What Is Japanese Kuki Hojicha?

The NRDC claims that "up to 40 percent of the food in the United States is never eaten," which is staggering, especially when you consider how many people worldwide, including in the U.S., don't have enough to eat. We ought to emulate those cultures that avoid waste as much as possible, either by necessity—such as … Continue reading What Is Japanese Kuki Hojicha?

Why Are Matcha and Gyokuro So Expensive?

Although "matcha" is appearing on grocery shelves everywhere, why is the real thing so extremely expensive? Because most of what you see isn't actually matcha, and no, those cookies weren't made with matcha! Let's see why, as we continue our virtual tour of Japan's tea industry in Shiga Prefecture, along with Lisa, owner of TeaHaus … Continue reading Why Are Matcha and Gyokuro So Expensive?