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Matcha - A brief History and Recipe for the Perfect Latte
Matcha - A brief History and Recipe for the Perfect Latte

Matcha is essentially a powdered green tea. It originated in China and spread via buddhist monks to Japan where it gained popularity. In China, this powdered form of tea fell out of popularity, but had continued to be produced on a small scale. Deveining the leaves is an important step in quality matcha.
French Press at Home
French Press at Home

Ah, the French Press.  Much debate on origin of the name, but it is universally accepted as one of the premier coffee brewing methods.  Using a coarse grind, the hot water pulls on each ground, extracting premium flavor and a strong and robust cup. Following is recip for a 4-cup French Press (8-cup in parenthesis).