2014/03/28

Espresso? No, Tea-Presso!

A Japanese multinational company, SHARP CORPORATION has announced to release their new product on April 25. It is said to be a tea-maker named “Ocha(tea)-Presso”. 

According to the company, this machine can grind tea leaves into powder and whisk them, making smooth tea,  tea latte and so on. Using powdered tea and whisking them - ---- hmm... sounds familiar.  Yes, the idea of the appliance comes from “Sado (traditional Japanese tea ceremony).” 

When you make tea with tea leaves, some nutrients like catechin remain in the used leaves, and the used leaves are usually thrown away. On the other hand, powdered tea ground by Ocha-Presso is not only good for us to take almost all nutrients, but also easier to use for cooking and baking. It will cost about 25,000 yen per unit. 

I would hesitate to grind beautifully rolled tea leaves into powder, but it is interesting to see how "the homemade freshly-ground tea" will bring new tea culture to our lives.

Ocha PRESSO by Sharp corporation