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Cui Luo

The tea leaf looks very light, like cotton. Once it is brewed, its bud appears as if it is just freshly plucked from the garden. It gives strong flowery flavor, very soft and smooth drinking feeling; its sweetness lasts for a long time. Brewing this tea with a Gaiwan or teapot is good. However I also suggest brewing it in a long glass. All you have to do is just to place an equivalent quantity of tealeaf into a long glass, and pour in hot water (80-90 degree C). You can refill the hot water over and over again. Usually once I prepare this tea in the morning, it lasts until the afternoon. This tea is also suitable for "cold brewing". Put 5g of tealeaf into 1 liter of iced water for an hour or more; it is a nice tea for summer time. Tealeaf is very soft and tender, it gives no bitterness or sour taste at all. This tea is very suitable for those who worry that the tea will cause stomach pain, and it is also very suitable for children.

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The liquor is very clear, indicates that tea generates very less dust during the process. This is because the raw material used in this tea is very tender and elastic. The tea color is very light and a little cream-colored. Although its color is light, the tea's flavor and taste is surprisingly thick.

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Since this tea is processed from the limited material, it is often used as the gift for government officer or corporate gift. The leaf is covered by down indicates that it's the bud harvested in early spring. It is to increase the surface area of the leaf in order to capture the moisture in the atmosphere.

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This tea is made with Ling Yun cultivar. This is a very unique cultivar that only exists in Guangxi province. Tea processed from the Ling Yun cultivar plucked in early spring gives a very distinctive flowery flavor. For higher quality tea, the flowery flavor not only spread in the mouth, but also travels very deep down the throat. The flavor is very thick and its sweetness lingers on the throat for a long time. This tea also makes our body very warm and you may feel relax or a little sleepy after drinking this tea.



No Pesticide Tea Garden

 

Guangxi has been famous for the production of jasmine flower for jasmine tea. Since there were a huge demand of jasmine tea in European country, Guangxi government has encouraged and reinforced organic tea garden concept started from many years ago. For now, many tea gardens in Guangxi practice organic production. Our Cui Luo is also produced from the non-pesticide tea garden.

Good tea will never grow fast. The slower the tea grows, the smaller the cell becomes, and the more number of cell is formed within each tealeaf. Since each cell is the factory to produce the functional substance for tea, the more number of cells, the more substance the tea produces. Thanks to the large number of cell, it produces plenty of poly phenol and accumulates mineral in it, in particular iron. Minerals are the essential substances that increase the aftertaste of tea proportionally. Exactly the same theory is applied to the production of apple or any other fruit and vegetable. If nitrogen-based fertilizer is applied, the apple tree grows pretty fast and apple also becomes bigger. However the apple becomes less tasty yet very watery. Based on this theory, we are selecting the garden that uses no fertilizer or limited usage of organic nitrogen-based fertilizer. As a result, when you drink this tea you will experience a complex taste and flavor.


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One teaspoon of tealeaf fully expand in a Gaiwan. You may be surprised that it expands so much! Each piece of Cui Luo contains one bud and two leaves that is hand-plucked one by one. This tea has very clear liquor with bright yellowish hue. The clear liquor indicates that less dust was generated during the process as the tealeaf is very elastic and tender thanks to the huge number of cells. As a result, although its liquor is so light, the flavor and aftertaste of tea is strikingly thick.

 

Guangxi Province


Guangxi province is geographically located in between Yunnan province and Guangdong province. In Guangxi, more than 90% of the population is minority race, called Zhuang race. In Malaysia, a large number of Chinese populations comes from Guangxi. When I traveled in Guangxi, I've tasted many foods that are also exist in Malaysia. There are many rocky mountains in Guangxi and that reminds us of the Monkey King. Thanks to the great scenery, it is very fun to travel this province by bus. However, the death rate by bus accident at the mountain area is very high. I was almost died in the road accident because of the reckless bus driver.

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Hojo Standard Brewing Method

Water

 

In you are using tap water, it is necessary to filter the water using an activated carbon filter. If not, you wouldn’t be able to enjoy the authentic taste of tea. Chlorine is added to tap water in order to sanitize bacteria. This chlorinated water will also harm our body cells. Concerning about our health condition, it is very important to remove chlorine from drinking water. The most effective method in removing chlorine is to install an activated carbon filter. This type of filter is designed for removing organic substance. It will remove not only chlorine, but also other harmful substance such as contaminated pesticide. The activated carbon filter can be easily obtained from the common hardware shop in most countries. If activated carbon filter is not available, please place a charcoal inside the water and leave it for over night. The material composed of activated carbon filter is made of ground charcoal.  The difference is that activated carbon filter contains much finer particles and hence it has extremely large surface area for a better efficiency in filtration. We do not suggest RO water (reversed osmosis water) or distilled water. This water carries no mineral, the taste and flavor of tea tends to be very unstable, unless you have very superior quality tea and tea equipment.
It is also advisable not to use fresh tap water. The intensity of after taste becomes stronger if water is kept overnight. Keeping water with stones or inside clay jar will increase the content of minerals. However, you need to confirm whether or not the water kept inside particular jar or with stone is suitable with your tea or tea equipment (such as teapot). If water jar carries certain minerals like copper or zinc, it will rather spoil the taste and flavor of tea. For this, you need to confirm with experiment on try and error basis.
For boiling water, please do not use aluminum or copper kettle. It spoils the taste of water. We suggest using kettle made of iron, stainless steel, tin or glass. 

