Podcast 044: Wakoen

my japanese green tea podcast

In this episode I interviewed Daisuke Horiguchi and Kyle Ketner of Wakoen.

I was surprised by how much information they had to share.

We talk about the history of the company, the types of teas that they sell, their teanery (like a winery but for tea), a special machine to repel pests in a natural way, and the different tea cultivars that they have, among other things.

They were kind enough to give me samples for future reviews.

I will start by reviewing their arabikicha, a high grade tea powder.

Wakoen will start selling tea outside Japan through their brand new website, and also inside the US through Amazon.

5 Comments

  1. Bill
    May 26, 2020

    Thanks for a new podcast! I have been enjoying the new uji shincha from Ippodo this weekend…

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    1. Ricardo Caicedo
      May 26, 2020

      Hi Bill, thanks for your comment.

      I have visited Ippodo in Kyoto, it brings back good memories.

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  2. Bettina Wohlleben
    May 26, 2020

    Thanks a lot for your podcast about Wakoen! Your interview with the tea farmer has intrigued me a lot. I’m also waiting for shincha from Uji:-).

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    1. Ricardo Caicedo
      May 26, 2020

      Thank you Bettina for listening. I’m glad that you liked it.

      Reply
  3. Mei
    May 26, 2020

    Yay! I’ve been eyeing the arabikicha ever since I saw Daisuke-san posted about it on FB but to order I would have to use proxy shopper like Tenso or others. I guess now I’ll just wait for their own global site to launch. 😃

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