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August 2021 – Sobacha from Hokkaido

This month we decided to select something really different from the usual green teas. So here goes a Sobacha (そば茶) from Hokkaido (北海道). Buckwheat – Sapporo Syoumeiann (札幌長命庵) Sobacha Sobacha (そば茶) literally means "buckwheat tea". It's an infusion made from roasted buckwheat, popular in Japan but also in Korea and China. It's not a tea, properly speaking, as it's not made from the tea plant – Camellia sinensis. Buckwheat is originary from China, more precisely from the North-West of the current province
- August 2021 – Sobacha from Hokkaido

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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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February 2021 – Karigane Hōjicha from Mie

This month we selected a Karigane Hōjicha (雁ヶ音ほうじ茶) from the prefecture of Mie (三重). Karigane Hōjicha Hōjicha (ほうじ茶) literally means roasted tea. Indeed Hōjichas are first prepared as traditional green teas, usually Senchas, and are then roasted. As implied by its name, Karigane Hōjicha is simply a Hōjicha produced by roasting a Karigane (雁ヶ音), that is to say a tea made out of stems, stalks, and twigs, leaving out the tealeaves. Roasting the green tea removes its bitterness, and gives
- February 2021 – Karigane Hōjicha from Mie

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Temporary suspension of shipments towards the European Union

Heavy restrictions on international travel recently put in place in the European Union have caused a drop in the number of international flights to/from the E.U. As a result, delays in deliveries of international mail coming from Japan are now above one month. So we have decided to temporarily suspend shipments towards the E.U. Subscriptions will obviously not be charged, and Gifts (prepaid) will be extended accordingly, and will resume as soon as possible. We hope the
- Temporary suspension of shipments towards the European Union

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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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