Bio Sencha Kimura

country of origin Japan

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Bio Sencha Kimura

Spring sencha from April harvest from Zairai bushes grown from seed in Kagoshima, South Japan. The tea bushes were grown under certified organic farming using the Kimura method, originally developed in Japan for growing apple trees. The aim of the method is to increase the quality of the fruit by deliberately avoiding any fertilization and thus stimulating root activity.The oxidation of the tea leaves was completed in the case of this tea by hot steam, a medium-long steaming method called Chumushi, where the leaves are exposed to 100 degrees for 45-60 seconds. The matte green leaves are made up of traditional oblong needles with a delicate slightly nutty aroma. The light green infusion has a pleasantly balanced flavour with fruity sweetness, a slight citrus astringency, a trace of basil and ginseng.

Preparation of Bio Sencha Kimura tea

Use 5 g of tea leaves per 0.5 l of water boiled and cooled to 65-70 ᵒC, steep for 60 seconds. Second infusion 30 and third 60 seconds at slightly higher water temperature. Feel free to experiment with the length of the infusion, the temperature of the water and the amount of tea leaves used. You can also read our articles on tea preparation and water quality. We recommend preparing this tea in a more Asian style with multiple infusions: 5 g of tea leaves per 150 ml of water boiled and cooled to 55-60 ᵒC, steep for 20 seconds. In other infusions 30, 40 and 50 seconds. It is also possible to infuse in lukewarm water at 37 ᵒC, 7 minutes, or in melting ice.

Kimura's method

Akinori Kimura, a farmer and apple grower from Aemori, the northernmost province of Honshu, developed a method of naturally organic apple growing after his wife was diagnosed with a serious illness attributed to pesticides.
Overnight, he decided to completely stop using pesticides and fertilizers in his farming. Aomori province is famous for its great apples, but until the development of the Kimura method, commercial apple growers considered it impossible to grow good apples without the use of pesticides. Since 1978, Akinori Kimura has spent a long and difficult ten years trying to grow apples without the use of any preservatives or inputs. These were difficult years full of setbacks and failures. However, Mr Kimura persevered and over time the first successes came. In time he became famous, began writing articles about his method in professional journals, lecturing and his story even became the basis for a stage play and a film.
The principle behind the Kimura method is the idea that agricultural crops tend to be overfed with the nutrients they need and become weak and dependent as a result. Fields, gardens and orchards are full of just such crops. These are not the crops we want to consume. After all, plants have everything they need to thrive in a healthy and natural environment. The farmer's role is to provide them with such an environment.
The Kimura method goes one step further than conventional organic farming. It relies on the natural strength of the roots and makes the soil itself an environment in which existing micro-organisms live in symbiosis.
At the Shimodozono Biofarm in Kagoshima, where our sencha comes from, this method of cultivation was first applied to a different plant species, tea plants, in 2004.

Hajime Shimodozono and Akinori Kimura s 'Miracle Apples'


Form: Whole leaf Green Tea
Area: Japan
Harvest: Spring Season
Year: 2023
Designation: CZ - BIO - 002
Country of origin: Japan