We are honored to bring you the fruit of hard labor by our friends, the Hori family, a team of women who own and manage a 100-year-old tea plantation.
Unlike common genmai (roasted brown rice) tea that is mixed with green tea, this unusual variation is made with hoji tea, which adds another layer of nuttiness and smokiness. It can especially be enjoyed with the genmai remaining in the cup to savor the popped grains of the brown rice.
Along the slopes of the mountains in Wazuka lies rows of neatly trimmed terraces of tea bushes. With its fresh air and temperature variation during the day, it is the ideal climate for tea production. Two hectares, or five acres, of this region belong to Kirokuen, a tea plantation succeeded, owned, and managed by a mother and her two daughters.