With great pleasure, Chá Camélia is pleased to announce that it has started some tea related cooperative projects, such as the collaboration with artesanal chocolate makers. In these joint ventures, the cooperation of the like-minded people involved, who are creative and aware of the quality and originality of the products, give rise to shared ideas and visions, which lead to new products and projects.
Feitoria do Cacao
The Feitoria do Cacao in Aveiro is the only artisanal “bean to bar” chocolate producer in Portugal. The owners, Susana Tavares and Tomoko Suga, in collaboration with Chá Camélia, have developed a White Chocolate bar with Matcha and Tokujou Sencha. This fantastic new product combines the flavour of Matcha with the leaves of the Sencha, which adds a fascinating crispy element to the chocolate. This is a chocolate for lovers of the Japanese tea ceremony.
Since the opening of the Taska Kome restaurant in Lisbon, the owner, Yuko Yamamoto, has been collaborating with Chá Camélia. As the Mizudashi (cold tea), has been so successful, she undertook a collaboration with the Japanese designer, Maho Iwanaga, to produce an elegant small wood box as a container for the Mizudashi when being sold at Taska Kome. At Chá Camélia, we fell in love with these boxes and have included them on our online store.
The Mindshake is new tea, which is the result of a cooperation between Camélia Teas and the Mindshake House (an innovative project of Na’Mente for the development of creative thinking). The base of this creative blend is a green tea with toasted rice (a traditional Japanese mixture) which has an innovative Portuguese touch in that it also contains yarrow (millefolium) and elderberry flowers. Drinking this tea should inspire for creative thoughts.
Ajitama Supper Club
The Ajitama Supper Club is located in a private house in Lisbon and meets for dinner just once a week on a Saturday. The club is run by two friends, João Ferreira and António Carvalhão, whose passion for Japan and Japanese food and drink means that they serve authentic handmade Ramen (typical Japanese noodles) and also Japanese appetisers and desserts. Their search for quality Japanese ingredients has led João and António to use Matcha (the powdered tea used in the Japanese tea ceremony) in their desserts and to serve Japanese teas from Chá Camélia. They only have seat ten people but it is possible to book via e-mail at [email protected]
Katsutera is the Japanese name for the Portuguese cake, pão de ló. The Japanese liked this recipe so much that they copied it, and still today serve it in Japan as a Portuguese delicacy. Located in Lisbon, Katsutera makes this pão de ló according to the original Japanese recipe, and also prepares a version with Chá Camélia’s culinary matcha. Katsutera conveys a very Japanese atmosphere, with the oven in the back. At the counter you can buy both versions of Katsutera, with and without matcha, to take away. Then only a good cup of Japanese green tea is missing to accompany this delicacy.