Tea tasting: Kurokoji-cha (Nakamura-en)

This is an interesting tea that I spotted online a few months ago. Initially, I thought it was a tisane, but a closer look at the details showed otherwise. It is actually a post-fermented tea. It is made by fermenting steamed green tea leaves with kurokoji (black koji) mold together in a fermentation kiln. The … Continue reading Tea tasting: Kurokoji-cha (Nakamura-en)

Nomad Tea Festival Korea

Today, I spent a good half of the day tuning in to this online event hosted by Nomad Tea Festival. Working behind the scenes were Soo Chung in Melbourne and Areum Ko in Seoul. I was attracted by the promotional banner that I spotted on social media. The background appeared to be the interior of … Continue reading Nomad Tea Festival Korea

Special Focus on Shizuoka: Chagori Project featuring a hidden organic cafe in Fujieda

Kakigori (かき氷) or shaved ice is an ubiquitous summer treat in Japan. F&B establishments or even summer festival stalls would fly banners bearing the character for ice (氷 koori) to let the public know that they are offering this refreshing icy-cold dessert. It's one of the things I look out for whenever I visit Japan … Continue reading Special Focus on Shizuoka: Chagori Project featuring a hidden organic cafe in Fujieda

Special Focus on Shizuoka: A matcha cafe in the countryside

Traditionally, matcha is associated with the image of a serious tea ceremony that has to follow all the formalities, depending on the various tea ceremony schools. To the uninitiated, it would have appeared to be a daunting experience. Thanks to the matcha boom across the globe, casual cafes are now offering matcha or even specialising … Continue reading Special Focus on Shizuoka: A matcha cafe in the countryside

Gochisochaji – a film about Japanese tea

I've finally received my copy of the Japanese tea documentary titled Gochisōchaji ごちそう茶事 yesterday afternoon. There's no official English translation, but I'd like to translate it liberally as 'a feast of tea'. Heh. It was officially released on May 1 this year, on Hachijuuhachi-ya (88th night), an important date in the tea harvesting calendar. Gochisōchaji … Continue reading Gochisochaji – a film about Japanese tea