Make Authentic Matcha at Home With the New Ippukubox Set
25.April.2020 | FOOD
TAKAHASHI KOGEI has launched a new matcha making set called the Ippukubox which comes with everything you need to make authentic Japanese matcha.
For many of us, our time indoors has increased. When taking a break from remote work we head to the kitchen to make ourselves a drink. We’ve all had those moments when we’re torn between making coffee, black tea, herbal tea, and so on. In those undecided moments, why not try making a cup of matcha instead?
The Ippukubox is a 15cm box which comes with all the necessary gear for making mathca: a chawan cup, chasen tea whisk, chashaku teaspoon, and a natsume tea caddy for preserving your matcha.
The inside of the box is lined with Echizen paper from Fukui Prefecture which not only makes it look beautiful, but protects your matcha tools from becoming damaged as a result of rubbing together.
Generally in Japan, when you think about making matcha, the traditional tea ceremony springs to mind which follows strict rules when it comes to making the drink. But the Ippukubox is made for personal use, and so you can add as much or as little matcha or hot water as you like, and practice making it even if you don’t know the proper techniques. You can even add hot milk to make a matcha latte and enjoy a tasty treat with it.
The chawan teacup is Echizen ware from Fukui and was made specially for the Ippukubox. Its cute size makes it fit perfectly in the palm of your hand, but it’s also spacious enough for using the whisk.
The outside design of the box is also made in such a way that it fits seamlessly into modern living and dining spaces. Each wooden box is handcrafted individually and is layered in a matte coating to protect the wood.
*This chawan teacup is different to the one included in the set
The lid of the box can even be used as a tray as pictured above to fit your drink and snack.
Release Date: May 15, 2020
Price: ¥13,000 (Before Tax)
Official Website: https://o-takahashikogei.com
*Please note that the Ippukubox does not come with matcha or snacks.
Mister Donut Japan Releases 2nd limited- edition Gion Tsujiri Matcha Doughnuts
12.April.2021 | FOOD
Mister Donut Japan released its new tasty collection of limited-edition doughnuts in collaboration with Gion Tsujiri, the famous tea shop in Kyoto from April 9.
The Line Up
Fluffy Uji Matcha Mochi with Black Honey
Fluffy Uji Matcha Mochi with Soybean Whipped Cream
Fluffy Uji Matcha with Azuki Red Beans Mochi
Pon de Double Uji Matcha
Pon de Double Uji Matcha with Black Honey Mochi
Pon de Double Uji Matcha with Soybean Whipped Cream and Azuki Red Beans
Uji Matcha Chocolate, Azuki Red Beans and Rice Cake Balls Pie
Special Edition: Mister Donut Voucher Card with Masaki Sudaミ
The 1st edition of collection released on March 12 with the theme of colouration
that enhances the colour of matcha. The new edition launching this time was developed with the theme of Japanese ingredients such as black honey that brings harmony with matcha. “Fluffy Uji Matcha” series consist of 3 flavours made of luxurious Kyoto Uji Matcha with fluffy donut which marks its first appearance of this year. “Fluffy Uji Matcha with Black Honey” is a glossy doughnut coated with matcha chocolate with black honey filling. A wide variety of doughnut featuring 7 combinations of matcha and Japanese ingredients are unbearably delicious and unmissable.
Mister Donut holds a promotional campaign in collaboration with the Japanese movie God of Kinema starring Masaki Suda, current image model of the brand.
During the campaign, follow Mister Donut’s official Twitter account and upload pictures of the collection with hashtag “#ミスドでつや抹茶” and 428 lucky customers can win a voucher worth ¥500 with exclusive design features Masaki Suda. Additionally, 67 lucky customers who have also participated in the 1st edition of Mister Donut ×Gion Tsujiri collection campaign previously can receive a voucher worth ¥2,000.
