January is Hot Tea Month - Pour a Cup!

January – a time for new beginnings, a fresh healthy start – perfect for National Hot Tea Month. It’s cold outside and a hot cup of tea can warm up your resolve and your body.  Here are some ways you can celebrate the versatility of Tea:

BE MINDFUL WITH TEA
Make this the year you pause and take a moment to steep loose leaf tea.  Discard that teabag once and for all and enjoy the wide diversity and world of Tea.  The purposeful act of heating the water, measuring out the tea leaves, pouring the water over the leaves and waiting the few minutes for that perfect steep is a respite in the day. Be in the moment, focus on the simplicity of the task and then...

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 Jan 15, 2019  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

Must-try Matcha Recipes You will Love!

Collage of Matcha Green Tea Powder Recipes - Silver Tips Tea

Matcha is versatile.  Already famed as a energizing, healthy drink, it has now found its way into many delicious foods.  Probably the best known is Mochi Green Tea Ice Cream served in many Japanese restaurants.  Inside a soft sticky rice cake is a mouth-watering Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream.  Other flavors are also popular but for many, this may have been their first introduction to Matcha.

Matcha Ice Cream is hugely popular and numerous recipes can be found.  One of our favorites is:

Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream - Silver Tips Tea Online Tea ShopIngredients:

1 cup of heavy cream1/4 cup of sugar1/2 cup condensed milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 - 2 Tbsp. 

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 Jul 20, 2018  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

Matcha Rules - Do's and Don'ts of Matcha

Matcha Do's & Don'ts - Silver Tips Tea

We are often asked – what do we do with Matcha?  How do we use it?  Here are simple directions:

Matcha Bowl, Bamboo Whisk and Spoon - Silver Tips Tea

First, you need a bowl (chawan), whisk (chasen) and small spoon, usually a bamboo scoop (chashaku).

Place a small amount, about 2 – 4 gms of Matcha into the bowl.  If the Matcha is clumpy, add it through a fine sieve (strainer or colander).  Add about 2 ounces of hot, (not boiling) water and whisk it to remove all the clumps and achieve...

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 Jul 17, 2018  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

Are you drinking real Matcha?

Matcha Green Tea Powder with Bowl and Whisk - Silver Tips Tea

You've heard about all the buzz around Matcha and you're ready to jump in.  But hold on! How do you know you're getting the real thing?  All manner of people and companies are trying to cash in on the Matcha phenomenon and you may end up in a powdery blur. Here are some simple guidelines to ensure you are getting the real thing:

First - origin:  It should be Japan.  Although China and Taiwan do produce matcha, the original Japanese Matcha should be in your cup.  Not only are the origin tea leaves perfectly suited to the manufacture of Matcha, green tea from this region...

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 Jul 13, 2018  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

Matcha - a Superfood

Matcha Green Tea Powder - Silver Tips Tea

This is the heyday of  When we started our tea company over 20 years ago, Matcha was not even included in our tea catalogue. The only Japan teas we carried were the well-known Sencha, Bancha, Genmaicha, Gyokuro and a few others such as Houjicha.  About 4 years ago, the world of Japanese tea in the U.S. changed significantly.  Along came Matcha – a finely ground powder of specially selected tea leaves.  Never mind that it had been used in Japan for centuries.  It came into prominence here with an . Well-known media giants such as CBS news, The Huffington Post, Bon Appetit and trade magazines, began giving it coverage. It is now widely available by the pound, in smaller canisters, in to-go...

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 Jul 09, 2018  |  Written by Anupa Mueller
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