Gogumi -tea blend-

“It is now our concern how we balance between keeping traditional gogumi technique and meeting the demand of the age.

A while ago, a friend of mine who runs a tea shop told me so.

“Gogumi” means tea blend in Japanese.

For many years, gogumi has been one of the key processes to provide good tea with stable price and taste to Japanese people. It takes a while for people to master gogumi skill, and gogumi is one of the traditional techniques. But recently, the single origin tea and specialty tea, whose gogumi process are not required, are getting popular.

To be honest, I prefer single origin tea to gogumi one because I take it more special.

But today, one of my friend who prefer “the usual” said to me; I drink single origin tea or so, but “The usual” makes me relax. It’s a must. 

"The usual" means the tea which is gogumi blended.

It was a casual conversation , but a food for “tea” to me.


You may have known already, but it is about Matcha :-)

Matcha seems to be everywhere now, and maybe you have already known about Matcha enough, but if you are interested in it, why don't you watch this? I just happen to find it.

* Do you know how to make Matcha?

by Simpleshow Japan


Savory Afternoon Tea in Kyoto

I went to afternoon tea in Arashiyama in Kyoto.
Unlike traditional English afternoon tea, afternoon tea here was savory one, which was healthier.

First, a box of tea was brought to us for us to select what to drink. We can see the leaves and smell what they are like. I love that presentation.

Since it was hot outside, I had an iced orange flavored Sencha.

This is what I had.

A tiny hand-rolled sushi, a quiche with ricotta, a red wine marinated quail's egg, balsamic vinegared chicken etc. 

noodle and white miso veloute soup. 

sweets from a traditional Japanese confectionery shop "Oimatstu".

While having food, I ordered Darjeeling and another Sencha. Full of tea!!

The restaurant is along a river. This is unusual afternoon tea but I think very Kyoto-ish both food and scene. Food was not buttery and creamy, which were easy to your stomach.

When you happen to be there, it may be a good place to relax.

* Suiran  http://www.suirankyoto.com/en