Tea Column

[2015.01.15]
Easy way to understand the scientific name of tea

Tea is made of the plant called Camellia sinensis. But as you know, it is further classified into various types such as Assam, Yabukita, Tie Guan Yin, Shui Xian or China bush. Are these types considered as species or cultivar? I would like to explain the rules that classify the type of tea variety. There …

[2014.04.08]
The Mystery Tea Bought in China Often Taste Different at Home

There is a difference between the tea brought back from China and when it was tasted back there. There are many people who had bought teas from China during their trip, often mentioned that the quality of tea they brought back is not the same as the ones they’ve tried while in China. They also …

[2013.12.23]
Visiting Sado Island in Winter

I visited Sado Island to meet our potters, Watanabe Tozo and Shimizu Ken. This Island is situated in the north of Niigata prefecture where it was formed by submarine volcanos. For me, to get to Sado Island is like travelling overseas because it takes me 6 hours from my hometown, travelling by car and also …

[2013.09.26]
The unexpected reason why the tea with milk is popular

Majority of customers who visit my shop usually drink their tea without the addition of milk and sugar. However, there are quite a number of people who love to drink tea with milk. The tea book often explains that the milk proteins conjugate with the tea tannins and therefore the taste of black tea becomes …

[2013.06.23]
Why do elderly people miss the tea they drunk before?

The elderly people sometimes mentioned that the tea they used to drink when they were young was much nicer. Some people may assume that it is just their nostalgic sentimentality. Somehow I do believe in what they say and would like to share some information. The usage of nitrogen fertilizers have increased 12 times since …

[2013.06.06]
The earlier the plucking does not mean the better the quality is

Traditionally, it is widely believed that Japanese green tea plucked on the Hachijyuhachi Ya (八十八夜) should be the best quality. Hachijyuhachi Ya , known to be “ the 88th Night” usually landed in the 1st week of May. Japanese people used to say that we could live longer if we drank the tea plucked on …

[2013.05.20]
The Bee God Tree in Mang Jing

I had the opportunity to enjoy the sight of nature’s great creation in Mang Jing which is a small village located near the borders to Myanmar and about 2-3 hours from Meng Hai. On that special day, I followed a farmer’s family to learn their way of tea plucking and tea processing. They told us …

[2013.04.23]
The ultimate self-sufficient lifestyle of Yunnan minority people

Whenever I went to Yunnan minority villages, one thing always gave me a very deep impression.   Lifestyle following the tradition They have very complete self-sufficient lifestyle. Any food they eat is collected from plants surrounding their house. They cultivate a variety of crops like rice, beans, corn, wheat and etc. They also produce bean …

[2013.04.04]
The warm welcoming by pu-erh tea farmer with home-cooked lunch

Looking out the ideal tea in the minority’s village of Yunnan, we often have an honor to have lunch or dinner together with the farmer’s family. For them, the tea buyer is the most important guest in a year. They always serve us lunch as the highest welcome.     Very precious menus They cook …

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Ming Feng Shan Raw Pu-erh Tea 2019 is now available
Ming Feng Shan Raw Pu-erh Tea 2019 鳴鳳山古樹生茶 2019 is available now in our store both in Japan and Malaysia. The Ming Feng Shan is the name of the mountain located in the west of Lincang. In Ming Feng Shan, we particularly selected the feral garden (2100m) that is left in the wild for a …
High Mountain Pu-erh Tea is Now Available in Our Store
High mountain purple raw pu-erh tea is now available in our store. This is one of the very interesting raw pu-erh teas we made in 2019. High mountain tea called Zi-Cha High mountain purple tea is made from the specific varietry called Zi-cha by the locals. In Chinese, Zi-cha means purple tea. This variety is …

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