Monday, January 30, 2012

Another Kiva loan

Mellow Monk just made another Kiva loan — to Farhod, a vegetable grower in Hamadoni, Tajikistan.

Good luck, Farhod!

And isn't Kiva awesome?



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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Machine Project

Mellow Monk doesn't only promote independent agriculture; we like to promote indie everything.


Machine Project is a loose group of creative people who hold and host performances and educational activities about things they find interesting — music, poetry, sewing, computer programming, and cheese tastings, to name only a few.


This video about Machine Project starts out with a fascinating and haunting musical piece combining a harp and trumpet. How cool is that?





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Monday, January 09, 2012

Mellow Monk introduces ... Artisan's Reserve

Mellow Monk proudly introduces a new tea — Artisan's Reserve.


Artisan's Reserve is an artisinal blend of select kabusecha (shade-grown tea) and sun-grown tamaryokucha-style sencha. This combination produces an exquisite ensemble of tastes: a subtle herbaceous sweetness with citrus and melon highlights, all over a kabusecha-like creamy texture.


Please join us in welcoming Artisan's Blend to the Mellow Monk family. The Kumamoto-based artisan who makes it puts all his tea-crafting heart into this tea, and it really shows.





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Friday, January 06, 2012

How green tea staves off hepatitis

In the journal Hepatology, researchers describe how green tea protects the liver from hepatitis C: the flavinoid EGCG — which is found only in green tea — prevents the hepatitis C virus (HCV) from attaching to liver cells, "thus disrupting the initial step of HCV cell entry."


This is just one recent example of studies demonstrating the antiviral effects of EGCG, which in turn is merely one aspect of the health benefits of green tea.


And which shows how much natural goodness there is jam-packed into this humble little leaf:





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