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Hello and welcome to The Steepery Tea Co’s blog Tealosophy. Exploring, learning and musing the world of tea whilst appreciating many steeps along the way.

2018 Japan tea study tour

By Kym Cooper. Posted

I can't quite put my finger on why but 2018 has been an incredible year for The Steepery Tea Co. We are moving into our third year of being in the tea business, continuing to learn and evolve, and feel that this year has been pivotal in so many ways. Without a doubt, the highlight was being awarded the opportunity to participate in the 2018 Japanese Tea Export Council (JTEC) tea study tour to Japan visiting Shizouka and Kagoshima prefectures. Today I wanted to share some images and highlights. And if you are interested I might follow up with some subsequent posts about Japan. I have...

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Tea Travels: Japan (eating tea leaves)

By Kym Cooper. Posted | 2 comments

When I think of Japanese tea culture it immediately conjures up images of the Japanese Tea Ceremony. An elaborate and refined ritual of preparing and serving green tea. In all honesty, these images discouraged me from learning more about Japanese tea for a long time as I felt ill-equipped to understand and comprehend "The Way of Tea". Fortunately, my tea studies have opened up the world of Japanese tea just enough for it not to feel so overwhelming. Peeling back the edges, I love what I see, a wonderfully accepting, diverse and rich tea culture.  Having shared the fun-side of our tea...

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Tea travels: Japan (firstly, the fun stuff)

By Kym Cooper. Posted | 2 comments

Japan has an extensive and rich tea culture. It made the perfect travel destination to enjoy a family holiday and combine a little bit of tea schooling. In the first part of our tea travel post I have included all the fun aspects of our tea experience in Japan. I will write more about the true tea highlights in my next post. Green tea (matcha) ice cream The hot and humid weather made it easy to indulge in soft serve matcha ice cream. Many of the ice creams were made from green tea powder and lacked the bitterness and richness of matcha but...

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Japanese Tea

By Kym Cooper. Posted

We are taking a short (2-week) break from the business to learn more about Japanese tea culture, in JAPAN! We are very excited and cannot wait to immerse ourselves in authentic experiences not only focussed on tea but many aspects of Japanese life.  In preparing for this trip we have been re-visiting all of The Steepery Tea Co’s Japanese teas. It has been such a pleasurable experience that we wanted to share our cupping experiences with you and encourage you to try Japanese teas for yourself. Matcha Our Organic DōMatcha™ is loved by us here at The Steepery Tea Co....

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Matcha, matcha, matcha!

By Kym Cooper. Posted | 2 comments

I have been singing an “I love matcha” song for many months now. For me, the bold and bittersweet flavour makes matcha the perfect replacement to coffee, particularly at home. This week I thought I would share 5 interesting facts about this mighty green tea and why I love it so. 1. A tea to be respected There is more to matcha than meets the eye. To respect this tea you really need to appreciate the effort and skill required to produce it. tea plants are shaded 2-4 weeks prior to harvest to increase the chlorophyll content, or the bright...

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