Kukicha, like its Japanese tea cousins genimaicha and hojicha, is a Japanese subcategory of tea invented out of practicality: it’s made from the stems of sencha. Naturally, it’s a low-caffeine, temperature-tolerant, bright neon cup, which makes it a perfect introduction to Japanese tea. The kukicha of our dear friends, the Kinezukas, is a notable distinction. Its Zairai blend comes from native tea bushes, wild in its form and flavor. With its unexpected depth, this blend is expertly crafted by multi-generational producers with learned artistry and absolute sincerity through their commitment to organic practices. Notes of cherry blossom, shortbread, and blanched spinach.
Region: Setoya, Shizuoka, Japan
Elevation: 250 meters above sea level
Variety: Yabukita and Zairai blend
Harvest Date: May 2019
Producer: The Kinezuka Family
Brewing Recommendation: 5g tea | 340mL water | 170°F | 2:00