O-Cha wrote:... we are now completely yen based. Customers can pay in dollars but it gets converted to whatever the yen rate is on that day. That means that when the exchange rate is favorable (over 87 yen to the US dollar for Americans), they can get better deals.
Stentor wrote:Wow. My O-Cha shipment arrived today. I ordered on the 14th and I did not even choose EMS shipping! I was expecting it to arrive late this week or early next week.
So that's less than five days and some money saved on shipping that can be spent on tea instead!
I got the "green tea gift set" because I wanted to try their Yutaka Midori (I've never had theirs) and the Miyabi anyway and can really use the storage tins that come with the set. Quite a nice deal.
Now I'm excited to try these teas for the first time!
David R. wrote:I too have just received an order from O'Cha, with a matcha kit and 2 teas : Kiri no Mori and Kiku Mukashi. That's the first time I am going to make matcha on my own. Unfortunately, my only chawan - one I had brought back with me from Japan - is leaking heavily. It is currently undergoing its third cornstarch treatment... I am crossing finger here... But I am also in contact with a potter - which work appears on this forum - for a replacement.
Anyway, I have tried Kiri no Mori in a plain bowl and it is really, really good, soft and tasty. Thanks for the numerous advices on this topic.
One question : once open, do you keep your matcha in the fridge ? And before that ?
Chip wrote: ... in a preheated kyusu. BE SURE TO SMELL THE DRY LEAF of both WARMING IN THE KYUSU. Put the leaf in moments before pouring the water in, requires a bit of "timing."
Stentor wrote:Oh and interesting that you suggest brewing Miyabi at a lower temperature than YM. O-Cha suggest higher temperature for the Miyabi. They suggest 79 C which seems a bit high to me anyway, I would have gone lower regardless. I'll stick to your recommendations for my first try.
tortoise wrote:I've been drinking a ton of Miyabi lately. Of the 4 teas I've had from O-Cha, this one is probably my favorite so far. Do any of you know the breed they use for this tea? Their website does not disclose the breed for miyabi like it does for most others.