Don’t be intimidated by different tea preparation styles! Our growing selection of Japanese green teas provides exciting insight into Japan’s rich tea heritage.
Many people come to us for our direct imports, but our selection of local products is just as strong.
Tea is full of polyphenols and flavonoids, compounds with high levels of antioxidant activity that fight off free radicals , a source of many health problems. Epidemiological studies support this thinking as research suggests that drinking a cup or more of black tea daily can reduce risk of heart attack by up to 44 percent Continue Reading »
The history of tea is intertwined with the history, philosophy, medicine, economics, religion and literature of many Asian countries. The stories that trace its origin are a mixture of myth and history that makes the exact beginnings difficult to ascertain. While there is evidence that tea cultivation began in the first century B.C., it was Continue Reading »
Tea enthusiasts Tim and Mary of Formaggio Kitchen recently traveled to Darjeeling, India, to visit tea plantations. This account, the second of three parts, was written by Tim. After the factory tour, we met up with Mr. Banerjee in his office. The walls were covered with a variety of letters of praise and appreciation from Continue Reading »
Tea enthusiasts Tim and Mary of Formaggio Kitchen recently traveled to Darjeeling, India, to visit tea plantations. This account, the second of three parts, was written by Tim. Friday morning we were up early and had a simple breakfast that included a delicious aloo paratha, fried bread with spiced potato filling. After eating, we traveled Continue Reading »
Staff members here at Formaggio Kitchen regularly travel the world to seek out the unique products that we carry. While our trips have tended to focus on Europe, my colleague Tim and I recently had the opportunity to travel to India (a first for both of us!). We were able to make the trip thanks Continue Reading »
The hot and sunny days of midsummer are finally here! And after drinking hot chai all winter, I can’t get enough of it brewed on ice.
Tea enthusiasts Tim and Mary traveled to Darjeeling, India, to visit tea plantations. This account, the first of three parts, was written by Tim. Mary glanced out of the car window, made a brief fearful noise and looked away again. We were halfway up the side of a mountain just south of Darjeeling and our Continue Reading »
True Japanes matcha – or, “tencha” as it is called more specifically – is made from the delicate shade-grown tea leaves used to make Gyokuro tea. The tea trees are covered in cloth to protect the leaves from light during the several week period before harvest.
When you think “Chinese food,” Formaggio Kitchen might not be the first place that comes to mind, but that’s a shame. While it’s true that cheese is still only just starting to make inroads into East Asian cuisines, here at the Cambridge shop we have more than enough products for a Chinese New Year feast.
The last time I was in China in the autumn, I traveled to a tea-growing region in Zhejiang Province, exploring the roots of the most famous green tea in China: Longjing.