Enjoy popular limited-edition doughnuts with Gion Tsujiri until your heart’s content.
misdo meets Gion Tsujiri
Running: April 9, 2021 – May, 2021
Campaign Duration: April 4, 2021- April 30, 2021
Campaign Page: https://www.misterdonut.jp/campaign/matcha
Official Site: https://www.misterdonut.jp
Mister Donut Official Twitter account: https://twitter.com/misterdonut_jp（ ＠misterdonut_jp）
Rich and Divine Matcha Roll Cake Gets Baked by 170 Year Old Japanese Tea Shop
10.April.2021 | FOOD
Japanese tea shop and cafe Tsuboichi Seicha Honpo has baked up a brand new matcha roll cake made with high quality matcha leaves specially selected by their own tea experts. If indulgence is your calling, then this cake is the perfect accompaniment with a cup of tea whether it be matcha, Japanese tea, black tea – or any other of your favourite kind of tea.
The cake is a striking black colour, one that is featured in traditional Japan. The soft matcha filling provides an eye-catching contrast to the sponge. It’s baked on a high temperature over charcoal and bamboo which serves to deepen the colours even more and elevate the vividness of the green matcha.
Cafe time can now be enjoyed at home with this very special treat.
Matcha and Latte Cookies and Drinks Released by Yojiya
01.April.2021 | FOOD
Kyoto makeup brand Yojiya is now selling its own collection of snacks and drinks which it released via its website last week.
Yojiya Matcha Sandwich Cookies | ¥1,400 (Tax Included)
Yojiya Cafe Latte Chocolate Cookies | ¥1,350 (Tax Included)
Yojiya Matcha Milk | ¥950 (Tax Included)
Yojiya’s snack line-up is made with the idea of being able to enjoy high-quality food products at home. Their collection includes crunchy matcha and cafe latte cookies along with matcha milk, the latter of which is made with famous Uji matcha from Uji, Kyoto. Perfect for a tea/coffee break or as a souvenir.
Released: March 25, 2021
Online Shop: https://www.yojiyacosme.com/
Häagen-Dazs Releases Matcha Chocolate Cookie and Almond Caramel Cookie Ice Cream
26.March.2021 | FOOD
Häagen-Dazs Japan released two new ice cream flavours as part of its Decorations mini cup series on March 23: the Matcha Chocolate Cookie and Almond Caramel Cookie.
The visually-striking Häagen-Dazs Decorations series is a smooth, rich-flavoured ice cream with delicious toppings to compliment the ice cream.
For the third entry to Decorations, Häagen-Dazs welcomes back the Almond Caramel Cookie from 2019 and adds the all-new matcha and chocolate combo Matcha Chocolate Cookie.
Matcha Chocolate Cookie / Almond Caramel Cookie – ¥295 Each (Before Tax)
Even more delicious after stirring
The best way to enjoy Decorations is to first spoon the ice cream as it is to taste the flavours. After that, you’ll want to stir it all together to all the flavours and textures fuse, creating a delightful contrast between the soft ice cream and crunchy toppings.
Almond Caramel Cookie
Almond Caramel Cookie takes inspiration from the Florentine biscuit which is a sweet pastry topped with nuts and fruits. The cup contains delicious caramel butterscotch ice cream laced with caramel sauce, all of which is topped off with crumbly sliced almonds and crunchy butter cookie pieces.
Matcha Chocolate Cookie
The Matcha Chocolate Cookie is exactly what it says on the cup: a fragrant matcha ice cream infused with chocolate sauce and topped with sweet chocolate and matcha cookies.
Decorations: Almond Caramel Cookie & Matcha Chocolate Cookie
Released: March 23, 2021
Where: Japan (Supermarkets, convenience stores, department stores, and elsewhere)
Product Page: https://www.haagen-dazs.co.jp/decorations_2021/
Snoopy Cherry Blossom Marshmallow Latte and Lemonade Serve Up at PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro This Spring
PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro is now serving up two new cherry blossom beverages for the spring season: the Sakura Lemonade and Sakura Charred Marshmallow Latte, both of which are now available to order until April 11.
