A 2-post collection,

September 2016 - Kukicha from Shimane

This month we selected a Kukicha (茎茶) from Izumo (出雲) in the prefecture of Shimane (奈良). Kukicha Kukicha (茎茶) literally means a tea (茶) made of stalks or stems (茎). We also call it Bōcha (棒茶), but the latter is more wildly used in the prefecture of Ishikawa (see the blogpost of November 2015). To prepare Kukicha, first of all we steam the tea leaves and stems right after harvest and dry them with warm air, not too hot in
- September 2016 - Kukicha from Shimane

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April 2015 - Karigane from Mie

This month we selected an amazing Karigane (かりがね) from the prefecture of Mie (三重). Karigane Kukicha (茎茶), also called Bocha (棒茶), is a tea blend made of stems, stalks, and twigs. Karigane is a kind of Kukicha made exclusively from Gyokuro (玉露) plants. Gyokuro is a special kind of Sencha (煎茶) grown in the shade, producing tea leaves vibrant green in color and rich with umami flavor. Karigane is naturally very low in caffeine. Its taste is lighter and sweeter
- April 2015 - Karigane from Mie

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