December 2018 – Wakōcha from Toyama

For the very first time, Tomotcha has selected a Wakōcha (和紅茶), that is to say a Japanese black tea. It comes from the city of Toyama (富山), in the prefecture of Toyama (富山). Wakōcha - Japanese Black Tea It's interesting to me, because it is called black tea among Westerners, but kōcha (紅茶) -literally red tea- among Chinese and Japanese. Westerners call it black from the colour of the tea leaves, while asian see the reddish colour of the water
- December 2018 – Wakōcha from Toyama

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November 2018 – Yuzu Sencha from Uji and Tokushima

This month we selected a Yuzu Sencha (柚子煎茶). This is not exactly what I would call an authentic green tea, however it's a nice green tea mixed with yuzu zest. Yuzu Sencha Yuzu (柚子) is a citrus fruit. Japan is the number one country for the production and consumption of yuzu in the world. In general, we don’t eat yuzu as-is, because it is too bitter and sour. However, it does have a very pleasant aroma. Therefore, we make
- November 2018 – Yuzu Sencha from Uji and Tokushima

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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
- September 2018 – Genmaicha from Japan

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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
- August 2018 – Hōjicha from Aichi

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