Monday, March 19, 2012

Shincha when?

I received an inquiry today asking if we had shincha yet, so I thought I'd share my reply with all of you.

Thank you for your inquiry and for your interest in our tea.

Harvest time for our grower-artisans in Kumamoto Prefecture doesn't start until late May or so. (It depends on the weather patterns -- they judge when it's time for harvest by how the leaves develop, so we never know until the day itself).

The grower-artisans are so busy during harvest time that they barely have time to eat, so they don't start shipping shincha right away.

Long story short, we won't start shipping shincha for a while yet, but the tea we have in stock now is kept in bulk in the growers' special cooling rooms and shipped here in small batches, so it's quite fresh, in case you want to give it a try now.

Please let me know if you have any other questions. Thank you again for getting in touch.


—Mellow Monk


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