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The Tea Crane Blog — Japanese tea

7 Reasons Why Hot Tea Cools Your Body Better Than Cold Water In Summer.

Posted by Tyas Huybrechts on

Why we should drink hot drinks instead of chilled drinks on hot days? 7 reasons that will change how you look at that chilled glass of water in summer.

1. Hot tea cools you down. This may sound like the biggest paradox: ice actually triggers your body to heat up. When we drink cold water in summer, our bodies have to compensate for the difference in temperature by heating up more, which leads to even more overheating and related conditions like sunstroke and dizziness. Drinking warm drinks allows the body to relax, calm down, and cool itself down to a normal homeostatic temperature (equilibrium) without needing to compensate for the difference in temperature.

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What Hōjicha is and how it relates to Roasted bancha.

Posted by Tyas Huybrechts on

hojichaHōjicha is a Japanese tea variation that is closely synonym to what roasted bancha is. Most commonly lower grade leaf is used, and in order to enhance its flavour, it is processed by roasting, resulting in a sweet and toasty aroma.

Contemporarily higher grade tea leaf or twigs are also used for the production of hōjicha. Hōjicha is unfortunately not considered as a high grade tea, but it may be savoured as an enjoyable everyday house tea. Its fragrant aroma and ultimately refreshing character make it a tea that is especially favoured as a relaxing cup after lunch or diner.

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“Bancha” — A Generic Term For A Wide Variety Of Tea.

Posted by Tyas Huybrechts on

Bancha in general is considered as the regular house tea, available in a standard Japanese household. This tea lends itself to consumption at any given time of day and may be prepared in larger volumes at once, for batch that lasts the whole day. However, when mentioning bancha to a Japanese person, depending on the region they grew up, the word “bancha” may have a different connotation.

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