Takahashi San 2023 Koucha GABA
Tamaryokucha GABA : a tea specialty of Mr. Takahashi.
The leaf has an uplifting bright aroma.
A bright black tea with the characteristic sweet tangy-ness of GABA
In more depth...
Tea Name : Takahashi San 2023 Koucha GABA
Tea Maker : Mr. Takahashi
Origin : Oita, Western Kyushu island
Size : 5 hectares.
Experience : A bright black tea with the characteristic sweet tangy-ness of GABA
How to prepare [Kyusu]
Amount of tea per cup (200 ml): 5g (one tea caddy spoon)
Temperature of water: 100 C
Infusion time: 1-2 minutes
Number of infusions: 4*
How to enjoy: No milk, no sugar
*Possible number of times you can re-brew using the same leaves.
This tea can be infused/brewed multiple times, just place the leaves to one side and reuse.
Tales of the Tea Trade : Takahashi San
Extract from our last trip Spring 2023 : Michelle : We got up early to head to Western Kyushu. Before coming away Tamaryokucha had become one of my daily go-to green teas so we had made it a priority to come & visit Takahashi-San
The story is a common one in organic agriculture. After attending agricultural college (where he learned to raise pears and grapes & also learned that tea is the least likely crop to fail or be eaten) the father of Takahashi San planted the first tea plants here. One day in the early 1990s when spraying pesticide the hose disconnected and he got covered in it - passing out. After this terrible incident the tea farm turned organic and has never looked back.
Over 8 hectares 9 cultivars are grown bordered by forest. Nature thrives with birds flying joyfully above the tea bushes, wild strawberries underfoot & frogs, lizards, deer & wild boars making this their home. The style of tea here is Tamaryokucha noticeable by its bright dark green leaves which are coiled or ‘curly’ unlike Sencha
I asked what the vision for the future was - the answer came ‘to expand organic tea, increase interest of the name Tamaryokucha & improve knowledge of organic cultivation. For this to be possible there is one other key ingredient - young people - ‘we need to get more young people involved in tea - shared Takahashi-San - then there will be a good future here’