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CHINESE GREEN TEAS

BI LUO CHUN
Originally grown in the Dong Ting mountain of Tai Hu, Jiangsu Province. It has a delicate appearance, fruity taste and floral aroma. Bi Luo Chun literally means Green Snail Spring.

CHUN MEE
Chun Mee tea is the most popular eyebrow tea, named after their shape when dried. It is the daily green tea choice for most Chinese and has been a favourite for 400 years. It has a dusty appearance and is more acidic and less sweet than other green teas.This tea has a provocative plum-like aftertaste, and a lingering sweet fragrance.

DA FANG TEA
Da Fang tea is origianally from Huang Shan, Anhui Province in China. It is named after Da Fang - the Buddhist monk who developed the tea while he lived in a temple at the top of Lao Zhu Feng Mountain during the late Song Dynasty in the 14th century.
Da Fang tea is a strong green tea with a sweetness that is reminiscent of roasted Chinese Chestnuts. Also, it has been recognized as one of China's top ten famous teas. Da Fang tea is highly recommended to those with a taste for strong green teas.

DRAGONWELL TEA (Longjing Tea)
Green tea from the Chinese village of Dragon Well (Lung Ching). The production of Dragon Well tea began about 1200 years ago. The earliest Dragon Well tea was produced in the areas surrounding ancient "Dragon" well below the Lion Mountain of Zhejiang province in China.
Dragon Well tea is refreshingly smooth, sweet and delicate, among the very best of Chinese greens. Dragon Well tea is famous for its four unique characteristics.Its jade green colour, sweet fragrance, pure and mellow chestnut-like flavor and the beautiful shape of its leaves.
There are 7 grades of Longjing: Superior, Special, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Steeped, it has a yellow-green colour, a gentle, pure aroma, and a rich flavor. It contains Vitamin C, amino acids, and the highest concentration of catechins among all teas.
For the infusion the water temperature should only be brought up to 185 deg F (85 deg C), a higher temperature will degrade the taste and nutritional value of the tea.
Dragonwell tea is usually served in a glass to enjoy beauty of the tea leaves rising and falling in the water. This adds to the tea drinking experience.

GENMAICHA (Brown-Rice Tea)
This green tea is combined with roasted brown rice, and was originally drunk by poor Japanese. The rice served as a cheap filler. It has a light yellow hue, it's flavor is mild with a fresh grassy flavor of green tea and the aroma of the roasted rice.

GUNPOWDER
A green Chinese tea produced in Zhejiang Province. When buying gunpowder tea it is important to look for shiny pellets, which indicate that the tea is relatively fresh.Several types of green teas are commonly rolled into "gunpowder" form, including Chunmee, Tieguanyin, Huang Guanyin, and Dong Ding, as well as many other oolong and higher-end jasmine teas. The flavour varies according to the growing location of tea.

GOU GU NAO
Gou Gu Nao is originally from the Jiangxi Province. Roughly translated the teas name is Dog Head Mountain, after the shape of the summit where it was first grown.
Like all green tea, it should be served at a water temperature of no more than 80-85 degrees centigrade, and rested for 3 to 5 minutes.

GREEN ANJI
A green tea from the Zhejiang region. Green Anji looks almost black when dry, but shows its true colour when infused, producing a light cup with a smooth, mellow taste and a gentle, soothing aroma.

HOU KUI TEA
The name "Hou Kui Tea" is a combination of both its creator and its producing area. The word "Hou" refers to Hou Keng Village in An Hui Province where the highest grade of this tea is made, and the word "Kui" refers to tea-grower Wang Kui-Cheng who first made this tea by improving a local green tea "Jian Cha" around 1900.
Other names for this tea are Tea King Monkey Chief, Tea King Monkey King, and Tea King Monkey Tea.
The tea is at its best with water temperature below boiling. It received gold medal rank at the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition. Since then it has gotten numerous other awards and it has become a "world famous" tea.
Hou Kui tastes wonderfully complex and nutty at first sip, then the sweetness of this tea is slowly revealed. The liquor has a lingering, sweet aftertaste with a hint of flowery overtones. It is one of the top 10 green teas in the world.

