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Hachimanjyu: Organic Kukicha, Leaf Stems Green Tea from Yakushima

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Hachimanjyu Yakushima Tea

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What is Kukicha

Kukicha is literally "stem tea", and is a derivative of the refinement process of sencha. Refining sencha tea leaf involves the removal of stems, small leaf bits, and tea dust. Each part has a different weight, and separation occurs by blowing the unrefined dried tea leaf and allowing each part to fall into different containers. For this reason, kukicha is not 100% stems but a mix of stems and smaller leaf bits.

Tasting Notes


Product Info

  • Ingredients: Green tea
  • Japanese name: 有機茎茶
  • Net Weight: 100 grams
  • Cultivar: Blend of mainly Yabukita
  • Harvest: April
  • Cultivation & Processing Notes: Made from leaf stems sifted from the company's sencha products
  • Region: Yakushima Island, Kagoshima Prefecture
  • Number of Cups in 100g: 80 cups (20 uses / 4 steepings / 1 cup per steeping. Varies with your steeping recipe.)

Steeping Notes

  • Tea: 5 grams.
  • Time: 60 seconds.
  • Water: 70˚C/158˚F, 1 cup.
  • The amounts above are guidelines. Adjust to preference.
  • Consider also cold steeping (see Steeping Techniques).

Producer Info

  • Name: Hachimanjyu Yakushima Tea
  • Producer: Keita Watanabe
  • Type: Family-operated tea farm & factory
  • Location: 532-24 Koseda Yakushima-chō, Kumage-gun, Kagoshima-ken

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