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New Tea - Roasted Kukicha & Dates of Seasonal Tea Making Events in 2015
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Through the last year you have learned a lot of tips for Japanese green tea: how to store it, how to brew it, what to do with the tea leaves afterwards, etc. This year we want to share more about how Japanese tea is grown and made to become such a mesmerizing drink.

First let's see what Japanese tea situation is today. Japan is among the top 10 tea producers in the world, but it only exports 1-2% of what it makes. And not to alarm you, but the amount of tea made is decreasing year by year. That is due to aging population and little willingness from younger generations to continue tea farming because of necessary hard work and little returns.

Over the last few years, though, Japanese tea, and Matcha especially, has been growing popular abroad with media articles and even short features in popular movies such as Begin Again (2014), that give encouragement to tea farmers in Japan. So essentially everything is in your hands: if you like Japanese tea and continue drinking it, we will continue making it for you;]
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Tea of the Month - Houjicha (a.k.a Roasted Tea)
With a warming effect and little caffeine it is perfect for cold winter evenings. Learn more about roasted teas in an article written by Obubu intern Spencer and try one of the below.
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Tsugumi Kukicha (Roasted)
Roasted Kukicha with notes of honey, pecans, and chamomile. 
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Houjicha Amber
High class houjicha with a powerful flavor and notes of red grapes and roasted sunflower seeds
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Houjicha Basic
Popular roasted tea with a sweet light flavor and pleasant roasted aroma
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What's New? - Kukicha (Roasted)

Last month we introduced you our high-rank Kukichas, twig teas, that some of you decided to try. This month one more new comer waiting for your evaluation is Tsugumi Kukicha (Roasted). Obubu teas in Kukicha line take Japanese bird names to reflect the traditional image of birds collecting small twigs to make nests for their little ones. Tsugumi means a dusky thrust in English - a symbol of the colder seasons in Japan. Like other Kukichas, Tsugumi Kukicha is mellow and sweet, with warm woody aroma developed through roasting. Roasted teas in general are thought to be perfect for winter season, as they have warming effect for the body and you can check roasted tea selection in our Tea of the Month section.
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What's New? - Seasonal Tea Making Events

While tea fields are still resting, we are starting to prepare for the new season and are happy to announce seasonal tea making event dates, so that could add them in your calendar if you are planning a trip to Japan this year. Tea making events give a unique chance to pick your own tea leaves, roll them into tea and try how it tastes at the end. A real treat for a tea enthusiast, who wants to see tea leaf journey to a tea cup. We hope you can join us this year: 29th April, 4th July and 23rd September.
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Meet Obubu's Friends - Dan Rook

Who are you and what do you do? Dan Rook. I run CHASH The Fine Tea Company. We are based in London
How did you get to know Obubu? My best contact in the tea business introduced us!
What is Obubu to you? Obubu is the perfect partner. Friendly, interesting, fun, progressive and, of course, totally committed as I am to the finest tea
What is your favorite way to make tea? The impossible question! Tea is a wonder and the myriad ways to enjoy it is part of the wonder. I enjoy cold-pressed, gong-fu with friends and a pot all on my own
What message would you like to pass to Obubu readers and friends? Support Obubu because it is a company filled with great people. Drink their tea, introduce them to your network and – where possible – support their Tea Internship

Want to share your story? Get in touch: info@obubutea.com
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Events of the Past Month - Tea Seminar in Asanomiya, Shiga

Obubu VP Matsu-san and our intern team have recently attended a tea seminar organised by a fellow tea farmer in Asanomiya, Shiga. The seminar focused on how to revitalize Japanese tea agriculturey and gathered about 30 farmers from all around. Matsu-san was invited to give a speech and encouraged tea farmers with unique and inspiring examples of Obubu activities such as independent tea sales through a website, Tea Club program gathering Japanese tea lovers from around the world and international internship program inviting students from abroad to come and learn about Japanese tea. While we have our own struggles and difficulties, we want to share positive examples and help fellow tea farmers and Japanese tea in general. 
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