Japanese Matcha tea with Edgar. in white cup with black background

Edgar’s blog: is Matcha a match for you

Matcha Match with Edgar

Just recently loads of peeps have been asking me about Matcha. Probabaly because they have been on holiday to the US and UK where drinking matcha tea has really taken off. It is a new healthy trend.

Matcha is finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea from Japan. It is special in two aspects of farming and processing: The green tea plants for matcha are shade-grown for about three week prior to harvesting and after harvesting the stems and the veins of the leaves are removed. The leaf is dried and stone ground.

As early as the 8th century a Japanese Zen priest Eisai claimed matcha to be  “the ultimate mental and medical remedy and has the ability to make one’s life more full and complete”. Recently matcha has taken on a new image as being a must have for the health set crowd. So why is matcha so good for you? But what’s the truth behind the health claims? Here’s what you need to know if you want to join the green health party.

To prepare matcha the traditional Japanese way, measure the tea into a heated tea bowl (chawan) with a bent bamboo spoon (chashaku). Add hot but not boiling water – 70°C is about right – then whisk to a froth using a special bamboo whisk (chasen). If you have not got the real gear use an electric milk frother just as good and great for those of us in a hurry.

So why is matcha good for you? Matcha contains small amounts of various vitamins and minerals, but is most prized for being rich in polyphenol compounds called catechins, a type of antioxidant. Matcha is made from ground up whole tea leaves dissolved in water. it’s a more potent source of catechins than standard green tea, which is consumed as an infusion and the leaves discarded. Also matcha contains must less caffeine 24–39mg per cup than a coffee shot but at the same time delivers a feeling of “calm alertness” with none of side effects that can come with coffee.

What about quality? With Matcha, as for any tea, you pay for what you get. The more you pay the better the quality. For good quality matcha you will pay about 25 euros for 25 gms. You need to see a vibrant green colour. You can also get it cheaper but then it is for cooking, not drinking and the colour is duller and less vibrant than the drinking quality.

Go on try it with me. I have a very special organic one for you, just flown in from Japan.

Cheers Edgar

Edgar's Blog: International kissing day! man and woman kissing. Black and white picture

Edgar’s Blog: International kissing day!

This Wednesday it is international kissing day.

And I think we all should celebrate this special day!

What makes kissing so special? Is it the fact that you are very close to someone? Or because it’s a little bit sensuous? Or maybe exciting because you are letting someone in your comfortzone? Thinking about it there are a lot of weird things going on in a kiss that aren’t practical or would be particularly attractive at another moment. For example,  human noses are not in a great position for that kiss, a difference in height between the kiss partners can be annoying and that’s not to mention a bad breath… And is that really you?

All those awkward things that give us a little hesitation. But the moment your lips touch the lips of your kissing partner fireworks are exploding. All the awkward feelings are gone. That’s the magic of a kiss! A small kiss on the cheek or a full on kiss on the lips just go for it today!

PS I found a nice video about kissing. Have a look and let me know what you think.

Get hot and wet with Edgar! Buy tea. And remember my green tea is good for a sweet kissing breath …..