Tea Talk: Finding A Special Ceremonial Matcha Chanoyu Set

I am deeply interested in hosting Chanoyu, a proper Japanese Tea Ceremony, and the Koicha preparation of ceremonial Matcha tea.  Matcha is the stone ground, shade grown tencha green tea leaf, used to prepare Koicha (“thick tea”) or Usucha, which I believe many green tea enthusiasts are exposed to with the abundance of bottled Matcha drinks.

To experience Koicha matcha is a very different experience, one I believe many do not get exposure to in the US. As a huge green tea fan and an even bigger matcha fan, I am looking to collect elegant sets of ceremonial matcha ceramics and tools. I am looking to practice and get this unique tea consistency down.

To me, koicha matcha is divinity in a cup, especially with the right matcha powder.  The delicate nature of the growth of the Japanese tencha leaves gives it a slightly sweet kelp flavor that is distinct, yet some matcha powders, if not properly grown tend to be bitter.  Since it is something I enjoy I want to prepare the full experience for guests, which is what leads me to my quest to host as close to a proper Japanese Tea Ceremony or chanoyu, as I can.

Now I find myself on the search for the right ceremonial set.  The set usually consists of a ceramic tea bowl, a bamboo whisk, a bamboo scoop and scoop holder, which sometimes is also ceramic.  Beautiful new sets exist, but being the vintage lover that I am, I’d like to reuse something that someone might not want anymore. The trouble I am having is finding a vintage chawan, or traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony ceramic tea bowl, that speaks to me.  There are beautiful creations coming from specialty ceramic makers in Japan however there are collections of antique ceramics that are, while gorgeous, they also cost a pretty penny.

A vintage set worth $395

Searches online from Amazon to Pearl River Mart yielded no results of major significance, so alas I set out on foot to find something that strikes me. Stay tuned as I continue my quest for the perfect chawan, and I will share my discoveries soon!

Exploring Natural Remedies for a Brutal Cold Season

This season has seen its share of raging viruses and unbearable infections, attacking even the most impenetrable immune systems.  Many I know who haven’t seen a cold in years felt it this year.  As I navigate my second head cold of the year I want to take a moment to navigate an array of different natural treatments of my common cold symptoms.

One of my favorite food remedies for any kind of sickness is chicken soup, something I cannot live without when I am feeling unwell.  I realized how essential chicken soup was for healing during my last head cold. I had already subjected myself to decongestants and cough syrup, however I finally caved and ate fresh chicken soup, and the relief was immediate. I’ll share my favorite recipe later but I must now remember and promise myself that freshly made chicken soup will always be my starting point.

Hot liquids in general have always soothed me during upper respiratory battles.  Since I am also a big fan of tea I have discovered a few different types of tea to me to help with cough, congestion and boosting immunity. I never thought to try a citrus black tea but I have had the most relief from it! One of my new under-the-weather soothing teas is Limoncello black tea from Sipology by Steeped Tea.

Growing up in a Hispanic household I was also treated to a host of unusual remedies with the goal of ridding us of coughs, stomach bugs, lethargy etc. One of my favorite remedies growing up was recommended to me in high school by a classmate that swore mixing honey and liquefied spoonful of raw onion twice a day would help even the worst bouts of congestion. I particularly felt relief from this, and no matter how gross it seems, the combination seemed to help.

My business neighbor, Anel, who runs a pressed juice/smoothie and natural health goods shop (which is a blessing during such a turbulent cold season) recommended that I try to crush clove of garlic into fresh squeezed lemon juice with a drop or two of honey. She advised that this would help me get rid of my sinus infection (because it is a viral infection it means there are no medicines like antibiotics to speed up the healing). So far I must say that today is the first day I feel somewhat normal, I feel like things are loosening and I don’t feel pressure pain, so I am adding this to my list of go-to remedies!

I would love to chat about your favorite remedies and try a few out! Post in the comments below your tried and true natural remedies!

Welcome to the Demitasse Lass!

Thanks for joining me and reading along!

My name is Lainey, I am a small business owner and mom, trying to get back into writing and pushing myself to grow and discover new things.

I created this as a lifestyle and general interest blog to find a new way to meet new people and share all of my obsessions from vintage finds to my latest recipe concoctions, and create a social space to share general interests and new projects!

With the desire to be more social, I also created a Facebook Group in support of this blog where we can host live discussions and where I can learn more about you!

I hope you will find useful tidbits here and share with me your experience with the broad topics I hope to cover here, (also, show me your vintage!)

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