The first shipment of the Nihoncha Instructor Association course I've signed up for arrived on April 12. The recommended starting date was April 15, so I got the course materials earlier, which would have been a good thing if it wasn't for the fact that I was (and still am) down with the flu and … Continue reading Nihoncha Instructor course – first impressions
I recently signed up for a Yunomi sample of black tea. To my surprise and delight, I received the 5-gram sample pack of Naturalitea's popular Setoya Momiji black tea. Why the surprise and delight? Well, because I'm hoping to go to their farm in Fujieda, Shizuoka this summer, that's why. Surely it's some kind of … Continue reading Tea tasting: Naturalitea’s Setoya Momiji
I first heard of "Nihoncha Instructors" some 3 years ago, when I saw that there are Japanese tea professionals with such designation/qualification. With a little research, I discovered that there is a non-profit organisation known as Nihoncha Instructor Association that serves as an examining body for the qualification. Some time in 2016, Ricardo, a Colombian … Continue reading Nihoncha Instructor Association course
Great news! Tea enthusiasts who have been to Shizuoka would surely have visited or at least heard of Ocha no Sato World Tea Museum in Shimada City, located near Kanaya Station. Unfortunately it was closed for renovation since 2016 for an indefinite duration (no reopening date was announced then). HOWEVER, it is finally revealed! The … Continue reading New Tea Museum opening in Shizuoka!
I nearly forgot I had this tea. It was still unopened at the bottom of my tea stash in the pantry. Glad to remember about it before its expiry in July. The first thing that struck me when I took the first sip of this tea was the intensity of the umami flavour. It … Continue reading Tea tasting: Usagiya’s Kouki
I'm on the hunt for another kyusu teapot. I'm not sure if I should buy one online, or buy when I go to Japan next, but I'm definitely spoilt for choices as I browse online. The designs for Tokoname kyusu teapots really blow me away. So much variety and styles to choose from. Even … Continue reading New kyusu teapot wanted
What do you do with used tea leaves? An obvious answer to most would be to throw them away. Some would use for composting. As I've mentioned a couple of times before, depending on the grade and type of tea, you can actually eat the used leaves (茶殻, chagara in Japanese) like vegetables. I've … Continue reading Used tea leaves