Benifuuki Blend
Asamushi Organic

Premium 90 P.

SKU
1728-bio
Bundle deal: premium organic benifuuki tea blend made from the first, second, and third harvests. Contains all catechins, steamed only briefly (according to the asamushi steaming method). Sourced directly from the top region of Chiran, Japan, for Sunday Natural. 500g
 
Character Strong, fine bitterness (due to EGCG, ECG, and methylated catechins), somewhat lighter than both the first and third harvests; pleasantly balanced.
Tea Garden Nuruki Seicha; renowned organic tea farm in the Chiran terroir
Terroir Chiran, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan
Harvest First, second, and third harvest (ichibancha, nibancha, sanbancha). April/May, June, July/August 2022
Cultivar Benifuuki (100%)
Elevation 160m above sea level
Steaming Short (asamushi, approximately 40 seconds with increased distance from steam outlet)
Grind Gently milled in a ceramic mill. Particle size roughly 10-14μm.
Organic Cert. EU certified organic, JAS organic since 1998
Laboratory Tests Radioactivity (Region 11/2019)
Grade 90/100 p. (sencha category); Premium
95/100 p. (benifuuki category); Super Premium
€31.90 €34.75
500g

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SKU
1728-bio
€63.80 / 1kg
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Tea Farm

The fields of Nuruki Seicha are located in the shadows of Kaimon Mountain (開聞岳) in southern Chiran, not far from Mt. Sakurajima. The Nuruki family has cultivated tea for over 20 years according to organic standards and comprehensive cultivation methods. We at Sunday Natural hold the Nuruki family's dedication to tea in high regard. Yuichiro Nuruki is the third generation of his family to run the farm. His father succeeded in converting the tea farm into an organic farm in the late 1990s, when agriculture in Chiran was still predominantly characterised by conventional cultivation methods. This was a challenging endeavour, particularly in the beginning. At first, the Nuruki family was ridiculed for their attempts to convert to organic farming and avoid the use of pesticides, and they had little experience or help with the transition. Yuichiro Nuruki's father, however, was not intimidated and today the Nuruki Tea Factory proudly produces premium organic teas that are notable for their strong character and nutritional benefits.

Character

Flavour

Nuruki Seicha's 1st, 2nd and 3rd harvest blends bring out the best of their respective harvests, resulting in an exceptionally flavorful Benifuuki. A pleasant balance of freshness, bitterness and sweetness characterize the tea, which is characterized by exotic aromas of ripe papaya and white grape and wrapped in a beautiful floral bouquet that flatters the palate.

The seed variety Benifuuki is a cross between Camellia sinensis var. sinensis and var. assamica. It produces the largest amount of special bitter substances (EGCG, ECG, methylated catechins) in the young leaves of the 1st harvest of all green tea varieties. The high solar radiation and the very fertile volcanic soil in South Kiran further promote this.

Leaf

Typical for benifuuki: broken and coarse, few stems, medium green

Cup

Relatively dark greenish-yellow

BENIFUUKI

Benifuuki tea is a relatively new type of Japanese green tea that is appreciated for its nutritional richness. Of all green teas, benifuuki has the highest concentration of catechins (EGCG, ECG, methylated catechins EGCG3"Me / -4"Me). This tea is especially robust in flavour with a distinctly bitter aroma. Premium benifuuki have a balanced flavour despite the high concentration of bitter substances (catechins).

Laboratory Tests

We go to great lengths to identify the finest organic tea farms across the world’s most celebrated terroirs. All our teas are sourced directly from the farmer and, with a few exceptions, are certified organic or come from pesticide-free farms. Each batch of tea for every harvest is tested for pesticides and other pollutants in an independent German lab to ensure they meet our strict quality standards as well as HACCP food safety requirements. Likewise, the regions of Japan from which we source our teas are tested for radioactivity for every harvest.

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Cultivation & Processing

The tea field is located in the fertile lands of southern Chiran in Kagoshima, Japan. The sun shines intensely over these coastal lowlands, thus encouraging the synthesis of bitter substances in the tea plants. The tea field has been certified organic since 1998 and utilises self-produced natural fertiliser that is fermented for 3 years and made from a nutritious combination of bamboo powder and mineral-rich stone. The fertile volcanic soil is further complemented by the ashes that are carried by the wind from the nearby active volcano, Mt. Sakurajima.

The tea farmer takes special pride in the use of older, traditional rolling and drying machinery that is made of bamboo rather than plastic. The bamboo components ensure the high quality of the tea during processing.

The benifuuki tea is steamed only briefly (according to the asamushi steaming method), in order to preserve the special, methylated catechins in the tea leaves.

Single Origin

This tea is exclusively sourced from the above mentioned tea farm in Chiran.

Sourced directly from the tea farmer..

Organic Certification

Preparation

Brewing Guide

2 heaped tsp per 200-300ml (60°C) water. Steep for 2 minutes. Suitable for several infusions.

Packaging

High quality, airtight, resealable standing zipper pouch with 9 protective layers to preserve flavour and protect against oxidation and contamination.

Recommended Teapot

The ideal teapot for benifuuki is a black tokoname kyusu with a fine ceramic sieve. This style of teapot smoothes out the flavour of the bitter substances, and is a great all-rounder for green teas.

Recommended Storage

Ideally store in a quality tea caddy made from cherry tree bark (wooden, kabazaiku chazutsu) or an airtight, double-coated metal tin.

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