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.
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).
Developed by the famed inventor of the Aerobie frisbee, Alan Adler, the Aeropress is quite simply one of the best ways to manually create optimal coffee brewing pressure at home. Light and simple to use, we love bringing this along when we are camping. Please note that our method varies slightly from the "recipe" found on the actual product.
The V60 Pour Over is one of our personal favorites. Serves 1-2 balanced cups of coffee and since it takes a little more time, give you that zen coffee-brewing experience along the way. Like the Chemex, the V60 shows up the complexities and nuance of the bean nicely.