2018/04/07

Australian Shincha

Recently, Japanese green tea has been diversifying. We see more single origin tea, more varietal tea and more aromatic tea. For the customers, this kind of trend is fun.

I wonder this can be called diversification too, but I found an interesting tea in name-wise; Austrarlia Shincha.



Shincha literally means “new tea”, and is the first flush Japanese sencha and highly valued in Japan. I took shincha granted for “Japanese” tea. So I was surprised to look at it first.

Wait a minute… this is from a Japanese tea giant, ITO EN, LTD. ,and they grow tea both at home and abroad. So is this still considered to be Japanese??? I am not sure since I don't know how and when the tea is processed. But I can see that  this is very eye-catching brand name, and some will buy it thanks to this novelty.



Nowadays, non-Japanese matcha and sencha have seen here and there in the world market. So I guess I shouldn’t be surprised if I see "not-born-and- bread" Japanese shincha one day. 

2018/03/24

Genmaicha Sakura Tea


Sakura season has come already! So we see more sakura-related stuff including food and tea here and there.

Tea and food menu items at a Japanese tea room, Osaka Chakai, in Osaka.
Sakura sweets and Sakura Green tea Latte… I found a “Genmaicha Sakura shuffle”. I was curious what that was….Looks like latte, but never had genmaicha latte anyway….



That was cold beverage, which was ground genmaicha mixed with milk with a salted sakura petal on it. When I was going to drink it, I smelled the aroma of genmaicha. I mean I smelled the roast aroma before drinking, which was nice. It was slightly sweetened, and a little saltiness of tiny edible sakura accentuated the tea.


It is supposed to look prettier. Unfortunately, a sakura petal is sinking.....


Matcha latte, hojicha latte are already so popular everywhere. I guess, it is genmaicha turn now.

* Osaka Chakai  https://www.osakachakai.jp/

2018/03/12

Hojicha Fondue

The Nishiki Market in Kyoto used to be called “the kitchen of Kyoto people”. Almost all Kyoto-ish food are available there. Now, it is one of the biggest tourist attractions and always packed with tourists rather than local people.


There is one tea shop called “Nishiki Ichiyo” at the market. 


I elbowed my way to the shop through the crowd for this: Hojicha fondue!






 The two-tiered wooden box was served. There were several small dish including very Kyoto-ish food called “fu (wheat-gluten bread)” You put those food into the bowl of hojicha sauce on the top of the box.




Remember, this is NOT chocolate, a bit of sweeten hojicha sauce. It was  very thick, but different from thick matcha. I think some kind of starch-ish makes the tea thicker.


What attracted me more was the box. Especially the both sides of it. So cute!



When you pull a drawer open….


Together with Hojicha fondue, Matcha fondue are their signature. Their tea flavored popcorn is also popular. When you have a chance to visit the Nishiki market in Kyoto, why don’t you drop at?


Nishiki Ichiyo   https://nishiki-ichiha.com/