Nihoncha Instructor course – first impressions

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


Tea tasting: Naturalitea’s Setoya Momiji

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

Nihoncha Instructor Association course

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