Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Green tea can limit the amount of starch that is absorbed by our body, says a study published at Nature.com

The study states that because excess starch is normally converted to fat and stored in the body as increased body fat, green tea could help fight obesity in the face of today's high-starch diets.

The researchers found that study participants showed signs of reduced conversion of carbohydrates by glucose into fat.

Thus green tea could be an important weapon in the fight against obesity, in addition to benefiting the body in other ways, as well.




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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Tea Rex Tee

A nice holiday present.

A monk and a dinosaur — sounds like a good premise for Netflix series.

 



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Saturday, December 19, 2015

New photos on Flickr and Pinterest

We have uploaded some new photos to Flickr and Pinterest.

The photos are of Kumamoto Prefecture's Tea Research Center (a.k.a. "Chaken"). Chaken is where new cultivars of tea are developed and tested by researchers funded by the prefectural government of Kumamoto — where our grower–artisans ply their trade.

Only teas that pass the rigorous taste-testing shown in the photographs proceed to the next step.

These new cultivars include ones with greater natural resistance to the various natural foes of the tea plant. Or just cultivars with better flavor or aroma.

Well, not "better," because tea is such a matter of individual taste, yes? Because one person's oversteeping is another person's just right.

 


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Saturday, August 29, 2015

More Kiva loans to more artisans

Mellow Monk has expanded its Kiva portfolio again with four more loans to four groups of dedicated, hard-working artisans. Learn more about Kiva here.





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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Aso Zen video is released

Aso City's Zen program, which certifies the city's best natural products, has released this video showcasing the area's beauty and its dedication to tradition. Our grower–artisan Koji Nagata, incidentally, is one of the Zen 100.





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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Kyusu from Sagara in Kyushu


One of our grower–artisans, Mr. Watanabe, in Sagara, Kumamoto, was kind enough to include this lovely maple-themed kyusu in a recent shipment of green tea.

Instead of a tea basket inside, this single-serving kyusu has a built-in mesh screen at the base of the spout. This way, you can hold the kyusu by the handle and really swirl the tea around for thorough steeping.

Sagara, by the way, is right next door to Hitoyoshi, known as Japan's "little Kyoto."


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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Mellow Monk sponsors Love Is Bald's Chilibowl fundraiser again

Mellow Monk proudly sponsored the 2nd Annual Chilibowl fundraiser held by the great people at Love Is Bald. Below are the cookoff finalists. (Mellow Monk participated not in person, unfortunately, but by donating a gift certificate to be auctioned off as part of the fundraiser.)




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