How to Choose the Right Maccha

To qualify as a maccha, the leaves of camellia sinensis need to be grown under shade, harvested during the first harvest, steamed and dried flat, then deveined and destemmed before being milled into a fine powder. As a result, even though maccha is a powdered green tea, not all powdered green tea is considered maccha. […]

The Health Benefits of Maccha

What is Maccha? Maccha is green tea that has been shade-grown, de-veined, de-stemmed and painstakingly stone-ground into a fine powder. You consume the whole leaf, healthier and concentrated.  To qualify as green tea, the tea must be mechanically processed within a day of harvest. This freezing of the enzymes prevents the tea from “withering” (also […]