Author Archives: Taka

Two leaves and a bud… for quality green tea harvest

“Two leaves and a bud” is often a golden standard of tea picking and used as an indicator of tea quality, but there are so many ways you can look at two leaves and a bud. How do they affect aroma, flavor and quality? or two leaves and a bud actually better than three leaves […]

Theanine and Spring Green Tea

Theanine (or L-theanine), an amino acid found in green tea, is most commonly known for calming and meditative effect on body. Some people experience improved mental function and relaxation, and reduced anxiety level after drinking green tea. Theanine is typically found at higher concentration in early spring harvest than in summer and fall harvest. Many […]

How can I tell if my green tea has polyphenols, antioxidants, EGCg, flavonoids or catechins?

Sake and Tea Infusion

Green tea is well known for its antioxidants and health benefits, but how can you tell how much antioxidants and polyphenols you are consuming from your cup of green tea? First, let’s define what all these terms are. Polyphenols, antioxidants, EGCg, flavonoids and catechins,. Antioxidants are molecules commonly found in many natural and synthetic sources. […]

Tea and Pesticides part 3: how to avoid heavily sprayed tea

The relationship between wild grown tea plants and pests How modern tea farming amplify the pest and disease problems, What pesticides they use to treat the problems, As a consumer how to avoid heavily sprayed tea There are several ways you can easily reduce your pesticide exposure Buy spring tea – Spring teas are generally less […]

Tea and Pesticides part 2: What pests and disease? Which pesticides are used?

3. What pests and pesticides? The following is a list of typical pests and recommended pesticides in major tea producing area in Japan.  This is just to show tea has lots of pest problems.  Some minor pests are not even mentioned here to keep it simple.  The pesticides are used to prevent pest damage from […]

Tea and Pesticides: how to avoid pesticide exposure from drinking tea

Pests and disease are inseparable parts of tea farming, thus pesticides to prevent and treat the pest and disease problems.  In this series we will look at: The relationship between wild grown tea plants and pests How modern tea farming amplify the pest and disease problems, How and what pesticides they use to treat the […]

What I learned from Masanobu Fukuoka and Natural Farming

Masanobu Fukuoka

Mr Fukuoka’s approach to natural farming is such a noble act in itself. Once many people including myself acquire the knowledge in farming, often they try to implement new ideas by creating more work. I often find myself struggling with a lot of projects because of this. I am sure that he went through a […]