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.
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.