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Seasonal Tea — Shaded

Yame Matcha

Doug Palas Green Tea Japan Matcha Shaded Yame

Yame Matcha

Yame, located in western Fukuoka Prefecture, is one of the oldest tea producing regions in Japan. It is renowned for its tea famous shaded green teas. The micro-climate there is perfect for kabuse sencha, gyokuro, and matcha. And its small-scale production is conducive to quality. Matcha was brought from China to Japan nearly 1000 years ago where it has been adopted and perfected. Quality is determined by the following factors -  when it was harvested, which cultivars were used, how it was processed, how it was ground, and the color. Ideally the matcha was harvested during the first harvest of...

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Japanese Green Tea Part 1

Doug Palas Green Tea Japan Matcha Sencha Shaded Shincha

Japanese Green Tea Part 1

This is the first of two posts outlining Japanese green tea. It is not intended to be a complete guide to every type of style, cultivar, or growing region, but a general reference explaining the relationships between the different aspects of tea grown in Japan. Part 1 addresses history, and the different styles of Japanese green tea, while Part 2 looks at cultivars, producing regions, and harvest seasons. History Tea was originally believed to have been brought to Japan from China around 590 AD.  It was in 1191 however that tea really rooted itself in Japan when a Buddhist monk...

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