HUO QING
It has a light smoky fragrance and taste at first but this is quickly replaced by a sensational floral sweet taste.

HUA DING
A tea from Tiantai County and named after a peak in the Tiantai mountain range.

HUANGSHAN MAO FENG
This is a green tea produced in the Anhui province. The tea is an apricot-colored brew with a sweet, clean flavour and a slight fragrance of wild peaches.

HUI MING
From Ci-mu Mountain, Jing-ning County and has a yellowish green, firmly rolled appearance. Steeped the tea is clear green with an orchid fragrance.

HYSON
Hyson translated means "flourishing spring". This tea is picked before the rainy season to embody the warm, sunny, fresh green character you would expect from a springtime experience.
The leaves are pan fired and slightly coarse, giving this tea a good body.Hyson's taste can range from fairly pungent to quite light, with a fresh, slightly sweet flavour.
To brew this tea steep for 2-3 minutes in water that does not exceed 180 degrees Fahrenheit. Excessive temperature and longer steep times can cause the tea to become bitter and astringent.
Green tea has cardiovascular health benefits, and is said to aid cancer patients. The Mayo Clinic conducted a study and found that a component in green tea helps to kill leukemia cells. Green tea's primary catechin, EGCG (which stands for epigallocatechin-3-gallate) appears to interrupt survival signals between leukemia cells, thus prompting them to die prematurely.

LONG DING
The tea is produced from young tea buds and leaves. Long Ding Green Tea has a sweet and flowery taste with a slight hint of nutty flavor to it. It is soothing and refreshing to drink.

QING DING
A tea from Tian Mu, also known as Green Top. This rare tea is picked only two weeks each spring. It is a bright and elegant tea, wonderfully complex with natural sweetness and nutty notes.

RAIN FLOWER
A tea from Nanjing. Nanjing Rain Flower Green Tea leaves have a delicate appearance and fresh taste.

SHUI XI CUI BO
From Jiangsu Province

TUN LU
Tun Lu green tea grows near Huangshan City. Suroubded by mountains heavy with cloud and mist making for a good quality tea.

XIN YANG MAO JIAN
A Chinese tea also known as Green Tip, or Tippy Green. It has sweet floral notes which persist well into the finish with a very refreshing aftertaste.

YU LU
A steamed tea known as Gyokuro (Jade Dew) made in the Japanese style. This tea from Hubei province has a powerful green colour, beautiful to behold. The taste is mild and sweet and very palatable.

YUN WU
A tea also known as Cloud and Mist. This tea has a smooth mouthfeel and a light hint of plum fruit taste.


JAPANESE GREEN TEAS

BANCHA (Common Tea)
Sencha harvested is between summer and autumn. The leaves are larger than Sencha and the flavor is less full.

GYOKURO (Jade Dew)
This tea has high amino acids (Theanine) and caffeine low catechin (the source of bitterness in tea) giving to a sweet flavour.

HO-JICHA (Pan Fried Tea)
Tis is a A strong roasted green tea, that is roasted over charcoal. It has a toasty, slightly caramel-like flavour, and is low in cafine making it a good bedtime drink.

KABUSECHA (Covered Tea)
Kabusecha Sencha has a mellower flavor and more subtle color than Sencha grown in direct sunlight.

KUKICHA (Stalk Tea)
A twig tea, it is a Japanese blend of green tea made of stems, stalks, and twigs. Kukicha has a nutty and slightly creamy flavour, with a slight taste of rooibos.

LONGJING TEA
See DRAGON WELL Tea above.

