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 may think that the tea plantations at that time would be beautiful; however, tea flowers are rarely seen. The reason for this is because the flowers are picked out early so that the tea leaves retain enough nutrition. It’s a shame that tea tree flowers do not get much attention, but thanks to their absence we are able to drink delicious tea.
Next time you drink tea, appreciate the tea flowers that didn’t get to bloom, but instead turned into a nice drink for us!

matcha and yuzu

Yuzu Matcha

A slice of yuzu peel adds a nice refreshing aroma to a shot of matcha, just like an espresso with lemon peel. You can find yuzu at your local Asian market at this time of year, or a Meyer lemon can be a nice substitute. Add a bit of sweetness to bring out the umami flavor from matcha!

yuzu sencha with yuzu

Yuzu is in season, so is Yuzu Sencha!

We happen to have a yuzu tree in our yard and now is the harvest time! Yuzu tree has big, sharp thorns, so we have to be very careful when picking the fruits.
Yuzu in Jugetsudo’s Yuzu Sencha is from Kochi prefecture, the No.1 yuzu producer in Japan!
Enjoy the zesty green tea to celebrate the yuzu season!

Yuzu Sencha

matcha milk pudding

Easy Matcha Milk Pudding

Easy Matcha Milk Pudding
Matcha Milk Pudding is easy to make, and tastes amazing! Sifting matcha is an important step that you don't want to skip, otherwise you have clumps in the milk. Also, straining the matcha milk is important to make the pudding smooth. The red bean paste is optional. We use whole milk, because we like the rich, creamy milk, but you can use milk with less fat or almond milk, soy milk...
  • For 3-4 servings
  • 1 packet (7g) gelatin
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4-5 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1½ Tablespoons matcha powder
  1. In a small cup, put 1 TBSP water and sprinkle the gelatin to soften
  2. Heat the milk in a small pan (do not boil)
  3. In a small container, put the sugar. Sift the matcha powder using a tea strainer onto the sugar and gently mix with a spoon
  4. Add the sugar, matcha and gelatin to the milk and stir well
  5. Strain the matcha milk to a bowl and let cool
  6. When the matcha milk is room temperature, stir again and pour it into glass cups
  7. Place the cups in a refrigerator for about 2-3 hours until it has set.
  8. Serve with whipped cream on top

Roast your own hojicha

Roast Your Own Hojicha

If you have expired sencha in your pantry and are wondering what to do…just roast it! Put the old sencha in a clean pan (no oil!) and roast it over moderately high heat. Constantly move the tea with a wooden spoon and shake the pan in order not to burn the tea. When the smaller pieces of the tea turn dark brown, remove from heat. The freshly roasted hojicha has a bright aroma with a hint of sencha flavor, and leaves a nice smell in the kitchen!

sencha with birds

How to Brew Sencha

Sencha, Japanese classic green tea, is a simple yet delicate tea. If infused with boiling hot water, the tea leaves will burn and turn the tea slightly bitter.
To avoid this, simply pour the hot water into a cup, then infuse with the tea so that the temperature of the water cools a bit to ensure that the tea will not be damaged.
Enjoy a nice cup of sencha!

Jugetsudo Organic Sencha



momo sencha cold brew

Cold Brew Momo (Peach) Sencha

To cold brew momo sencha, pour 1 cup (250cc) cold water to 2 gram momo sencha and wait 20 minutes.

The smooth, refreshing taste of the sencha compliments the sweet undertone of peaches along with a tiny hint of mint.

Take some time to sit down with a cup of Jugetsudo momo senchato celebrate summer!

Momo Sencha


Tea Fest PDX 2019 is July 20th

Tea Fest PDX is July 20th!

We are looking forward to meeting with all the tea lovers again!

We will sample all the flavored teas: Yuzu Sencha, Sakura Sencha (cherry blossom) and Momo Sencha (peach).

Come to our booth #30 and say hi!


Tea Fest PDX

July 20th, 9:30 am-6:00 pm

World Forestry Center

4033 SW Canyon Rd

Portland, OR 97221


cold brew organic sencha classic green tea

Time for Cold Brew Tea

Cold brew tea is easy to make and tastes amazing! Hot water tends to bring out the tannic, bitter flavor in tea, but with cold water, the tea will be mellow; smooth and with lots of delicate umami!
To make cold brew tea, put one teaspoon of loose leaf tea (or one teabag) in one cup of cold water. Steep for half an hour.
Try it with Jugetsudo flavored sencha–yuzu, sakura (cherry blossom) and momo (peach). The flavors will freshly stand out. You will be pleasantly surprised!

Zen a Tokyo

Zen a Tokyo is Back!

Jugetsudo green tea assortment, Zen a Tokyo is back on our selection by popular demand!
This three tea assortment includes:
Loose Leaf Mecha (bud tea)
Loose Leaf Sakura Sencha (green tea with cherry blossom petals)
Loose Leaf Yuzu Sencha (green tea with yuzu citrus)
Perfect for a gift

Zen a Tokyo