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The Refining Process for Sencha ver2

The Refining Process for SenchaWhile the basic form of tea is already formed when it’s crude tea, it’s still too rough to be sold. In this form the tea still includes stems, powder, and buds, as well as small hardened balls formed when the tea is roasted, and other components. The tea is still high in moisture content, and it’s unsuitable for long-term storage at home.Tea is sold as crude tea on the market to tea finishers. Our company buys most of our crude tea from the tea market in Kyoto. We take this tea and refine it into a...

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How Sencha (crude tea) is Made

Tea begins to ferment soon after it’s been picked due to the influence of oxygen. Japanese tea is non-fermented, which is why tea farmers work to process tea to a certain extent on the very day it’s picked. Tea made in this manner is known as crude tea. Processors in the business of finishing tea will buy tea from farmers as crude tea, and then undertake the final finishing process at factories or co-ops.Here I’ll tell you about how crude tea is made.The goal of the process for making crude tea is to finish the basic shaping of the leaves,...

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How to enjoy Japanese green tea

Before brewing... First of all, it is important to purchase tea leaves kept in good condition.Unlike dry oxidized teas such as black or oolong, Japanese tea leaves easily deteriorate. To keep the tea leaves in good condition, expertise and the right type of storage facilities are required. It seems that it is difficult for many importers and retailers outside of Japan to keep green tea in good condition. Second, it is very important that tea leaves are kept in good condition to brew flavorful green tea by a procedure suitable for each kind of tea. Keep the tea leaves away...

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What is Konacha?

Konacha is an Especially Good Value for RokuchaKonacha is different from powdered tea, and it’s made by gathering together granules of tea just large enough not to dissolve in hot water.It requires care, because it’s drunk differently from Funmatsucha (powdered tea). While Konacha also translates literally to English as powdered tea, it’s made of especially large pieces, and is a different type of tea from Matcha and others.That’s why this time I’ll be answering questions like “What type of tea is Konacha?,” and “How is it different from Funmatsucha and Matcha?” as I introduce you to Konacha!Konacha is tea made...

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