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  • Kawane Wa-Kōcha

    • Rare!
    • Unique!

    Kawane Wa-Kōcha is Japanese Black Tea grown in Kawane town (川根町), located in the Haibara District of Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. While this area is notable for its production of mainly green teas, it may be surprising to know there are numerous growers who specialize in producing black teas as well. This particular version is produced by a rather old and famous company founded in the 8th year of the Meiji period (ca 1875). The tea blender is a 73 year old tea master and uses high quality techniques in the orthodox manner similar to the way traditional Darjeeling is made, but with a Japanese touch. This tea has characteristics similar to both Darjeeling and Ceylon tea, has a strong aroma, a smooth flavor, and has hints of Japanese sweetness. Kawane Wa-Kōcha can be served straight or with milk and sugar (usually on the last infusion). The breed is a blend of Zairai and Benifuki clones. Unlike most Japanese produced black teas which usually come from the second harvest, due to the higher latitudes this tea is grown at, the producer blends this black tea with both first and second harvests, the ratio changing according to year and conditions. The resulting tea results in a more bold flavor than normally encountered with other Japanese black teas.

    To brew this particular tea, unlike with traditional green tea, you can achieve best results by bringing fresh water to nearly the boiling point in a kettle (instead of an air pot or water heater), and brewing two teaspoons per 8 ounces of water for 3 to 4 minutes.

    If you also enjoy black tea in addition to Japanese green tea, consider adding this rare item to your shopping cart today!

    Package includes a full 100 grams of high quality Japanese black tea.

    Score: 5.00 (votes: 6)
    Reviews: 5
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    • $14.40 USD
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  • Okabe Shizuoka Gyokuro

    • High Theanine!

    A very high quality gyokuro grown by famous gold-star award winning grower Tohei Maejima in Okabe, Shizuoka Prefecture Japan. As 3rd generation gyokuro master, Mr. Maejima specializes in and only grows gyokuro so you can bet he knows what he's doing when it comes to producing a very superior tea!

    We find this tea to be very delightful with complex umami notes and after taste.  Thoroughly delicious when brewed correctly, probably best made in a shiboridashi teapot with care. Okabe Shizuoka Gyokuro, like all gyokuro, is shade grown for about three weeks before harvesting, giving it a greener color and sweeter taste.  Once you learn to make it properly, you wil be hooked for life!  Be sure to read our brewing instructions as it is brewed differently than sencha: How to Brew Gyokuro - Step-by-Step Instructions!

    Available in 100gm packages.

    Score: 5.00 (votes: 1)
    Reviews: 1
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    • $41.40 USD
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  • Deep Steamed Sōfū Sencha

    • Rare!

    Sōfū sencha is an unusual variety of green tea, a cross between Yabukita and another cultivar known as "Inzatsu" 131.  This deep steamed version (do also check out our light steamed Sōfū sencha) is grown in Kakegawa Shizuoka and is yellow-green in color.  It has quite a bit different profile and it is more robust than our our light steamed product.

    Sofu has become popular in recent years due to the purported wide range of potential health benefits. Research has shown that this is due to its anthranilic acid content, which is also found as an aroma component in jasmine tea. It is also being looking at as possibly being beneficial for dementia and Alzheimer's diseases. Sofu also contains a high amount of the component  quercetin (high in many fruits and vegetables such as onions), which is thought to improve brain of cognitive function. 

    We have a limited amount of this item.

    Net Weight 100 grams

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    • $18 USD
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  • Shizuoka Sencha Tsuyuhikari

    New for 2018, Shizuoka Sencha Tsuyuhikari is a hybrid of Asatsuyu and Shizuoka 7132 cultivars. A first rate green tea, it was harvested from the first round of young spring leaves. Deep steamed, this green tea was grown in Kakegawa tea growing district in Shizuoka Prefecture. Very green and very thick. has a somewhat more pronounced grassy aroma and taste compared with the average deep steamed green tea and the taste remains on the palate for an extended time.

    An overall easy brewer (a teapot for fukuamushi-cha is recommended, however). Be sure to not brew too hot, for too long, or with too much leaf. As with all of our loose leaf green teas, freshly packaged in nitrogen filled bags.

    Price shown includes 100 grams of tea per package.

    Score: 4.50 (votes: 2)
    Reviews: 1
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    • $15.30 USD
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  • Kaoru Fukamushi Sencha

    • Popular!

    A first rate, first flush green tea. Harvested from the first round of young spring leaves, this 100% Yabukita green tea comes from the famous Makinohara tea growing district in Shizuoka Prefecture. Very green and very thick. Fukamushi Sencha "Kaoru" has a somewhat more pronounced grassy aroma and taste compared with the average deep steamed green tea and the taste remains on the palate for an extended time.

    An overall easy brewer (a teapot for fukuamushi-cha is recommended, however). Be sure to not brew too hot, for too long, or with too much leaf. As with all of our loose leaf green teas, freshly packaged in nitrogen filled bags.

    Price shown includes 100 grams of tea per package.

    Score: 4.94 (votes: 31)
    Reviews: 29
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    • $17.10 USD
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  • Sayamakaori Organic Sencha

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    This delightful green tea is grown organically in Shizuoka. Medium steamed, Organic Sayamakaori Sencha is rather bold in flavor and imparts a much stronger than average aroma. The leaf itself has not been particularly finely processed, however once brewed it is very flavorful. Our particular Sayamakaori gives quite a few delicious multiple infusions, more than the average sencha we come across. Very delicious, we predict this will become a favorite with organic green tea enthusiasts. As with all of our loose leaf green teas, packaged in nitrogen flushed packaging.

    Price shown includes a full 100 grams of tea per package.

    Score: 4.47 (votes: 15)
    Reviews: 13
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    • $12.60 USD
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  • Oku Yutaka Organic Sencha

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    From Shizuoka, a unique breed of Japanese green tea grown organically. A first rate, first harvest, deep steamed green tea, the high quality is obvious from the first sip. Strong "umami" sweetness, less astringent and mellow. As with many organic green teas, Organic Sencha "Oku Yutaka" is single estate and is not blended. Harvested from the first round of young spring leaves, it is certified organic. Nitrogen flushed and vacuum packaged, as fresh of an organic green tea as you can get.

    Brewing Notes: This year's version is rather bold, especially shincha.  Brew at around 68°C / 155°F for 1 minute.

    Includes 100 grams of tea per package.

    Score: 4.89 (votes: 27)
    Reviews: 22
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    • $14.40 USD
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  • Shizuoka Sencha Mio

    Harvested from the first round of young spring leaves, this 100% Yabukita green tea comes from the Makinohara tea growing district in Shizuoka Prefecture. We recently came across this gem and snapped it up on the spot - this is one very delicous sencha green tea! Sencha "Mio" is medium-steamed has a somewhat more pronounced grassy aroma and taste compared with the average deep steamed green tea and the taste remains on the palate for an extended time.

    An overall easy brewer (a teapot for fukuamushi-cha is recommended, however). Be sure to not brew too hot, for too long, or with too much leaf. As with all of our loose leaf green teas, freshly packaged in nitrogen filled bags.

    Price shown includes 100 grams of tea per package.

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    • $21.60 USD
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