New Tradition in a Garden

Away from busy town core, unexpected location hidden in the big greenhouse welcomes you with a pure shower of energy.  Surround view of nature stills your time and mind.  Come for freshly baked croissant and cappuccino in the morning or enjoy chef's creations and intimate conversations with a glass of wine.  Tea time with art of Wagashi - the delicate balance of gentle sweetness and whisper of green tea aroma leaves you with a memorable moment for years to come. 


Wagashi means 'Traditional Japanese Confections': Wa (Japanese) - kashi (confections/dessert).  The technique and ingredients were influenced by foreign cultures then being modified and became Japan's original later on.  Sugar used to be an expensive ingredient; therefore, it was considered a luxury item only served among high end hierarchy.  

There are quite a selection of wagashi but we are currently focused on Kinako Daifuku Mochi and Nerikiri.  

In Japan, wagashi is part of culture to celebrate seasons and nature.  Wagashi is used as an accompaniment to the green tea to enhance the umami, green flavour and aroma. 

Kinako Daifuku Mochi is mainly made with glutinous rice (mochi), whole azuki beans inside and roasted soybean powder (kinako) outside. This is a chewy semi sweet dessert. This is more for casual serving for tea time snack.

On the other hand, Nerikiri is considered the high end of Wagashi often used for formal tea ceremonies. Nerikiri is made with 3 simple ingredients; beans, glutinous rice, and sugar. It is very simple, subtle sweetness with a more delicate velvety texture.  This is shaped into a seasonal relationship with nature to provide a poetic aspect of the senses.  Artistic seasonal expression stimulates vision and for hearing, each piece has a title with poetic thoughts behind it.  Taste should be quiet, mildly sweet and shall balance to the delicate bitterness of the tea. 

Like a high end samurai used to take tea time to centre their mind, in the world especially nowadays, we believe visiting our inner self to be calm and peaceful is the most important part to stay true.  Our wish is to introduce the beauty of Japanese culture and let many people discover the wabi-sabi.  

At Wagashi Tea House, people can have the 'experience' with nature around us combined. We create Wagashi just enough for the day.  Preorder is highly recommended to guarantee the order.  Contact us

The Health Benefits of Matcha

Health nuts and younger consumers are certainly onto something with matcha. This tea is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, making it a member of the "superfoods" family (a fancy term coined by marketing teams in the 1970s for extra nutritional food). "matcha is the original superfood!" exclaims Karen Danudjaja, co-founder of Blume Ceremonial Teas. "It has been used for hundreds of years for focused concentration. I love that it provides clean energy without the jitters." Matcha has a high concentration of an antioxidant called EGCG, as well as vitamins A and C, chlorophyll, potassium, and the L-theanine compound.

Let's break down what these vitamins and minerals actually do for your body. Antioxidants are chemical compounds that stop free radicals from entering your body, which can cause everything from skin aging to cancer. The antioxidant that matcha has is called EGCG, which comes from a compound called catechin. Most commonly found in teas, catechin can help regulate blood pressure, reduce weight and protect the brain from disease. Thanks to this antioxidant, plus the vitamins and minerals A, C, and potassium, matcha can also boost immunity, help with weight loss, and prevent brain and liver malfunction. It's basically a green tea powerhouse.

Matcha may even have the ability to boost your immune system, an especially important note to consider during COVID-19. According to a recent study conducted by North Carolina State University, some foods and beverages like green tea have chemical compounds that 'bind to and block the function of a particular enzyme, or protease in the SARS-CoV-22 virus." If this protease is blocked, the cell can't replicate0meaning the virus can't spread. 

Matcha also serves as a great alternative for those who are caffeine-sensitive and on the hunt for alternatives to coffee. The L-theanine in matcha promotes alertness... "I think when people try matcha they can immediately feel the difference in the type of energy they get," explains Karen. "L-theanine slows the absorption of caffeine so that you have long, stable energy, not the spike and crash."

-Katrina Yentch

barista magazine Vol 16 Feb-Mar 2021