Saturday, August 27, 2011

Columnar cloud

I took this photo in Aso City, which is situated inside the Mt. Aso caldera.


The cloud, seemingly supported by the telephone lines, is rising up from behind the caldera's mountainous rim.


From farther away, one could easily mistake this cloudy column for smoke from the volcano, but this spot was actually a couple of miles from the crater itself.





—Mellow Monk

 

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Monk's win makes news in Japan, too

In addition to being reported on these shores, Mellow Monk's first-place win at the North American Tea Championship is also making news in the tea artisan's locality.


On the left is a cellphone pic of the article that appeared in the August 18th edition of Kumamoto Prefecture's paper of record, Kumamoto Daily (a.k.a. "Kumanichi").


The Kumanichi reporter who wrote the story sent us the photo used in the article, which was taken at a Kumanichi office. It features the tea artisan who crafts the winning tea along with our tea buyer, who was in the area when we received news from World Tea Media about our 1st place award.





—Mellow Monk

 

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Monk brings home a new iced tea from Japan

We just brought in this exciting and delicious new tea from a top-tier artisan in Kumamoto, Japan — Lightly Roasted Iced Green Tea.


His expert use of traditional tea-roasting techniques yields a smokey aroma and a sublimely nutty flavor. The roasting also greatly lowers the tea's caffeine content. What's more, the tea comes in quality sachets and can be cold brewed.


Read more about this wonderful new tea here.





—Mellow Monk

 

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Saturday, August 06, 2011

The Monk takes 1st place in the NorthAm Tea Championship!

We just received news that our Top Leaf™ Green Tea won first place in the steamed green tea category at the 2011 North American Tea Championship.


Mellow Monk is grateful to the judges and organizers and everyone else who made the 2011 North American Tea Championship possible.


The grower–artisan from whom we source Top Leaf™ says he is thrilled and humbled. We plan to post an interview with him here soon. Stay tuned!





A scene from the Tea Championship.


—Mellow Monk

 

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