1. SISTER SPEAK
The show is tomorrow (Tues, Dec 17).
This show will be really special with the Sister Speak trio coming up from San Diego to do a digital pre-release show of their album.
We will have soup and good bread and donut sandwiches and tea.
Candle light and roots acoustic folk rock.
Doors at 6:30pm
Show starts at 7pm
$10 tickets ($20 with album)
– limited seating
See you there!
2. CHAI TRILOGY and other gifts
– Masala Macchai, Masala Chai, and Masala Rooibos Chai in a little gift box for $30 (normally $40.50)
– Maccha Starter Kit – everything made in Japan: Apprentice Chasen, Chawan, Chasen’naoshi and Chashaku for $100
– Maccha taster set – Owl, Raven and Eagle with a complementary package of Eagle for $100
We have 5 Maccha selections this Christmas!
Two kinds of Raven
(100% Yabukita from Fujioka & the Dragonfly blend from Harimaen)
Two kinds of Eagle (Okumidori and hand-picked Samidori from Fujioka)
3. HOLIDAY HOURS
We will be CLOSED from Dec 25 – Jan 06 and open on Jan 07 2014
Recently in the teabar, we have been complete nerds. We have taken different sieves and sifted the maccha through them, comparing the different hole sizes. Side by side, we made a variety of traditional macchas, all by the same barista, all with uniform water temperature, volume, and amount of tea.
The results were interesting. It seems that the larger the sieve holes, the sweeter the tea. At first go, we considered switching our technique to encourage the new sieves. However, we like to experiment a LOT and not be too hasty.
In the end we realized that the sieve holes being larger may bring up the sweetness quotient, but that is because less flavour is being released. The smaller the sieve holes, the greater surface area of the maccha is able to be extracted. In the end, bigger holes not only suffered in flavour complexity, but also had a lighter body.
I personally prefer more flavour complexity and body over the ease of preparing with the larger sieve (and the tea it creates). We have elected to stay with a smaller hole size for our sieves and continue to search for a local option, something we have found to be impossible with metal mesh.
For all of those uninitiated to the fellowship it is a free event we hold on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at Khona Coffee.
This time we made absolutely edible vegan maccha cupcakes. Although I am not a vegan myself, and usually shy away from most foods with those ultra-healthy labels like “gluten-free”, “dairy-free”, or any other label that proclaims its decisive lack of unhealthy goodness, these were very good, despite being very good for you.
I know, this is an odd concept that some of us, like myself, may take some getting used to.
If you are interested in consuming delicious free beverages/foods you should join us next time, Wednesday January 20th, when we will be making Maccha Lemonade! Also, as a thank you to all members of the fellowship, participants receive discounts on all maccha products purchased at the fellowship.