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Teatopia Festival in Wazuka
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In previous editions we have looked at Japanese tea processing, both: the key steps raw tea leaves go through to become drinkable tea and some additional steps that only apply to some specific teas, such as grinding to Matcha.

Another example of an additional processing step is roasting. Roasting creates a completely new category of Japanese tea - Hojicha, that has a distinctive appearance, flavor and aroma. First of all roasting changes tea leaf color from green to brown. Along with that comes warming woody aroma. Roasting at a high temperature also removes caffeine and catechins (which bring bitterness to tea) from the leaves, so roasted tea becomes light and refreshing. 

And just to give a quick tip, roasting is not so difficult. In a factory it is done by special machinery with the tea leaves in a rotating drum, that is heated at the bottom. At home, though, you can simply use a kitchen pan stirring the leaves for 10min-15min on low heat until roasted aroma starts coming our and the color changes to brown. A great way to refresh some older teas.
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Tea of the Month
Hojicha Amber
Medium-bodied with a sharp finish, Hojicha Amber presents an energising astringent taste with undertones of walnut. When steeped it has a red-tinted amber color and a powerful woody aroma with notable hints of oak. Made by roasting Sencha of the Summer Sun, Hojicha Amber, has the most intense flavor among all Hojichas.
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Organic Hojicha
Light in body with a smooth velvet quality, this Hojicha has warm sweetness accompanied by vibrant notes of almond. It steeps in a bright bronze color with purple hue and has a woody aroma with hints of spruce bark. Grown organically and made by roasting bancha it offers a more warming experience than other green teas
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Hojicha Basic Roast
Medium light in body, Hojicha Basic Roast, has a subtle sweet taste with light notes of sesame seeds. Its brown bronze-like hue is accompanied by a warm woody aroma with hints of dry timber. Made by roasting Yanagi Bancha, Hojicha Basic Roast is one of the most warming Japanese teas.
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What's New? - Teatopia Festival in Wazuka 7th-8th November

Every year in November Wazuka town holds Teatopia Festival (Changekyo Matsuri in Japanese) to celebrate tea and inspire more appreciation for it in Japan and around the world. The festival lasts two days and offers many tea related activities. You can taste tea from our neighborhood, further away in Japan and even abroad. You can also see tea ceremony, snack on lots of foods with tea or even try tea spa with Obubu to refresh your feet. If you are in Japan don't miss it.
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Meet Obubu's Friends - David

Who are you and what do you do?
 I’m David Costa, born in Portugal, living in Belgium presently. Professionally, I have an IT Engineering background and currently I’m working in the area of Sales Management. I’m also a musician, singer-songwriter, working on finishing my first EP. Include film photography into the list of passions. And passionate about Japanese tea too!
How did you get to know Obubu? I remember searching online about Japanese tea in late 2013, after being exposed recently to Japanese green tea. I came across Obubu, perhaps via another website, and I really became interested on it. Actually I’ve became a member of Obubu’s tea club even before trying their tea. I loved the idea of being part of the family and support them, while helping to spread the word about their tea around the world. And of course once I tried Obubu’s tea I fell in love with it and never went back.
What is Obubu to you? Obubu is a little secret about me that I love to share with friends. Obubu is my little tea farm in Japan that shares with me their freshest tea and unexpected little gifts every 3 months or so. Obubu is like a family who is passionate about something very special, unique and that they’re very proud of.
What is your favorite way to make tea? About 2 years ago I bought online a Iwachu Cast Iron Teapot which I really like. I love to make Obubu’s tea on it, especially once arriving home after a long day at the office. I take my time, spending a few minutes with nothing else other than my tea.
What message would you like to pass to Obubu readers and friends? Find your passions and don’t be afraid to invest your time and heart on them. And do share them with your friends and the world around you. There’s so much to explore and be passionate about in this life. And may tea be one of your passions too.
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Events of the Past Month - Obubu Euro Tour 2015

It has become a tradition that every autumn Obubu team packs their bags with tea and travels abroad to meet tea friends. This year Matsu and Simona went to Europe for the third time and visited 6 countries: the UK, Spain, The Netherlands, Italy, Germany and France. Over two weeks time, they held 20 tea events in a range of interesting places: from esteemed universities and beautiful halls to traditional countryside houses and stylish tea rooms. It was thrilling that over 500 people, thirsty for Japanese tea and cultural stories, joined the events. More about Euro Tour adventures is on our website here.
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