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Lord Bergamot Glazed Grilled Peaches with Burrata  

 Our Content Strategist, Nicole, crafted this easy and elegant appetizer or dessert for those nights when it’s too hot to turn on the oven.  

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Regional Spotlight: The Ali Shan Mountain Range

Hidden deep inside the county highway 169 is a tea company located in the town of Alishan Li Jia Aboriginal village where we now source our Ali Shan from. 

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Five Ways to Enjoy Matcha Iced

Here at Smith Teamaker, we’re taking advantage of the warmer weather by serving our favorite beverages over ice, starting with matcha. Made from tender green leaves known as Tencha, this rich and vibrant green powder has a slightly sweet vegetal flavor and aroma that tastes fresh like summer at its finest.  

We asked our Tea Department to share their top five iced matcha beverages, each complete with a book pairing for the ultimate relaxing afternoon.   

Matcha Green Ginger

Ingredients

  • ¾ teaspoon of matcha
  • 1/8 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 5.1 oz. filtered water 

Directions:

Sift matcha into matcha bowl. Add ginger powder and slowly pour 2.5 oz. of room temperature water into matcha bowl. Whisk to create a paste, slowly adding the remaining concentrate and whisking in a W formation until dissolved and slightly frothy. Pour into an ice-filled glass and enjoy.  

Nancy and Beth Iced Matcha

Book suggestion: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman

Ingredients

  • ½ teaspoon matcha
  • 2 Nancy and Beth sachets
  • 5.1 oz. filtered boiling water  

Directions:

Steep 2 sachets of Nancy & Beth in 5.1 oz. of boiling water for 5 minutes. Discard sachets and let cool. Sift matcha into matcha bowl, then add 1 oz. of Nancy & Beth concentrate. Whisk to create a paste, slowly adding the remaining concentrate and whisking in a W formation until dissolved and slightly frothy. Pour into an ice-filled glass and enjoy.  

Cold Steeped Sencha with Matcha

Book suggestion: The Stranger In The Woods by Michael Finkel

Ingredients

  • 17 grams matcha
  • 8.5 grams sencha
  • 4 cups filtered water 

Directions

Place everything in a vessel (glass preferred) and let sit covered in the fridge overnight then strain and serve. 

Peppermint Iced Matcha

Book suggestion: The North Water by Ian McGuire

Ingredients

  • ½ teaspoon matcha 
  • 2 Peppermint Leaves  
  • 5.1 oz. filtered water 

Directions:

Steep 2 sachets of Peppermint Leaves in 5.1 oz. of boiling water for 5 minutes. Discard sachets and let cool. Sift matcha into matcha bowl, then add 1 oz. of concentrate. Whisk to create a paste, slowly adding the remaining concentrate and whisking in a W formation until dissolved and slightly frothy. Pour into an ice-filled glass and enjoy. 

Classic Iced Matcha Latte

Book suggestion:  Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon matcha powder 
  • 2 tablespoons filtered water  
  • 1 teaspoon simple syrup 
  • 8 – 9 oz. milk  

Directions:

Measure 1 teaspoon of matcha powder and sift into 12 oz. latte cup. Add room temp filtered water to create a concentrate. Mix with electric frother or matcha whisk to remove any clumps. Add simple syrup to taste. Pour 8-9 oz. of cold milk over matcha concentrate. Pour mixture over ice and enjoy. 

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The Energetics of Tea

In Chinese tea culture, qi (pronounced as chi) is a phrase used amongst tea connoisseurs that refers to a tea’s energy or life force. It’s believed the energy stems from the innate character of the tea, depending on several factors: where it’s grown, how its grown, how its processed and the age of the tea plant itself.

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