A green dream

When I was in my tens, I wanted to work in a garage.  When I was in my twenties, I hoped to become a history teacher.  Now I have reached my thirties, I dream of opening my own cafe.  Not any old cafe mind you, but one that only serves tea.

All the green tea in Japan. The cheaper you go, the better it gets.

My cafe will specialise in green tea.  I think there is a huge market for it in England.  It just needs a bit of a push.  The only real drawback is that the colour, texture and taste of green tea  are nauseating.

I have the solution though,  Bancha and Hojicha.  Bancha is the scum of the tea harvest, picked at the end of the season when the sun has burnt some of the bitterness out of the leaf.  It`s still green, but a bearable lime colour, and it tastes nice enough to drink. 

Hojicha is even better.  It`s made from roasted Bancha leaves.  The roasting takes away the odious green replacing it with a mature earthy brown.  The taste is light and refreshing – no need for milk and two sugars.

Best of all, Hojicha and Bancha are dirt-cheap.  The less you spend on green tea, the nicer it gets.  I am surely onto a winner here,  my dream cafe can`t lose.  Just in case though, I might keep a box of PG Tips under the counter.

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6 Responses to A green dream

  1. Muzuhashi says:

    There’s a cafe near where we live in Ibaraki that as well as serving the best homemade scones and jam I’ve ever tasted, has about thirty different varieties of tea (good, old-fashioned, British-style black tea, that is), including, bizarrely, chocolate tea (which to be honest didn’t quite live up to my high expectations) – http://www.scone-tea.com/ – worth checking out if you’re ever in the area.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hmmmmmmmmmmm. Interesting. Have left a message on the end of your bike blog.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Sounds like a winner matey…although where’s the cafe gonna be? How about bulldozing down Coly chip-shop for starters and giving it a go there?! G

  4. tomointokyo says:

    Bulldozing Coly chip-shop and replacing it with a green tea cafe could be the best/worst idea you`ve ever had. Juice from the mushy peas could be a backup plan if the tea runs out.

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