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Tea and food pairing is as easy as 1, 2, 3


Pairing tea and food is easier that you think.  My best advice is to trust your palate.
Two common questions are:

1. Where should I start?
2. How do I proceed?

My answer is:  Keep it as simple as 1, 2, 3!


  1. Taste the tea and find the primary note that stands out on your palate
  2. Find a matching note in the food you want to pair the tea with
  3. Taste both together and focus on what is happening on your palate

Sometimes it’s going to work out well at the first attempt or you may have to try other experiments until the perfect pairing is created.

Once you have acquired some experience and your skill has developedstart experimenting with notes that are more complimentary enhancing to each other.  For example, try spicy food with Jasmine green tea, or goat cheese with Chinese green tea, or Chorizo sausage and smoked black tea…

There are infinite combinations to try.  It is fun to develop your palate.

Posted on August 30, 2015 and filed under Tea how to, Tea and food pairing.

Tea along the day


In the morning:
If you are one of those who needs a lively wake up along with a little boost, black teas will help starting up your day:

China, Kenya, India (especially from Assam), the morning blends (breakfast tea), Earl Grey.
These teas pair well with protein and sweet rich breakfast such as: egg, bacon, toast and jam.
If you prefer a smooth and quiet wake up, green teas are more appropriate:

Chinese (more robust and mellow), Japanese (slightly acid and brisk, especially Matcha).
These teas pair well with milky and fruity breakfast such as: cereal, fresh fruit, berries muffins.

Break time:
Blended and scented teas, fruity or flowery, are always good choices for a gourmet break along with tea cookies, Madeleines, short bread. This can be perfectly convenientfor the office.

At home, alone or with friends, to savour a quiet and peaceful moment, while you are taking your time, to go along with meditation or simply to enjoy yourself:

Gong fu Cha with oolong (wulong) or Pu’erh

After meal:
Prefer low tannin teas, especially after heavy protein and fatty meal.

Oolong (wulong) lightly oxidized, Hojicha (Japanese roasted green tea, low in tannin with a roasted nutty taste, smooth, but well structured. Perfect following up a light meal), Jasmine green tea, Pu’erh.

The last tow are recognized for their digestive properties. Pu’erh can be drink along, or after meal.

Posted on August 30, 2015 and filed under Tea how to.