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‘THE STORY OF JAPANESE TEA’ ー NEW BOOK PRESS RELEASE

While Japanese green tea and matcha are rapidly gaining in popularity, the information available about the product in English is still scarce.
As a long term resident in Japan, certified tea ceremony instructor and Japanese tea sommelier with specialisation in organic and artisan teas, I have produced a book that will fill this gap.

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TEA PICKING METHODS AND RELATED EQUIPMENT

Mechanized harvesting methods require an even surface and regular pruning in order for the harvesting equipment to be effective. Just before spring, before the first shoots appear the bushes are pruned once at a set height. During harvest, the leaf that has grown above this surface; ea. the fresh spring buds, are harvested by mowing the surface at approximately the same height as during pruning.

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INTRODUCTION TO TEA HARVEST EQUIPMENT

The original image of a traditional tea farm is long gone. Only a handful of places either maintain a small area of a truly traditional …

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Case studies

[CASE STUDY] GROWING A NEW CULTIVAR TEA GARDEN FROM SEED

The majority of tea gardens in Japan are cultivated from registered cultivar species. While cultivars became available to farmers during the 1960’s, most producers only …

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BENEFITS AND DEMERITS OF TEA CULTIVARS

The consideration of the manufacturer is the ease of cultivation and harvest of the bushes he chooses. In addition, the consideration for the major industry is a matter of how they can develop a generic flavor in the tea.Their interest is the facilitation of mass production for a commodity with equal and predictable flavor. This flavor must just sufficiently appeal to the greater public, but nothing more.

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INTRODUCTION TO JAPANESE TEA PLANT VARIETIES: CULTIVARS

In 1953 the Japanese tea cultivar registration system, administered by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), was established and tea plant varieties were …

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METHODS FOR SHADING THE TEA BUSHES DURING CULTIVATION

The straw canopy The straw canopy [本簾被覆; honzu hifuku] is mainly used for the cultivation of shade grown tea bushes used to produce gyokuro and …

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TEA CULTIVATION: HOW BLANKETING METHODS BECAME PART OF THE PROCESS

The tea bush is known to produce amino acids during tea cultivation. These are transferred to the fresh buds for their initial development. When the sunlight reaches those buds, photosynthesis occurs and causes these amino acids to change into catechin. While amino acids are chemical components that are responsible for a sweet, umami flavor, catechin components imbue the final product with a rather bitter taste.

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CHART AND DEFINITION OF JAPANESE TEA TYPES

Japanese tea is often described as ‘green tea’ and limited to the major brands of tea that are fashioned in Japan. These include sencha, kabusecha, …

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HOW POSITIVE ENERGY IN TEA BRINGS US MORE SPIRITUAL AWARENESS

At The Tea Crane we not only select the best Japanese artisan teas. Our ultimate goal is to support those artisan manufacturers that are struggling …

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Tea ware

A CONVERSATION ABOUT OUR DEDICATED TEA TASTING NOTEBOOK WITH THE DESIGNER.

INTRODUCTION Sven Kraus is a renowned calligrapher and artisan craftsman in the “toji” Japanese bookbinding style. He has designed and fully hand-crafted a Japan-themed notebook dedicated …

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