I have not only discovered a new tea but have learnt a thing or two about organic teas along the way. Surprisingly, only about 2.5% of Japanese tea production is rated as “organic”. Is that so? The rest are chemically treated or have pesticides used in their production. Saudade Tea is a modern tea brand conceptualised by two Japanese men, Makoto Honjo and Masahide Minami, who sampled a ridiculous number of regional teas to bring something exclusive to teatime.
The sceptic in me wondered about the package size of these teas, which are considerably smaller than those 100g packs that are commercially available. At only 30-40g a pop I wondered why this was and I have found the theory to back it up so hold onto your teabags for a minute. Organic teas are best consumed in small quantities. A third to half the quantity you would consume of a regular tea apparently. Not only that but once opened the large bags quickly lose their flavor. Honestly this explains why I should have a bonfire with the huge quantity of started-yet-never finished packs of tea in our cupboards.
The focus of Saudade Tea is to bridge the divide between Japan and the world and in doing so introduce tea drinkers to the select regional varieties of green tea in Japan. Believing that variety is the spice of life, each tea is categorized by region and as the Saudade Tea story unfolds, so does the understanding of the founders tea-tasting journey in Japan to its tea producing regions. The brand brings forth the charm of local rural life, and in doing so you can learn a little about Japan and the farming lifestyle that yields world class organic green tea. Truly a modern brand which makes selecting a Japanese tea easy.