Matcha cappuccino… alla viennese

Un mix super energico: Matcha, il tè verde giapponese carico di antiossidanti, vitamine e L-teanina, accompagnato da nuvole di panna montata. Una ricetta velocissima e… perfetta per attutire gli effetti di una notte in bianco! Ringrazio mio figlio duenne per avermi ispirato l’idea

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Untrending: What Are The Health Benefits of Matcha, Really? (via The Swaddle)

No one is saying don’t drink matcha, but a lot of scientists are saying there’s no clear understanding of how, if at all, green teas like matcha prevent aging and serious diseases like cancer through their antioxidant content. Until that is better known, make sure your matcha is from Japan, is drunk in moderation, and stays far away from your tiramisu.

The Japanese words for “space” could change your view of the world (via Quartz)

Similarly, Japanese spaces tend to focus on structuring interactions, contingency, and connections to other people and to society. For example, traditional tea houses have doors that are narrow and low. This forces guests to lower their head and, historically, for samurai to leave their swords outside by the door. The doors serve to remind entrants of their relationship to the host (their lowered head) and to the broader culture (where weapons are not appropriate). In this way, they build spaces as extensions of culture and values, rather than  as places where culture happens.

Capire al volo la giusta temperatura dell’acqua per il tè: no more ‘occhio di granchio’!

Il famoso metodo a vista proposto da Lu Yu e praticato per secoli dai letterati cinesi è tutt’oggi una valida alternativa ai sofisticati termometri e ai bollitori di ultima generazione. Ma… c’è un ma e si chiama ‘terminologia’, ovvero tutti quegli occhi di pesce, di gamberetto, di granchio… Voi quanti secondi ci mettete a capire la differenza? Io, a volte, ci rifletto minuti interi :DD

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Scoperta una nuova pianta del tè naturalmente senza caffeina: si chiama HONGYACHA e cresce in Fujian (via The Economist)

Liang Chen and Ji-Qiang Jin of the Tea Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences think they have found just such a plant growing wild in a remote area in Fujian province, southern China. As they report in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, not only is the tea plant naturally caffeine-free but it also contains a number of unique medicinal compounds that, the locals believe, offer considerable health benefits.

If the tea bush were a Christmas tree, pickers would only take leaves from the bough where the star is placed, the very tip, and perhaps a few of the branches with ornaments on them.  Sarah Rose “For all the tea in China: Espionage, empire and the secret formula for the world’s favourite drink”

Tea is an addiction, but an addiction different from all others. It is milder, a habit relatively easily broken. It is more universal. Most unusually, it is good for the addict. And it is largely unnoticed both to those addicted and others. Indeed, the conquest of the world by tea has been so successfull that we have forgotten that it has happened at all. Tea has become like water or air, something that many of us take for granted. Alan Macfarlane, “The empire of tea”

365 tealovers: Vilma Noreikaitė

Buongiorno, tea friends. Oggi vi invito per una pausa tè con una tealover a me tanto cara, mia amica Vilma. Ex collega in Lituania e soul sister in Italia, lei mi ispira e insegna di prendere la vita con il sorriso, e con quell’aria complice e allegra, tipica delle mamme quando dicono, Guarda l’uccellino! O meglio, […]

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Un nome, mille culture: viaggio nelle stanze del tè in giro per il mondo (via repubblica.it)

“Un pellegrinaggio, quello lungo le strade di questa bevanda, che Catherine Bourzat e Laurence Mouton, giornaliste autrici di Viaggio alle Sorgenti del tè (Guido Tommasi editore, 519 pp, 35 euro), hanno portato avanti per ben tre anni, provando a raccontare, in un libro-reportage, tutto ciò che c’è da sapere sulla “seconda bevanda più consumata dopo l’acqua”, comune eppure “un prodotto mitico” che “resiste inesorabilmente al tentativo di definizione”.”