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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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Storing Teas & How to Prepare Ceremonial Matcha

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Here in California and along the Pacific Northwest, wildfires continue to rage, consuming everything in sight and leaving the air heavy with smoke. Over the weekend, Typhoon Haishen passed through Japan, disrupting travel and shipments (including September's shipment of matcha, which is luckily unharmed). It can sometimes feel as if the world is ending, and yet, we awake with new ideas and perspectives each day. Life continues on.Today is Chōyō no Sekku, an auspicious day in Japan because of the date's doubles 9s (9/9). Freshly cut chrysanthemums—an autumn flower—are displayed in homes and worn on clothing as a symbol of good fortune. The day...

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Japanese Oolongs & Several Shop Updates

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You may be surprised that this year's collection includes an oolong from Japan, and indeed, people that visit the shop often ask if our oolong is from elsewhere. Japanese oolongs are limited in production and rarely leave the country, but they are growing in popularity and I expect they will become easier to find.Why the new interest in oolong tea in Japan? The explosive growth in milk tea and boba is one part of the explanation; the other is that it has been historically desirable to import well-crafted Taiwanese oolongs. As Japanese teas become better known outside the country, producers...

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