MATCHA (Rubbed Tea)
The highest grades of matcha have more intense sweetness and deeper flavour than the standard or coarser grades of tea harvested later in the year. They are used in the Japanese tea ceremony, as well as to dye and flavour mochi and soba noodles, green tea ice cream and a variety of wagashi (Japanese confectionery).

OKINAWAN TEA
Used for centuries in Okinawa for its many health promoting properties, this exceptional green tea is now rapidly gaining a reputation in the West as a much sought after "slimming tea" and health drink.

SENCHA (Broiled Tea)
Sencha is unground green tea. When steeped some resemble leaf vegetable greens in smell, appearance, and taste.

TAMARYOKUCHA
This is a tea that has a tangy, berry-like taste, with a long almondy aftertaste and a deep aroma with tones of citrus, grass and berries.


CEYLON TEA

CEYLON GREEN TEA
Ceylon green teas have a characteristic darker colour. The flavour is different than Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese and Brazilian green teas. Ceylon teas have a fuller body and more pungent, malty and nutty flavour.



BENEFITS OF GREEN TEA

Tea is the second most consumed beverage on Earth, right behind water.Presently 500 billion cups of tea are consumed worldwide each year, thats an average of about 100 cups per person! Americans and Europeans prefer black teas, while Asians are mostly green tea drinkers.
Many health benefits have been attributed to green teas. Some proven, many still in debate. One thing is for sure they don't seem to do any harm. Therefore they show to have a positive force in life, so why not try them.
Here is a list of benefits claimed for green tea:
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- Green tea is a good source of antioxidants. It contains catechins, powerful antioxidants found in great quantity in green tea.
- A japanese study showed heavy green tea drinkers are 26% less likely to die from heart disease.
- Research in both animals and humans has shown that green tea contains compounds that can help lower LDL cholesterol. In a study conducted recently in Brazil, people who took capsules containing a green tea extract experienced a 4.5% reduction in LDL cholesterol.
- In most forms of cancer, green tea cancer studies are showing positive results.
- Green tea helps patients recover from heart attacks and strokes.
- Studies suggests green tea inhibits atherosclerosis, the hardening and thickening of arteries.
- Several studies show that green tea reduces high blood pressure.
- Tea compounds EGCG and theaflavins have been found to increase insulin activities and reduce blood sugar. (The effects were shown to almost cancel out when milk was added to the tea.)
- Green tea's fat burning property help you burn fat and exercise longer.
- Green tea protects you from lung cancer by reducing cellular damage by 25% caused by cigarette smoke.
- Green tea prevents liver damage in heavy alcohol drinkers.
- A study on tea drinkers found that 5 small cups a day boost the immunity level against flu and cold.
- Tea is known to stimulate alpha brain waves, calm the body and promote relaxed awareness. It also helps regenerate damaged brain cells.
- It prevents tooth decay and reduces bad breath.
- Two cups of green tea a day help preserve bone density and reduce osteoporosis risk.
- UK Scientists found that tea is healthier than pure water. Tea rehydrates as well as water does, and gives many other health benefits.

So drink Green tea for a healthier you.




THE BENEFITS OF GREEN TEA IN REDUCING AN IMPORTANT RISK FACTOR FOR HEART DISEASE

July 29, 2008/ More evidence for the beneficial effect of green tea on risk factors for heart disease has emerged in a new study reported in the latest issue of European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation.

1. The study found that the consumption of green tea rapidly improves the function of (endothelial) cells lining the circulatory system; endothelial dysfunction is a key event in the progression of atherosclerosis. The study, performed by Dr Nikolaos Alexopoulos and colleagues at the 1st Cardiology Department, Athens Medical School in Greece, was a randomised trial involving the diameter measurement (dilatation) of the brachial artery of healthy volunteers on three separate occasions - after taking green tea, caffeine, and hot water (for a placebo effect). The measurements were taken at 30, 90 and 120 minutes after consumption. Dilatation of the brachial artery as a result of increased blood flow (following a brief period of ischaemia of the upper limb) is related to endothelial function and is known to be an independent predictor of cardiovascular risk.

