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melhadtea. Here's one of those @ippodotea left-handed kyusu teapots I was talking

Here's one of those @ippodotea left-handed kyusu teapots I was talking about the other day! Japanese #kyusu handles are always on the side and used for drinking teas made with hotter water (like sencha, genmaicha, bancha), as opposed to houhins, with are handle-less Japanese teapots used for brewing gyokuro and other fine teas that use cooler (70-85˚ C) water. What's your preferred vessel for steeping tea? . . . . . #tea #teaoftheday #matcha #teatime #cupoftea #tealover #tealove #teaporn #teaaddiction #instatea #butfirsttea #foodgawker #foodandwine #f52grams #buzzfeast #instayum #eattheworld #teaculture #teatime #teaplease

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melhadtea. This winter I've been steeping a selection of beautiful teas from @smi

This winter I've been steeping a selection of beautiful teas from @smithteamaker, including this Rose City Genmaicha. Genmaicha is a traditional Japanese green tea made using sencha and toasted brown rice. Smith has really elevated this traditional tea by blending in Mao Feng green tea from China, rose petals, and bergamot oil (the same as in Earl Grey tea). I love the results. Tomorrow on the blog I’m publishing a post about a few other warming and wintery teas from Smith. Did you know #Portland city where Smith is based is famous for their roses? . . . . . #tea #teaoftheday #matcha #teatime #cupoftea #tealover #tealove #teaporn #teaaddiction #instatea #butfirsttea #foodgawker #foodandwine #f52grams #buzzfeast #instayum #eattheworld #teaculture #teatime #teaplease #ThisIsTeaTime #SmithTea

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This swirly tray from @ippodotea is the perfect vessel for delivering houjicha - charcoal roasted green tea from Japan that's low and caffeine and yummly warming. Perfect for chilly winter days. Ippodo is one of the few Japanese tea vendors that also sells left-handed kyusu teapots. Any other #lefties in the crowd? 💁🏻‍♀️ . . . . . #tea #teaoftheday #japanese #teatime #cupoftea #tealover #tealove #teaporn #teaaddiction #instatea #butfirsttea #foodgawker #foodandwine #f52grams #buzzfeast #instayum #eattheworld #teaculture #teatime #teaplease #ThisIsTeaTime

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Last week I had the pleasure of serving up a selection of hot and cold brews for the @shoppersdurgmartofficial #myroutine event at @bishatoronto. Tea has a lot of health benefits for your skin, not the least of which is hydration! ✨ DYK? Shoppers Drug Mart has in-store specialists that can analyze your skin and prescribe solutions tailored just for you. The best part? It’s free. Specialist @sarahobear measured the hydration levels of my skin and gave me a close-up look at my skin health. It was super interesting. I don’t wear any makeup on a daily basis, but I’m really invested in taking good care of my skin. I was stoked that my skin scored as well-hydrated! I mean, I do drink A LOT of tea. ✨ Tea is a great substitute for pop or juice in your routine since there’s no sugar or other additives - just leafy goodness. Tea leaves also have many antioxidants, such as ✔catechins (EGCG) ✔amino acids ✔ Vitamins C, B, and E. ✨ If you really want a condensed tea detox, try matcha. When you drink matcha, you’re consuming 100% of the tea leaf, and all the vitamins, antioxidants, and caffeine! It’s like a tea espresso, if you will! ✨ Even herbal teas can have a lot of beneficial properties. I took the beautiful Flower Garden organic herbal from @worldteahouse with me to Toronto and everyone was commenting on its beautiful appearance. It has #chamomile - soothing and great for red or irritated skin—it also contains quercetin, which helps protect you from sun damage. Rose Hips contain antioxidants and Vitamin C. Even peppermint tea contains menthol that can help clear up oily skin. . . . . . #tea #teaoftheday #matcha #teatime #cupoftea #tealover #tealove #teaporn #teaaddiction #instatea #butfirsttea #foodgawker #foodandwine #f52grams #buzzfeast #instayum #eattheworld #teaculture #teatime #teaplease #ThisIsTeaTime

