April 2017 – Hōji Bancha from Okayama

This month we selected a Hōji Bancha (ほうじ番茶) from Mimasaka (美作) in the prefecture of Okayama (岡山). Hōji Bancha Hōji Bancha (ほうじ番茶) from Mimasaka is a tea prepared while keeping the original shape of the tea leaves. We already presented another Bancha: Kyōbancha from Kyōto in October 2016. Tea leaves harvested in October that stored the nutrient elements inside since the summer, are steamed and sent in the drying machines. The difference with Sencha is in the drying machine. For
- April 2017 – Hōji Bancha from Okayama

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March 2017 - Ashigaracha from Kanagawa

Hello! We selected a Sencha (煎茶), delimited in Ashigara (足柄) from the prefecture of Kanagawa (神奈川). Sencha from Ashigara Ashigaracha (足柄茶) is produced in the prefecture of Kanagawa, not far from Tokyo, more precisely in the district of Ashigara. The tea plantations spread at the base of Mount Hakone (箱根), famous for its hot springs. The hours of sunshine are short so the development of tea trees is very slow. Thanks to these circumstances, tea trees absorb a lot of
- March 2017 - Ashigaracha from Kanagawa

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February 2017 - Tosa Aburicha from Kōchi

This month we selected a Tosa Aburicha (土佐炙茶) from the prefecture of Kōchi (高知). Tosa Aburicha Tosa Aburicha (土佐炙茶) is a kind of Hōjicha (焙じ茶) which we have already introduced to you several times. However, we have no right to call Aburicha any other Hōjicha. In order to make a tea called Aburicha, we have to use 100% of tea leaves from the area of Tosa (土佐), a former province of Japan in the area that is today Kōchi Prefecture.
- February 2017 - Tosa Aburicha from Kōchi

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January 2017 – Ibicha from Gifu

Happy new year 2017! To begin the new year, we selected a kind of Sencha (煎茶): an Ibicha (いび茶), from the district of Ibi (揖斐) in the prefecture of Gifu (岐阜). Sencha, Ibicha Ibicha (いび茶) is produced in the prefecture of Gifu, more precisely in the district of Ibi. The tea plantations spread along the Ibi river (揖斐川) and around the base of Mount Ikeda (池田山). The character of Ibicha is a light sweetness at the same time as a
- January 2017 – Ibicha from Gifu

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December 2016 - Irokawacha from Wakayama

We selected a Kamairicha (釜入り茶) from Irokawa (色川), in the region of Nachikatsuura (那智勝浦) in the prefecture of Wakayama (和歌山). Kamairicha, Irokawacha The district of Irokawa (色川) in Nachikatsuura (那智勝浦) is located on the slopes with a southern exposure of the Kii mountain range (紀伊山地). The difference of temperature between day and night is intense, and dew covers the tea trees in both mornings and evenings in this region. This mountain climate brings ideal conditions to cultivate tea and the
- December 2016 - Irokawacha from Wakayama

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