2.Results showed that endothelium-dependent brachial artery dilatation increased significantly after drinking green tea, with a peak increase of 3.9 per cent 30 minutes after consumption. The effect of caffeine consumption (or hot water) was not significant.

While black tea has been associated with improved short and long-term endothelial performance, this is the first time that green tea has been shown to have a short-term beneficial effect on the large arteries. Another study has already shown that green tea reverses endothelial dysfunction in smokers.

Green tea, which originates in China but is now consumed throughout the world, is made with pure leaves, and has undergone little oxidisation during processing. The cardiovascular benefits of all teas - as well as dark chocolate and red wine - are attributed to the flavonoids they contain and their antioxidant activity.3 However, says investigator Dr Charalambos Vlachopoulos, flavonoids in green tea are probably more potent antioxidants than in black tea because there has been no oxidisation.

"These findings have important clinical implications," says Dr Vlachopoulos. "Tea consumption has been associated with reduced cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in several studies. Green tea is consumed less in the Western world than black tea, but it could be more beneficial because of the way it seems to improve endothelial function. In this same context, recent studies have also shown potent anticarcinogenic effects of green tea, attributed to its antioxidant properties."

Press release escardio.org July 2, 2008

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Three new Kiva loans
Mellow Monk just made three new loans through wonderful Kiva, the microloan organization that helps family farms and other smallholders expand their operations or start a new business.

Check out our Kiva profile to see other examples of the hardworking, independent people Kiva helps. The folks at Kiva do wonderful work, and we are thrilled to help them achieve their mission.


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Sampling a new tea from Kazuo Watanabe
In his latest shipment of tea to us, tea artisan Kazuo Watanabe sent us a sample of a new tea—and it was fabulous!


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The Monk, now on Instagram
Mellow Monk finally has a presence on Instagram. Come join the fun there with us.




The first photo we posted to Instagram. Check out our account there and follow us for more.


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Nabegataki falls
I came across the Nabegataki waterfall while wandering through Oguni, a small town in Kumamoto Prefecture of only about 8,000 people — but surrounded by some absolutely amazing natural beauty. The falls are even lit up during a long holiday weekend in May.

The bottom photo is the view from behind the falls.








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Mindfulness-inducing 500-year-old paining
Amanohashidate is a large, tree-covered sandbar in Kyoto.

This work was drawn by Sesshū Tōyō (1420–1506) near the end of his life, at age 82. He creates an amazing sense of perspective with his mastery of light and shade (notan). Perhaps his aim was to create the feeling of calm that comes from viewing the actual splendor first hand, the feeling of mindfulness.





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Inspiring scenes of post-quake rebuilding in Aso
The Aso Shrine was severely damaged in the Kumamoto Earthquake earlier this year. The shrine office has released a few videos of how the city of Aso is rebuilding, including the shrine itself and the local merchants and their families. Here are a few of the truly inspiring videos.

1.) Hiroaki Uchimura of Aso Shrine

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2.) Kouji Miyagawa of Miyagawa Clock Shop

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3.) Akiko Kudo of Tsuruya Inn

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4.) Yuino Tano of Tanoya Confectionery

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Tokyo's tea-picking samurai


Walking through Tokyo's exclusive Shoto (松濤) neighborhood, gazing up at the uber-upscale homes of Japan's movers and shakers, you would probably never guess that you were walking through the ghost of a tea plantation. But you are.

The plantation goes back to a time when the Tokyo area had much more empty space. In 1871, the Meiji government, which had overthrown the shogunate only a few years earlier, turned over the land that would be known as Shoto to the Nabeshima clan, formerly of the Shogun's Saga fiefdom. The government provided the land under a swords-to-plowshares program designed to encourage ex-samurai to take up non-lethal pursuits in agriculture and industry. The clan decided to start a tea estate. Since tea was a labor-intensive proposition in those days, who knows how many former warriors picked tea leaves there. (From sword to tea basket — what a Zenlike transition that must have been.)

