Archive for Juli, 2016

Dachi Tea – a startup company from Taiwan

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Browsing through the internet one day, I found this amazing tea startup company called Dachi Tea.
I really like their company story and their idea behind the brand Dachi Tea. The idea was to firstly find the best raw material tea leaves and secondly, finding the best tea makers from all over Taiwan to create very unique oolong teas from the raw tea leaves provided. And that is exactly what Dachi Tea did! When you look at their website, you can choose between different tea subscription plans. 

For more great tea recommendations and especially the one on Dachi Tea, please also read Max Falkowitz’s article on „Where to buy amazing tea online„. A great and really helpful read!

Tea Tasting No. 5

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Tea type: green tea
Tea name: Japan Shincha Kirisakura (first flush)
Origin: Japan
Harvest: April 2016

Japan Shincha Kirisakura

Before going into the details, I have to mention the following: Usually I try to avoid buying at tea shop chains like „Teegeschwender“, as I’d rather like to support the local tea shops. Not only is the atmosphere mostly much more authentic, but also the tea shop owners and employees really put all their passion and love into the tea and in selling it. Furthermore, they can mostly give you much more background information on the different teas than in the more anonymous tea shop chains. However, as there are hardly any good choices on tea shops in Münster, I cannot avoid entering Teegeschwender once in a while. Mostly, when I’m out of my Japanese green teas for my mornings and urgently need some higher quality tea.
So I went to Teegeschwender the other day, expecting the regular three choices they have on Sencha tea. But what a surprise! As the green tea harvest in Japan started in April, the first teas of the new season are out. And before the senchas get in, the first month’s pick is actually called Shincha. As it’s the first cut, this tea is much sweater in taste and hardly has any bitterness compared to the Sencha’s that follow.

first infusion

First impression: I love, love, love this tea! The smell of the dry tea leaves is already impressive with its smell of  fresh mangos. Really amazing as that’s the pure and natural fragrance of the tea. The infused tea tastes very fruity and at the same time very mild. I can recommend four steepings and I even tried 6 and the tea was naturally less intense but never tasted astringent and still had a nice hint of sweetness to it. Really one of the best teas I have had in a while.

Favorite Magazine Reads

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Today you find my favorite and most unique magazine picks!

FOGS – a German magazine on green lifestyle. Great to get introduced to green and innovative fashion and beauty brands as well as people’s lifestyles, thoughts and ideas.

slow – „more time for the essential things“; a German magazine focusing on our well-being and inspires us to be aware and focus on the nice things in life.

The Morning Heritage – a German magazine introducing amazing women and their amazing stories,  ideas and lifestyle. They also have an issue for the guys!

Noveaux – a magazine for vegan fashion & green lifestyle. This is also a German magazine which introduces us to the innovative world of green fashion and lifestyle.

These magazines are all in German language only. Therefore, I’m planning to do another post on my favorite English magazines. As I’m still looking for some great reads, I’m happy to receive recommendations from you.

Tea Tasting No. 4

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Tea type: green tea
Tea name: Sencha Shoike-no-o
Origin: Japan
Bought at: the Ippodo tea shop in NYC. You can also purchase their tea through their website and they do ship international.

first Infusion

First Impression: very nice weedy smell and sweet in flavor. I can recommend three steepings, but not more as the tea then gets astringent even with low water temperatures. 

Compared to the sencha tea I mentioned in my post Tea Tasting No. 2 from the Bellocq Atelier, I prefer this one from Ippodo. To me it seems a little stronger in aroma. However, both teas are of really good quality and fine taste.

Indoor Market Concept – Lisbon

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When I was in Lisbon, I discovered this indoor market opposite of the Praça do Principe Real. It is located on a big sales floor with various smaller Portuguese brands presenting and selling their products. Really similar to a big department store with different selling brands. It is a great and inspiring shopping experience and a concept I really like. It is especially great for smaller brands which do not have the financing power for their own shop, especially at such an exposed location.
I found a super nice cotton plait for my bed from a Northern Portuguese brand called „by Stro„. 

Plait by Stor

I love, love, love it and was actually looking for such a plait forever. The quality, color and pattern is just lovely.