Hojicha is such a unique tea. It's aroma is used by Japanese shop owners to draw people in to browse their wares. It's used as a wonderfully calming beverage with subtle notes and great tradition. This Hojicha from Ito En doesn't disappoint.
This year I made a resolution to visit tea companies, shops and facilities in different areas of the United States. In the future I'd love to cover options around the world, but on a bloggers budget I get to stay largely in the US.
Back in March I took a trip to Colorado. Consequently I did a writeup on that trip in three parts. I believe the relative summation is there, but there are several companies I failed to make it to, including Teatulia. I look to go back to Colorado in the future to pick up where I left off.
A couple weeks back I took a trip to New York City. Those of you who follow me on Twitter may remember my many tweets from Manhattan. While in NYC I took the opportunity to visit a number of tea shops. There is much I missed which I hope to get to in a number of future trips.
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There are times when I need some quick energy. Not being a coffee drinker anymore, tea is where I would prefer to turn. Tea however, doesn't always provide that quick pick-me-up I need... that's where ITO EN's 'Shots' come in!
We're quickly moving into the colder seasons here in the Northern hemisphere. That doesn't mean we don't still need some good iced tea though! This relaxing roasted green tea from ITO EN hit the spot recently.