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melhadtea. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night. Thanks for an amazing

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night. Thanks for an amazing year. Wishing you all a magical evening and happy memory making over the holidays. Currently steeping: Rum Pot by @smithteamaker - Colombian black tea with licorice root, star anise, and dried fruit. Handpicked and preserved in #rum, the old-world German way. #SmithTea #ThisIsTeaTime . . . . . #tea #teaoftheday #matcha #ilovetea #teatime #cupoftea #tealover #teadrinker #tealove #teaporn #teaaddiction #teaaddict #instatea #butfirsttea #teastagram #foodgawker #foodandwine #feedfeed #f52grams #buzzfeast #buzzfeedfood #instayum #eattheworld #girleatsworld #teaculture #teatime #teaplease

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Doesn't this Japanese jelly look amazing? In Kyoto and elsewhere, these transparent delicacies with tea are a common sweet treat, especially in hot weather. It had a kind of sweet, toasted maple flavour. There was steeped houjicha, roasted tea, in it as well. 🥰 • • • • • #tea #teaoftheday #matcha #ilovetea #teatime #cupoftea #tealover #teadrinker #tealove #teaporn #teaaddiction #teaaddict #instatea #butfirsttea #teastagram #foodgawker #foodandwine #feedfeed #f52grams #buzzfeast #buzzfeedfood #instayum #eattheworld #girleatsworld #茶 #teaculture #teatime #teaplease

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Sometimes I forget that tea is science, and that we can play with it. This 'green ecstasy' blend from @samovartea in #SanFrancisco is a mix of lightly-steamed green tea and matcha from Kagoshima in southern Japan. Do you ever experiment with mixing teas? Favourite results? • • • • • #tea #teaoftheday #matcha #ilovetea #teatime #cupoftea #tealover #teadrinker #tealove #teaporn #teaaddiction #teaaddict #instatea #butfirsttea #teastagram #foodgawker #foodandwine #feedfeed #f52grams #buzzfeast #buzzfeedfood #instayum #eattheworld #girleatsworld #茶 #teaculture #teatime #teaplease

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melhadtea. Cardamom pods, Citra hop pellets, oolong tea, and Citra hop flowers. W

Cardamom pods, Citra hop pellets, oolong tea, and Citra hop flowers. What are some unusual ingredients you've used when brewing tea or #kombucha? • • • • • #tea #teaoftheday #matcha #ilovetea #teatime #cupoftea #tealover #teadrinker #tealove #teaporn #teaaddiction #teaaddict #instatea #butfirsttea #teastagram #foodgawker #foodandwine #feedfeed #f52grams #buzzfeast #buzzfeedfood #instayum #eattheworld #girleatsworld #茶 #teaculture #teatime #teaplease

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melhadtea. I know it's getting colder, but I still like a cup of iced cold brew t

I know it's getting colder, but I still like a cup of iced cold brew tea in the mornings to wake me up. This is #mugicha, Japanese barley tea. Traditionally it's more of a summer drink, but hey - tea rules are made to be broken. • • • • • #tea #teaoftheday #matcha #ilovetea #teatime #cupoftea #tealover #teadrinker #tealove #teaporn #teaaddiction #teaaddict #instatea #butfirsttea #teastagram #foodgawker #foodandwine #feedfeed #f52grams #buzzfeast #buzzfeedfood #instayum #eattheworld #girleatsworld #茶 #teaculture #teatime #teaplease

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Still guilty of playing with my food. Shot this gnarly ginger (💛) while writing my latest blog post about making #kombucha with @goodmorekombucha - the base for their black ginger is made with #darjeeling! • • • • • #tea #teaoftheday #matcha #ilovetea #teatime #cupoftea #tealover #teadrinker #tealove #teaporn #teaaddiction #teaaddict #instatea #butfirsttea #teastagram #foodgawker #foodandwine #feedfeed #f52grams #buzzfeast #buzzfeedfood #instayum #eattheworld #girleatsworld #茶 #teaculture #teatime #teaplease

