If We Only Make What People Want, We Can Never Do Anything New

   I have been thinking about algorithms and creativity, classic solutions VS what has yet to be thought of. If musicians only ever wrote music similar to what they wrote in the past, we would sure live in a boring world. New thinking and new art is risky because we don’t know if people will […]

Why We Recommend Against Premaking Your Maccha Shots in Features

   Sometimes we get asked if you can make shots of maccha in advance to speed up efficiency behind the bar, especially for feature drinks. If this is something you can justify for your espresso program (pulling a bunch of shots into a syrup bottle) then perhaps you could do so for your maccha program. […]

The Impossible Dilemma In Food Service: How To Balance Cost And Flavour

We recently had some constructive dialogue with a cafe owner in the Okanagan who was struggling with rising costs and was trying to balance the cost and flavour of our Masala Chai at her cafe. It got us thinking about similar struggles we have faced in our past here at JagaSilk. Back in 2008, when […]

Should We Be Weighing Our Tea?

   We have had a great opportunity to learn from some incredible tea professionals these past few years through our involvement in the Victoria Tea Festival Revival, especially the symposiums where guests have shown us how they brew tea at origin and at their respective spaces. One connecting piece amongst the Chinese tea enthusiasts has […]

What is the Difference Between Maccha and Green Tea? There is no difference.

We sometimes get asked this question and thought it odd: what is the difference between maccha and green tea. The short answer is that there is no difference. Maccha is a kind of green tea.   However, there does seem to be some confusion here as made clear by a recent New York Times article on […]

Spring: Tea Harvests and When To Say Goodbye To Your Old Teas.

Expiry dates on tea

Spring is always a very exciting time of year for us. We see the first flush Darjeeling origin tea samples in a few days, have word that the pre-Qing Ming Chinese teas are tasting great, news that Japanese teas are developing slowly but nicely, and Taiwanese tea samples are on their way. In our books, […]

How to Take Care of Your Chasen (Bamboo Whisk)

When we first started JagaSilk, we used to carry $20 chasen (bamboo whisks) and didn’t think too much of it. Until we started to get higher volume clients. We started to see the whisks fall apart at a faster and faster rate. On top of that, we were made aware that our supplier was buying […]

What is the “Best” Way to Brew Your Tea?

   This question gets asked a lot and there really is no one true answer. Culture, context, preference, experience; all play a role in the direction that answer takes. JagaSilk is mostly a wholesaler and we often help new specialty coffee shops set up their tea programs. The needs of a cafe are generally focused on […]

Who Grows the Tencha for Our Maccha: Feature Farms

When sourcing tencha for our maccha (and any tea we bring in) we strongly believe in choosing to work with small farms that produce carefully and are good stewards of the land that they cultivate. We have built up great relationships with many farmers over the years, but we will be focusing on three families […]