Our Book About Green Tea


'Green is the New Black, the glorious rise of Japanese green tea'

By Holly Helt

Founder & CEO Chiki Tea

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Our book about Japanese green tea hardback

£17.95 / $24.95

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This essential guide for noobies and connoisseurs alike transports you into the magical world of Japanese green tea...


About the author

When her family moved from America to Japan, Holly Helt was three years old. The same year she would discover a curious beverage — a sip which, sure enough, would be far from her last.

Trailing this childhood mystery, Holly studied two main schools of Japanese tea ceremony — Urasenke and the lesser-known Yabunouchi style. With Chiki Tea, she has created a love letter brewed by her years in the island country. Working with Kyushu’s tea growers and producers whom she knows personally, her relationship with the community’s tea masters has helped bring forth their craft to the world. Turning this know-how into a playful exposé, she authored ‘Green is the New Black: The Glorious Rise of Japanese Green Tea.’ As Holly jets between Japan, the UK and the US, you’ll also find that she’s rarely without her accomplice — a full, frothy cup of on-the-go matcha.

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Prologue I joined the green tea club when I was three

Part 1

Chapter 1 Taking the lid off Japanese tea
Chapter 2 Health benefits: the serious side of green tea
Chapter 3 The Chiki Steep!
Chapter 4 Meet my favourite teas!
Chapter 5 The mysterious and beguiling world of Japanese tea
Chapter 6 Accoutrements galore

Part 2

Chapter 7 Following the leaf from bush to cup: the whole steamy process
Chapter 8 Nurturing the divas: Gyokuro and Matcha
Chapter 9 The fine art of preservation
Chapter 10 Regions: discover where the noble leaf reigns!
Chapter 11 Horticulturist wannabe? Know your cultivars
Chapter 12 Leaf wisdom: tea leaves with attitude


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Holly & Alex talk about the ideas behind writing the book, how the beautiful illustrations were made, and inform about the principal health and well-being benefits of green tea.

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