Tea (茶 or cha) is intertwined with Japanese culture and enjoyed at almost every occasion, from daily life to the precision and beauty of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, known as the “way of tea”.
Although the majority of tea produced in Japan is its high-quality green tea, the country also boasts a wide range of specialty teas, both of which have been curated for you in this Care Package.
Our Japanese Green and Specialty Teas: “Ryu” Care Package gets its name from the kanji 流 (ryu) which means “flow”. We hope that you will find a calming pause as you enjoy this curation of authentic Japanese teas.
TRADITIONAL GREEN TEAS
MOUNTAIN SENCHA GREEN TEA (りぐり茶 煎茶) (Certified Organic)
Producer: Kunitomo Farm
Ingredients: Green tea (Caffeine)
Size: 2 x 3g loose leaf packages
This certified organic sencha green tea is grown and cultivated by hand deep in the mountains of Shikoku Island. Known as yamacha, or mountain tea, it has a delicate sweetness and a mild astringency. The tea is quite rare given its low yield and only the tip of the shoot and its two first leaves are included.
GENMAICHA (BROWN RICE TEA) WITH MATCHA (抹茶入り玄米茶) (Certified Organic)
Producer: Azuma Chaen
Ingredients: Green tea (sencha and matcha from Uji, Kyoto), glutinous brown rice (domestic) (Caffeine)
Size: 40g loose leaf
This genmaicha, or brown rice tea, is a blend of hand-roasted brown mochi rice (glutinous sticky rice), Uji green tea, which is arguably Japan’s most famous tea, and matcha, the prized powdered tea traditionally used in the Japanese tea ceremony. The result is a savory, toasted tasting tea with sweet, earthy undertones.
HOUJICHA (ROASTED SENCHA GREEN TEA) (煎茶ほうじ茶) (Certified Organic)
Producer: Azuma Chaen
Ingredients: Green tea (from Uji, Kyoto) (Less caffeine)
Size: 60g loose leaf
Houjicha is made by roasting green tea leaves in a porcelain pot over charcoal. The leaves have a distinct earthy, reddish-brown color, resulting in a tea with a nutty, caramel-like flavor which is less bitter than other green teas. It has minimal caffeine making it a great choice even for children or before bed.
SOBACHA (BUCKWHEAT TEA) (食べてもおいしい魚沼そば茶)
Producer: Ichikara Farms
Ingredients: Buckwheat (Caffeine-Free)
This sobacha, or buckwheat tea, is made from whole roasted buckwheat, without being crushed, to provide a full-bodied buttery and toasted nut-like flavor. It's produced in Uonuma, deep in the Snow Country of Niigata prefecture. After drinking the tea, the nutritious leftover buckwheat can also be enjoyed as a nutty porridge or on top of yogurt, or can even be eaten straight from the bag as a healthy snack.
SHELL GINGER TEA (月桃茶)
Producer: Ishigakijima Healthy Bank
Ingredients: Getto (Okinawa shell ginger) (Caffeine-Free)
Size: 2 x 3g tea bags
Shell ginger, or getto, is part of the ginger family and grows in abundance in Okinawa, Japan's southernmost tropical islands. The tea has a beautiful golden brown color when steeped and carries floral and clove undertones, a subtle spicy ginger aftertaste, and has 34 times more polyphenols than red wine. Some say that it's the secret to the Okinawan's longevity!
Producer: Otoyo-cho Goishicha Cooperation
Ingredients: Yabukita (Japanese green tea), local mountain tea leaves (Caffeine)
Size: 6 x 9g tea bags
This goishicha is a rare type of fermented tea cultivated in the mountainous region of Shikoku Island. Once harvested, the tea leaves are steamed for almost three hours in wooden barrels and then fermented twice, before being cut into squares and dried on straw mats for several days in the sun. The entire process takes nearly two months and results is a smooth, mellow tea with reduced astringency and bitterness.
INDIGO BLUE TEA (藍の青いお茶)
Producer: Atelier Aiakane
Ingredients: Indigo stem and leaves, butterfly pea (Caffeine-Free)
Size: 2 x 2.5g tea bags
Made famous in Japan, indigo also goes by the name of "Japanese blue", and is most commonly recognized as a vibrant blue fabric dye. However, in a quiet village overlooking a picturesque blue ocean, Atelier Aiakane combines indigo stalks and leaves combined with butterfly-pea flower tea, to create this caffeine-free herbal tea that is floral in taste and stunning to see!
KUROMAMECHA (BLACK SOYBEAN TEA) (黒豆茶)
Producer: A-Net Farm
Ingredients: Black soybean (Hokkaido) (Caffeine-Free)
Size: 7 x 3g tea bags
Kuromamecha is a nutty, sweet tea made from roasted black soybeans known as kuromame (lit. black beans) which can also be found in the traditional New Year's Day meal in Japan known as osechi ryori. Produced in Hokkaido. Japan’s northernmost prefecture, the black soybeans found in this tea are plump and flavorful producing an aromatic and gentle sweetness.
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