Hojicha Gold (80g)

Hojicha Gold is a delicate tea, made by roasting spring Sencha tea leaves. It is exquisite in color and aromatic in fragrance, with a gently roasted buttery sunflower taste. Its mellow elegance makes it a perfect meal accompaniment. It is low in caffeine and therefore also an enchanting evening tea.

Taste: Umami
Body: Medium
Texture: Rounded
Length: Medium
Harvest: May
Tea Cultivar: Mixed
Origin: Wazuka
Cultivation: Unshaded
Processing: Lightly Steamed, Rolled, Dried, Roasted

Kai’s Kitchen – 1 Fish, 2 Teas

1 Fish, 2 Teas Kai’s Kitchen        Howdy all! We are back at it with more tea cooking, and this week I’ve found something very cool for you all. We are moving on to the later courses of our meal, so time for something a little more filling. We had amuse bouche (appetizer) […]

Comparing Seasonal Sencha Green Teas

Last week, I wrote about shaded (Kabuse) green teas and I said that I would talk about unshaded (Roji) teas this week. However, I realized that it actually might be more useful to talk about harvesting seasons and why they are important, purely because most plants around the world are left unshaded in order to […]

Guide to Common Japanese Green Teas

Since I am living at Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms in Japan, it seemed most fitting to start a series focused on tea: TEA 101! The first post I wanted to write was a guide to common Japanese green teas. The concept behind TEA 101 is pretty loose but the main goal is to share what […]

What’s in a Name? Part III: Bancha & Hojicha

Are you ready for part 3?! Here come bancha and hojicha!  Bancha  番茶 The character for ban includes the characters for rice and field, and refers to a turn or a number in a series. Bancha is usually translated as coarse or common tea, and is made from mature leaves picked in between the four main harvests […]

Matcha Chia Pudding

Matcha Chia Pudding (serves one or two people) Increase the benefitsthat Matcha is provides by combining the green gold with another super food. In recent years chia seeds from South America have found their way in to the kitchens of numerous health conscious people. Enjoy it as a dessert to round off your meal or […]

Hand-picked Sencha (30g)

Medium-bodied with a long presence, this Sencha offers a balance of sweetness and astringency accompanied by grassy and vegetal notes. These emerald green needles create a light golden liquor with a floral aftertaste. Grown in full sunshine and picked by hand for the National Tea Competition, it is one of the most luxurious Senchas.

Taste: Astringent
Body: Medium
Texture: Rounded
Length: Long
Harvest: May
Tea Cultivar: Yabukita
Origin: Wazuka
Cultivation: Unshaded
Processing: Steamed, Rolled, Dried

Obubu Sampler Set (18 x 5g)

Don’t know which tea to purchase? Interested in trying a range of Japanese teas? This sampler pack of 18 of our most popular teas is just the thing you need. This sampler set includes 5g samples of Heavenly Drop Gyokuro, Kabuse Sencha, Sencha of the Spring Sun, Sencha of the Earth, Sencha of the Wind, Sencha of Brightness, Sencha of the Summer Sun, Sencha of the Autumn Moon, Yanagi Bancha, Genmaicha, Hojicha Gold, Hojicha Amber, Hojicha Basic, Hojicha Dark, Kyobancha, Kukicha Tsubame, Kukicha Tsugumi, Suzume Kukicha.

Sencha of the Spring Sun (80g)

A Sencha of the highest quality, Spring Sun is comprised of lovely dark green needles that create a sun-lit golden liquor. Medium-bodied with a long presence, it offers bright-tasting grassy notes with a delightful astringency. A delicious floral aftertaste reminiscent of crushed laurel persists. This tea is grown in full sunlight and harvested in spring. A truly beautiful tea, ideal for early mornings or afternoon calm.

Taste: Astringent
Body: Medium
Texture: Sharp
Length: Long
Harvest: May
Tea Cultivar: Yabukita
Origin: Wazuka
Cultivation: Unshaded
Processing: Lightly Steamed, Rolled, Dried