In the Snow- Capped Mountainous Village

Yabe village sits in the midst of evergreen mountains at 600 metres above sea level,East of Yame district in Fukuoka Prefecture.
Chiyono-en Tea Farm’s name originated from the late Chiyokichi,whose family including his children and grandchildren, dedicated their lives on the farms to grow and produce tea leaves of the highest quality.
The mountainous village, blessed with a cool weather, is covered with snow in winter.
Due to these conditions, the tea leaves on the mountains bud later than their counterparts on flat lands. Furthermore, there are less pests and the tea plants are able to grow without the use of chemicals, leading to the production of natural organic tea leaves.

Great Tea Comes from Healthy Trees

In order to produce high quality tea leaves,we place our greatest priority in ensuring that our trees are healthy.
We employ a unique farming method using hand-picked fermented organic fertilizers (bokashi fertilizers) and adjusting each step according to the specific weather conditions of the season or the year, in order to achieve the highest standards. Amid the crisp air in the mountains and the chirping of the birds
these healthy tea leaves grow and produce premium tea brimming of sweetness and flavor.

From the Mountains to the Seas and Beyond

In order to produce organic tea leaves of the highest quality, we do not use chemical fertilizers for our farms.
Therefore, we are able to export our tea leaves to overseas, such as countries in Europe where import regulations and restrictions are strict.
Tea leaves grown in our Chiyonoen Tea Farm are able to meet high standards and thus are able to travel from Yabe village up in the mountains to the seas, and to customers beyond.

A New Lifestyle with Tea

Imagine sipping Gyokuro (jade dew) premium tea, which contains caffeine and deep flavor, in place of espressos; or enjoying rice mixed with used organic tea leaves.
We hope to present a new way of life that brings tea into our daily life. Our vision is to create a new lifestyle with tea as we carry out workshops that teach the way of tea-making, as well as carry out farm visits for tourists to our mountainous village.
Feel free to engage us in any way!

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Sencha (Classic Green Tea) At 600 metres above sea level, the tea leaves in the snow-capped mountains are grown organically without chemical fertilizers and are picked at the 88th night since first spring, where tea-picking is at its peak. Sencha, the classic green tea, has a fresh aroma and round flavor mixed with a well-balanced bitterness.

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Hojicha (Roasted Green Tea) Made from a mixture of high quality sencha and twigs, and roasted at high temperatures, the Hojicha contains a light fragrance. It contains minimal caffeine due to roasting, and thus is can be drunk at all times of the day and is popular across all ages, from children to pregnant mothers and the elderly.

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Matcha Genmaicha (Matcha brown rice tea) This Matcha Genmaicha is an original blend of high quality first-picked tea and Kyushu-grown roasted brown rice. It has a soothing effect with its fragrance and fresh aroma. It can be served both with hot water and at room temperature. Given its light taste, it is recommended for tea-beginners or children.

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Yabe Black Tea

Yabe Kocha is made from local black tea leaves grown in the mountains at 500 metres above sea level. It has a firm taste and sweetness similar to that of Assam tea and also a characteristically Darjeeling flavor. It can be served with both western and Japanese sweets.

Snow Mountain Oolong Tea
(2023 new product)
Our Snow Mountain Oolong Tea is made from a domestic cultivar mainly used for green teas. It’s grown in the deep mountains of Okuyame, which resembles the landscape in China where oolong tea originated. A specialty with sweet, fragrant, and fruity aroma accompanies its tender mouthfeel.
Recommend method of brewing:
It is recommended to use a smaller teapot than the one usually used to brew Japanese teas. Heated water above 95°C and brew for approximately 30 seconds. You can brew and enjoy the tea approx 3 or 4 times.

Gifts from the Snow-Capped Mountains

Place your presents for your dear ones in this gift box with traditional splashed patterns known as the Kurume Kasuri. We have boxes of different sizes to suit your needs. Feel free to inquire if you have any questions.

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1743 kitayabe Yabe Yame Fukuoka Japan
email: tiyonoen@lagoon.ocn.ne.jp

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