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A guide on how to make hojicha latte

If you’re looking for something different than your usual tea that yields a mild grassy note, the Hojicha roasted green tea is one to not give a miss. What makes Hojicha green tea unique lies in its woody, aromatic scent and nutty flavor. The taste of Hojicha is often comparable to coffee, which makes it a great fit for lattes!   Pairing Hojicha with your favorite milk will balance out its nutty undertones and smoky flavor. If you find yourself craving for a creamy, refreshing drink, making …

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Four matcha powder on wooden tray for matcha grade comparison

Understanding the real difference between ceremonial and culinary grade matcha

Most matcha companies outside of Japan divide matcha into two types of matcha grades; ceremonial grade matcha and culinary grade matcha. The idea is that ceremonial grade matcha is most appropriate for drinking in tea ceremonies, whereas culinary grade matcha is more suitable for ingredient use in recipes due to its more pronounced bitter taste. …

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What are tea cultivars and should you pay any attention to them?

More than 70% of all tea plants grown in Japan are genetically identical. This is because they were propagated from cuttings rather than grown from seeds. This is known as a “cultivar”, and it allows farmers to standardize quality and output of matcha tea year after year. Certain tea cultivars are said to be better …

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