About Ganchabo

  • 1. In a quiet residential neighborhood a 5 minute walk from Nakameguro station, you'll find an idyllic hidden oasis of Chinese tea.
  • 2.We sell more than 20 kinds of top class organic Chinese teas, specializing in yan cha(cliff tea) from Wuyi mountain.
  • 3.The tea is all handpicked then processed by a Chinese National Treasure tea master, Bao Shun Liu.
  • 4.We sell traditional Chinese dishes from tasty pork buns and vegetarian dishes like mapo tofu.
  • 5.We sell tea as well as tea implements.

Greeting

In a quiet residential neighborhood a 5 minute walk from Nakameguro station, you'll find an idyllic hidden oasis of Chinese tea.

Since the Tang Dynasty, Cliff tea was a special kind of oolong tea that was presented as an Imperial tea reserved for the emperor. We offer more than twenty different kinds of this highest quality tea. Since it's founding in 1988, the tea we serve at Ganchabo has been exclusively provided by renowned tea master Bao Shun Liu. His tea was officially recognized as a Chinese Intangible Cultural Heritage! Not only is his organic tea delicious and aromatic, but still makes it in the traditional way and is great for your health.

We also offer handmade dim sum, Chinese dishes, and desserts that go perfectly with our rare teas. We've created a relaxing atmosphere where you can forget about the hustle and bustle of the daily grind while sipping tea.


About Cliff tea

What is Cliff tea

In the Northern part of Fujian province, there is an area of 36 peaks and 99 cliffs. This combined area is called Mt Wuyi. These peaks rise up from the Cretaceous Period stratum and each are named. Since ancient times, certain hardy tea plants attached their roots to these cliffs, absorbing nutrients and rainfall in mist and sunlight. Growing in harmony with this extreme environment, these tea plants are used to create Wuyi Cliff tea.

In an area of steep cliffs and deep valleys, there is a kind of tea whose name has reached the heavens. The ability to survive in such a barren environment defies the hand of mortal man. One can only imagine that they must have been planted by the immortals. The Song Dynasty literati Fan Zhongyan (989AD-1052AD) wrote a poem about this special tea. According to legend, Cliff tea was enjoyed by the Emperor, and even today it is an uncommon treat to be able to drink these rare teas.

What is ganin

here is a special aroma that arises when the nutrients found in Cliff tea are released through brewing. The taste of ancient cliffs can be experienced when drinking cliff tea. Not only the basic tastes of sweetness, bitterness, and astringency, but the aroma and taste must join their individual characteristics in harmony to result in ganin (yanyun).
This world can only be experienced through drinking Cliff tea.

The Nutrients found in Cliff tea

Caffeine, that leads to bitterness, sweet and sour tastes arising from theanine, astringency born of catechin, iron, zinc, and calcium; can all be found in Cliff tea. The taste and aroma of cliff tea is very deep due to the various minerals found within the tea. Drinking this tea purifies your blood stream and activates zinc to increase the function of the immune system.
The famous poet Lu Tong wrote about becoming immortal after the 6th round of tea, this feeling of rejuvenating the body can be experienced today.

We only serve true Wuyi Cliff tea.

 Currently there are three varieties of Wuyi tea, Cliff tea, partial cliff tea, and road tea (tea fields of a lower elevation which can be seen from the road, not tea grown in the mountains).

True cliff tea is grown in mountains over 650 meters tall within the official Wuyi area that has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Partial cliff tea is harvested from mountains of a lower elevation or from fields that receive direct sunlight all day. Road tea is grown in flat areas.

These designations where created just prior to the founding of the modern Chinese state in 1921, up until then there were some 800 types of tea grown in this area alone.

Depending on the area in which the cliff tea is grown, its flavor and characteristics will be totally different. To produce the highest quality cliff teas, there must be heavy mist early in the morning, which changes to a sunny morning and a cloudy afternoon in turn. There's a special world within Cliff tea known as ganin (yanyun). At Ganchabō, we only offer you the finest most famous cliff teas in China.

How to brew the perfect pot of Cliff tea

  • 1
    first heat the teapot and cups with hot water
  • 2
    fill the heated pot one third to half full with tea leaves
  • 3
    pour the hot water over the leaves slowly until it just overflows
  • 4
    use the lid of the teapot to wipe away the bubbles that float to the top, then place the top on the pot and pour hot water over it
  • 5
    after 30 to 40 seconds(this will vary with pot size) take the lid off and check the aroma and color of the brew

Points

Teapot
For 1 to 2 people a famous master said the teapot should be the size of a plum. However, as it is hard to find that size teapot in Japan, you can use a regular Japanese teapot for up to 4-5 people.
Water temperature
The water temperature for cliff tea is called the fish eye or crab eye. When steam starts to come out a pot, small bubbles begin to appear at the bottom. This is the fish eye we are talking about. Next, as the water truly boils bigger bubbles appear with vigour. This is the crab eye. Turn off the burner to avoid boiling the water for too long and losing oxygen because this affects the taste. This kind of water is called old, and is improper for cliff tea.
Water
There are many kinds of well known mineral water brands today but determining the best water for cliff tea is very difficult. Cliff teas react honestly to water, so it is best to try several kinds to decide which tastes best to you. You may also be able to use tap water with a bit of prior preparation. First fill a large vessel (pottery is better than metal) with filtered tap water. It will taste better if shaken and exposed to sunlight occasionally.
Storing your tea
Keeping your tea sealed and away from heat and moisture at room temperature is best. The minerals in cliff teas that benefit the body stay active in tea for years so please do not refrigerate your tea.

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