Hey, I'm Mel!
I'm a tea sommelier, an adventurer, a language lover, and a photographer! I love finding new ways of seeing the world. Chasing an unconventional life inspires me. In my writing here I'm pursuing to be as raw and honest as possible. I'm goofy, sarcastic, and straightforward. I want to make you feel comfortable so you can sit down with a cup of tea and chat like we're family. Welcome to my corner of the internet.
Category: Tea Education
Tea Education February 6, 2017 All About Genmaicha Pronounced with a hard 'G' like game or gold, genmaicha (玄米茶 — 'brown rice tea') is a traditional Japanese tea blend made of green tea and roasted brown rice. It's mild and sweet, toasty flavour ma... Tea Education January 26, 2017 Salabat in the Philippines When I left for the Philippines I knew it wasn't a big tea-drinking country. It wasn't even a small tea-drinking country. Whenever I asked for tea at restaurants the most common response was the splat... Lifestyle February 15, 2016 “The Book of Tea,” by Kakuzo Okakura Kakuzo Okakura's classic 1906 long essay about the east, west, tea and everything in between is less about tea itself and more about the history and philosophy of the east, west and cultural differenc... Tea Education January 7, 2016 Six Different Types of Tea and How to Brew Them Happy Hot Tea Month! In the speculiar (spectacular and peculiar) vein of niche holidays, I've discovered that January is hot tea month in Canada and the U.S. (maybe other places as well - the niche ho... Tea Education January 24, 2015 How to Make Great Matcha What is this mystical, green beverage? Matcha (抹茶): It's fun to prepare, has a cool history, tastes awesome and is also pretty healthy. First off, what's it made of? Matcha is made from f... Japan June 9, 2012 Sweet Japanese Wagashi Last Thursday, Yasuno sensei took our Cultural Anthropology class to visit a Japanese confectionary shop around the corner from Yamaguchi Prefectural University. There we learned all about wagashi. Th...