Coffee, Tea and More!

As my relationship with tea gets stronger, my interest for tea shops and cafe grow as well.

Most of the tea lovers in Bergen that I chatted to, online, suggested that I check out Herskap & Tjenere. I have been here before, but I did not pay attention to the teas because I was not interested in teas yet. However, I did already find the place cosy and kind of unique. It is not fancy, nor classy but the ambiance is perfect.

Herskap & Tjenere is not your ordinary tea/coffee shop because they do not only sell tea and coffee and (brownies) but also candies, vintage women’s clothes and gift articles such as mugs, stickers and many more!

I went here after going to the job fair last Friday. It took me at least 15 minutes before I ordered something because I could not decide what tea to order. The woman who was working there that time asked me what teas I drink, I told her, green tea but I told her that I wanted to try something new. So she suggested some teas, like the red teas and she added that she drinks it everyday to relax her nerves. I still could not decide what to order so I told her I need more time. I looked up to one of the shelves and found the Chinese teas, then I suddenly remembered the tea blogs that I stumbled upon to, almost all of them recommended Pu erh tea.

So yes, I ordered a cup of Pu erh and I loved it! One cup is 33 NOK. Not bad!

When it comes to the service, I can say that they are one of the best. I cannot say that they are very knowledgeable about Chinese teas they are selling but the woman was really helpful and answered my questions nicely and politely.

I recommend this tea shop to all tea enthusiasts and curious cats like me. 🙂

 

H & T

H & T

H & T

H & T

Sencha from Shizouka

My Sencha story

Sencha tea was introduced to me by a friend of mine only 2 years ago. Before that, I used to drink Earl Grey and Lipton. My tea drinking habits were not that healthy before because I used a lot of sugar (because Earl Grey and Lipton teas dry my throat), when I say a lot I mean like 3 or 4 tablespoons of sugar. No wonder I was close to being diabetic. My blood sugar was high so my doctor strongly advised me to cut down on sweets. Good thing that my friend invited me to her place one day and served a pot of Japanese green tea. From the first time in my life, I drank tea without sugar. My throat did not get that dry sensation and the aroma is just really good. I fell in love with Sencha instantly so I ordered my first pack of Sencha from our Japanese friend who is selling snacks and drinks from Japan. Sencha tea is also my very first loose tea.

Moving on,

I received the teas which I ordered from my friend a week ago. This is one of the Japanese teas, Sencha from Shizouka. A pack weighs 100 grams and it costs 85 NOK.

I transferred around 1/4 of the tea leaves into the tea can and kept the rest in the coldest place in the flat. As much as possible I want my tea leaves to remain fresh and to last longer. And then I brew a pot to myself. I used a teaspoon full Sencha leaves and filled the pot with water (80 degrees C) and brewed the tea for max 2 minutes.

When it comes to the taste, it is sweeter and a bit milder compared to other teas that I have tasted. But you can of course adjust the strength by brewing it longer, adding more tea leaves or using hotter water.

 

Sencha tea
Cool green packaging
Sencha tea
Instructions with pictures. Good for those who cannot read kanji like me.
Sencha tea
My tea caddy given by a friend.
Sencha tea
Sencha leaves.


Sencha tea
A peek inside the teapot.
Sencha tea
The set up today.