Farmer Profile

Farmer Profile

I've been really excited about the tea we've gotten from Obubu Tea Farms near Kyoto. I had a chance to visit the farm this past May and was charmed by their tea tasting, got to tour their farm and factory, and made friendly connections with the staff of this amazing company. 

Right now we are carrying their highest quality Kabuse Sencha which has gotten rave reviews as well as Hojicha Amber, Hojicha Powder and Sakura Cherry Blossom tea (sweet or salty). Though I feel like these teas are a fabulous introduction to Obubu's quality product, I decided to branch out and order a wider selection of what they offer because Japanese Green Tea is my current love and Obubu knows exactly what they are doing in terms of it.

Upon arrival of an order I just made, we will be offering two additional Senchas: Sencha of the Earth and Sencha of Brightness. Both are a bit lighter than the Kabuse Sencha and have beautiful and sweet tones. You will find these to be more affordable than the Kabuse. You can also look forward to their Organic Fukamushicha, Organic Genmaicha and Tsugumi Kukicha.

If you are wondering why all Japanese teas end in the word "--cha" (Matcha, Hojicha, Genmaicha, Kukicha, Sencha) it is because "Ocha" is the word for Tea in Japanese. Similarly, you will find the word "cha" in other languages throughout Asia to be a name for tea. Our Thai Iced Tea that we get is actually called "ChaThai". Tea in India, or Hindi, is called "Chai". And even our beloved Kombucha on tap that our local CrestedBucha provides for us, has the word "cha" in it. 

Here is a brief profile on the president and lead farmer at Obubu.

Akihiro “Akky” Kita is the president and lead farmer  at Obubu. His desire to make this tea available to the general public is the foundation of Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms. In college, Akky took up a part-time job as a farmhand in Wazuka, and fell in love with the tea of this region. He made the decision then to leave college and devote his time to mastering the art of tea farming. Recognizing the need for independent farmers like himself to spread the joy of drinking Japanese tea, he travels each year during the winter off-season to bring Japanese tea to people all over the world.

Cancer Genetic Testing. A talk at the T-Bar

Why cancer genetic testing? When does it make sense? How can it make a difference? 

       Genetic counselor, Katie Stoll, Director of Clinical Services for the Genetic Support Foundation, and Dr. Jon Wolff are hosting an informational program on cancer and genetics at the T-Bar at 3rd and Elk in Crested Butte.  Katie Stoll will discuss updates related to genetic testing for hereditary cancer risk and the importance of knowing your family history. 

       Many advances have occurred in recent years related to our understanding of cancer and genetics.  An important goal of genetic counseling and genetic testing is early detection and prevention in families who may have a higher chance to develop cancer.  

       Have you ever wondered if your history of cancer, or that of your family members, might be due to inherited factors?  Have you considered if genetic testing would be helpful for you or for your relatives?  Have you undergone genetic testing in the past but are curious if there have been new developments of importance for your family?  Join them for an evening of tea and learning where we will consider these questions and more.  They will discuss updates related to genetic testing for hereditary cancer risk and the importance of knowing your family history. 

       Genetic Support Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide up-to-date and objective information about genetics and health and to expand access to genetic counseling services.  For more information see

       This event is being co-sponsored by Living Journeys, a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance, emotional support and enrichment programs to Gunnison Valley residents affected by cancer.

When:  7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Where: The T-Bar, located at the corner of Elk Avenue & Third Street in the heart of Crested Butte.

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