The name the clan chose for its tea estate was Shoto En (松濤園) — "En" meaning estate or plantation and "Shoto" meaning "wind whistling through the pines" but also being a poetic term for the sound of steam gently escaping a kettle. Another instance of the word's use in tea: this Rokyaku-yaki (鷺脚焼) teapot, apparently part of a "Shoto" series of teaware. (Don't worry if you've never heard of Rokyaku-yaki. This now rare line of pottery was started in 1881 by Nakagawa Yujiro and discontinued when his son and successor Hisao died almost 100 years later — quite a run for a two-generation workshop.)

Shoto-cha, as the tea was known, soon became popular throughout Tokyo, but its run was cut short by progress: Once the Tokaido rail line connected the capital to the Kansai region in the late 1880s, tea from prestigious but distant sources such as Uji and Shizuoka began to pour into Tokyo at lower prices, undercutting the Tokyo tea. In response, the Nabeshima clan in 1904 began converting Shoto En to fruit orchards. Eventually houses began to sprout up, further crowding out the tea. The last of the plants were torn up in 1932, when the remaining undeveloped land was turned over to the Tokyo municipal government. (A piece of that real estate surrounding a natural spring-water pond became a park, predecessor to today's Nabeshima-Shoto Park.)

The tea plants may have disappeared, but their name stuck.

So when your neck gets tired from looking up at all the expensive homes, stop by Shoto's lovely park and amble over to the pond. You'll be gazing at a scene that also undoubtedly brought much quiet enjoyment to Tokyo's tea-picking samurai.


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Yunomi from Aso

A yunomi bought in Aso, in Kumamoto Prefecture, where our dedicated tea artisans practice their craft.



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Noritake in blue

From Noritake's "Essence in Blue" series. Inside is Mellow Monk's Artisan's Reserve.


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Kyusu from Sagara in Kyushu

One of our grower–artisans, Mr. Watanabe, in Sagara, Kumamoto, was kind enough to include this lovely maple-themed kyusu in a recent shipment of green tea.

Instead of a tea basket inside, this single-serving kyusu has a built-in mesh screen at the base of the spout. This way, you can hold the kyusu by the handle and really swirl the tea around for thorough steeping.

Sagara, by the way, is right next door to Hitoyoshi, known as Japan's "little Kyoto."


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Japan's unique style of integrated tea–grass agriculture
This article about Japan's traditional chagusaba technique of growing tea is an example of the quality content sure to come from Tea Journey, a magazine currently in the Kickstarter stage.

"Chagusaba" literally means "tea grass place" and refers to the integration of feed grass among tea groves. Each species gets the benefit of the other and is the better for it.

Japan's chagusaba has also been designated as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS) by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.


Two examples of chagusaba — from the Kakegawa City website and Shizufan, where the image is an animated gif highlighting the crass growing between the tea groves.


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Aso's traditional grassland management — a linchpin of biodiversity and region-wide sustainable agriculture

The Aso valley. From the Aso GIAHS website's photo gallery.

My previous post highlighted the integrated cultivation of tea and feed grass in a traditional way that not only benefits both species but is also more sustainable than when the two are cultivated separately.

In this post I present another Japanese farming technique designated as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS) by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations: the traditional management of grasslands by the people of Aso, which is home to one of Mellow Monk's tea artisans, Koji Nagata.

The farming equivalent of the U.N.'s World Heritage Site system, the GIAHS program recognizes truly unique, traditional agricultural approaches that not only represent a means of sustainability worthy of preservation in their own environment but also a potential path to sustainability for others around the world.


Noyaki is a traditional technique of controlled burning that keeps grasslands from being overgrown with thicket species. From the blog "Tomo no Hitorigoto".



