WHAT IS KOUCHA ?
Contrary to green tea, wakoucha (literally, « Japanese red tea ») is an oxidized, fully fermented tea. The leaves are left to wilt for nearly a day, and rolled afterwards during several hours. Wakoucha is called ‘red’ in Japan, and not black, because of the beautiful orange hue of a brewed wakoucha.
While Japan has been making it for 150 years, it’s only now that it is gaining recognition and traction overseas. Thanks to native cultivars like Benifuuki or Yabukita, wakoucha is naturally sweeter and smoother than black tea made from Assam cultivar, used for making most black teas outside Japan.
You can enjoy a fragrant, sweet and delicious cup of wakoucha without adding any sweetener, lemon or milk. It’s the perfect tea to go along with lunch.
what is matcha ?
Matcha (抹茶) is a fine powdered green tea made from tencha leaves (shaded leaves) that benefits from high theanine contents. Matcha combines an elegant aroma and sweetness, and brings a pleasant state of relaxation to both body and mind. Because the leaf powder is dissolved in hot water, all of the tea nutrients are ingested, including those that are not water-soluble (vitamin A, protein, vitamin E, minerals, dietary fibers).
In Japan, matcha is enjoyed during the Tea Ceremony, according to the Sado principles. Even if you are no specialist, to prepare your daily matcha, you will need several key accessories, such as a chawan (matcha bowl), chashaku (bamboo scoop), a chasen (matcha whisk) and a kusenaoshi (chasen holder). Since 2021, our shop includes handmade chasen made in Takayama, Nara prefecture, with 100% Japanese bamboo. Feel free to browse our tea accessories section to complete or start your collection.
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