Green olives and Japan Kabusecha

Green olives and a Japan Kabusecha. Wow really great combination! 9 grams on 500 ml, 60 centigrade soft water and a 1.5 minute brew.

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Popcorn and Japan Genmaicha

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Kalimantan Chocolate and Japan Kukicha

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Soybeans and Hōjicha

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White bread, fried egg and Nepal Tinjure green tea

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Sheep’s cheese and Japan Sencha

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