Kukicha - Fresh from Japan
Land is a scarce resource in Japan, making all agriculture a pricey endeavor.
So it became essential for the Japanese farmer to extract as much value from each tea bush as possible.
Necessity being the mother of invention, the Japanese have been ingenious at devising tea varieties that are unheard of in countries more land-endowed.
One such tea is Kukicha, which is made from stems and leaves from Sencha and Gyokuro production.