• Shopping,  Tea

    Some reliable online tea shops

    Had a hard time surfing across the web searching for a safe and trusty online tea store? No worries. Let me take you on an extraordinary journey across my favourite online tea shops. But before that, here are some things to keep in mind: 1. If you prefer the higher tier tea, get loose tea. Blends and tea bags are lower tier. 2. Keep tea dry, always, to prolong storage life. This also applies to keeping it away from odor and heat. 3. Loose tea is pretty easy to identify. If it’s sold by ounces or grams, then voila! I generally see 2 oz as a minimum online. Silver Needle Tea…

  • Matcha cocktail
    Cocktails,  Tea,  Travel

    Matcha, your new healthy cocktail

    One of my guilty pleasures when it comes to overindulging myself with matcha is to turn it into a cocktail mix. Yes, makes cocktails incredibly bearable. Over the weekend, a dear friend who was a mixologist taught me how to make a mean matcha cocktail, and man, were the flavors delightful to the palate. Hit me up if you’d like the recipe. Today, I’m going to introduce you to the bars that set the bar (lol) for my matcha cocktails across my travels. You guys need to try these. Matcha Do About Nothing @ Gracias Madre in California Art of Tea’s ceremonial-grade matcha meets tequila blanco, coconut milk, toasted sesame-infused…

  • Matcha Latte
    Cafes,  Matcha,  Tea,  Travel

    Getting Your Matcha Fix In Melbourne

    Melbourne has always been one of the hippest places around, and on that note, nothing certainly has changed since my last visit. They’ve caught the matcha virus, resulting in assortments of cubed matcha chocolates to eccentric latte mixes. After much hunting, here’s a couple of places for your modern matcha fix: Bibelot Bibelot’s matcha selection is to die for. Consisting of a variety of matcha-incorporated sweets like green teas gelatos and matcha macarons, you can never get enough of the matcha goodness this café offers. If you are looking to drink matcha-fied beverages, Bibelot also offers lattes that come hot and steaming or ice cold. Operator 25 If you are…

  • Matcha Ceremony
    Matcha,  Tea

    Health benefits of matcha

    Disclaimer: I am no qualified expert, this is based on what layman knowledge I have of matcha. I briefly spoke of the dangers of drinking too much matcha in my previous post but one can’t deny the health benefits that good quality matcha brings. Matcha’s increasing popularity is more evident than before, as more businesses have been incorporating matcha into their menus and products. Matcha came from the Camellia sinensis plant, which is also the plant green tea came from. Harvesting matcha is meticulous because farmers need to cover the tea plants 20-30 days before harvesting it to avoid direct sunlight. This gives the plant the chance to increase its…

  • Matcha Ceremony
    Matcha,  Tea

    Just some things about matcha…

    Matcha literally means “powdered tea” in Japanese. Here are some things you should know about matcha: 1. Matcha is a special form of green tea. The main difference between matcha and green tea is that with matcha, you are drinking the leaves itself because it is grinded into powder and as for green tea, leaves are infused into hot water and will be discarded afterwards. Matcha is also harvested differently because the tea plants are covered with cloth before they are harvested, which allows the leaves to gain deeper flavors, textures, and nutrients. 2. Matcha has a lot of health benefits because it is rich in antioxidants like polyphenols, which…