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melhadtea. I wrote about catnip tea on the blog this weekend. It's tea you can dr

I wrote about catnip tea on the blog this weekend. It's tea you can drink with your cat, but it's also good for cold and flu season. Anyone feeling worn down yet? I'm trying to get more sleep so I can try and avoid it. • • • • • #tea #teaoftheday #catsofinstagram #ilovetea #teatime #cupoftea #tealover #teadrinker #tealove #teaporn #teaaddiction #teaaddict #instatea #butfirsttea #teastagram #foodgawker #foodandwine #feedfeed #f52grams #buzzfeast #buzzfeedfood #instayum #eattheworld #girleatsworld #茶 #teaculture #teatime #teaplease

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Yesterday, I wrote about getting matcha at the golden temple in Kyoto, but also about how it was so cathartic to meet and connect with @fiona.nyc as another married woman solo traveller on the road. At the time, all the questions about my relationship, and how could I 'leave' my husband during our first year of marriage to go work on a tea farm were starting to grate on my nerves. Have you ever been abroad and made a connection with someone that just made you go, "YES! You get me." Tell me about it! • • • • • #mytinyatlas #dametraveler #theprettycities #flashesofdelight #unlimitedparadise #travelerinjapan #livemoremagic #exploringtheglobe #traveldeeper #roamtheplanet #theglobewanderer #finditliveit #visualoflife #welltravelled #cntraveler #letsgosomewhere #tasteintravel #guardiantravelsnaps

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#WuWo tea ceremony started in Taiwan in the '80s. Wu Wo means 'void of self.' 〰 The idea was this 'selfless' experience would allow participants to sit in a circle and silently brew tea, being present with tea, nature, and each other. 〰 This time of year for me I find it's so easy to be busy with work projects, holiday preparations, and everything else. It can be easy to get caught up in the moment and not take a step back. If you ever feel like the world is taking too much from you and there's nothing left to give, maybe try giving in small ways, without expectations. 〰 Yesterday I made a bunch of sandwiches and tea for people, just as a thing to do, and it made me feel really great. . . . . . #tea #teaoftheday #matcha #ilovetea #teatime #cupoftea #tealover #teadrinker #tealove #teaporn #teaaddiction #teaaddict #instatea #butfirsttea #teastagram #foodgawker #foodandwine #feedfeed #f52grams #buzzfeast #buzzfeedfood #instayum #eattheworld #girleatsworld #茶 #teaculture #teatime #teaplease #flashesofdelight

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melhadtea. Chilled tea feels classier when it comes in a wine glass, especially w

Chilled tea feels classier when it comes in a wine glass, especially when the wine glass gets a bit of condensation on the outside because your tea is so gd fresh and cool. I miss having fresh Japanese tea available everywhere. What's a food or drink you've had while traveling that you miss when back home?⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ #tea #teaoftheday #matcha #ilovetea #teatime #cupoftea #tealover #teadrinker #tealove #teaporn #teaaddiction #teaaddict #instatea #butfirsttea #teastagram #foodgawker #foodandwine #feedfeed #f52grams #buzzfeast #buzzfeedfood #instayum #eattheworld #girleatsworld #茶 #teaculture #teatime #teaplease

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melhadtea. When I left my job to go freelance back in January, one of the big thi

When I left my job to go freelance back in January, one of the big things I started paying attention to was my money. Where does it come from? Where does it go? This year I feel like I've taken a lot of steps forward in both understanding my money, and building plans for the future. It's like I'm responsible or something. So I was pretty pleased when I finally totalled up all of our expenses from our Iceland honeymoon and realized it actually came in at less than $5,000. For two people, for two weeks in one of the world's most expensive countries. We did a bunch of things to save money, and I put together a bunch of advice and lessons learned in today's blog post, which is all about how to budget for an Iceland honeymoon road trip. Or, y'know, even if it's not your honeymoon, because there's never a bad time to cuddle with baby goats. 🐐https://buff.ly/2yARkHU

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melhadtea. This saucy sheep was the beginning of my wild sheep photography chase

This saucy sheep was the beginning of my wild sheep photography chase in Iceland. During my time there, I managed to photograph sheep, cows, goats, and beautiful Icelandic horses. I just published an article that details absolutely everything we did during our 14 day road trip, including where I stumbled upon a great sheep photo op moment at Rettir, Iceland's yearly sheep herding festival. Did you know Iceland has twice as many sheep as people?

