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 Matcha. 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 impact. 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,...

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 Jul 09, 2018  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

The Woman's Club of White Plains

Winter Afternoon Tea Event - The Women's Club of White Plains

I was privileged to speak at the Winter Afternoon Tea event of The Woman's Club of White Plains this past weekend.  This is an esteemed group of professional, accomplished, philanthropic-minded women who help a great many people.  I was asked to say a few words about Tea.  At the planning stages, it was thought about 50 members would attend but it turned out to be their highest-attended event with over 100 present.  

The Woman's Club is housed in the elegant C.V. Rich Mansion which the Club owns. The Winter Tea was...

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 Feb 01, 2018  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

Homestay Program at Makaibari

Makaibari Estate - Working on a Slope

What makes a cup of tea taste good? Is it flavor notes? The feel of the loose leaves in your hand? The memory of the place where you bought it or of the person who brought it to you? For many, the story behind the cup of tea is as important as the taste.  The faces, personalities, and landscapes we associate with the teas are woven into the steam wafting from our cups and enhance each cup we sip and share.

I was lucky enough to visit the people growing, plucking and processing one of my favorite teas, Darjeeling Green, through a Homestay program at the Makaibari estate.  These Homestay programs allow visitors a...

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 Sep 05, 2017  |  Written by Young Mountain Tea

Tea Tasting at the Warner Library

We had a grand turnout on Monday evening despite the continuing rain and drizzle. Attendees included adults and children, men and woman, regular customers and new friends.  Our hosts at the Library, particularly Cassandra Troini, were gracious and accommodating and helped us get organized. We featured four Teas:

Da Hong Pao Oolong
Mint Jasmine
Turmeric Citrus Zest
Peach Fairies

After providing a brief background on both Silver Tips and the manufacture and origin of Tea, we began our sampling.  I mentioned to the audience that I had specifically selected teas that were not the usual Breakfast, Earl...

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 May 24, 2017  |  Written by Anupa Mueller
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