Japan's tea production volume and area

Japan's tea production volume and area

Ian Chun
Year Area (hectares) Total production (tons; dry, unrefined leaf) Ooicha (shaded teas; tons) Sencha (tons) Tamaryokucha (tons) Bancha (tons) Oth...
Japan's tea production volume and area

Japan's tea production volume and area

Ian Chun
Year Area (hectares) Total production (tons; dry, unrefined leaf) Ooicha (shaded teas; tons) Sencha (tons) Tamaryokucha (tons) Bancha (tons) Oth...
How matcha is made

How matcha is made

Ian Chun
This is a quick primer on matcha production. We learned all of this because we work with both tea farms and tea factories. Matcha from small-scale...
How to judge the quality of green tea

How to judge the quality of green tea

Ian Chun
By Ricardo Caicedo of MyJapaneseGreenTea.com (edited by Ian Chun) You don't have to be an expert tea taster to tell if a Japanese green tea is of g...
Comparison of tea liquor color based on different steeping temperatures

Comparison of tea liquor color based on different steeping temperatures

Ian Chun
I have always been amazed at the difference in color that arises when you steep a deep-steamed tea (fukamushicha) for the first time at low water t...
The difference between Gyokuro, Kabusecha, Sencha, and Bancha green teas

The difference between Gyokuro, Kabusecha, Sencha, and Bancha green teas

Yunomi Staff
The difference between Gyokuro, Kabusecha, Sencha, and Bancha green teas from Japan is best understood through the leaf itself--its cultivation, ha...
Breakdown of tea plant cultivars most commonly grown in Japan

Breakdown of tea plant cultivars most commonly grown in Japan

Ian Chun
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries publishes regular reports about the tea industry (in Japanese). And the May 2016 report had a breakdown of the tea plant cultivars most common grown in Japan as of 2014.

Factors that determine the quality and type of Japanese tea

Ian Chun
Cultivation Shading Cultivars COMING SOONTerrain Region Weather Fertilization Pests Processing COMING SOONHarvest season Oxidization Steaming Rolli...
What are cultivars?

What are cultivars?

Ian Chun
Factors that determine the quality and type of Japanese tea > Cultivation > Cultivars Cultivar - A cultivar is a “cultivated variety”. When s...

Japanese tea terminology - harvests

Ian Chun
Spring Hachijyuhachiya 八十八夜 - Literally the "88th night" after the start of spring in the lunar calendar. This is traditionally when the tea harve...
The Myth of Matcha and the Claim It Has 137x Antioxidants of Green Tea

The Myth of Matcha and the Claim It Has 137x Antioxidants of Green Tea

Ian Chun
There are many companies misquoting a certain study examining the levels of EGCG (a specific type of catechin, itself a kind of antioxidant). These companies say that matcha has 137x the level of antioxidants as green tea. In this article, we examine the truth behind this myth.
How does shading affect the type and quality of tea?

How does shading affect the type and quality of tea?

Ian Chun
Factors that determine the quality and type of Japanese tea > Cultivation > Shading Shading, the cutting off of sunlight from new growing tea...
Japanese Tea Nutrition Chart

Japanese Tea Nutrition Chart

Ian Chun
Please note that these standard values will vary from product to product depending on the harvest season, processing method, steeping method, etc. ...
One month time lapse video documenting the growth of spring first flush tea leaves

One month time lapse video documenting the growth of spring first flush tea leaves

Yunomi Staff
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