As of Monday, February 8th, 2021, we are shifting our prices and purchase quantities across the retail website. Here are some insights into the decision: For The Whole Supply Chain Since day one, we have been committed to the people responsible for tea: our producer partners at origin. The quantity change increases the minimum order of most teas and incentivizes larger-size purchases of our most venerated, handcrafted teas. Simply put, the change in quantity and price is part of our effort to make more purchases in support of our producer partners and provide broader, more equitable support to our smallholders...
It is at once for beginners and not for beginners. Every tea drinker should have one. Maybe it’s an alluring rite of passage that we so eagerly seek it as tea people. It is the quintessential vessel of “the artless art.” Compared to collectors’ tea bowls and unglazed clay teapots, the gaiwan is a pedestrian and everyman implement. It relies neither on rarefied clays, nor a venerable kiln—it is, simply and strikingly, itself.
There's something extra special about Master Kobayashi's Kakuun matcha. Is it because it's organic? Whispered sweet nothings as it grows in the shade with nutritionally-dense natural fertilizer? Master Kobayashi's Nikes? Perhaps it's all of the above.
Popular to produce in China and Taiwan, and emerging in Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam, there are endless variations to explore, with each producer leaving a unique signature on the teas they bake and roast. Here's a quick guide on gongfucha and re-steeping oolongs.