Japanese tea

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 tencha. On top of a shelf-like structure traditionally fashioned out of wood – but contemporarily for ease-of-labor reasons also to be found in stone – a layer of bamboo-reed blinds …

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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.

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 to keep producing a pure product. That is because we choose the positive energy of a more spiritual tea over a superficial, artificially induced lushness of flavor. Manufacturers of organic …

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WHY IS IT MORE DIFFICULT TO FIND HIGH-GRADE ORGANIC MATCHA AS OPPOSED TO ORGANIC LEAF TEA?

While there is a good variety of organically well-produced delicious green, oolong and black teas out there, it doesn’t cease to surprise me how very few actually delicious organic matcha teas are available on the market. The majority is what I would call no more than simply pulverised green tea as its taste is plain …

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