Kabuse Sencha かぶせ煎茶 : shaded tea

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If April is the month for first harvest and shincha, May is when shaded spring teas are harvested.What is a shaded tea or, as they are called in Japanese, “kabuse” かぶせ? The world kabuse かぶせ literally means cover and a shaded tea means that its cultivation method involves shading the tea plants before harvesting. This […]


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The world of Japanese tea is wide and deep. By now many people know Matcha, Gyokuro, Sencha. Some other teas may not have been in the spotlight but they are also worth some attention. One of them is Kukicha, or stem tea, if translated literary form Japanese. What that means is that Kukicha mostly includes […]

Kombucha with Japanese tea

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Kombucha is a fermented drink made from tea, whose origins are thought to be in north-eastern China sometime around 200 BC. Rich in probiotics, this drink has recently been seeing a boom in Western world thanks to its alleged good properties; it is made by adding tea with sugar or honey to a symbiotic culture […]

Gyokuro (玉露)

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Spring is when some of the most prized Japanese teas are made. Called ‘jade dew’, Gyokuro is one of the highest-grade teas of this season. Rich an umami unlike any other tea, Gyokuro is appreciated in Japan and around the world. But how did it come to be and how is it produced? The story […]

Shincha (新茶)

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Many have heard this word, but what does it mean? It seems there is quite a bit of confusion around it. Translated from Japanese shincha (新茶) literally means ‘new tea’. Following this it seems it could refer to any new tea. Usually, however, it is used to describe tea harvested and processed in spring season. […]