YOUR BEST CHOICE FOR JAPANESE GREEN TEA
Third Generation And Going !
"We have been farming green tea for three generations and hope to continue to do so for many more to come ! We also want to promote and actively practice environmentally friendly agriculture, which is why we have been certified as "Eco Farmers".
"Eco-Farmer" is the nickname given to farmers whose sustainable farming plans are certified by the prefectural governor and by following a set of guidelines in order to use a little fertilizers and other agrichemicals as possible through the use of natural compost and natural enemy insects.
We are proud to have obtained it and are working hard to bring you the best products in your cup !"
An unmatched variety
Thanks to its mild climate, in
addition to the widely known
Yabukita, the region grows a
large scope of tea cultivars:
the rich Yutaka Midori with its
intense aroma and high levels of
cathecin, the bright and sweet
Sae Midori with its nice smell and
high contents of theanin and
amino acid, as well as the rare
Asatsuyu, known as the “natural
Gyokuro”, with its fragrant
aroma and thick sweetness.
Covering 3,454 hectares and
with four crops a year, this
region is the largest producer of
green tea in Japan.
THE cHIRAN REGION
Earliest harvest in japan
Chiran tea is exceptional thanks to the remarkable
combination of the unique geography and climate of
Earth, water, wind, fire: all elements have come together in this region to create the best conditions for growing tea cultivars of the highest quality.
Chiran tea trees thrive between the sea and steep
mountains, under the shadow of active volcanoes, in a
warm and humid climate where Southern Pacific winds
Because of this mild climate, Chiran's Shincha (first harvest) is the first in Japan, almost one month before other regions of Japan.
Tea trees grow better in such a rich soil, tea leaves absorb these elements and restitute them in a deeply satisfying and exquisite beverage, with a rich and delicious taste.
It comes as no surprise that Minamikyushu is suffused with green.
Nature has spared no efforts and has painted this region with the widest range of greens: an emerald sea, vibrant tea trees and lush mountain slopes bathed in ardent sunlight spell a wondrous enchantment on all who see them.
tEA OF THE SAMURAI
A long tradition of tea farming
Chiran tea is the result of the common efforts of
three long-established tea communities
located in Minamikyushu, Kagoshima.
Ei, Kawanabe and Chiran
communities have a long and
deeply rooted history with tea,
starting in Kawanabe in 1659 by Samurai families (you can still visit samurai houses in Chiran).
Today, 845 producers
supply 129 factories with
a large scope of cultivars.
Their work and dedication
to making the nest grade
of tea are recognized by the
number of awards that Chiran
tea has received in prefecture
and nation-wide competitions
(116 by the end of 2014).
Making good use of the exceptional climate
blessing the region, the producers are steadily
giving more and more importance to growing
more delicate, but tastier and healthier,
tea cultivars such as Sae Midori and
tHE TEAS oF SHIMONO SAN
Rare Cultivars Blended For The Perfect Mix
We grow several different tea cultivars like “Yutaka Midori”, “Yabukita”, “Sae Midori", "Asa Tsuyu” that all have different fragrances but that also need different care and requirements.
This allow us to produce unique teas by blending them and utilizing the characteristics (aroma, taste, color of tea) of the cultivars.
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