In the long run, you may observe a thick layer of scale accumulated inside your kettle. Our mother usually taught us to wash and remove it with citric acid. But please do not even try to remove the scale. Scale consists of minerals that exist in the water. The mineral composition is reflected from the water you used. If you remove the scale, the mineral ion balance between scale and water is destroyed. This balance is called buffer effect in science. The flavor and taste will seriously run out and you won’t be able to get previous taste and flavor for a long time. It is also important to stick to the same type of water whenever brewing tea. If source of water is changed, it carries different type of minerals. It will affect the mineral ion balance too.


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Brewing Method

The volume of water and quantity of tea leaf

The quantity of tea leaf can be calculated by a formula that "Divide the Volume of Water by 5". For example: the volume of teapot = 200ml; 200ml/50 =4g. You need to measure 4g of tea leaves for 200ml of water. As opposite to the traditional brewing method, the modern style uses more volume of water. A teapot with the size about 150-220ml is just nice for one person.

Temperature

Cool down the boiling water to 80 degree Celsius. Use the same temperature for a series of brewing until you feel the taste no long remains. Finally, you can use boiling water to bring out the remaining taste and flavor.

Brewing time

For sencha, the first brewing period is 1 minute.The second brewing must be less than a few seconds. The third brewing is the same. From the forth brewing onwards, increase to additional 10 seconds for the each subsequent brewing.

Suitable Tea Equipment

Clay teapot and Tetsubin makes the taste of Sencha even better. It is mainly because of the iron that is released from the equipment. In particular, the iron enhances the depth of after taste.

 

 

It is also very nice to brew this tea in the long glass as above photos. In particular, I suggest this method if you want to drink tea at work or when you do not have enough time to all the way prepare tea using teapot. All you have to do is to put one tea spoon equivalent quantity of the leaf and pour hot water that temperature is at around 80 degree C. Once you finsh drinking tea, you can refill the glass with hot water over and over again.

 

Cold Water Brewing Method

 

Most of Green Teas can be brewed in cold water. The higher the grade of tea, the more suitable it is with cold water brewing.

Brewing method using the large container

1. Measure 1 table spoons of tea leaves for 500ml of water.
2. Pour the water into a glass jar or bottle and leave it for more than 1 hour.. It is also a good idea to put the tea leaves directly into a PET bottle.
3. Gently sway the container in order to get an even concentration.
4. Usually the taste of tea gets thicker when it is brewed for more than a few hours. In this case, pour in additional water. Eventually tea can be brewed more than 1 liter per 1 table spoon of tea leaves.

Brewing method using a clay teapot

1. Measure 4-6g of tea leaves for 200ml of water.
2. Pour water into a clay teapot and brew for 3 minutes.
3. For second brewing, brew for 20 seconds. Alternatively you can also switch to hot water from second brewing onwards, if you wish. If using hot water for second brewing, pour boiling water and brew for less than a few seconds. Since tea leaves are very cold and wet, the temperature drastically drops to less than 60 degree Celsius.
The benefit of cold water brewing is tea can last for a whole day and the taste is refreshing with a natural sweetness. Thanks to the cold water extraction, the level of caffeine in tea is very low. You would not suffer from sleepless nights. Even kids can enjoy this tea.

 

6. Storage of Tea

Keep tea away from moisture

Once a bag of tea is opened, please finish it within 3 months if you wish to enjoy its freshness. From the medical point of view, it is safe to consume the tea even if it is kept for a few years. However the freshness disappears if it is kept for too long. Tea must be tightly sealed before it is kept. Tea should be kept in ambient and dry conditions such as in the living room, but it must be completely away from humidity. Tea should not be kept in the kitchen as the environment is very humid. Avoid enclosed area such as inside the cupboard or drawer as these places are damp. Also avoid opening the bag of tea in humid atmosphere. It is recommended to open the bag during a sunny day or under air-conditioned atmosphere. Once tea leaves absorb moisture, deterioration of tea will be triggered within a few days. Tea will then give an astringent taste, sometime it tastes sour. The fresh aroma also becomes weaker.

Beware of keeping the tea in the fridge

The quality of tea lasts longer if it is kept in the fridge. However we strongly recommend you not to keep tea in the fridge. When tea is withdrawn from the fridge, there is usually condensation. Once tea is exposed to moisture during condensation, the quality will deteriorate within a few days. The higher moisture content in the tea leaves will trigger oxidation and it will completely destroy the quality of tea.

Here’s one frequently asked question: what happens if bag is sealed using tape or tea is packed in zipper bag and kept inside the fridge?

For your information, these simple sealing methods are not sufficient. When the bag is withdrawn from the fridge, it is cold inside the bag and therefore causes negative pressure. Air will be drawn from outside and condensation will occur. In addition, if the bag is taken in and out from the fridge very often, this will cause heat stress to the tea leaves as temperature is increased and decreased very frequently. If tea is kept in the fridge, when it is withdrawn from the fridge, it is necessary to leave it in ambient atmosphere for more than 24 hours in order to warm up the tea leaves. Based on our experience, 12 hours is not long enough. We may think tea is warmed up, but inside the bag, the tea leaves are still cold due to insulation effect.

 

 

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Only if customer prefer other option of payment, we suggest "Bank Transfer".

 

Shipping

Various choice of shipping method

EMS, SAL, Small Packet, Small Packet (SAL) Yamato Express and Surface

For shipping tea, we usually suggest small air parcel, the estimated shipping cost of tea in 100g (with wrapping material ) is

Small Parcel

USA JPY 600, EU JPY600 and Asia JPY470

Small Packet (SAL)

USA JPY380, EU JPY380 and Asia JPY320

The shipping fee to oversea by small air parcel happens to be even cheaper than domestic shipping fee in Japan.

 

Custom Fee

For your information, some countries, EU in particular imposes custom duty. We need buyer to bare the duty. We are sorry, but we cannot change the amount on the invoice, and we do not mark any packages as gifts. We will strictly follow the custom regulation.

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