October 2017 - Genmaicha from Kaga

We selected a Genmaicha (玄米茶) from Kaga (加賀), in the prefecture of Ishikawa (石川). Genmaicha We can say of Genmaicha (玄米茶) that it's the first flavoured green tea thanks to the addition of brown rice, or "genmai" (玄米) in Japanese. We didn’t add anything to green tea until the invention of Genmaicha. The brown rice add some complexity to tea: Genmaicha has a fresh and rich taste, and sweetness as well as strength. It is well balanced. When the
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September 2017 - Tsukimi Sencha from Kyōto

This month we selected a type of Sencha called Tsukimi Sencha (月見煎茶), from the prefecture of Kyōto (京都). Tsukimi Sencha Sencha constitutes 80% of the green tea produced in Japan, however Sencha doesn't have a long history. Formerly teas in Japan were not green, but brown, similar to black teas or oolong teas. Sencha was completed by Nagatani Sōen (永谷宗円) who lived in Kyōto during the Edo area (17th century). He invented a method for drying tea leaves and stalks
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August 2017 - Mugicha from Shimane

Summer 2017 has come! We selected a Mugicha (麦茶) from Izumo (出雲) in the prefecture of Shimane (島根). Mugicha According to some archives, Japanese people were already drinking Mugicha during the Heian area (9th century). Mugicha is popular as a beverage for the summer. We never forget to prepare Mugicha at home during summer. Mugicha is very rich in minerals such as zinc or silicon which are very good for skin. Since Mugicha also has an antioxidant effect, it might
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July 2017 - Zaracha from Shimane

I had never heard of Zaracha (ざら茶) until my friend told me about this tea. He recently went to Tsuwano (津和野) in the prefecture of Shimane (島根) to make this tea. Jumping on this opportunity, I decided to choose Zaracha for this month. Zaracha Zaracha (ざら茶) is not made from green tea leaves, like Sencha or Hōjicha, but from Kawaraketsumei (河原決明), a kind of annual plant widespread in western Japan. According to a legend, the great Buddhist master called Kōbō
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June 2017 – Shincha from Shizuoka

This is the second Shincha (新茶) of the year! It comes from the prefecture of Shizuoka (静岡). Shincha We selected another Shincha (新茶), from Shizuoka (静岡) this time. Shizuoka is very famous for green tea in Japan. The prefecture of Shizuoka instantly reminds us of green tea, and of Mount Fuji (富士山). The producer for this tea is Mikasaen located in the city of Kakegawa (掛川), located in the south of Shizuoka. We call the tea for this region Kakegawacha
- June 2017 – Shincha from Shizuoka

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