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A Farewell to 2020

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As the year draws to a close, we would like to send our sincere gratitude for your support during this crazy year. We hope that our teas offered a moment of calm, presence, and clarity. While we are closed and offline until January 4th (email the word "poem" to hello@teawithtekuno.com to receive a famous winter haiku as our vacation response), there is one more piece of news we hope will delight you... Our new home! A preview of our new tea showroom You may have noticed a new address at the bottom of our website. Alongside shipping online orders, we...

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Introducing Shumpei Yamaki

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In the world of handmade teaware, wood-fired pieces tend to attract the most attention—and for good reason. Each piece is unique, and one can never be sure how different elements, compounds, and the atmosphere will affect the results until the kiln is opened days later. That being said, a skilled craftsman knows how to prepare his kiln to create dynamic colors, textures and shapes. He is both influencer and influenced, able to control the flames in his kiln yet never able fully decide the outcome.For Kamakura-born ceramicist Shumpei Yamaki, wheel-throwing and wood-firing is a meditative practice that allows him to communicate through art. Each piece was fired...

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Holiday Gifts 💝

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With chilly mornings finally upon us—frost and snow for friends up north—a warm cup of tea, breakfast in bed and a well-worn book may be just what we need to close this year right.Our holiday gift sets are lovingly wrapped with box, bow and your gift note, hand-written on Tekuno stationary. Alongside the holiday gift sets, you can also build a custom gift set or gift a subscription. If not ordering a set, please mention your order is a gift in the Comments section of Checkout so we know to wrap it.In lieu of a holiday sale, we are donating 15% of Holiday Tea Trio purchases to 826 National, a non-profit that...

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Introducing Kuchikiri Autumn Shincha & Kukicha

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Tea—like all agricultural goods—is a product of the seasons. In winter: hibernation. In spring: regrowth. In summer: reaping of spring's rewards. And in autumn: preparation for the solitude ahead and a transition towards sweeter, more comforting brews. Green tea in particular is a product of the seasons. Crafted directly after harvesting—with minimal processing or intervention to change the flavor profile—green tea represents its terroir and a moment in time, preserved. Green teas generally do not age well and should be drunk as soon as possible. After all, there is always next year's tea. When it comes to aging green tea, however, one should choose a tea that...

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Our Tea Tastings are Going Virtual!

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Pst...How are your quarantine activities going?⁠After much thought, testing and prototyping, I am so excited to share the unveil of Tekuno's virtual tea tasting program. We have adapted our in-person tea tasting experience to serve your next virtual friend get together, long distance date, or group team building activity.How does it work? Schedule time on exploretock.com/tekuno, and we will ship tea samples to your home—there is both a loose leaf tea tasting and a ceremonial matcha workshop to choose from.During your tasting, we will brew and taste our selection of Japanese teas, answer your tea questions, and discuss brewing techniques using the tea set-up you already have at home. BYOS (Bring...

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