The sense of discovery

  • Chinese character for tea, Cha

    Cha, the Chinese character of tea

    Cha, the Chinese character for tea is an expressive antique Chinese symbol. Meaning of the character Cha is as complex as tea. It depicts interlacement of the sky, Earth and human. According to the legend tea was discovered by the Chinese emperor Shen Nong around 2700 BC. It lasted several […]

  • Gong fu teapot

    Gong fu teapot – the pleasure of intimacy

    Gong fu teapot is a very special tea utensil which plays the central part in the so called “Gong fu” tea ceremony. Besides gaiwan, the small tea cup for bathing the tea, gong fu teapot is crucial for succesive preparing and serving the green and the oloong teas. The basic […]

  • Pu erh, the Chinese fully fermented black tea

    Pu erh tea – the Emperor’s secret of longevity

    Pu erh tea – fully fermented Chinese black tea, is one of the world’s most ancient tea variety. Production of Pu erh tea was a well kept secret for centuries. Even today master grade Pu erh teas are made by artisans, who carefully protect all the little details about the […]

  • Kocha, the Japanese red tea

    Kocha – the taste of the rising sun

    Kocha, the Japanese black tea, offers a true pleasure for every seeker who follows the way of tea. Since Japan is commonly known as the land of green tea, few tea lovers know that it hides also a unique discovery: black tea named Kocha. Kocha is fully oxidized tea. According […]

  • Sencha, the most popular Japanese green tea.

    Sencha – the queen of unshaded teas

    Sencha, the queen of unshaded teas, is one of the most popular green tea varieties in Japan and around the globe. More than 80% of all green tea grown in Japan is processed as sencha. As opposed to tencha, gyokuro and tamaryokucha which are all processed from the shaded aracha, […]

  • Tencha, the essence of Matcha

    Tencha – the green essence of Matcha

    Tencha, the green essence of Matcha, stands for the shaded green tea flakes before they are ground into fine powder. Since Tencha wasn’t allowed to be consumed in the similar manner as Gyokuro or Sencha, it’s taste remained a well kept secret of the tea growers for a long time. […]

  • Isobe Teruyuki's Kyusu

    Teruyuki’s ode to yokode kyusu

    Yokode Kyusu teapots made by Isobe Teruyuki, present extraordinary mastery of the Japanese pottery craft. Divine ergonomics and dynamic handmade patterns change ordinary sipping tea into a deep contemplative experience. Enjoying the tea isn’t just a matter of tasting but also the way of aesthetic and meditative appreciation. For that […]

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    Matcha Karigane – the beauty of surprise

    Matcha Karigane is not a very known variety of the Japanese green tea. Most of the people associate Matcha regularly with powdered tea. On the contrary Matcha Karigane is not a powdered tea, but a variety of green tea made from the steams and veins of Tencha. In the most […]

  • Shincha

    Shincha, the fragrance of spring

    Shincha – the first tea of the year, is an unpredicted annual discovery for each sincere lover of the Japanese green tea. According to the time of harvest Japanese tea growers distinguish three types of tea: Shincha (the first tea of the year) Niban Cha (the second tea of the […]

  • Kyūsu, Japanese tea pot

    Kyūsu, the form of perfection

    Kyūsu, the Japanese teapot, is one of the most inspiring tea utensil on the planet. Kyūsu is difined by the divine ergonomics which brings a whole new dimension into brewing, enjoying and serving tea. Kyūsu literally means teapot.  But while most of the people think that kyūsu stands just for […]

  • Horoku, tea roasting pan

    Horoku – the green tea roasting pan

    Horoku – Tea roasting pan is a tea accessory used for preparing homemade Houjicha tea. While there are many types and grades of Houjicha tea on the market, you can always make your own Houjicha. All you need is a few grams of high grade Japanese green tea and Horoku. […]