Akihiro Kita and Yasuharu Matsumoto started Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms in 2004 with the aim of bringing Japanese tea to the world.
In a short time, they have accomplished just that through their online store, tea tours, internships, professional seminars, and various other programs. They are spreading the knowledge about Japanese tea farming and green tea in general.
Obubu’s farm is located in Wazuka, Kyoto near the historical tea farming area of Uji. Uji-cha is one of the most famous brands of tea in Japan.
Obubu Tea Farms produces over 16 different varieties of green tea. From their online store, you can purchase sencha, matcha, genmaicha, houjicha, bancha, Japanese black tea, sakura tea, and organic teas. They also offer shincha, tea bags, and samplers.
The sampler packs are an excellent way to try new teas and learn about different varieties of Japanese green tea (see photo above).
If you are in Japan, Obubu offers the rare opportunity to spend a day at their tea farm. You can learn about green tea plants and tea farming.
The experience includes a green tea soba lunch and a tea tasting session with Matsu, the Vice President and certified tea instructor. Matsu speaks excellent English, so there’s no need for an interpreter.
If you really want to expand your knowledge about green tea, you can work at Obubu as an intern. Internships range from two to six months during which time you learn about tea farming, tea business, and green tea brewing and preparation.
For more detailed questions about green tea, you can schedule a professional tea session at Obubu or online via Skype. The session is tailored to your needs and focuses on your green tea questions.
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