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I'm back! 👻 I spent a blissful two weeks totally disconnected from social media, in a converted Dacia Dokker panel van, driving around Iceland and camping with Rob, on our honeymoon. I got to hug goats, see a shitload of waterfalls, and generally chill out while seeing more crazy beautiful nature than I believed was possible. 🌈🐐For the first couple of days, it was uncomfortable breaking the habit. I'd catch myself reaching for my phone, then go, "What am I doing?"because I'd deleted all the social media apps from my phone. I wanted to escape from digital for awhile because so much of my work is here. I was surprised at just how good it felt to not have my smartphone poking away at the back of my thoughts. I spent a lot of time just staring at the mountains and thinking, talking with Rob, or cooking supper on our little propane stove. I felt like I had more time. Time felt more expansive. Life was good. I'm not going to say it didn't feel satisfying to log on after two weeks and answer messages, see what people had been up to, etc. But, having that space sometimes felt like being on another planet. Time moved differently. It was a great reminder that I need to make an effort to make more interruption-free space in my life. In Virginia Woolf's famous essay, "A Room of One's Own," one of her central ideas is that, "a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction." Or, to write at all. But, is a room really your own if every five minutes it's being invaded by an intruding alert or notification? It's made me think. Create your space. Defend your space. Yes, Iceland was wicked.🇮🇸 #honeymoon #hotelbudir #nature #writing #Iceland

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The most Scotian tea sommelier of them all. This week was really special for me. I hosted a Japanese Tea and Matcha Tasting Workshop at @WorldTeaHouse, served tea to tourists at Peggy's Cove, and finished filming for an episode for a national Japanese tv pilot series about foreigners bringing Japanese culture back to their home countries. It's been a crazy week, and I'm looking forward this weekend to heading up to Parrsboro with Rob for some ocean playtime and cottage campfires with friends. Yay summer! • • • • • #ANE #AtlanticNorthEast #halifax #hfx #igershfx #novascotia #canada #wearens #Canadiancollective #picoftheday #beautiful #eastcoastcreatives #instagood #art #beauty #iphonography #bbctravel #explorecanada #exploreeverything #justgoshoot #maritime #halifaxnoise #Halifax #artofvisuals #tea #teaoftheday #matcha #ilovetea #teatime #peggyscove

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melhadtea. Hey guys! I'm hosting a Japanese Tea and Matcha Tasting Workshop on Au

Hey guys! I'm hosting a Japanese Tea and Matcha Tasting Workshop on August 22 at 7pm at the beautiful @worldteahouse in #Halifax. 🍵🍃 We're going to brew some of the fresh teas I brought back from Japan using cold brew and ice brew methods, plus make some delicious matcha together. It might just be the best tea you ever have! There will also be snacks for pairing. Space is limited, so make sure to get your tickets soon via Eventbrite! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/japanese-tea-and-matcha-tasting-workshop-tickets-48980035605 (Link also in bio) • • • • • #tea #halifaxnoise #halifax #novascotia #visitnovascotia #halifaxns #haligonia #halifaxlocal #eastcoast #hfx #drinklocal #maritime #explorenovascotia #atlanticcanada #discoverhalifax #japanesetea #matcha #coldbrew #teaoftheday #teatime #teaaddict #instatea #teastagram #foodgawker #foodandwine #feedfeed #f52grams #buzzfeast #buzzfeedfood

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melhadtea. Missing this one already! 😭 Anne, it was so much fun to spend time wi

