This Month's Tea - KonachaThis Month's Tea - Konacha

What is Konacha?

Konacha is made from the specks and tiny tea leaves of Gyokuro or Sencha tea leaves. Konacha is less expensive than tea leaves because Konacha is a natural byproduct of traditional tea processing, like Karigane. Especially Konacha, sorted from high grade tea leaves, has a better flavor than tea leaves of a similarly low price.

Our Konacha is made from specks and tiny tea leaves of high grade Gyokuro or Sencha, because specks sorted from middle or low grade tea leaves have an undesirable flavor.

In Japan, tea connoisseurs search for high quality Konacha. High quality Konacha is sometimes difficult to find. Konacha accounts for only 10% of all tea leaves. Besides, top quality tea leaves are grown in limited quantity. Hibiki-an is able to have a steady supply of Konacha because we grow and sell only high grade tea leaves.

The brewed infusion color is deeper than regular Gyokuro due to the very fine dusting of tea leaf, one characteristic of Konacha.

Konacha is sorted specks and tiny tea leaves from high grade Gyokuro or Sencha.

Left side is Gyokuro Konacha tea leaves and right side is regular Gyokuro. You can see that Konacha is a very fine dusting of tea leaf.

Specks or tiny tea leaves for Konacha are sorted at several steps of the finishing process. This step is first sorting Aracha unprocessed tea leaves.

This step is second sorting Aracha unprocessed tea leaves.

At this step, tea leaves are divided into specks and Mecha sprout tea leaves.

A Tip for Brewing Konacha

Konacha specks are more easily brewed for shorter time than regular Gyokuro or Sencha tea leaves. The brewing time is half of regular Gyokuro or Sencha tea leaves. The other brewing matters, tea leaves and water amount and water temperature are the same as regular Gyokuro or Sencha.
Please brew in a Kyusu with a fine mesh filter in order to prevent too many tiny specks from being poured into the tea cup. If you use a Kyusu with a rough mesh filter, please use a tea strainer.

Gyokuro Konacha (2cups)
Tea leaves: 1 1/2 tablespoons (7 - 8g)
Water temperature: 140 - 158F (60 - 70C)
Amount of water: 200ml (7.04fl oz)
Waiting time: 45 - 60sec.

Sencha Konacha (2cups)
Tea leaves: 1 1/2 tablespoons (7 - 8g)
Water temperature: 176F (80C)
Amount of water: 200ml (7.04fl oz)
Waiting time: 30sec.

Konacha is made from the specks and tiny tea leaves of Gyokuro or Sencha tea leaves.

Sorted specks and tiny tea leaves from high grade Gyokuro.

Left side is Gyokuro Konacha and right side is regular Gyokuro. You can see that brewed infusion color of Konacha is deeper than regular Gyokuro.

Konacha Items: Now Available!

All items below are limited edition of 600 packages each ONLY AVAILABLE this summer season.
[Limited] Gyokuro Konacha Super Premium (100g/3.53oz): US$18.00 (Now Available)
Gyokuro Konacha Super Premium is an excellent value. Because it is made from the specks and tiny tea leaves of only the highest quality Gyokuro, such as Gyokuro Pinnacle, Super Premium, Kuradashi Gyokuro Pinnacle, and Super Premium, you can have the finest quality for a fraction of the cost...
[Limited] Gyokuro Konacha (200g/7.06oz): US$26.00 (Now Available)
Made from premium Gyokuro specks and tiny tea leaves, Gyokuro Konacha has a unique and delicately sweet flavor. Gyokuro Konacha is an excellent value. Because it is made from the specks and tiny tea leaves of only high quality Gyokuro...
[Limited] Sencha Konacha (200g/7.06oz): US$18.00 (Now Available)
Made from premium Sencha specks and tiny tea leaves, Sencha Konacha has a unique and delicately sweet flavor. Sencha Konacha is an excellent value. Because it is made from the specks and tiny tea leaves of only high quality Sencha...