September 2020 – Horaicha from Kyōto

This month we selected the original Genmaicha (玄米茶), called Horaicha (蓬莱茶), from Kyōto (京都). Horaicha Horaicha (蓬莱茶) is the original Genmaicha (玄米茶), that is to say a Sencha (煎茶) sprinkled with roasted brown rice with a touch of popped rice. We use green tea harvested around Kyōto (京都) in the like of Uji (宇治) and Wazuka (和束), and mix in Japanese rice. In order to keep the Horaicha consistent and of very high quality, the proportions of the various teas
- September 2020 – Horaicha from Kyōto

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August 2020 - Sencha from Miyazaki

After a long break of three months, we started to send teas again, albeit only towards a few countries. To restart our operations, we went back to basics, with a sencha (煎茶) from Miyazaki (宮崎), on the island of Kyūshū (九州). Sencha from Miyazaki Among all Japanese green teas, sencha is what most people think about when they think of "green tea". It is by far the most popular tea in Japan, representing 80% of the national green tea production.
- August 2020 - Sencha from Miyazaki

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April 2020 – Kancha from Tokushima

Hello everyone, how are you? We hope you are doing well in spite of the threat of coronavirus. Stay home, drink tea and push the coronavirus out! We selected a Kancha (寒茶) this month, from Shishikui (宍喰), a small village in the prefecture of Tokushima (徳島). Kancha Kancha (寒茶) literally means cold tea (but not chilled tea, note the subtle difference). It is called that way because it is harvested in winter, between the middle of January and the middle
- April 2020 – Kancha from Tokushima

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March 2020 – Yabakeicha from Ōita

This month we selected a Yabakeicha (耶馬渓茶), a kind of Sencha (煎茶), from the region of Yabakei (耶馬渓) in Ōita prefecture (大分). Yabakei, Ōita (UE-PON2600 – CC BY-SA 3.0) Sencha of Yabakei What I like about Tomotcha is that I can travel throughout Japan, while staying at home. This time we go South, all the way to the prefecture of Ōita in Kyūshū. Ōita is very famous for thermal stations, called onsen (温泉). Ōita is number one in Japan for
- March 2020 – Yabakeicha from Ōita

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February 2020 – Hōjicha from Uji, in the prefecture of Kyōto

For February 2020 we selected a Hōjicha (ほうじ茶) from Uji (宇治), in the prefecture of Kyōto (京都). Hōjicha For newcomers to Japanese teas, Hōjicha may be more accessible than other green teas like Sencha (煎茶). It doesn't have a strong taste. Moreover, it's easy to prepare as you don't need to worry about the temperature: you can simply pour boiling water on the tealeaves, just like black tea. Hōjicha is made by roasting tealeaves, after steaming them. That’s why
- February 2020 – Hōjicha from Uji, in the prefecture of Kyōto

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