Brewing 85C Loose Leaf 100% Japanese Sencha Green Tea with Kyusu

My Ninong (godfather) went to Kamuning in Quezon City to get his car repaired. It didn’t take long to get his car fixed. So, on his way home, he decided to enter Takamura Surplus after seeing a lot of items displayed upfront.

He is aware of my interests and is confident that he will find something suitable for me there. He did, in fact, discover some items that I will appreciate.

Takamura Japan Surplus Items

Takamura Japan Surplus is at 122 Kamuning Road. They are open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and sell oil paintings, bags, kitchenware, furniture, bicycles, and other items like these.

I’m not sure what this (mask image) is called, but it reminds me of an oni mask, the most well-known Japanese mask named after the demon-like creatures from Japanese folklore. These masks typically depict a horned creature with two long fangs protruding from its mouth in either red or blue.

It appears to be a mask, but the material is heavy and it is only for display. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m guessing ceramic. It scared me at first, but after a few seconds, I found myself enjoying looking at it.

Google Image Search is our best friend in these situations. And it was there that I discovered The Old Japan, Inc. Although the material is different, the design appears to be the same.

Japanese Masks: Okame
This Japanese Mask has two names, Otafuku and Okame. Otafuku literally means “Much Good Fortune”, and Okame means “Tortoise”, also a lucky symbol for long life. Otafuku represents a lovely, always smiling Japanese woman who brings happiness and good fortune to any man she marries. She is also known as the Goddess of Mirth.

– Old Japan, Inc. |

Aside from that, he also bought me some teacups and an unusual teapot. To be honest, I didn’t find it strange, but rather functional. I did some more research and discovered that this is known as Kyusu.

Kyusu is a traditional Japanese ceramic teapot designed specifically for brewing green tea. I used 85C Loose Leaf 100% Japanese Sencha Green Tea. And this is how I brew my hot tea.

Brewing 85C Loose Leaf 100% Japanese Sencha Green Tea

The weather was crazy last weekend due to Typhoon Karding. And, because it was quite cold that day and I was panicking a bit, I decided to make tea using a Kyusu to calm me down.

Here’s how I make tea.

  • The first step is to bring water to a boil. I used my Electric Kettle with LED Light. So when it boils, it automatically turns off.
  • Then I used that water to wash the Kyusu. Just pour the water, close the lid and move it around. Then discard afterwards. After that, add the 85C loose-leaf tea to the Kyusu, rinse it with boiled water, and discard it.
    • *So why do I do this? This ensures that the pot is at the proper temperature and that the tea leaves are awakened.
  • Now fill the Kyusu with hot water and steep the loose tea leaves for 3-5 minutes.
  • Then, with your thumb on the lid, hold the Kyusu and slowly pour the tea into the cups. When doing so, pour a little bit into each cup. It is critical to evenly distribute the flavours.

I have some other products from 85C Manila which I will share in another post. 85C Manila first opened its doors in 2016. They provide high-quality premium tea and beverage materials. They cater to some of the best restaurants and cafes in the Philippines.

Their products include Okinawa Milk Tea Powder, Winter Melon Syrup, Tapioca Pearl, and quality tea leaves such as Black tea, Oolong Tea, Osmanthus Oolong Tea, and many others.

Happy tea drinking!


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