Q1. What is your name?
Q2. What is the name of your blog or organisation?
The Tea Crane
Q3. Where are you located in the world?
Q4. What currently is your favourite drink and why?
Ever since I was introduced to Japan, I enjoy the bitter and fresh flavors of a standard well-produced Sencha. Thirst quenching, relaxing and revitalising. Most recently, my favourite one is an organic Sencha of the native cultivar from Nara. This tea struck me so much with flavor and richness, that I had to start my own brand and tea store.
Q5. Do you change your drinking habits during Spring?
I alter them only slightly and may add a cold brew from time to time. But in general, I enjoy hot drinks most, even in hot weather. It helps respiration, regulates your body temperature and doesn’t unnecessarily cool you down, which even in hot weather may be too demanding for your tummy.
Q6. Is there a coffee or tea you think others should try?
If you haven’t tried Gyokuro yet, then that would be my recommendation. It is said to be the summit of Japanese tea as it can only be produced in small amounts and is superiorly rich and deep in flavor.
Q7. If cost wasn’t a factor, where would you like to be right now enjoying a drink?
For me there is nothing more relaxing that the surroundings of a traditional Japanese tea pavilion. The sounds of the wind floating, a distant hint of incense on the charcoal and the coziness of the compact space are the only things that can complement a properly prepared bowl of koicha (thick matcha tea).
Q8. What do you think should be done to stop people from drinking too much alcohol?
I am a proponent of tea menus in restaurants. Allow those who prefer not to drink alcohol to enjoy their meal with a complementary cold or hot, black or green tea and pick something soothing as herbal for desert.
By expanding the assortment and enjoyable options, one can create variation and lure those who wish to try something delicious and non-alcoholic instead.
Q9. Where can people find out more about you?