Over the last few weeks at Kin we've introduced our new specialty tea range, stocked by the world renowned Postcard Teas. There has been an awful lot to learn. It isn't easy striving to deliver better ethics and quality to something people from all walks of life consider ubiquitous, "a cup of tea".
Apart from our need to excel and understand everything we do better, one reason this came about was an interest in the people who pick the tea. As the guys at Postcard explain:
"In 2013, an Oxfam report surprised many outside the tea industry when it found that it made no difference if the tea plantation was certified by one of the many the well-known international ethical, sustainable, or fair trade organizations as all plantations, estates, or gardens paid similarly low wages because organic and fair trade marks only guarantee the local legal minimum wage no matter how low it is. Many plantations may have welfare issues which may date back to many tea plantations’ establishment in colonial times."
To circumvent this issue, they only "buy tea from a small farm(s) where there is ideally no hired help, (in doing this) you know that a much larger percentage of your money is going directly to the people who made the tea."
So this week, we'd like to introduce you to our three new green teas we have on offer.
First up we have:
MASTER AKIYAMA’S FUJI SENCHA
This is a great example of a lightly steamed Japanese green tea. The dry leaf aroma is of tropical fruit. It's rich, fruity and vegetal with a thick and oily texture and lots of umami.
In-store we've been offering three infusions of this tea to really get the most of it and give you the time it deserves.
Next up we have:
This is a pan-fried green tea, it lacks the umami and freshness of our sencha but instead has a sweet, biscuit-like taste. We're also offering three infusions of this tea.
Last and not least we have our toasted green tea:
MASTER OBAYASHI’S HIJIRI HOJICHA
This is a traditional Japanese mountain tea made from 100 year old Yabutika trees. and has been made naturally for over thirty years. This tea is served over three infusions and contains fruity, sweet tobacco flavour notes.
That's all for this week folks, stay tuned over the next few weeks as we get to know and introduce a wider range of teas from the Postcard family.