A beginner's guide to Japanese Tea
Japanese tea expert Per Oscar Brekell is one of the few foreigners to complete the difficult training in Japan as a tea instructor. Now, with this book, he shares the secrets and insights he's gleaned from a career dedicated to promoting and preparing this ancient beverage.
Combining a practical approach with in-depth knowledge and a keen eye for the healthful benefits of tea, this visual guide will help you understand everything from how tea is picked and processed to the physical and mental health benefits that come from drinking it.
Through stunning color photos and engaging information from Brekell, readers of this book will get:
A guided tour of Japan's main tea-growing regions, from Uji/Kyoto to Shizuoka and Kagoshima, and a journey from leaf to cup
An introduction to top-grade premium and single-estate Japanese teas like yabukita, koshun, yamakai, sofu and asatsuyu
A detailed guide to brewing Japanese teas to enhance their flavor and to highlight their healthful properties
An in-depth look at traditional Japanese teapots and teacups
A curated selection of teas suitable for home brewing and serving in various situations
With the focus on leaf tea (as opposed to the Japanese tea ceremony), Oscar Brekell guides the reader through the fascinating world of Japanese tea, covering everything from the logic behind tea steeping, different types of tea, tea growing regions, history, tea compounds, processing and the latest trends such as single estate Sencha (including descriptions of cultivars never before published in any language other than Japanese). Useful for tea specialist but also enjoyable for the enthusiast, this bilingual book can also serve as a communication tool for non-Japanese looking for tea in Japan, or for Japanese who wish to promote and explain about Japanese tea to foreigners.