Warakake – Straw Shaded Fukamushicha
Warakake – Straw Shaded Fukamushicha is made by tea farmer, Kuwazuru Sumiyoshi, and is the only farmer to carry on this traditional method of shading tea leaves direct with straw. Warakake (literally “straw covered”) is a deep-steamed sencha or fukamushicha from the Chiran Village in Kagoshima.
Shelf-style with Reeds and Straw Mats, this is the most traditional shading method. Dating back over 400 years, this method is considerably more labor intensive and expensive to construct, but allows for more air and moisture to circulate around the plants producing higher-quality, more complex teas. The tea has more mildness, sweetness and less astringency in taste.
- Name: Warakake – Straw Shaded Fukamushicha
- Ingredients: green tea
- Harvest: Spring
- Region: Chiran, Kagoshima
- Steaming: Deep steamed
About Furuichi Seicha
A small, family-owned business, Furuichi Seicha manufacturers, blends, and sells tea from the beautiful tea fields of Kagoshima at its shop & cafe in the city of Minami-Kyushu. Founder Noboru Furuichi began the business by selling tea from his bicycle just after the end of World War II in 1948. At the time there were few tea finishing factories, and Noboru Furuichi wanted tea created better, so made the decision to create his own factory. The family business was incorporated in 1992, and President Shoji Furuichi continues his father’s legacy in providing the best Japanese tea from Chiran Village, Kagoshima.