Taking the time…

Us Westerners are a nation told that faster is better. We also see food and drink as a quick action with a single objective. I like Asian culture because it’s about slowing down and taking the time to sit and appreciate your surroundings; Worrying too much about the future can make the present pass by unacknowledged.

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The Moon Festival or Mid-Autumn Festival is a traditional Chinese holiday. On the 15th of the lunar calendar, the moon will be most full and bright. The celebration includes spending time with your family and appreciating your togetherness. They do anything as long as it’s together. In families where a member cannot make it home for the event, they will often send letters and poems expressing their love and appreciation for the family members even though they are not physically together.

Now on to my favorite part: dessert and tea! Moon cakes are a very sweet traditional, wheat flower based pastry. After food, especially sweets, I find the best compliment is a light floral oolong. Oolong tea helps with digestion as well as being a natural palate cleanser (which is needed after consuming sweets!) Buddha’s Favor Oolong is most defiantly one of these teas. Light, floral, and refreshing, this Tieguanyin is a very calming and satisfying tea perfect for special occasions

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In keeping with tradition it is important how you brew the tea. Most of us know that you add a little tea and steep for several minutes. This is a good way to extract everything out of the leaf into a large amount of water but as I mentioned teatime is nothing to rush and that’s where “Gong Fu Cha”** comes in. It translates to “making tea with skill” the idea is to use a large amount of leaf in a small vessel for smaller amounts of time. The huge advantage is that you can sit and enjoy the tea brewed fresh each time but brewing this way helps bring out all of the subtle flavors within the leaf. A huge joy among tea enthusiasts is tasting how the flavors change throughout many infusions. Some would think the flavors would weaken after being used over and over but good tea stays vibrant for many infusions.

**General Gong Fu brewing measurements: 4g of leaf (roughly 4 teaspoons but varies by tea) per 100ml of water. Brewing for about 30 seconds per steep, adding 10 or so seconds for each additional infusion. Quality oolong like Buddhas Favor can easily be enjoyed between 6-8 infusions!

By Jeffrey Cleary @unyteaguy

Matcha for The Mind!

 

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  The start of a new school year can be hectic, overwhelming & exhausting to say the least! Summer is winding down, which means it’s time to re-focus and adapt to a new busy schedule.

Abandon your worries & let MATCHA help you through this stressful time!

*Did you know Matcha means powder tea in Japanese? It’s the entire green tea leaf ground into a fine powder!

WHY MATCHA WILL BECOME YOUR FAVORITE FALL DRINK:

  • Enhances Memory & Concentration – Matcha is high in L-theanine (an antioxidant rich amino acid), that increases the production of dopamine & serotonin. Both help improve your mood, enhance memory, & increase your ability to concentrate.
  • Calming Effects – L-theanine is a natural stress-relieving amino acid. It helps promote relaxation and increase overall calmness.

Start the new school year off right with MATCHA!

Visit The Green Teahouse online or in Blue Back Square to purchase MATCHA.

Choose from the following:

Organic Grade A Matcha

Blueberry Matcha

Raspberry Matcha

Matcha Peach Oolong

Matcha Genmaicha

Matcha Jade Green

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Visit The Green Teahouse in West Hartford to try Matcha!

Celebrating 7 Years of Success!

This August The Green Teahouse is celebrating its 7 YEAR ANNIVERSARY! The teahouse first opened on August 15th, 2009,  in Blue Back Square. It quickly became a local favorite in the West Hartford Community!

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Store Front

THE GREEN TEAHOUSE’S STORY

The Green Teahouse was inspired by a family’s passion for unique & premium teas. While growing up in China, Ting and her brothers Wei & Lin learned the tradition & culture of loose-leaf tea. They became inspired to share their love & passion for tea with others!

In 2009, The Green Teahouse was established with hopes of sharing not only authentic premium teas, but their heritage, knowledge, and health benefits of tea as well.

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located in the Chengdu Sichuan province of China. To the right is Wei, Ting & Lin pictured in front!

The Green Teahouse could not exist without the hard work and perseverance of The Lou Family.

Today the fruits of their labor can be enjoyed in America and throughout the world; proudly offering only the finest teas worthy of bearing The Green Teahouse name.

Since opening The Green Teahouse has one various awards such as:

Best of Hartford Magazine 2016

Best of Connecticut Magazine 2015 & 2014

“Best Place to Buy Loose Tea” Best of Hartford 2014, 2013, 2012 & 2011

Best of Hartford 2013: Best Teahouse

Meet Ting

Ting, performing a traditional Chinese ceremony

The Green Teahouse would like to thank Blue Back Square, The West Hartford Chamber of Commerce, and most importantly our wonderful customers. We cannot thank you enough for your loyalty and kindness! 

DIY Cold Steeping

There’s no better way to cool down during a heat wave than with a refreshing cup of iced tea! Follow this step-by-step guide to make a perfect pitcher of iced tea. Make life easy & prepare it the night before your next picnic, BBQ or beach trip.

FEATURED TEA: Tropical Ginger – A fruity caffeine free blend of Tangerine Ginger & Shanghai Sunset…a Green Teahouse favorite!

 

1) MEASURE 16 TBS TEA FOR EVERY 16 OZ OF WATER

2) ADD TEA TO PITCHER

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FILL PITCHER WITH COLD WATER & STORE IN FRIDGE FOR AT LEAST 4 HRS

We recommend using 1 TBS of tea for every 16 oz of water. So if your iced tea pitcher is a gallon, then you will use 8 tablespoons of tea.

LIKE YOUR TEA SWEET?

  1. Fill pitcher half-way with cold water.
  2. Dissolve desired amount of honey in 1 cup of hot water & add to pitcher.
  3. Then fill pitcher with more cold water until full.

If you prefer a stronger flavor, add an extra tablespoon of tea or refrigerate overnight!

 

 

Matcha Belgian Waffles

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Treat yourself to a satisfying breakfast that’s both delicious and healthy! MATCHA BELGIAN WAFFLES are low carb, gluten-free, high in protein, and rich in powerful antioxidants.

This simple recipe will become one of your favorites, not only because of its yummy flavor but for how great you’ll feel after eating it! Starting your day with a protein packed breakfast will:

  1.  Provide long-lasting energy
  2. Keep you fuller longer
  3. Curb mid-morning cravings
  4. Help build lean muscle
  5. Help maintain a healthy weight

If you’re new to the magic of MATCHA read all about its healthy powers from our friends at Bordeaux Nutrition: Matcha Making It’s Mark in 2016 

MATCHA BELGIAN WAFFLES

Ingredients:

  • 1 TBS Organic Matcha 
  • 4 TBS melted butter
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 TSP salt
  • 1/2 TSP baking soda

Directions:

  1. In a blender, mix eggs and melted butter until well combined.
  2. Add honey, salt & baking powder and blend for about 30 seconds.
  3. Gradually add coconut flour, and mix well until batter is smooth and lump-free.
  4. Let batter sit for at least 5 minutes until thickened.
  5. Cook in belgian waffle maker & enjoy!

*We recommend topping it with fresh fruit, shredded coconut, & a drizzle of nut butter!*

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