I don’t remember how did I come across Renegade Tea Estate’s Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, I think it was floating around on Facebook, but it was interesting enough for me to take a gamble. I contributed USD75 to get myself a tea bush in rural Georgia (the country, not the American state!) and 300g worth of … Continue reading Renegade teas arrived!
Surrounded by mountains along the Oigawa River, Kawanehon area in central Shizuoka is ideal for tea production. Tea from this area is generally known as Kawanecha. I bought this Kawane shincha (literally new tea or tea picked from new young leaves in the first harvest) from Kawane Bussan Company, located just opposite Senzu Station on … Continue reading Tea tasting: Kawane shincha
A few tea friends attempted to make sparkling tea before, so I thought I would give it a try too. Some didn't have a very successful attempt, and with no set recipe on how to go about, I decided to use the usual cold-brew method. Not quite sure what sparkling/carbonated mineral water to buy, I … Continue reading Homemade sparkling tea
This was a sample teabag I got from a special gashapon machine at 897.4 Chaya near Houraibashi in Shimada city, Shizuoka prefecture. One of the shop personnel insisted that I give it a try, so I did. It had been awhile since I last played gashapon. After she explained that the contents were not the … Continue reading Tea tasting: Asahien fukamushi sencha
A lot has happened since I last blogged about my experience in taking the Nihoncha Instructor Association course via correspondence. Despite being busy with work throughout the duration of the course, I finally managed to complete it under the stipulated time frame of six months. Efforts definitely paid off when I received my Certificate of … Continue reading Course completed!
I recently wrote about my informal experience in picking and making tea while I was in Tohyamago, south of Nagano prefecture. I first learnt about tea made in Kizawa, a small settlement in Tohyamago, when I saw a Facebook page sharing Hiroshi-san’s post about it. It totally piqued my interest, because I never knew the … Continue reading Tea tasting: Kizawa no Ocha
Previously I thought Benifuuki is solely a cultivar for black tea production, but after reading up on it, I found out that it is also a common cultivar to make oolong tea in Japan. I was introduced to this organic tea during my visit to Kanes Tea factory shop this summer. After sampling a cup, … Continue reading Tea tasting: Kanes Benifuuki Oolong