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Obubu Euro Tour 2015
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We have seen through the previous editions, that to process Japanese tea it usually has to got through steaming rolling and drying. While most Japanese teas go though these steps, there are some exceptions, for example Matcha. 

Before becoming a radiant green powder, Tencha (the materials leaves for Matcha) are first steamed, then separated from each other in an air blown corridor and finally dried at a high temperature. Tencha leaves skip the rolling step, as they will be ground to powder eventually. 

The traditional way to grind Matcha is by using a stonemill. While the stonemill can grind Matcha to the finest size particles, the process is really slow and you can only expect about 0.5kg of powder after 24h of grinding.

For industrial production, though, a rolling ball method is used. Tea leaves are placed in a rolling metal tube filled with ceramic balls that crash into each other and break the leaves. This way allows to make about 10kg of Matcha per hour and such Matcha is more suitable for cooking and baking. You can try some of our matchas in the tea of the month section.
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Tea of the Month
Organic Matcha
Rich with a sharp quality, this Matcha presents some light astringency with subtle notes of Brussels sprouts. Its vibrant green color is supplemented by a fruity aroma with hints of green apple. Grown organically and ground to a fine powder, it is suitable for both drinking and cooking.
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Premium Cooking Matcha
Premium Matcha is the highest grade cooking matcha. The process of making this matcha is the same as drinking matcha, but utilizes leaves from the Yabukita cultivar, normally used for sencha teas and more widely available. It is rich and naturally sweet, ideal for sweets and sweet drinks.
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What's New? - Obubu Euro Tour 2015: 24th September - 12th October

Only a week left until the start of Obubu Euro Tour 2015! We have almost finished packing our tea and teaware and are exited to come back to Europe for the third time. Check out our events and come to meet us in the UK, Spain, the Netherlands, Italy Germany and France between 24th September-12th October!
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Meet Obubu's Friends - Deirdre


Who are you and what do you do?
 My name is Deirdre Deprettere. Together with founder & owner Richard Schukkink I run the International Tea & Coffee Academy in the Netherlands. In our school we teach hundreds of students each year about coffee and tea. Many of our students stay for years. The Obubu Team gave a great workshop in our school last year and this year they will visit us again during their Europe Tour.
Next to this job, I have a small travel agency, Origin Trips, specialized in Tea, Coffee and Cacao Tours. We just got back from Yunnan (China) and will travel to the tea fields of Assam and Darjeeling for our India Tour 2015 this month. Next year in May, during our Japan Tea Tour 2016, we will study the Japanese Tea Culture for 2 weeks and stay at the Obubu Tea Farm for several days to learn and explore. We are honored and so excited to meet the team in Japan!.
How did you get to know Obubu? Our friends Milo and Tomoko introduced Obubu to us. This is when we decided to offer a workshop Japanese green tea by Obubu to the students of our Academy.
What is Obubu to you? Obubu brought the Japanese tea culture to our school. Studying about tea and tasting tea is what we do all day. But to have the people, who actually make this tea and offer this tea with us, means a lot to us. Obubu brings us quality tea, inspirational gatherings and new insight. Their classes do not feel like classes, but more like a getting together of friends, sharing ideas. You can image how much we look forward to visit the farm in Wazuka next year. To share more ideas, to learn more about the agricultural side of Japanese tea and to discover taste after taste…
What is your favorite way to make tea? The eastern way: lots of tea, little water, short brewing times. Several brews. Discover the layers of the tea leaves.
What message would you like to pass to Obubu readers and friends? Tea is such an amazing product. Every time you think you know, something new happens or comes around. The more you learn, the more you realize you know nothing at all. Tea is about life-long learning, about life-long friendships and about life-long growth. 
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Events of the Past Month - Documentary about Obubu broadcasted on TV Tokyo

Through the past year Obubu has appeared in Japanese media several times. This time a documentary about Obubu was included in a program called Gaia no Yowake. The program featured our president Akky-san and vice president Matsu-san as well as our previous interns, and the production team even went to Canada to meet our previous intern TJ! The program is quite famous in Japan, so after seeing the program many people wanted to get to know Obubu and joined our Tea Club.
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