Jade Kukicha Green Tea

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Jade Kukicha Green Tea

14.00

$0.70 Per Cup

50 Grams (1.76 Ounces) / 20 First Steeps

Origin: Nakayama Village in Fujieda: Shizuoka, Japan

Farm Name: NatuarliTea

Farmer: The Kinezuka Family

Cultivation Method: All Natural

Kukicha literally means stem tea, which is very fitting since it is made from the stems of green tea leaves.  This particular batch is whole stems from first flush leaves.  It has a very rich, sweet, grass taste with a hint of citrus and seaweed.  The brewed tea has a light green color and it has an aroma of wheat and seaweed.  It is surprisingly refreshing and is very low in bitterness.

NaturaliTea is owned by the Kinezuka family in Shizuoka, Japan.  Their tea is grown at an altitude of 1,150 feet (350 meters).  The Kinezuka family has been practicing natural farming techniques since the 1970’s and their family is highly respected in Japan for this.  Ayumi, the eldest daughter, is now running the farm.  She graduated from an American University but returned to Japan to carry on the family business and to help keep tea farming alive in Japan.  

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Steeping and Storage

Use 2.5 grams (1.5 teaspoons) of loose leaf tea per 6 ounces of water.  Steep with water ranging from 160 to 175 degrees for 1 to 2 minutes.  Can be re-steeped up to 5 times.  If making iced tea, double the amount of tea leaves used and keep the time the same; sweeten while steeping and when done steeping pour over ice.

Keep in mind that these steeping instructions are merely a suggested starting point.  Everyone has different tastes and preferences and you can adjust the amount of tea used and the steep time accordingly.  If you would like your tea to have a stronger taste, add more tea leaves.  Conversely, if it is too strong, use less tea leaves.  It is quite fun to play with the temperature of the water and the steep times to bring out different tastes and textures in the tea!

Loose leaf tea should be stored in a cool, dark, and dry environment away from strong odors that the tea will most certainly absorb (do not store in the refrigerator or spice cabinet).  It is best to store it in an air tight container as this will reduce the amount of oxygen that interacts with the tea and thus preserving its life.