What do you think of when you hear “Japanese tea?” Matcha, or powdered green tea, will probably come to mind first, though regular green tea is more commonly consumed in
. Yet, with the availability of a wide range of good bottled teas and tea bags, fewer and fewer people—especially those of the younger generation—are making green tea in kyūsu, or Japanese teapots. In particular, Japan Kochi’s green tea consumption is relatively low compared to other prefectures, and many natives are unaware of the award-winning teas being produced in their own prefecture. Kochi
To change this situation, the prefectural government has been making efforts to inform the public about Tosa-cha and promote it as one of
One of the Tosa Tea Advisors of Tosa-Cha Café, Ms Kyoko Nakano explains that Tosa-cha’s strong flavour (flavour, she stresses, is different from bitterness) goes best with sweet desserts. Therefore, the café offers a fairly large selection of desserts which are also made using Tosa tea. The dessert chef has experimented with tea in different forms—from powders to jelly—to create an alluring variation. These desserts can also be tasted at the Tosa-cha Festival scheduled to be held every autumn.
In terms of food, the café offers daily lunch and dinner sets in addition to their appetizing menu. Dishes served at Tosa-Cha Café are made using an abundance of locally-grown ingredients including meats from local free-range livestock, ensuring freshness and quality.
And what would
be without some liquor? A few selections of cocktails made with Tosa tea are listed amongst the many drinks available. Yes, cocktails made with tea. Drinking tea is said to keep you healthy; studies have shown that catechin in tea has anticancer properties and helps control high blood pressure. It must be doubly effective to combine it with alcoholic drinks which are thought to be the best of all medicines in Kochi ! Japan
Taken from vol.42 published in July 2011 Tosa Tea Edition