Tea of the Month

Build Our Community – One Ounce at a Time

The history of Hojicha demonstrates the aversion to waste in Japanese culture. In the 1920s, tea merchants tried to make the most of the leftover leaves, stems, stalks, and twigs from past tea production by roasting them over charcoal. In addition to minimizing waste, Hojicha resulted in another business opportunity. The pleasant aroma of roasted green tea helped merchants entice more customers into their shops. This low-caffeine Japanese classic smells of hardwood, toasted cereals, and hazelnuts.

I have been so excited about Hojicha being the September Tea of the Month!

It might be quirky, but I often refer to myself as a roasty-toasty tea drinker, so this tea falls right into my happy place. The smell alone is ever so cozy, almost woody, but definitely nutty! These descriptors aren’t normally what comes to mind when you think of a green tea, though. Hojicha is a Japanese Green tea that is a roasting of what is left over from traditional green tea production.

One of the best parts of Hojicha is that it is nearly devoid of caffeine and for this, I am grateful. I am a bit caffeine sensitive so I must put a stop to my intake by 5pm or I will not sleep. Hojicha is my absolute go to for an afternoon tea when I start to feel hungry, but I don’t want to spoil my dinner. Believe me when I say that this tea’s depth of flavor feeds my cravings for something decadent because it has all the warm notes you find in chocolate, caramel, and even pecan pie. Prepare it as a latte and you have pecan pie ala mode! Okay, maybe not… But you get the idea. Give it a try! Take some home and we will happily donate 15% to Oregon Wild.

Beaver Believers

I have been knee deep in all of the current research involving beavers. I was shocked to discover just how important these dam builders are for our environment. They are literally the best landscape architects in the animal kingdom. For example, when beavers are removed and their dams are destroyed, rivers will run without resistance. Which doesn’t seem like a big deal, but it is a HUGE deal! Without dams, water doesn’t slow down enough to create eddys and channels for baby fish, who need time to grow strong enough to handle fast moving water. If water doesn’t pool, the ground never gets wet enough and wetlands dry up (goodbye all our wetland friends). Without wetlands, fires can easily move from one hillside to the next because wetlands serve as a fire breaks. Without dams, there is no filter to capture pollution and sediment, so our watersheds become unhealthy. Historically, this was a slippery slope created by the fur trade.

 … If I got your attention now and you are just as fascinated by the beavers as I am, watch the video below to learn more and deep dive into the world of the beaver. Come talk beavers with me at the tea shop! We can chat over a lovely cup of hojicha.

https://theconversation.com/beavers-offer-lessons-about-managing-water-in-a-changing-climate-whether-the-challenge-is-drought-or-floods-168545

 

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Cup of Tea is your community tea house.  If you are looking for loose-leaf tea and ways to steep it, we have everything you need. You can also enjoy a pot of hot tea, a glass of iced tea, or a custom tea latte in our shop or on the go.

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