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Friday Roundup: August 2nd – August 8th

The Friday Roundup is a weekly collection of five of my favorite blog posts from around the world. It’s my little way of getting the word out about all of my favorite tea blogs. Is there someone I’m missing? Let me know about it in the comments below!

Iced Watermelon Basil Matcha

Watermelon and matcha are one of my favorite summertime flavors. Lu Ann from The Cup of Life posted a tasty recipe for a pretty layered drink. The sweetness of the fruity balances out the natural bitterness of matcha so well. I love that she added basil to the mix.

Two Sakura Midoris and A Traveling Turtle

Last week I shared a blog post about Herb, the traveling tea pet. This week he popped up again in my feed, this time on One Man’s Tea Journey. Eric shared two different Japanese teas with his new friend. It was interesting to read about how the sencha and black tea differed from each other.

Wakoen Benifuuki Powder

I’ve heard a lot about Benifuuki tea lately and their purported allergy relief benefits. Ricardo from My Japanese Green Tea reviewed a powdered green tea from Wakoen. His post had perfect timing because I chatted with the owners of the company about this tea during the Nomad Tea Festival.

Pumpkin Chai Latte Energy Balls Recipe

The weather is still warm but fall will be here before we know it. Daniella from Tea Ca Chai is getting us all in the mood with a recipe for pumpkin chai latte energy balls. It would be a perfect morning to enjoy some of these for breakfast with a cup of tea in my hand.

Tea Intersection: Astringency versus Bitterness

Adeline from Teashirts wrote about the differences between astringency and bitterness in tea. This is a tricky topic because I find that many people get them confused. The best way that I can explain is that bitterness is a taste and astringency is a feeling.

My name is Nicole and I love tea...a lot! I have been writing about my love of the leaf since 2008. My work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. I am the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.