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Matcha Granola With White Chocolate and Cranberries: A Nourishing and Tonic Snack

17 April 2019

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To start the day off right, enjoy this nutritious breakfast. This simple recipe will quickly become a must!

Try this granola recipe with the milk of your choice or yogurt and berries!


  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp almond flour
  • 1/3 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup flaked almonds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1 / 2 tsp salt
  • 1 / 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 / 2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 beaten egg white
  • 1/2 cup of white chocolate
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tsp Matcha Sora Camellia Sinensis

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1. In large bowl, mix the oatmeal, ground flax seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds, almond flour, sunflower seeds, flaked almonds, coconut, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.

2. Add the maple syrup, vanilla, beaten egg white and mix well.

3. Spread on a baking sheet for 15 minutes at 300 ° F, mix and set for another 15 minutes.

4. Remove from the oven and let it cool for about ten minutes.

5. Add the white chocolate, cranberries and matcha. Mix well.



Producer of the Moment: Mrs Chen

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Each month or so, the Camellia Sinensis team presents one of its favorite producers, shares the story of their first encounter, and the producer’s story. Meet Mrs Chen, who produces the exquisite Bi Luo Chun Du Yun.

The story of our meeting

Jasmin has travelled for many years in China as a taster and buyer. In the spring of 2012, in Guizhou he met with met many producers of different regions. One of them really stood out: in Du Yun, he encountered Mrs Chen who’s tea and humanity really impressed him.


When did you start in the tea industry?

My husband’s father is from Jinghong in Yunnan. He knew tea very well. Later in his life, he moved to Liupanshui in Guizhou to work in construction. To make more money and offer his family a better living, he opened a tea shop in Liupanshui. When I met my husband, I was working in Guiyang and he at the tobacco factory in Liupanshui. He soon quit his job and moved to Guiyang so we could live together. In Guiyang, he established himself as a tea merchant. The more we traded, the more we developed our interest for Du Yun tea. In 2002, we had the opportunity to rent a tea garden in Dou Peng Shan and we took it. We have been producing tea since then.


Are you the owner of your garden?

No, the garden belongs to the State. We signed a contract to cultivate it.

What is the total area of your gardens?

Over 1000 mus.

What is your annual tea production?

About 40 tons. Most of it is green tea.


How many employees do you have?


What aspects of your work do you prefer?

Producing tea is the most interesting, of course. But I also like everything related to tea culture.

Who do you sell to? Local or international?

Everything is sold in China. Well, almost everything. Jasmin is our only international customer.

Have you noted any changes in the industry since you started?

Of course we have! Regarding the industry, most important changes come from the government who now give more importance to tea. There is more promotion and production is slowly becoming standardized. Other than that, we notice more young people drinking tea and more people valuing quality teas overall.

What is your favorite tea?

My favorite is high altitude Bi Luo Chun Du Yun, the small lots we transform manually. Otherwise, I also like Du Yun Hong Cha.

Refreshing and delicate white teas

16 April 2019

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The aromatic body of white teas is known to be delicate and fragrant. We often detect clover honey, edible flowers, fresh walnuts, freshly cut meadow grasses – all sweet and velvety nuances with a creamy liquor.

Thanks to a relatively low caffeine and tannin content, most Western tea-enthusiasts tend to enjoy it at any time of the year whereas in China, white tea is more often drank during the warm months for its refreshing aspect. We suggest enjoying this tea in a quiet setting, without food, in order to benefit from its finer subtleties and its soothing effect.

Two great classics to discover or rediscover

Mr Zhang is a producer with whom we have been working since 2004, known for two most classic white teas: Bai Hao Yin Zhen and Bai Mu Dan Wang. The original terroir and plantations for this tea family are located in northern Fujian.

In recent years, the growing popularity of white teas, particularly in China, has resulted in excessive local price rise. Thanks to our longstanding relationship with Mr. Zhang and his understanding of our market reality – we can acquire and offer you these products at a reasonable price.

While both teas come from the same gardens, the difference lies in how the leaves are selected. The Bai Hao Yin Zhen is harvested delicately: with the bud and leaf, while for Bai Mu Dan Wang, more leaves will be selected and picked, giving it a more frank, grassy taste with a hint of fresh hay. The Bai Hao Yin Zhen is very delicate, has more texture and its notes are more floral.

Bai Hao Yin Zhen

A worthy representative of the great Chinese teas, this white tea is seductive at first sight. The lively and silky liquor fills the mouth with fruity and vegetal flavors (straw, mushroom). Long and delicate, its floral finish(chamomile) is quite refreshing.

Bai Mu Dan Wang

A white tea with a floral character (reminiscent of lily) enhanced by hints of cinnamon. Moist, the Bai Mu Dan Imperial has a beautiful persistence and is a good everyday companion for delicate tea lovers.



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