In the case of Aso grassland, the FAO recognizes that over the generations, traditional grassland management has preserved the biodiversity of rural landscapes and served as the cornerstone of region-wide sustainable agriculture for other crops, too. Says the GIAHS report: "The remarkable feature of [the] Aso region lies in this dynamic system of sustainable agriculture through cyclical grassland use and its management system."

This 2013 presentation (PDF) by Kumamoto Prefecture's vice-governor explains the philosophies and interdependencies involved wonderfully.

At the heart of this responsible grassland use is the same traditional philosophy that our tea artisans represent — that one does not own land so much as have temporary stewardship over it; that use of the land should ideally benefit others and preserve the land and its environment for future generations, as well.


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We sponsor the Love Is Bald 4th Annual Chilibowl
Mellow Monk is a proud supporter of the Love Is Bald fundraiser 4th Annual Chilibowl. After all, what could be better than a nice cuppa green tea after a day of tasting chili for such a wonderfully worthy cause?





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Happy New Year!



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Green tea can limit the amount of starch that is absorbed by our body, says a study published at Nature.com
The study states that because excess starch is normally converted to fat and stored in the body as increased body fat, green tea could help fight obesity in the face of today's high-starch diets.

The researchers found that study participants showed signs of reduced conversion of carbohydrates by glucose into fat.

Thus green tea could be an important weapon in the fight against obesity, in addition to benefiting the body in other ways, as well.




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Tea Rex Tee

A nice holiday present.

A monk and a dinosaur — sounds like a good premise for Netflix series.

 



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New photos on Flickr and Pinterest

We have uploaded some new photos to Flickr and Pinterest.

The photos are of Kumamoto Prefecture's Tea Research Center (a.k.a. "Chaken"). Chaken is where new cultivars of tea are developed and tested by researchers funded by the prefectural government of Kumamoto — where our grower–artisans ply their trade.

Only teas that pass the rigorous taste-testing shown in the photographs proceed to the next step.

These new cultivars include ones with greater natural resistance to the various natural foes of the tea plant. Or just cultivars with better flavor or aroma.

Well, not "better," because tea is such a matter of individual taste, yes? Because one person's oversteeping is another person's just right.

 


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More Kiva loans to more artisans
Mellow Monk has expanded its Kiva portfolio again with four more loans to four groups of dedicated, hard-working artisans. Learn more about Kiva here.





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Aso Zen video is released
Aso City's Zen program, which certifies the city's best natural products, has released this video showcasing the area's beauty and its dedication to tradition. Our grower–artisan Koji Nagata, incidentally, is one of the Zen 100.





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Rural tractor
A photo of an old tractor in Aso, from our Flickr album.





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Kumamoto Kumamon sake

Straight outta Kumamoto: a set of Kumamon sake and plum wine from Zuiyo.




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Mellow Monk sponsors Love Is Bald's Chilibowl fundraiser again
Mellow Monk proudly sponsored the 2nd Annual Chilibowl fundraiser held by the great people at Love Is Bald. Below are the cookoff finalists. (Mellow Monk participated not in person, unfortunately, but by donating a gift certificate to be auctioned off as part of the fundraiser.)




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Four new Kiva loans
We just added four new loans to our Kiva portfolio: for Dismus, Erick, Hon's Group, and Resineros De San José De Cañas Group.

Kiva is a wonderful way to support independent go-getters in agriculture, small business, and other fields all over the world. Join the party!



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Tea basket and an oversized mug: perfect fit
Occasionally I like to brew a lot of tea at once and enjoy it over a large temperature range as it cools. This oversized mug holds a bit over 500 mL (almost 17 ounces), so it holds more than some small teapots. I bought it at a festival bazaar in Aso City. On a different trip I got this stainless-steel tea basket (93 mm in diameter, 3.6 inches), which is of the kind for putting inside teapots — and at 93 mm in diameter, this size is definitely for large teapots. I was pleasantly surprised, therefore, to find out that the basket fits Goldilocks perfectly into the mug. A perfect match, brought together by tea.





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