Feb 3, 2017
Most tea consumers never have the opportunity to visit the source of the teas we drink - the tea growers and tea makers in the various tea-producing regions around the world. So here at Talking Tea we've been wanting to hear an insider's take on sourcing trips, to get an idea of what sourcing trips are like and what tea retailers look for when they source their teas.
Today we welcome back Shiho Kanamaru of Montreal's Cha
Do Raku, to get that insider's look at sourcing. Shiho tells us how
she began Cha Do Raku by developing a network of sourcing
connections in Japan and then Taiwan. We chat about sourcing
trips as a form of tea self-education, about the cultural
differences between networking and sourcing in Japan versus Taiwan,
and about Shiho's use of instinct and sensation to find high
quality, unusual and extraordinary teas on her sourcing trips.
Shiho also talks with us about some of the challenges of gaining
entry into the world of tea growers and producers, about the hard
work and rewards of going to source, and shares an example of how
she's "arrived at" extraordinary teas through a combination of
connections, spontaneity and experience.
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This podcast features music from "Japanese Flowers" (https://soundcloud.com/mpgiii/japanese-flowers) by mpgiiiBEATS (https://soundcloud.com/mpgiii) available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/). Adapted from original.
Photo of a tea farm in Taiwan's Pinglin District,
courtesy of Shiho Kanamaru.