Missing this one already! 😭 Anne, it was so much fun to spend time with you and get to know you over these past few months in Japan! Thanks for being my wallmate, for sharing your bananas, and for always having all the energy. Oh, and also your amazing chai syrup. HOW WILL I LIVE WITHOUT YOU??? Looking forward to reuniting in Halifax, Berlin, or Japan. Whatever happens first! #teafriends #forgedinmatcha #jinbeilife @fortunes_exploits • • • • • #mytinyatlas #dametraveler #flashesofdelight #unlimitedparadise #travelerinjapan #tea #teaoftheday #matcha #ilovetea #teatime #cupoftea #tealover #teadrinker #tealove #instatea #butfirsttea #teastagram #f52grams #buzzfeast #buzzfeedfood #instayum #eattheworld #girleatsworld #茶 #teaculture #teatime #teaplease

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melhadtea. Left-handed #kyusu for the win! Kyusu are Japan's answer to the wester

Left-handed #kyusu for the win! Kyusu are Japan's answer to the western tea pot. Used for Japanese teas that like hotter water, like houjicha, genmaicha, wakoucha, and sencha. • • • • • #tea #teaoftheday #matcha #ilovetea #teatime #cupoftea #tealover #teadrinker #tealove #teaporn #teaaddiction #teaaddict #instatea #butfirsttea #teastagram #foodgawker #foodandwine #feedfeed #f52grams #buzzfeast #buzzfeedfood #instayum #eattheworld #girleatsworld #茶 #teaculture #teatime #teaplease

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melhadtea. When making matcha with a bamboo whisk, here are some pro tips. 
1—Soa

When making matcha with a bamboo whisk, here are some pro tips. 1—Soak your whisk in hot water before you start. This keep the bristles more flexible and keeps them from breaking. 2—When whisking, make straight lines (M or W shapes work well) to create foam. Moving the whisk in a circular motion (O) will cause the bubbles to break. 3—It's not how long you whisk, it's all about short and fast! Whisk as quickly as you can for as short a time as possible. As your water cools down, it's harder to create a rich foam. Anything else you want to know about matcha? • • • • • #mytinyatlas #dametraveler #flashesofdelight #unlimitedparadise #travelerinjapan #livemoremagic #exploringtheglobe #traveldeeper #roamtheplanet #theglobewanderer #finditliveit #visualoflife #welltravelled #cntraveler #letsgosomewhere #tasteintravel #guardiantravelsnaps #tea #teaoftheday #matcha #ilovetea #teatime #cupoftea #tealover #teadrinker #instatea #butfirsttea #teastagram #teatime #teaplease

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melhadtea. This swirling tea field is called Harayama. It's the first place that

This swirling tea field is called Harayama. It's the first place that tea bushes were planted in Wazuka, in the 12th century. Tea bushes here are trimmed a lot, always well-groomed. Because Japanese agricultural techniques are pretty aggressive in their quest for improvement, there are no 12th century trees left here. The plants are uprooted every 40 years or so so a new batch can grow to ensure optimal yield of tea. Kind of too bad they didn't leave the older trees. It would have been quite a legacy, but interesting nonetheless. Maybe some of the wild tea bushes I came across still have some of that ancient tea bush DNA. • • • • • #mytinyatlas #dametraveler #flashesofdelight #unlimitedparadise #travelerinjapan #livemoremagic #exploringtheglobe #traveldeeper #roamtheplanet #theglobewanderer #finditliveit #visualoflife #welltravelled #cntraveler #letsgosomewhere #tasteintravel #guardiantravelsnaps #tea #teaoftheday #matcha #ilovetea #teatime #tealover #teadrinker #tealove #teaaddict #instatea #teastagram #teatime #teaplease

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melhadtea. A bamboo whisk (cha-sen) is really important for making good, deliciou

A bamboo whisk (cha-sen) is really important for making good, delicious, foamy matcha. It whips up the tea so that the tea is exposed to air, kind of like letting your red wine decant before you drink it. You can just drink it straight from the bottle, but why would you? Get the best taste experience by whipping it up, delicious-style. Have you used a chasen before to make matcha? Thoughts? Struggles? Opinions? • • • • • #tea #teaoftheday #matcha #ilovetea #teatime #cupoftea #tealover #teadrinker #tealove #teaporn #teaaddiction #teaaddict #instatea #butfirsttea #teastagram #foodgawker #foodandwine #feedfeed #f52grams #buzzfeast #buzzfeedfood #instayum #eattheworld #girleatsworld #茶 #teaculture #teatime #teaplease #chasen #bamboo

