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How to hand-roll sencha tea

Learning how to pick and hand-roll fresh tea in Wazuka, Japan It’s 7:30 a.m. and I’ve already been awake for two hours. In my dew-drenched hands there’s a woven basket. I walk between waist-high rows of verdant bushes, streaks of water along your thighs as

How to hand-roll sencha tea
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300 Years of Tea at Ippodo

A visit to one of Kyoto’s oldest tea purveyors.

300 Years of Tea at Ippodo
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Quick and easy tea salad recipe with twice-steeped tea and soy sauce

How to use your leftover tea leaves. One of the most common questions I get from people who drink a lot of loose leaf tea is, ‘What can I do with all my tea leaves after?’ This tea salad is a treat we made all the time at the tea

Quick and easy tea salad recipe with twice-steeped tea and soy sauce
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Making matcha whisks in Takayama, Japan

A visit to the town that makes almost all of Japan’s matcha whisks.

Making matcha whisks in Takayama, Japan
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Matcha at Kyoto’s Golden Temple

Relaxing garden matcha and sweets near one of Kyoto’s iconic sights.

Matcha at Kyoto’s Golden Temple
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Coldbrew sencha at Byodoin temple in Uji, the heart of Japan’s historical tea territory

The city of Uji in Japan is famous for its green tea. The phrase “Uji tea” carries a unique history and promise of quality amongst Japanese tea lovers. Located half an hour south of Kyoto by car or train, Uji lies in the heart of the country’s western tea

Coldbrew sencha at Byodoin temple in Uji, the heart of Japan’s historical tea territory
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How to become a certified tea sommelier

My journey to become a certified tea sommelier, and how you can train to be one too.

How to become a certified tea sommelier
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This is what happens inside a Japanese tea factory

Join me as I guide you through a Japanese sencha factory and show you how tea is made.

This is what happens inside a Japanese tea factory
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I'm living on a Japanese tea farm!

For the past month and a half I’ve been living on a Japanese tea farm in the Kyoto countryside. The place I’m staying at is called  Obubu Tea Farms and is a really amazing meeting hub between Japanese tea farmers and the international tea loving community. In just

I'm living on a Japanese tea farm!
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Sencha do, the other Japanese tea ceremony

Exploring a little-known Japanese tea tradition.

Sencha do, the other Japanese tea ceremony