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The current heatwave may have turned you thoughts away from hot tea, though some folk find a hot drink cooling. For those who prefer a cool or even iced drink in the summer, here are some brewing suggestions. One very simple approach is put tea in a pot as usual but then fill the pot with ice. When the ice has melted you will have a very sweet, chilled tea. Easy.This works well with green teas such as sencha or Nokcha.

Alternatively, you can brew as usual but using much less water. Then pour over ice and wait a little for some of the ice to melt. This gives a more familiar flavour profile.

A third way is brewing with cold water, which will take longer, but require little effort or attention.

Oolongs are also very delicious brewed in these ways.

east teas' Matsukaze Matcha continues to delight and energise our customers (and me) and is excellent quality and value. It makes delicious usucha and is sufficiently tasty for koicha, so would not be out of place in a Japanese Tearoom, this is sometimes expressed as Ceremonial Grade, though I did not hear that term, or equivalent, in my years in Japan studying the Way of Tea (Chado). Matsukaze means Pine Wind, a term used to describe the sound of the kettle in the tearoom, simmering over charcoal.

Made in a bowl, in the traditional way with a special bamboo whisk, chasen, it is particularly delicious. Its gentle stimulation is long-lasting and fades gradually. Helpful for those mornings after over-indulgence and prior to exercise. I have one regular customer who drinks eight bowls a day. I'm not sure I could do that. Even so she remains calm and considered.

Matcha is probably the most exciting of green teas for health as one ingests the stoneground tea itself thus additionally benefiting from the non water-soluble nutrients.

The minimum requirements for traditional matcha-making are the tea plus the whisk (chasen)which totals 28, discounted for you to 25. A genuine Japanese teabowl enhances the experience but is not essential. Matcha has a smooth taste and texture (when prepared traditionally) and gently stimulates the mind without the unpleasant physical side-effects that coffee drinking can have. The spiritual benefits come with practices other than just drinking matcha but see what attracted this substance and its culture to both Samurai and Zen monk alike.

Stocks of ceramics have been topped up and, for matcha lovers, we also have a great, ever-changing, selection of matcha bowls, many of them being vintage and even older. Prices range from 15 to 80. Some have their original, signed boxes. Their authenticity enhances the matcha experience. eMail if you'd like more information and photographs.

There is some of our favourite 1990s Pu-Erh and another interesting example of Liu Bao from the same period waiting for you to help ease you through the Summer or as special gifts.

However east teas continues to supply its loyal customers via mail order and special events so don't, please, give up on us.

Here are some very generous words from the Borough Market management team:


For Mail Order just email us at axfhere@gmail.com and we can discuss your needs.

east teas import special and unusual loose-leaf teas obtained directly from farmers, experts, and small local suppliers in China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam and Taiwan.

east teas' selection of green, oolong, black and other teas offer a world of flavour and fragrance far removed from the mass-produced offerings from most other companies.

east teas' teas also have a superb natural sweetness which means they can be drunk without adding sweeteners or milk, the addition of which cancels out some of tea's health benefits. Recent scientific studies suggest further health benefits from drinking these types of traditional Asian teas which have long been believed to have particular medicinal qualities.

east teas is pleased to be able to offer hand-made and hand-decorated tea utensils from China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. Part of the joy of tea culture is in what you drink from. Ceramics have a long and rich history in Asia where hand-made objects are still widely used and appreciated.

east teas also offers a full WORLD-WIDE MAIL ORDER service. Please send your order to enquiries@eastteas.com. We will then send you an invoice which can conveniently and securely paid via bank transfer. If that isn't convenient for you, just send us a cheque.

Mail order terms: minimum order of three packs. UK deliveries: Post & packing: 1.50 per pack. Orders of 60 or more: post-free. Overseas deliveries at cost. Payment by cheque in advance please or via bank transfer. Often teas are sent out within a day but please allow 28 days for delivery. Pictures of currently available utensils can be sent on request.

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