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Koicha Matcha Valentine Chocolate

The green tea used in this chocolate, Koicha, is significantly stronger than green tea, the texture (and caffeine content) similar to strong italian espresso. koi means “thick”, while cha means “tea”, so koicha literally means “thick tea”. The consistency has been likened to hot chocolate as well. Koicha is only made from tea plants older than thirty years, which attributes to the intense flavour.

A study in 2003 found that the concentration of antioxidants available from drinking matcha is at least three times greater than the amount of available from other commercially available green teas.

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The white chocolate used for this creation comes from Belgian confectioner Callebaut, whose chocolate is made with 100% sustainably cultivated cocoa beans.

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Contributed by Rene

Rene is a writer and trend researcher. Born to Japanese parents in Vienna, Austria, she studied fashion and industrial design in Vienna, working as a make-up assistant (where she learnt to decode the complex world of primers, foundations and powders) and briefly as a stylist. After a year under the scorching sun in rural Thailand, Rene finally arrived in Tokyo and spent seven years writing for design magazines and researching trends in youth culture and design. She is White Rabbit's expert on Japanese beauty goods, fashion, and design products.

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