Working on a Tea Farm

ChrisBourgea

By Chris Bourgea I am just like any other tea geek. It has always been a dream to work on a tea farm and pluck two leaves and a bud while seeing the entire processing of the tea happen. Recently, I had the opportunity to...

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Where is the first shincha harvested?

Ian

The southernmost region where tea is produced is in Okinawa. This year, as with every year, Okinawa was the first to announce the harvest of shincha. In late March, Kunigami-son in Okinawa reported its first shincha harvest. Because of its small production, Okinawa is not...

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Photo: Making Sayamacha Green Roast Sencha

mariko

Yokota-san says: Currently roasting tea for “Sayamacha Green Roast Sencha” using houroku (roaster/ pan).

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Shincha Update > Morita Tea Garden 4/24

Staff - Haruna

Morita-san sent us more pictures of their tea farm. They cover some tea trees for several days before harvesting for Kabusecha.   Can you tell the difference? The left (covered – for Kabusecha) is slightly greener than the right (not covered – for Sencha).

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About Asamiyacha – one of the five great ancient tea regions of Japan

Ian

Located in the southern part of Shiga prefecture and the western part of Shigaraki town (also famous for Shigarakiyaki ceramics ware), Asamiya is a hilly, rural region on the Shigaraki plateau (altitude 400 meters). The temperature change between night and day is drastic in this...

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Yokota Tea Farm

Ian

Yunomi.us staff Mariko driving the tea tank (this kind of harvester used for flat fields feels like driving a tank)Your browser does not support the video tag

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Yokota Tea Farm harvests autumn bancha under the blue sky

Ian

The Yokota Tea Farm, which will begin selling on Yunomi.us by the end of October, is based in Sayama region of Saitama Prefecture, just an hour north of Tokyo. Tea farmer Yasuhiro Yokota is very interested in tea lovers from around the world and is...

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Using rice husks as an organic way to fight insect infestation.

Ian

I received a request from Saitama Prefecture to experiment with using rice husks as an organic method to prevent infestation of an insect called white peach scales (pseudaulacaspis pentagona). A spraying machine that you don’t see very often. The tank has a double structure for...

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Tea farming in March

Staff - Haruna

I spent some time with Okutomi-san of Okutomi Tea Garden (a well-known local tea farmer in the Sayama region), and asked him about the work of tea farmers in the month of March. March is not a busy month for tea farmers. If a busy...

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Photo: Akio Kurihara-san processes his okumidori tea leaves

Kurihara Tea Farm

今日はおくひかりを摘みました。 そして、お茶揉んでます。 これを摘んだので、もうひといきかな…。 Today I picked okumidori leaves, and am processing them. These are the ones I picked…just a little more work…

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Photo: The Kurihara Summer, green fields, blue skies

Kurihara Tea Farm

The Kurihara tea fields in summer, Yabemura, Yame, Fukuoka, Japan July 30, 2014

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Akio Kurihara-san’s way of recycling tea

Kurihara Tea Farm

生育が少し良くない畑にもみ殻堆肥を投入してます。 これは茶工場で出た茶しぶダゴや、はわき集めた茶粉を混ぜて作った堆肥。 いわば再利用。無駄なく茶畑に還すってことですね。 Adding chaff compost to the tea field that is not growing as expected. The compost is made from remains of tea incrustation and powder of tea leaves gathered at the tea processing facility. In other words, recycling. We return the remains of...

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