This reserve lot kamairicha (“pan-fired tea”) from award-winning Miyazaki Sabou Tea Garden is an extra early harvest in early May of young delicate leaves from their best field. What is a kamairicha? Kamairicha is green tea which is made by heating the leaves in a pan instead of the typical steaming process that senchas go through. It is the common method of producing Chinese green tea, but is quite rare today in Japan. Rather than producing the typical round pellet shape associated with gunpowder tea, the Japanese method gives the shape of a comma (i.e., the punctuation mark).
Miyazaki prefecture, where the Miyazaki Sabou Tea Garden is located is known to be the best prefecture for making this type of tea so look no further! This kamairicha comes from the mountain tea fields of Gokase (certified as a World Agricultural site in 2015) found about 600m in altitude. In general, kamairicha is a traditional folk tea from Southern Japan.
The Miyazaki Sabou Tea Garden, operated by the Miyazaki family, specializes in a variety of single cultivar teas which they process into pan-fired green tea or kamairicha, oolong tea, and black tea. They have been farming without pesticides since 1983. You can read more about kamairichas in this here.
- Ingredients: Pan-fired green tea
- Cultivar: Yabukita
- Harvest: Early May
- Certification: Original package JAS certified organic
- Region: Gokase Village, Miyazaki Prefecture
Tea: 3 grams. Time: 2 min. Water: 200 ml, 80C/176F degrees.
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