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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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How to Brew Gyokuro 🌿

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As promised, I have been working on new ways to share tea knowledge with you until we may meet again in person. This year, we began to carry a single green tea that represents not only the pinnacle of Japanese teas but also of its class: Gyokuro, Hoshinohien.Hand-picked and cared for the same way the highest grades of ceremonial matcha are, gyokuro in Japan are typically reserved for special occasions, whereas senchas are an "everyday" tea. The gyokuro industry relies on a similar set of grading standards as matcha, with price correlating 1:1 with quality. The majority of serious gyokuro producers specialize in only gyokuro and matcha and sell gyokuro at every...

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Introducing Sarah Koik Cups

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The more you drink tea, the more you find your own rhythm and rituals. You may find yourself reaching for the same cup every morning: the one that has a slight chip on the lip, seeing more use than all your others despite them being the same. Unlike coffee, with its set of fairly standard brewing equipment, tea is incredibly personal, and I am careful to never tell someone how their tea set should look.This is why I am so pleased to share with you a series of soda-fired tea cups by ceramicist Sarah Koik. Made of hand-thrown porcelain with slip brushed and sprayed during the firing process, many are just...

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Introducing Subscriptions

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These days seem to stretch on forever, no respite in sight. I sometimes find myself gazing out of a window, only to realize my jaw had been clenched the entire time. Make sure to stretch.If you or a loved one are in need of self-care, consider a green tea subscription, which arrives at your doorstep each month with new teas, a note from me, and information regarding the teas' terroir, producer, and cultivar. It is a small delight, but sometimes that is all we need to pull ourselves out of the chaos of the world around us.(For gifts, add your gift note in...

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