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The Refining Process for Sencha

While 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 state which can then...

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The Unique Properties of Ujicha

Ujicha is one of the leading brands of tea in Japan, and ialong with Shizuokacha and Sayamacha it is one of the three great teas of Japan.So what kind of tea is Ujicha, and what makes it unique? I’ll be introducing the definition of what constitutes Ujicha, the amount produced, and the reason why this tea is so beloved.The Definition of UjichaUjicha indicates tea which has been produced and processed around the Uji Tawara region of Kyoto, but not just anything can be labelled Ujicha. Every year the rules for the labelling of foods become stricter, and in 2004 the...

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Drinking tea could beat dementia

In 2025 There Will Be Over 7,000,000 Cases of Alzheimer’s! Becoming a common disease in Japan.If you were to develop Alzheimer’s disease, what would you do?What about if your parents developed the disease?This is a worry everyone thinks about as they age.Alzheimer’s is rare before 65 with a rate of 1.5%, but this rises to 30% before age 80 (that’s one in every five people!), and in the aging society of Japan, it’s increasingly common.As Japan’s society ages, the number of patients is rapidly rising as well. Treatment is difficult, and many patients still have healthy bodies, which can make...

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How Many Times Can Tea Be Picked in a Year

In the Southern region of Kyoto, new buds stretch out on the branches three to four times a year.Tea is made from these new buds, which means that tea can be made four times per year, but the quality of these teas will change widely with the time of year.This means that the same quality of tea can only be picked once a year.Depending on the time when the tea is produced, it is called ___bancha, with the start of the word indicating the number of the harvest, with one (ichi) being the first harvest, and each of these harvests...

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