Sakura Charred Marshmallow Latte ¥700 (Before Tax) / Sakura Lemonade ¥650 (Before Tax)
PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro serves limited-time drinks every cherry blossom season in Japan, and this year is no different. Both beverages capture the cute pink tones of the country’s national flower which invite feelings of springtime walks and Hanami flower viewing.
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PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro Spring 2021 Drinks
Serving: March 20, 2021 – April 11, 2021
Address: PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro, 2-16-8 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Official Website: http://www.peanutscafe.jp/
SOUR & HIGUMA Doughnuts Pop-Up Shop to Open at THE LIVELY Fukuoka Hakata
Lifestyle hotel THE LIVELY Fukuoka Hakata is opening a two-day pop-up shop in collaboration with the sour mixed drinks shop SOUR and the Tokyo-based doughnut shop HIGUMA Doughnuts on March 26 and 27.
The pop-up will serve up a special springtime selection of menu items from both brands, with SOUR bringing their refreshing drinks made with fresh fruits and HIGUMA Doughnuts with their high quality ingredients from Hokkaido.
Plain Doughnut: ¥250
Sugar/Cinnamon Sugar/Salted Black Soy Bean Soy Flour Doughnuts: ¥300
Special Honey Mascarpone Doughnut: ¥350
Hokkaido Vanilla Ice Cream/Strawberry Mascarpone Doughnuts: ¥600
Salted Cherry Blossom Lemon Sour: ¥500
Edible Spring Flowers & Herbs Sour: ¥800
Super Strawberry Sour: ¥1,000
SOUR x HIGUMA Doughnuts Pop-Up Shop
When: March 26, 2021 – March 27, 2021 @ 19:00-22:30
Where: THE LIVELY BAR at THE LIVELY Fukuoka Hakata
Address: 5-2-18 Nakasu, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka
THE LIVELY Official Website: https://en.the-lively.com/fukuoka
Asahi Soft Drinks has revealed a new flavour of Monster Energy, “Super Cola,” which will go on exclusive sale in Japan on March 30.
Monster Energy Super Cola Tin Bottle (500ml)
The beverage is a unique cola blend that offers the perfect combination of refreshment and boost of energy. The tin bottle features the classic Monster design coloured red as reminiscent of cola.
Monster Energy Super Cola Tin Bottle (500ml)
Release Date: March 30, 2021
Official Website: https://www.asahiinryo.co.jp/
Starbucks Japan Reveals Banana Almond Milk Frappuccino®︎ For Spring 2021
16.March.2021 | FOOD
Dear readers, the time has finally come once again—the Spring season at Starbucks Japan officially begins on March 17, which means we can expect plenty of tasty-looking beverages to drool over. This begins with two coffee delights: the light and uplifting Banana Almond Milk Frappuccino®︎ and the subtly sweet Honey Oat Milk Latte, both of which will hit Starbucks branches across Japan this Wednesday.
Banana Almond Milk Frappuccino®︎ | ¥620 (Tall Size Only)
The Banana Almond Milk Frappuccino is exactly what it says on the cup. A bright, uplifting combination of naturally-sweet banana and the nutty flavour of almond milk. The drink is topped with Starbucks’ first-ever almond milk whipped cream and finished with a topping of banana chips fried in coconut oil for texture.
Honey Oat Milk Latte | Short ¥430, Tall ¥470, Grande ¥510, Ventii®︎ ¥550
The Oat Milk Latte made a delicious appearance at Starbucks Japan last year for a limited time where coffee-loving customers could customise their beverage. This year, it arrives in a new flavour: added to the shot of espresso and oat milk is an irresistible squeeze of honey flavoured-sauce which has a slight fruity flavour to it.
This is just the start of the Spring season at Starbucks in Japan, there are sure to be even more drinks to come so stay tuned.
