What is Oolong?
Oolong tea is a semi-oxidized tea that is most commonly produced in China and Taiwan. The uniqueness of Oolong tea comes from how the tea is processed. Oolong tea can either be oxidized light, medium, or high. As it falls anywhere between green and black, with oxidation level falling around 20-85%, Oolong tea generally has an extensive variety of flavour profiles. Oolong tea varieties are produced differently. It can be rolled, twisted, or curled into balls, but some are simply rolled as it is. In theory, Oolong tea is twisted and curled into a shape that resembles the Chinese dragon, as Wulong translates in ‘black dragon’.
Akihiro “Akky” Kita is our president and lead farmer here at Obubu. His desire to make this tea available to the general public is the foundation of Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms. In college, Akky took up a part-time job as a farmhand in Wazuka, and fell in love with the tea of this region. He made the decision then to leave college and devote his time to mastering the art of tea farming. Recognizing the need for independent farmers like himself to spread the joy of drinking Japanese tea, he travels each year during the winter off-season to bring Japanese tea to people all over the world.
Hirokazu “Hiro” Matsumoto is our event manager, factory manager and tea tour instructor. His love of tea can be traced back to his college days where at the age of nineteen, he took a job as a tea farmer.
Hiro is responsible for overseeing the operation of Obubu’s sencha factory. He ensures its smooth operation and that it meets a high standard of hygiene and safety for Obubu’s staff. His bubbly personality also equips him as the ideal host for our public events where he loves meeting new people and sharing his knowledge of tea!
Tea Cultivation, Processing and Brewing Guide