Official Shincha 2013 Ordering topic

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Re: Official Shincha 2013 topic

Postby Teacup1980 » Apr 10th, '13, 19:01

One of my favorite vendors Sugimoto America has been sharing the photos of recent tea fields in its Facebook page. I was very impressed with the beauty of the tea fields. I'm sure many of you here in TeaChat will enjoy the photos :D
www.facebook.com/sugimotoamerica

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Re: Official Shincha 2013 topic

Postby victoria3 » Apr 10th, '13, 19:25

Teacup1980 wrote:One of my favorite vendors Sugimoto America has been sharing the photos of recent tea fields in its Facebook page. I was very impressed with the beauty of the tea fields. I'm sure many of you here in TeaChat will enjoy the photos :D
http://www.facebook.com/sugimotoamerica

I have tried only one sencha from Sugimoto, Enrich; the farm nor location of the leaves was identified anywhere. Do you think they own tea farms in Japan? or just get their supplies from the same farmers each year?

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Re: Official Shincha 2013 topic

Postby Kevangogh » Apr 11th, '13, 00:49

Today the yen is at a four year low, I'd say that was pretty good timing for purchasers of Japanese shincha this year! Quick check - $1.00 = 99.5 JPY, one year ago it was in the 70's.

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Re: Official Shincha 2013 topic

Postby Chip » Apr 11th, '13, 01:45

Kevangogh wrote:Today the yen is at a four year low, I'd say that was pretty good timing for purchasers of Japanese shincha this year! Quick check - $1.00 = 99.5 JPY, one year ago it was in the 70's.

Quite an amazing rebound ... it is virtually at the magical 100:1 mark. Did anyone see this coming? It is very good time to be buying tea in Yen! :mrgreen:

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Re: Official Shincha 2013 topic

Postby victoria3 » Apr 11th, '13, 01:46

Kevangogh wrote:Today the yen is at a four year low, I'd say that was pretty good timing for purchasers of Japanese shincha this year! Quick check - $1.00 = 99.5 JPY, one year ago it was in the 70's.

Very nice, I noticed today you are one of the few vendors reflecting this as a discount in your pricing.

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Re: Official Shincha 2013 topic

Postby Running for Tea » Apr 11th, '13, 08:45

Chip wrote:
Kevangogh wrote:Today the yen is at a four year low, I'd say that was pretty good timing for purchasers of Japanese shincha this year! Quick check - $1.00 = 99.5 JPY, one year ago it was in the 70's.

Quite an amazing rebound ... it is virtually at the magical 100:1 mark. Did anyone see this coming? It is very good time to be buying tea in Yen! :mrgreen:

Guess who is placing their Shincha order :!: :mrgreen:
(fighting urge to include teaware in order :lol: )

re-edit: to return to original post... this is a rough morning :oops: :lol:

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Re: Official Shincha 2013 topic

Postby BrooklynBrew » Apr 11th, '13, 10:54

I found the yen very comparable when I was in Japan. It helps I am a New Yorker, so the prices just translated to NYC prices (including sales tax).

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Re: Official Shincha 2013 topic

Postby BrooklynBrew » Apr 11th, '13, 11:51

I got an email from Den's saying their preoders begin today.

Nothing yet.

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Re: Official Shincha 2013 topic

Postby sherubtse » Apr 11th, '13, 11:58

The favourable exchange rates for the Yen apply for all tea orders priced in Yen, of course, and not just for shincha orders. (For those outside of the U.S., the rates may not be as attractive, as one's credit card is usually charged in the local currency.)

So if your favourite supplier charges in Yen, now is a great time to stock up. :mrgreen:

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Re: Official Shincha 2013 topic

Postby BrooklynBrew » Apr 11th, '13, 12:50

http://www.denstea.com/b2012-mothers-da ... c-590.html

I just saw this on Den's. Is this the only way he sells Sincha? I don't need the gift can, so if there's a bag version that's a little cheaper, I'll wait until he puts that up on sale.

EDIT: Never mind: http://www.denstea.com/b2012-shinchab-c-586.html

Preordered the Hashiri and I'll have to come back in a month and buy the Kunpu.

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Re: Official Shincha 2013 topic

Postby victoria3 » Apr 11th, '13, 18:40

victoria3 wrote:
Teacup1980 wrote:One of my favorite vendors Sugimoto America has been sharing the photos of recent tea fields in its Facebook page. I was very impressed with the beauty of the tea fields. I'm sure many of you here in TeaChat will enjoy the photos :D
http://www.facebook.com/sugimotoamerica

I have tried only one sencha from Sugimoto, Enrich; the farm nor location of the leaves was identified anywhere. Do you think they own tea farms in Japan? or just get their supplies from the same farmers each year?

I asked Sugimoto if the fields posted on Facebook were used for their sincha and they replied that yes "The tea fields are located in Shimada city and Kakegawa city in Shizuoka, Japan" & "Your Shin Cha will be produced from these young leaves you are looking right now. Happy Spring!"

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Re: Official Shincha 2013 topic

Postby Chip » Apr 11th, '13, 21:39

victoria3 wrote:
victoria3 wrote:
Teacup1980 wrote:One of my favorite vendors Sugimoto America has been sharing the photos of recent tea fields in its Facebook page. I was very impressed with the beauty of the tea fields. I'm sure many of you here in TeaChat will enjoy the photos :D
http://www.facebook.com/sugimotoamerica

I have tried only one sencha from Sugimoto, Enrich; the farm nor location of the leaves was identified anywhere. Do you think they own tea farms in Japan? or just get their supplies from the same farmers each year?

I asked Sugimoto if the fields posted on Facebook were used for their sincha and they replied that yes "The tea fields are located in Shimada city and Kakegawa city in Shizuoka, Japan" & "Your Shin Cha will be produced from these young leaves you are looking right now. Happy Spring!"

Met the Sugimoto family at the 2012 World Tea Expo in Vegas last year. They were all so very charming and friendly! Mom brewed us several teas.

We discussed having Sugimoto participating in OTTI/NOTTI rounds which I am hoping to schedule this Spring.

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Re: Official Shincha 2013 topic

Postby sherubtse » Apr 12th, '13, 21:00

I see that Den's has posted some terms for shincha pre-orders.

http://www.denstea.com/b2012-shinchab-h ... 6_589.html

Like O-Cha, they are offering a 10% discount for pre-orders. And, like O-Cha, credit cards will be charged at time of order. Unlike O-Cha however, their shinchas seem rather expensive.

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Re: Official Shincha 2013 topic

Postby Poohblah » Apr 13th, '13, 01:38

That seems to be the general trend.

Domestic vendors have higher prices but they are more convient than their overseas counterparts.

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Re: Official Shincha 2013 topic

Postby victoria3 » Apr 15th, '13, 19:54

I went ahead an preordered 88 Nights & Yakushima Sincha as well as a few sencha- Magokoro,Yume-gokochi from; http://www.kaburagien.co.jp/english/yoyaku/index.php
They take your pre-order, send an email saying they will be in touch with updated costs once 88 night teas reachs them. Billing is later.
Has anyone tried their sinchas?

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