Every moment, every sip, every glance, every blinking…
I met you in a bar, yes, a bar, but around the hands of another man.
I couldn’t stop staring at you, I couldn’t say if because of your aroma or your body, but I couldn’t stop.
I watch how that man stared at you and enjoyed your presence, it was difficult to understand, I had never felt like that before and I was afraid. I suddenly got up and got close to ask, I needed to know who you were and why everybody looked at you, everybody smelt you and everybody enjoyed you. “Don’t worry sir; you will be able to do the same when your turn comes”, the barman answered me.
Time went by slowly, seconds seemed to be minutes and even minutes seemed to last like hours. I was getting nervous, I was getting sleepless. But my moment arrived.
“Good morning Sir, What do you wish?”
“I… I want… I need that!” I answered.
“One coffee?” he replied to me while stared at me surprised.
“Yes, I want a coffee, but… I want that coffee! Meanwhile, I was watching thoroughly how you entered in that white cup with red letters and I smelt the aroma you released while you were falling.
And my moment arrived, I had you between my hands, I could smell you, look at you, taste you and even caress you.
You were different, one of a kind and irresistible. Your aroma and body had captivated me, I never thought that someone called Catunambú could in every moment, every sip, every glance, every blinking… makes me keep awake!
Nowadays there are more and more people who use loose tea instead of tea bags because, although they can be the same tea, they are different in flavour and use.
What are the differences between loose tea and tea bags?
1- Better for your health
Loose tea has bigger leaves so it remains more health giving properties for certain diseases like cancer, cholesterol or high blood pressure because of the catechin and polyphenols that it contains.
2- More intense flavour
As leaves have not been grinded, they do not lose flavours, aromas and nuances. Every cup of tea is tasted differently because tea releases the substances slowly and gradually. On the other hand, tea in bags releases all the substances instantaneously.
It is more difficult to find a wide range of loose tea flavours because of the use of tea bags is yet higher. Anyway there are more and more companies who are offering this loose tea.
When consuming loose tea we can appreciate its composition, while we cannot know the presence of added nuances, artificial aromas or flavour blends that don’t match with the offered product.
Loose tea has all the antioxidants and polyphenols from the tea plants that are good for our health, while tea bags have much more fluoride.
Loose tea can seem to be more expensive firstly, but if we drink more than three cups every day, we will save money because we can make more infusions from it.
Every kind of tea makes you enjoy and offers its own sensation and benefit.
And, how do you drink it? Loose tea or tea bags? Just discover them.
Japanese people are known because of the care of their tea preparation and tasting but they are also coffee lovers. In fact, they are considered the creators of the great coffee business in South America: they were during a long time between the main importers of coffee worldwide. They have their own way to make coffee and the coffee culture has recently increased followers especially between young people.
Coffee was introduced in Japan in 1887. In 1888, the first café in the country was opened in Ueno district (Tokio) and was built like the Parisian cafés that were opened in that city around the year 1600. Soon, this café attracted people who wanted to socialize and play pool and board games. It did not last long until more cafés were opened all over Japan to attract a kind of public who wanted a place to relax.
Still, this situation has changed since those years. The imports of coffee in Japan reach nowadays more than 400 thousand of tons from more than 40 countries and the country has become the third importer all over the world.
Japanese coffees have evolved in different ways through the time, reflecting the social habits changes and preferences of the people.
In the Land of the Rising Sun, the espresso is more and more followed. In fact, Japanese people don’t consider coffee just like a way to begin the day with energy but like a gourmet product. They pay attention to how to prepare coffee; they do it in a traditional way and buy high quality coffee, that’s why they brew it slowly and carefully.
There are all over the country cafés known as “kissaten” where coffee is made from the beginning: they roast the coffee beans, ground it and arrive to the cup after being filtered through a traditional cloth filter. These cafés are built with a classic, pleasant and cozy atmosphere.
In Japanese cafés, you can have, of course, coffee, tea and juices and the most of them offer toasts, sandwiches and light meals. Some of them are remarked because they search the best coffee cup. They are purists who prefer a certain kind of bean, some kind of special roasting, their very own kind of filtering coffee or their own kind of cups. The final product can be as different as the number of the producers because they use filtered coffee using only Kilimanjaro beans or moka, or maybe any particular blend of different varieties in different proportions.
Japanese people appreciate the art of making a good coffee, not only the body of the coffee but above all its finesse and the cult of its preparation.