Back from Japan and so much to share!
Matcha Yu Tea are just back from our trip to Japan and and easing into the daily routine again.
It was so lovely to return to a place which means so much personally, it really is like going back to a second home, full of wonderful memories and life long friendships.
One of the main purposes of us returning to Japan at this time was to get a rare chance to learn all about Ichibancha (otherwise known as first harvest) and witness this very important time in a tea farm's calendar when the tea that is covered with shade cloths and ultimately becomes Matcha is hand picked with care by a team of experienced hard workers.
Packing A Zero Waste Travel Kit
Very soon we here at Matcha Yu Tea will be saying Sayonara (goodbye) to Australia and a big Konnichiwa (hello) to Japan!
We're visiting Japan specifically to visit our Premium Matcha tea supplier as it's tea picking season but also to enjoy drinking a lot of Matcha and enjoying many tea inspired desserts!
Whenever we travel outside of the home, we make every effort to bring our own reusable items so as to avoid excessive plastic consumption.
So naturally we are thinking about the items we plan to take away to Japan to us to help us on this journey, being that we are very eco-aware.
We've narrowed it down to the items below and we really wanted to share our tips with you all as well, in case you may find them useful.
So, what exactly DO you put in a zero waste travel kit for Japan?
Read more here to find out...
Matcha Yu Culinary Matcha Review (By But First, Tea)
Here's another lovely review of our Culinary Matcha, this time from Sherstin from @butfirst_tea, an amazing tea community we absolutely love!
"Beautiful to drink but great to bake with as well"
"The packaging is eco-friendly and it's home compostable, the packaigng, the label, everything is packaging. Super eco-friendly and something to be honest is so rare, not a lot of tea companies are doing this".
Sherstin, we totally love the zig zag motion of the tea whisk too, a great technique!
Thank you for the kind words and so happy you enjoyed it!
Matcha Yu Culinary Matcha Review (Blog by Karma Clarke)
So incredibly excited to share the lovely blog post written by self confessed ”tea addict”(we're with you on that! 😂) Karma Clarke, otherwise known as @goodfoodgoodkarma on Instagram.
Such beautiful words and you can also find a great video demonstrating how to make Matcha using a traditional bamboo whisk.
Zero waste tips for 2019 (& why our Matcha is in home compostable packaging)
Happy New Year to you! (and yes, it's Feb!)
There's something about the start of another year that makes you think more about living life with more intention.
Do you know what kind of life you would like to live?
Do your daily actions reflect that or could some things change?
One thing I am always striving to do better with daily is living as zero waste as possible. In this very fast paced life we all live, it's so easy to turn to products of convenience to make life a little less hectic (this is especially true when you're a parent, I totally get it!)
And yes...I'm mainly talking about single use plastic
10 must-try Matcha hot spots to visit in Tokyo & Kyoto, Japan
So here I am... currently planning yet another trip next year to my favourite place in the entire world.
The magical place I been lucky enough to visit on many occasions and as well as calling home for 7 months, has and always will have a special place in my heart.
Let's drool over these 10 must-try Matcha dessert hot spots to visit in Japan! They're on my wishlist and if you're heading to Japan and also enjoy Matcha, I suggest you add them to your list as well!
Even if you're not planning a trip, I'm pretty sure these desserts will make you drool like crazy (or is that just me ha!)