Monday, June 27, 2011

Two for tea from Hokusai

For your serenity now, I humbly offer up two tea-related works from Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849), known today also simply as Hokusai.



Katakura tea Plantation in Suruga.



Koishikawa the night after snowfall, part of the “36 Views of Mt. Fuji” series.


—Mellow Monk

 

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Help us make a difference through Kiva

We just made two new loans to Kiva, which Mellow Monk supports as part of our mission to promote sustainable, responsible ways of growing food.


Kiva — whose motto is "Loans that change lives" — provides microloans to family farms and small, family-run businesses, the kinds of operations that are off the radar of conventional banks.


We would love to have you join our team! You can sign up here. If you have any questions, you can contact Kiva or drop us a line at info at mellowmonk dot com.


—Mellow Monk

 

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Mellow magnificence on the guitar

Kindly give a listen to Mellow Monk customer and acoustic guitarist extraordinaire Keegan McClellan playing his composition "Machine Planet":





Word is that the cup seen in Keegan's "Wounded Knee" contains Mellow Monk tea.


—Mellow Monk

 

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Matcha caramel — homemade!

Some of Monk's helpers recently made matcha caramel from scratch using, of course, Mellow Monk's Mountain Snow. The final results were, of course, positively scrumptious.



The ingredients, including our much-lauded matcha Mountain Snow.



Cooking is nearly finished.



The pouring.



The final yummy result. See the whole album here.


—Mellow Monk

 

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Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Making mellow tea

Here again is a little promotional video we made to put you in the mood to brew — to brew green tea, that is.


And please note that although it may look that way in the video, we do not pour just-boiled water onto the tea leaves, as that would be too hot.


And so, without further ado ...





—Mellow Monk

 

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Saturday, June 04, 2011

Frozen falls

I am a bit late with this one — a photo sent by a friend in Aso of frozen Koga no Taki (Koga Falls).





—Mellow Monk

 

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