October 2018 - Sencha from Kagoshima

For once it's not Yasuko writing about tea! I don't have her knowledge of Japanese history and culture, but I will try to take you for a short trip to the South of Japan, from where I brought back the October 2018 selection: a Sencha (煎茶) from Kagoshima (鹿児島). Ibusuki Kyūshū (九州) is the southernmost island among the four main islands of the Japanese archipelago. Kyūshū litteraly means "nine states", and is thus composed of nine prefectures. Interestingly, the name
- October 2018 - Sencha from Kagoshima

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September 2018 – Genmaicha from Japan

This month we are doing a tour of Japan! We selected a Genmaicha (玄米茶) with ingredients picked from all over Japan: green teas grown in the prefectures of Mie (三重) and Shizuoka (静岡), brown rice grown in the prefecture of Yamagata (山形), matcha refined in Uji (宇治) and black soybeans from… somewhere in Japan! Genmaicha Genmaicha simply means “brown rice tea”, and is usually made by mixing green tea and roasted brown rice. Roasted brown rice takes the shape of
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August 2018 – Hōjicha from Aichi

This month we selected a Hōjicha (ほうじ茶) from Shinshiro (新城), in the prefecture of Aichi (愛知). Hōjicha The prefecture of Aichi is the belly button of the Japanese archipelago. This prefecture is not far from the regions where we produce a lot of green tea, such as Shizuoka (No.1), Mie (No.3) and Kyōto (No.5). Thus, it is not surprising that the people of Aichi produce tea. In fact, Aichi is ranked at the 10th position for tea
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July 2018 – Shincha from Kagoshima

The season of Shincha (新茶) has come! For 2018, we selected that of Chiran (知覧) in the prefecture of Kagoshima (鹿児島). Shincha We selected a shincha from the prefecture of Kagoshima this year, the second region in terms of green tea production in Japan, located on the island of Kyūshū, at the southwest end of Japanese islands (though not as far as Okinawa). Here, precisely in the town of Chiran, climate is temperate and soils are fertile. As a result,
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June 2018 – Kariganecha from Kyōto

This month we selected a Kariganecha (雁ヶ音茶) from the region of Uji (宇治), in the prefecture of Kyōto (京都). Kariganecha Kariganecha (雁ヶ音茶) is the name used in Kyōto to designate teas made of stalks. Outside of Kyōto stalk teas are called Kukicha (茎茶), which literally means "stalk tea". However, now the appellation Kariganecha is used more and more outside of Kyōto, as it is a much more poetic word. You can (re)read our blogpost of March 2016 to (re)
- June 2018 – Kariganecha from Kyōto

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