For the Love of Tea

sake-to-you matcha spritz

Posted by ITO EN on Mar 17, 2016 10:57:46 AM

St. Patrick's Day is approaching. We want to celebrate but we also want to try at least a little to stick to our New Year's resolutions. Solution? This Sake-To-You Matcha Spritz is festive and full of healthy antioxidants. Mix one up and don't feel guilty about having a little bit of fun on this greenest day of the year.

Sake-To-You Matcha Spritz: Japanese Cocktail with Bubbles

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Topics: Recipes with Tea

Green Tea Beauty Tips

Posted by ITO EN on Mar 10, 2016 4:13:09 PM

The antioxidant and free-radical scavenging properties of green tea have long made it a must-have drink for the health conscious. But did you know green tea can also be used as an at-home health and beauty remedy? Read on to find out 7 surprising ways you can use green tea:

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Topics: Health Benefits of Tea, Tea Beautiful

which brewing vessel is best for my tea?

Posted by ITO EN on Feb 23, 2016 12:17:26 PM

If there is one thing we know about tea, it's that the variety of options are endless. Caffeine or herbal? Black, green, white or blue? Which country do would you like it from? And then once all of these decisions are made - what is the best vessel to brew your tea to get the most out of the leaf?

While no single way is right or wrong, we hope to provide some clarity on the characteristics of each tea brewing vessel to help you create your own favorite way to brew your favorite leaf. After all, it is your tea ritual :)

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Topics: How to Prepare Tea, Varieties of Tea

Matcha green tea swiss roll recipe from buzzfeed

Posted by ITO EN on Feb 9, 2016 11:13:14 AM


Photo And Recipe Credit: Buzzfeed

This delicious Matcha Green Tea Swiss Roll, courtesty of Buzzfeed, would make a perfect sweet, yet nutritious treat for your loved ones on Valentine's Day.

Here’s what you will need:

Equipment:
* Electric Hand Mixer
* Lipped Baking Sheet
* Parchment Paper
* Butter or Vegetable Spray

Filling:
* 1 1/4 cups Milk (300ml)
* 1/4 cup Corn Startch (30g)
* 1/3 cup White Sugar (60g)
* 1 teaspoon Honey
* 1/2 cup Heavy Cream (120ml)

Cake:
* 1/3 cup White Sugar (60g)
* 3 Eggs
* 1 tablespoon Matcha Green Tea Powder
* 2 teaspoons Honey
* 1/4 cup Cake Flour (25g)

Directions:
Start with the filling: Pour the milk into a small saucepan, and sprinkle over the corn starch, whisk until combined. Next, add the honey and sugar and stir continuously over a low heat. When the milk mixture almost starts to boil it will thicken and get a bit lumpy, DON’T PANIC! Just keep stirring until it smooths out. Continue to stir the now thick milk mixture over the heat for an additional 1-2 minutes, to cook out the corn starch flavor. Take off the heat and pour into a bowl, or shallow dish. Cover the mixture with clingfilm, pushing it all the way to the top of the custard to prevent a film from forming and chill this in the refrigerator until cold.

Heat your oven to 350˚F/175˚C and butter your baking sheet, then place a piece of parchment a few inches larger than your pan and using a rubber scraper (or your hand) push out any bubbles. Next, make the cake by putting the sugar, eggs, matcha powder, and honey in a large bowl and mix until its almost tripled in size, is lighter in color, thick, and fluffy, this will take about 7-10 minutes. If you dribble some of the batter on itself it should hold a “ribbon” shape for 4-5 seconds. Then sift over the cake flour, and gently fold the flour in until all combined. Pour the batter in the prepared baking sheet you made earlier and bake for 8-10 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when the cake is slightly risen, turning just a bit golden, and you can smell it. Also, if you gently press your fingertips on the surface of the cake, and no indentation is left, its done.

Cool your cake for a 2-3 minutes in the baking tin before lifting the cake with the sides of the parchment onto your table. Next, lay a fresh sheet of parchment beside your cake and sprinkle it with powdered sugar. Flip the cake onto the sugared parchment paper and let this hang out while you finish your filling.

Grab the heavy cream and your chilled custard from the fridge. In a clean bowl, whip the heavy cream with electric beaters until it is thick and pretty stiff, little peaks should form when you lift the beaters. Then take the beaters and whisk your custard, it will look funny at first, but after a few moments it will become nice and smooth. Fold the whipped cream into the custard until they are combined. Slather this filling onto your cake and roll it up, using the parchment to help. Wrap the whole thing in cling film and chill for two hours before slicing.

Watch the full recipe video here:

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Topics: Recipes with Tea

Candice’s Clean Matcha Smoothie

Posted by Candice Kumai on Jan 13, 2016 12:14:00 PM

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Conde Nast Entertainment

My Matcha Love smoothie is perf before a meditation or yoga session. I highly recommend cleansing all areas of your life: mental, physical & spiritual. Time to zen-out like my Japanese ancestors once did. Life isn’t about going nutzo, its about taking time to do things right and slow.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

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Topics: How to Prepare Tea, Recipes with Tea

Matcha eggnog recipe for the holidays

Posted by ITO EN on Dec 24, 2015 2:30:59 PM

Enjoy the rich and creamy tastes of Matcha and Eggnog for a festive holiday drink with ITO EN's Matcha LOVE™ Egg Not Latte Recipe.

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Topics: How to Prepare Tea, Recipes with Tea

Meet our tea farmers: Kazumi nakatani

Posted by ITO EN on Dec 8, 2015 6:21:00 PM

About the farmer:

Kazumi Nakatani is a grower and tea expert based in Tokyo, Japan. Kazumi-san’s family owns several small farms throughout Fukuoka prefecture that have been producing exquisite teas for over 20 years. Picking tea leaves from since childhood, she now strives to share small batch, artisan made teas from Japan throughout the world. Her family’s teas have amassed seven top three contest finishes in Japan. Kazumi-san also strives to be as low impact and as environmentally conscious as possible by using responsible farming methods. She is widely considered an advocate for a new wave of tea in Japan and beyond.

About the tea:

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Topics: Tea Tasting Notes, Varieties of Tea

An introduction to japanese green tea

Posted by ITO EN on Nov 11, 2015 10:05:35 AM

Green teas are celebrated around the world for their delicate and refreshing taste. Japanese green teas are specifically prized for the unique steaming process they undergo resulting in a sweet vegetal taste, as opposed to the pan firing process which Chinese green teas undergo resulting in a roasted flavor. Japanese green teas remain unoxidized and are loaded with antioxidants containing many powerful health benefits.

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Topics: Tea Tasting Notes, Varieties of Tea

Health Benefits of Herbal Tea

Posted by ITO EN on Nov 5, 2015 3:04:17 PM

THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF Herbal Tea

Herbal “teas” or tisanes are not true teas, because they are not derived from the Camellia sinensis, the evergreen plant that all tea is made from.  The tisanes, however have virtues of their own. Most notably, these infusions do not contain caffeine, which makes them acceptable for the caffeine sensitive , young children and the elderly for evening tea drinking.

Rooibos Tea:

A specific example, rooibos, a red bush from South Africa, has high levels of antioxidants and vitamin C, as well as being caffeine free.

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Tea & Chocolate Pairings

Posted by ITO EN on Oct 30, 2015 9:10:50 AM

With Halloween Treats just around the corner, we thought we'd share this Tea and Chocolate Pairing video from our friends at the Tea Association of Canada. Much like tea, chocolate - especially dark chocolate - has healthy antioxidants. No need to feel guilty with these delicious pairings! 

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Topics: Tea Tasting Notes, Recipes with Tea