Uji Report 2011 Part 1

At the prestigious organic tea gardens in Uji, where our precious organic koicha matcha Tenkei Hana and our top-tier Tenkei Tori are cultivated, tea bushes have been showing bud growth for around two weeks now. Here is a side-by-side comparison of the growth of the buds on Gokou tea bushes on the 15th and 22nd of April:

Gokou - 2 weeks of bud growth

Gokou - 2 weeks of bud growth

And Samidori (not to be confused with Sa*e*midori):

Samidori - 2 weeks growth

Samidori - 2 weeks growth

Below you can see Gokou and Samidori tea gardens on the 22nd of April. The tea bushes are currently under stage one coverage which mainly protects the tea bushes from frost. As you can see the tea bushes are kept in the traditional standing up style (and will be handpicked only).

Pretty much all organic tencha, which is produced at these tea gardens by artisan growers, is reserved by tea masters and buyers in Kyoto. At present, we are able to reserve from the grower around 10kg of organic tencha per year from each tea garden:

Organic Gokou Tea Garden in Uji

22nd April 2011 - Organic Gokou Tea Garden in Uji

Organic Samidori Tea Garden in Uji

22nd April 2011 - Organic Samidori Tea Garden in Uji

Stay tuned for part two…

Organic Spring Bancha

The first taste of Spring 2011 arrived earlier this week! However, not a Shincha, it’s Organic Miyazaki Haru Bancha. It’s made from mature winter leaves (not Spring buds) that are harvested at the end of March. A pan-fired tea, not steamed, with a very distinctive fresh Spring aroma:

Organic Miyazaki Haru Bancha

Organic Miyazaki Haru Bancha

An easy brewer that steeps well at any temperature between 80°C/176°F – 95°C/203°F. To bring out more of that wonderful fresh Spring aroma use a higher water temperature!

Matcha Tins New Arrivals

Now that a number of our matcha come in excellent new stand-up resealable pouches we no longer offer them supplied with a tin. Therefore, for those still in need or want of a tin for their matcha, we  have added three small ones to our selection of Matcha Tins! They are available individually or as a set of 3, are made of stainless steel, come with plastic inner lids, and will hold approximately 40g/1.41oz of matcha green tea powder:

New Matcha Tins (Set of 3)

New Matcha Tins (Set of 3)

You can also use these to store any other small amounts of loose leaf tea and are practical enough to take on a trip or to work. Please, use as you wish!

A Little Red Star For Yuuki-Cha!

Yuuki-Cha finally did it! We got our well-deserved little red star!

We have reached a landmark 1000 positive Yuuki-Cha review approvals & positive feedback on ebay! Ebay were even kind enough to send us a certificate:

Yuuki-Cha Reviews

1000 Positive feedback ebay certificate!

We are also a Top-Rated Seller on ebay! This isn’t just any old fluke or by luck, it’s through good old-fashioned hard work and our continued efforts to supply our customers with international customer service they are more than happy with. Occasionally, we come across a tricky-to-handle customer or a person that is just being dishonest and is obviously out to get us, but 99.9% of the time our customers have helped and encouraged us a great deal!

So thank you to the ebay community, we are always grateful for your support, and we hope we can work together to make it safely to 2000!

Matcha Packaging Update

Today, Yuuki-Cha has rolled out some new practical, stand-up resealable pouch packaging for three of our matcha green teas and are now delivering even more value on them! Here’s the run down:

Yuuki Midori 40 gram green tin @ $25 has been replaced by a 50 gram resealable pouch @ $20! You save $5 and get 10 grams extra! WOW!

Yuuki Konjo 40 gram blue tin @ $14 has been replaced by a 50 gram resealable pouch @ $12! You save $2 and get 10 grams extra! WOW!

Yame Matcha 40 gram black tin @ $20 has been replaced by a 50 gram resealable pouch @ $16! You save $4 and get 10 grams extra! WOW!

The new packaging:

Yuuki Midori in new practical stand-up resealable pouch!

Yuuki Midori in new practical stand-up resealable pouch!

In addition, our 100 gram packets have been discontinued because they are matched in price by the new 50g pouches, so if you were a customer of them, we kindly ask you to now enjoy the improved 50 gram resealable stand-up pouches!

We hope our customers will enjoy these excellent new pouches and added value!