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Tokoname Ware

Doug Palas green tea Japan Tokoname

Tokoname Ware

´╗┐Tokoname is a town located in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. It has been a hub for pottery and stoneware production since the 12th century. Kiln innovations in the 1800s resulted in the earthenware that Tokoname is famous for. The thermodynamic property of iron-rich Tokoname clay is perfect for steeping Japan green teas, but also works well for white tea. Kyusu simply translates to teapot. Typically, they come in two different styles: yokode and ushirode. Most people associate kyusu with the yokode style, which is recognizable by its side-mounted handle. Ushirode look more like Chinese or European teapots, with the standard handle....

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Making Iced Matcha

Doug Palas green tea Japan matcha recipes

Making Iced Matcha

Adding matcha to cold water is a simple way to make a refreshing summer beverage. The trick is to get the matcha to integrate completely with the water. Our preferred method uses a cocktail shaker. Since matcha is powdered green tea it doesn't actually dissolve, so over time it will come out of solution. Sifting the tea will insure that there are no clumps of powder in your beverage.

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