Ricardo Caicedo runs the interesting tea blog My Japanese Green Tea. What started as a passion for Japanese culture resulted in a desire to let people discover ‘the world of high quality tea’.
Who are you and what do you do within the ‘tea business’?
I am a tea blogger, my blog is www.myjapanesegreentea.com . The goal of the blog is to spread the word about Japanese tea. I’m also a certified tea advisor from the Nihoncha Instructor Association. I often do tea events, nowadays they are all virtual. For example I offer a virtual tea tasting experience, for individuals as well as businesses.
When did your passion for tea start?
I have a passion for Japanese culture. First I studied the language, and then I had the opportunity to live in Japan as a foreign student. While living there I became interested in tea. At first my favorite tea was genmaicha, and I slowly started to learn more about Japanese tea. Later after I left Japan, I started the blog.
What is a nice tea fact that most people don’t know?
Most people who aren’t into tea think that green tea is always bitter. But a bitter green tea is a sign of low quality, or incorrect preparation. Usually the quality is the problem.
What is your favorite tea and why?
While at the beginning I started with a lot of genmaicha and a few years ago I was very into matcha, nowadays I mostly drink sencha. It has the most variety, since pretty much every tea producing region in Japan makes it, and most single cultivar Japanese teas are also sencha. In respect to tea cultivars, one of my favorites is Asatsuyu.
What is your goal with your blog?
I want more people to discover the world of high quality tea. I do my part by promoting Japanese tea.