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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 […]

First Flush Harvest

Field Harvest

Gathering A light morning wind blew gently over rows of neatly planted tea, a light mist resting within the ‘ohia canopy. The weather had been calm and dry the night before, the light of the full moon shining intensely across these same fields, pale, white light individually spotlighting each leaf. This was our first morning […]