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steamed hojicha muffins

Steamed Hojicha Muffins

Save Print Steamed Hojicha Muffins   Steamed hojicha muffins are light and flavorful. Grind loose leaf hojicha in a cleaned electric coffee grinder to make hojicha powder (make sure the grinder is unplugged when you clean it). A perfect little treat for tea time! You can put anko (red bean paste) in the middle, or […]

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Matcha Brownies

Save Print Matcha Brownies   Matcha brownies are rich and soft, with a beautiful green cake on the outside and a rich chocolate with matcha undertones on the inside. This recipe includes walnuts, which are natural antioxidants. Ingredients for a 8″ x 10″ pan 60g (2oz) roasted walnuts 160g (6oz) white chocolate, chopped or use […]

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Matcha Cheese Cake

Save Print Matcha Cheese Cake   A cafe in Kyoto started serving matcha cheese cake in a masu (wooden sake cup) and it became a huge hit. We tried to recreate it and it tastes good. Plus, it’s not too hard to make. You can use your own cups! Ingredients 3-4 slices thin sliced bread […]

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Matcha Gateau au Chocolat

Save Print Matcha Gateau au Chocolat   Matcha cake with white chocolate. It is moist, rich and decadent! Ingredients 6 oz (150g) white chocolate, chopped (or use chips) 1 stick (113g) unsalted butter 4 egg yolks 3 Tablespoons (45g) sugar ⅓ cup (75cc) heavy cream 3 Tablespoons (30g) flour 4 Tablespoons (30g) matcha powder 4 […]

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Natural Immune Booster

Otsuka Seiyaku, one of Japan’s leading pharmaceutical companies, published an article on how to boost immune system on its website. While there are several ways, one of them is to consume green tea components. A study on 200 subjects shows that one group who was given green tea components (378 mg catechin and 210 mg […]

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Green Tea’s Antibacterial Action

Four students of a junior high school in Osaka, Japan did some research on their friends’ water bottles and found that sencha (classic green tea) prevents mold from reproducing! The result of their research was published in a Japanese science magazine. They took samples from the lids of the 43 water bottles from their friends. […]

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Boost the Immune System

There are some foods that help boost immune system according to the article on Healthline. The list includes citrus fruits, red bell peppers, broccoli, yogurt, almonds…and green tea! Green tea has an antioxidant called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) that enhances immune function. The article also says green tea is a good source of L-theanine, an amino […]

matcha almond latte

Almond Matcha Latte

Did you know that Martha Hunt, a Victoria’s Secret model, starts her day with a matcha latte? She substitutes almond milk for whole milk for its high energy, proteins, and fiber, and has zero lactose and cholesterol. When mixed with matcha that is rich in vitamins and antioxidants, almond matcha latte makes a perfect energizer […]

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Ginger Tea

When you have the shivers and think you’ve caught a cold, have some ginger tea. It is said that ginger contains components that open blood vessels and improve blood flow, so ginger can help warm you up! Put 7-8 thin slices of fresh ginger and 1 cup of water into a small saucepan. Bring the […]

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Thank you, Tea Flowers!

Camellias are now in bloom in Portland, Oregon! Did you know that the tea tree is in the same family with camellia, called Camellia Sinensis? Just like regular camellia, tea trees also have flowers. It is said that tea tree flowers are a bit blander than camellia, and they bloom around October in Japan. You […]