Banana Almond Milk Frappuccino®︎ / Honey Oat Milk Latte
Running: March 17, 2021 – April 13, 2021
Where: Starbucks Japan (Select branches not participating)
Official Website: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/
Mister Donut Japan Releases Limited-Edition Cherry Blossom and Matcha Doughnuts
15.March.2021 | FOOD
Mister Donut Japan released a tasty collection of limited-edition doughnuts in collaboration with Japan’s famous tea shop Gion Tsujiri on Friday (March 12).
Sakura Mochi Doughnut With Cherry Blossom Bean Paste
Sakura Mochi Doughnut With Uji Matcha Chocolate
Sakura Mochi Doughnut With Uji Matcha Whipped Cream
Warabimochi With Cherry Blossom Bean Paste & Uji Matcha Whipped Cream
Warabimochi With Uji Matcha Whipped Cream
The doughnuts are a springtime mix and match of cherry blossom and matcha, the latter of which comes from Gion Tsujiri who have chosen the first picks of Uji matcha leaves for the collaboration. Pick between classic doughnuts as well as warabimochi-style ones glazed with lots of sweet treats.
misdo meets Gion Tsujiri – 1st Doughnut Collection: Blossoming Matcha
Serving: March 12, 2021 – Mid April 2021
Official Website: https://www.misterdonut.jp
Japan’s Moomin Stand Takeout Drinks Chain Releases New Beverages For Spring 2021
13.March.2021 | FOOD
The Japanese Moomin-themed drinks chain Moomin Stand released two new seasonal drinks on Friday (March 12) for the spring season as part of its “Spring Arrives in Moominvalley” event. The two drinks feature a cute cup with a Moomin looking out the window as well as a straw with Moomin, Snufkin, and Little My walking together.
Moomin House Blue Raspberry Smoothie | Regular Size ¥630, Large Size ¥750 (Before Tax)
A refreshing blue raspberry smoothie made with yogurt and mixed berries. The cup comes with a cute Moominhouse lid.
Moominvalley Spring Soda | Regular Size ¥550, Large Size ¥670 (Before Tax)
Spring has arrived in Moominvalley, so the locals are out for a stroll together as featured on the straw design. This drink is made with springtime pineapple and nata de coco.
Spring Arrives in Moominvalley
Japanese Event Name: ムーミン谷に春が来た
Start Date: March 12, 2021
Moomin Stand Official Website: http://www.benelic.com/moomin_cafe/moominstand/
McDonald’s Japan Releases Coffee Jelly Pudding Frappe
11.March.2021 | FOOD
McDonald’s Japan continues its flurry of delicious releases to its diverse menu with the addition of the new Coffee Jelly Pudding Frappe which hit McCafé by Barista® branches of McDonald’s on Wednesday (March 10).
The sweet beverage takes rich-tasting Japanese custard pudding, known as purin, and turns it into a drink. It’s topped with fluffy whipped cream and dunked with chewy pieces of coffee-flavoured jelly which sit temptingly at the bottom of the cup waiting to be enjoyed. Together with a drizzle of caramel sauce, the drink is a perfect balance of sweet and full-body. A must-grab for the arrival of the warm spring weather.
Coffee Jelly Pudding Frappe
Released: March 10, 2021
Official Website: https://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
Ayataka, a brand of iced green tea produced by Coca-Cola, has announced the release of its new Ayataka Cafe Matcha Latte which will hit stores across Japan on March 22. Ayataka Cafe is a new beverage series made in collaboration with the Uji-based cafe Kanbayashi Shunsho Honten and speciality coffee shop Sarutahiko Coffee.
The matcha latte is the first entry to the Ayataka Cafe series and is made using specially-selected matcha from Japan. Ayataka is using larger tea leaves than it usually does with its matcha products for this series to create a delicious latte that’s combined with Japanese milk. The drink is produced using the same methods that Coca-Cola uses to create a truly luxurious and authentic matcha drink.
Ayataka Cafe Matcha Latte is bottled in a 440ml PET bottle, which is about in the middle of a small and regular drink, and features a refined design.
Ayataka Cafe Matcha Latte
Release Date: March 22, 2021
Official Website: https://www.ayataka.jp/