July 2021 – Shincha from Tsukigase

Here’s our second Shincha (新茶) of the year! It is funny, but we selected the very same Shincha, exactly 5 years ago: a Kabusecha from Tsukigase (月ヶ瀬) in the prefecture of Nara (奈良). Photo provided by Tsukigase Organic Tea Farm (月ヶ瀬健康茶園) Shincha, Kabusecha According to the report from the tea producer, Tsukigase Organic Tea Farm (月ヶ瀬健康茶園), spring came earlier this year, and there were some heavy frost in the beginning of April. Their first harvest of Kabusecha (冠茶) took
- July 2021 – Shincha from Tsukigase

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June 2021 – Shincha from Kagoshima

The season of Shincha (新茶) has finally arrived! In front of tea shops, we raise the flags of Shincha to announce the arrival of the new green tea! For 2021, we selected a Shincha made in the region of Chiran (知覧) in the prefecture of Kagoshima (鹿児島県). Shincha, Okuchirancha In 2021 Kagoshima (鹿児島) became the top prefecture for the production of green tea in Japan, taking the spot of Shizuoka (静岡). The area of Chiran (知覧) in particular is famous
- June 2021 – Shincha from Kagoshima

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May 2021 - Tsuyuhikari Sencha from Gifu

We selected a Tsuyuhikari (つゆひかり) sencha this month, from the town of Shirakawa (白川町) in the prefecture of Gifu (岐阜県). There are two places called Shirakawa in Gifu, that should not be confused: the town of Shirakawa located next to the city of Mino (美濃市), and the village of Shirakawa (白川村), famous for its traditionally thatched houses. Tsuyuhikari plantation in the town of Shirakawa (白川町) Tsuyuhikari Sencha Tsuyuhikari (つゆひかり) literally means "dew light". The appellation is that of a recently
- May 2021 - Tsuyuhikari Sencha from Gifu

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April 2021 – Hōjicha prepared in Kyoto

We selected a Hōjicha (焙じ茶) this month, carefully elaborated and prepared by a tea shop in Kyoto (京都) called Ryuō-en Chaho (柳桜園茶舗). Hōjicha We cannot specify that this Hōjicha (焙じ茶) is made in one specific area, or one specific region of Japan. However, it is not made negligently, quite the opposite. It is prepared by Ryuō-en Chaho (柳桜園茶舗) in the center of Kyoto town, at once a tea shop and a tea retailer. They select the tea, and process it
- April 2021 – Hōjicha prepared in Kyoto

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March 2021 – Kabusecha from Fukuoka

This month, we selected a Kabusecha (かぶせ茶), from the region of Yame (八女) in the prefecture of Fukuoka (福岡). Kabusecha from Yame Kabusecha is classified between Gyokuro (玉露) and Sencha (煎茶), and is somewhat more affordable than Gyokuro. It is prepared by covering the tea leaves to protect them from direct sunlight during the last 5 to 7 days before harvest. For Gyokuro, the tea leaves are covered for around 20 days before harvest. Protecting the tea leaves from the
- March 2021 – Kabusecha from Fukuoka

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