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Koicha, for a Next-Level Matcha Experience

Written on January 19, 2023
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Koicha, for a Next-Level Matcha Experience

Koicha, for a Next-Level Matcha Experience

Koicha ("thick tea") is a style of preparing matcha with a thick density. True to its name, a properly-made koicha has a consistency somewhere in-between maple syrup and warm honey.

Featuring Obukucha, Our New Year’s Genmaicha

Featuring Obukucha, Our New Year’s Genmaicha

There is a long tradition of drinking Obukucha in January in Japan to bring good fortune in the coming year.

Holiday Gift Selection - Fall & Winter 2022

Holiday Gift Selection - Fall & Winter 2022

Our 2022 selection of Japanese teas and utensils, for gifts or for your own use at every occasion this season.

Enjoying Tea Under Cherry Tree Blossoms

Enjoying Tea Under Cherry Tree Blossoms

With the springtime comes the beloved blossoming of cherry tree flowers in Japan. In Kyoto, where Ippodo Tea was founded, after the bonds of winter loosen, these flowers transform the city into a pink wonderland.

It's Here! Shincha 2022

It's Here! Shincha 2022

Crafted from tea leaves that were growing in a field only a few days prior, Ippodo’s Shincha is delivered right after harvest. There is only once chance per year to experience its fresh, fleeting character.
How to Make Japanese Tea to Share

How to Make Japanese Tea to Share

Learn how to quickly brew sencha, gyokuro, genmaicha, or hojicha for a group of people. The 3 minute recipe, tips, and favorite teas from Ippodo.

All about the chasen - matcha’s most important tool

All about the chasen - matcha’s most important tool

The chasen, a special whisk made from bamboo, is perhaps the most recognizable matcha utensil.
Guide to Japan-Style Iced Tea

Guide to Japan-Style Iced Tea

On hot days when a hot cup of tea seems unbearable, we turn to our favorite iced tea recipes. There are different ways to make cold, refreshing Japanese tea, and we recommend different recipes for different tastes.
How to Make a Matcha Latte

How to Make a Matcha Latte

A matcha latte combines the crisp, green bite of matcha powder with the creaminess of milk. From the variety of matcha to the type of milk and ratios in your recipe, a few factors determine the character of a matcha latte.
Tea: Your new favorite cocktail ingredient

Tea: Your new favorite cocktail ingredient

If you have leftover hot or iced tea, you’re just one ingredient away from making a potent simple syrup that will easily swap into recipes and keep for weeks in the refrigerator.
Get to know gyokuro

Get to know gyokuro

If you’re looking for something luxurious to mark a special occasion (or just treating yourself for kicks), gyokuro is what you’re looking for. 

Hojicha: the perfect tea for coffee lovers

Hojicha: the perfect tea for coffee lovers

Not all green tea is green. In fact, one of the most popular everyday green teas in Japan brews as dark and toasty as coffee.

Meet Miyako Watanabe of Ippodo

Meet Miyako Watanabe of Ippodo

When your company is 300 years old, keeping historic traditions alive is a critical part of the job. The Watanabe family is that keeper at Ippodo, and as the company’s Vice President, Mrs. Watanabe is Ippodo’s public face.
How to pick the perfect teapot

How to pick the perfect teapot

With centuries of artistic tradition behind them, Japanese tea-making tools are just the thing to turn your at-home tea cupboard or office nook into a calming, beautiful tea room.

How well do you know your sencha?

How well do you know your sencha?

80 percent of tea in Japan is made into this loose leaf style, which provides a perfect balance of sweetness, umami, and refreshing astringency. See why we at Ippodo love this classic tea!