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melhadtea. Welcome to tea paradise! Doing my official English-speaking tea tour g

Welcome to tea paradise! Doing my official English-speaking tea tour guide schtick. Sometimes it gets pretty campy, saying the same script to tourists who pass through, but I also love it and it's kind of fun. Reminds me of the good ol' @ubishops drama days! Who knew theatre would be so useful? (jk, it's probably served me better than most of the things I studied). What's something you never thought you'd use that's actually been super useful to you? • • • • • #mytinyatlas #dametraveler #theprettycities #flashesofdelight #unlimitedparadise #travelerinjapan #livemoremagic #exploringtheglobe #traveldeeper #roamtheplanet #theglobewanderer #finditliveit #visualoflife #welltravelled #BBCtravel #NatGeoTravelPic #TLpics #Wanderlust #CNtraveler #PassionPassport #GuardianTravelSnaps #ForbesTravelGuide #HuffPostTravel #passportready #茶 #teaculture #teatime #tea #teastagram #postcardsfromtheworld

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melhadtea. Yuzu dango. Yuzu is a small and super aromatic citrus fruit used in co

Yuzu dango. Yuzu is a small and super aromatic citrus fruit used in cooking here. It looks kind of like a tiny grapefruit, but has a more lemon-y taste. Dango are Japanese sweets eaten year-round, made from mochiko. You might have seen the emoji. 🍡 Sometimes it's sweetened with matcha or sakura, or covered in adzuki beans, or a sweet soy sauce glaze, but this yuzu variety was new to me! 🍊 • • • • • #tea #teaoftheday #matcha #ilovetea #teatime #cupoftea #tealover #teadrinker #tealove #teaporn #teaaddiction #teaaddict #instatea #butfirsttea #teastagram #foodgawker #foodandwine #feedfeed #f52grams #buzzfeast #buzzfeedfood #instayum #eattheworld #girleatsworld #茶 #teaculture #teatime #teaplease

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melhadtea. Komorebi (木漏れ日) is a Japanese word that basically means, 'sunlight esc

Komorebi (木漏れ日) is a Japanese word that basically means, 'sunlight escaping through the trees.' These dancing light curtains are everywhere to be found here in the lush and sunny summer forests. I wonder what you'd call it in English. Treelight? In any case, hiking into the forests and near the rivers and streams is one way to avoid this crazy Japanese heatwave. It's so much cooler inside the forest canopy! Dipping my feet in the cold stream was nice too. • • • • • #mytinyatlas #dametraveler #theprettycities #flashesofdelight #unlimitedparadise #travelerinjapan #livemoremagic #exploringtheglobe #traveldeeper #roamtheplanet #theglobewanderer #finditliveit #visualoflife #welltravelled #cntraveler #letsgosomewhere #tasteintravel #tea #teaoftheday #ilovetea #teatime #cupoftea #teaaddict #instatea #butfirsttea #teastagram #teaculture #teatime #teaplease

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melhadtea. Mizudashi (cold-brew) is a great and easy (read: for lazy people like

Mizudashi (cold-brew) is a great and easy (read: for lazy people like me) way to prepare tea in the summer. Fill two teabags with desired tea, throw them in a pitcher, and let it stand overnight. Wake up in the morning and enjoy some cold, smooth tea. Preparing tea cold-brew style reduces bitterness as well. Perfect for sweet, summer green teas. • • • • • #tea #teaoftheday #matcha #ilovetea #teatime #cupoftea #tealover #teadrinker #tealove #teaporn #teaaddiction #teaaddict #instatea #butfirsttea #teastagram #foodgawker #foodandwine #feedfeed #f52grams #buzzfeast #buzzfeedfood #instayum #eattheworld #girleatsworld #茶 #teaculture #teatime #teaplease

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