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by Vanenbw
Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 756
Views: 103655

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

I placed my first order with Thes Du Japan a couple of weeks ago. Yesterday my order arrived and I tried the organic sencha from Shimizu, Sayama Kaori cultivar last night. I'm still getting used to these light-colored teas. I first experienced it with the sae midori asamuchi from O-cha. I've been us...
by Vanenbw
Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 756
Views: 103655

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

Always nice to know when someone else also enjoys a tea I appreciate. Doing the calcs I’ve consumed around 1,600 grams of Birouen’s organic kabusecha since last April 2019, so around 160 grams per month, steeping 10 grams each time. It’s soon to run out on their site and I wonder if they will be ab...
by Vanenbw
Thu Feb 20, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Chemistry of Japanese Green Tea: Flavor & Temperature Variations
Replies: 7
Views: 272

Re: Chemistry of Japanese Green Tea: Flavor & Temperature Variations

I still have not tried gyokuro. I just received three packages of tea from Thes Du Japon this afternoon. On my next order, I will pick up a bag of gyokuro. While I cannot comment on the chemistry of your experience, I know that lower temperatures yield sweeter brews, and higher yield a more bitter f...
by Vanenbw
Thu Feb 20, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pesticides: Are Chinese and Indian teas safe to drink?
Replies: 44
Views: 1235

Re: Pesticides: Are Chinese and Indian teas safe to drink?

I wonder if ignorance really is bliss. That's my take on this. At the end of the day, you are giving your trust to someone--farmer, vendor, organic test, it doesn't matter. We can learn more about the farmers and the vendors to make an educated guess but that's all. Honestly, I don't have the emoti...
by Vanenbw
Wed Feb 19, 2020 10:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pesticides: Are Chinese and Indian teas safe to drink?
Replies: 44
Views: 1235

Re: Pesticides: Are Chinese and Indian teas safe to drink?

Bok wrote:
Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:05 pm
Vanenbw wrote:
Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:01 pm
Some scary stuff. I wonder if ignorance really is bliss.
All things considered, everyday staples are probably more concerning: Meat, dairy, vegetables, anything sweet and/or processed. I'd worry more about my daily bread and butter than tea...
You may be right. And that I do.
by Vanenbw
Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pesticides: Are Chinese and Indian teas safe to drink?
Replies: 44
Views: 1235

Re: Pesticides: Are Chinese and Indian teas safe to drink?

mbanu I second that. What a thorough and informative post. I'm not sure I want to drink tea anymore. I'm kidding, of course, but yout post is eye-opening. I guess the bottom line is that producing and selling tea is a business, and there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes that I know nothing a...
by Vanenbw
Wed Feb 19, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pesticides: Are Chinese and Indian teas safe to drink?
Replies: 44
Views: 1235

Re: Pesticides: Are Chinese and Indian teas safe to drink?

Is JAS the same as Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries of Japan? It's a department/division thereof: https://www.maff.go.jp/e/policies/standard/jas/specific/organic.html Thanks for the information. I started searching for some tea farms that have the JAS certification. O-cha carries so...
by Vanenbw
Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pesticides: Are Chinese and Indian teas safe to drink?
Replies: 44
Views: 1235

Re: Pesticides: Are Chinese and Indian teas safe to drink?

Is organic certification perfect? No, but better than nothing, if you are worried about chemical contaminants. I personally choose to trust JAS, although the number of Japanese teas with JAS organic certification is quite small due to the high cost compared to the small scale of many/most Japanese ...
by Vanenbw
Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pesticides: Are Chinese and Indian teas safe to drink?
Replies: 44
Views: 1235

Re: Pesticides: Are Chinese and Indian teas safe to drink?

Slurp Thank you for the last several posts on the links. I will return later to visit the links. I'm very interested in this subject. No doubt there is a lot of controversy over the subject, but I still feel pretty strongly about erring on the side of caution and choosing organics, unless I know fo...
by Vanenbw
Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pesticides: Are Chinese and Indian teas safe to drink?
Replies: 44
Views: 1235

Re: Pesticides: Are Chinese and Indian teas safe to drink?

I read an interesting article on Verdant tea's website. If it can be believed, then it makes more sense to do some research on how, and from where your tea is sourced, rather than assuming it's "safe" because it has an organic label on it.

https://verdanttea.com/organic-and-fair-trade/
by Vanenbw
Tue Feb 18, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pesticides: Are Chinese and Indian teas safe to drink?
Replies: 44
Views: 1235

Re: Pesticides: Are Chinese and Indian teas safe to drink?

It's an interesting subject to me, because I've been eating organic fruits and vegetables for years now, and I drink organic teas (in teabags) from companies like Choice, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods 365, and Allegro. I have been phasing them out, however, since I learned about the bleaching techniques...
by Vanenbw
Tue Feb 18, 2020 6:09 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 756
Views: 103655

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

Just these days I refrained from ordering a tea just because the color of the liquid appeared to be "too light" to my eyes, and I thought where should the flavor be in that colorless liquid? Might have been a mistake. I guess I should try tasting with my tongue than my eyes :D I can certainly appre...
by Vanenbw
Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Spoiled Rotten
Replies: 10
Views: 502

Re: Spoiled Rotten

I keep a bag of cheap armchair from Maeda-en around for sparkling sencha. I cold-brew the tea and then carbonate and drink it chilled. Nice armchair makes it even nicer, but it is a fine way to enjoy some not-so-fine sencha. I forgot about Maeda-en. I haven't drank their teas for a while. I doubt I...
by Vanenbw
Mon Feb 17, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 756
Views: 103655

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

I have no images to share, but I did want to write about my first taste of kabusecha tea. My order came in from O-cha a couple of days ago. I didn't know what to expect because I wasn't familiar with this tea. I just knew I wanted to order something different from my previous order, so I thought I w...
by Vanenbw
Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: CostCo goes Japanese
Replies: 11
Views: 532

Re: CostCo goes Japanese

Vanenbw, you are vegan, so disregard my scallops descriptor, my apologies. I think another good descriptor might be roasted nori. Oh, I'm not bothered by that. :) As long as there aren't scallops in the tea leaves, I think I can handle the scallops reference. I will probably be trying O-cha's kabus...