A traditionally processed green tea produced from 100 year old tea trees by Dao tea farmers in the Vietnamese mountains of Hà Giang, more than 1000m above sea level. The age of the trees give a flavor unlike other green teas; the deep flavor is most similar to other ancient tree teas such as Lao Shu Pu’er.
Ché Xanh, a remarkable Vietnamese green tea whose leaves are picked with extraordinary care, has reserved a special place on our menu. It has a strong, vegetal and astringent infusion not unlike grilled asparagus. Good to awaken a drifting mind.
Nok Cha Darack
40g for $25
High Elevation Korean Green
Harvested and processed by hand in the Jiri Shan National Park. The tea master himself, Mr. Cho, is the only person who is capable of giving the tea its final, delicate roasting. Certified organic!
50g for $20
This top quality organic green tea, unparalleled in excellence for taste and growing practices, has been awarded Gold and Gold Grand Prize by Japan’s World Green Tea Contest many years in a row. Grown on the Jirisan mountain range on the southern Korean coast, this light infusion conceals a brilliant complexity of flavor on the boundary between Chinese and Japanese teas. The leaves are gently pan-roasted to seal in their freshness, hand rolled, and then baked at low temperatures to complete the drying process. This process offers a rich flavor with a bready, nut-like complexity. We serve the small size of this tea in a traditional tea vessel from Korea. Due to the small size of this farm and its produce, Dobrá Tea is honored to be the sole retailer of this tea in the United States, and one of a very small number in the rest of the world.
70g for $16
“First Flush” Sencha
Sencha style tea shade-grown for less than 20 days. Shade growing increases the amount of protein and chlorophyll in the leaf. Kabusecha combines green freshness of Sencha with the creamy, brothy, and pungent richness of Gyokuro. The balance of flavors and pleasant umami is sure to please both Sencha and Gyokuro enthusiasts.
“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves — slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.” -Thich Nhat Hahn
Did you know? Green Tea contains a moderate amount of Vitamin C, with approximately 150-300mg Vitamin C per 100g of tea.
50g for $20
The first harvest (spring harvest) of Sencha each year is a special time in Uji, Japan. It marks the start of the busy tea harvesting season. The Shincha or “First Tea” is reserved each year as a limited selection of tea in celebration of Spring. We are proud to offer Shincha to you only while fresh stocks last!
Hand rolled pearls of select green tea tips and jasmine flowers yield a bright cup of pleasure for jasmine lovers. The flavor and aroma are classic yet more pronounced, producing a heady bouquet that keeps its liveliness infusion after infusion.
Moli Hua Cha
JASMINE[mohl-ee hwa cha] Little Bird Tongue
A superior jasmine tea from Fujian, produced through seven successive cycles of blending in and removing jasmine flowers, it is especially suitable for drinking with close companions. The small, mossy-green leaves, flecked with white petals, hold a pervasive jasmine aroma, a distinctive lingering taste, and a mildly euphoric effect.
50g for $10
Hand-rolled Gunpowder Tea
“Pearl tea,” the traditional technology of processed green tea from Zhejiang province. It is a typical processing into small, tightly rolled marbles. The distinctive gloss exemplifies the top quality and freshness of this tea. We are proud to be the sole purveyors of this robust green tea.
Tian Mu Long Zhu
WEIGHT ($/ounce unless otherwise marked)
[tee-in moo long djoo] Dragon Eyes
An extra-fine, high quality green tea made from selected fresh tea tips. This tea exhibits a flowery taste, the aroma of a mountain breeze, and a unique appearance. A smooth sweetness covers the mouth and lifts one's mood. The tea is hand-processed by Chinese tea pickers into little balls resembling pearls, which unfold charmingly in the cup after the first infusion
Lu Shan Yun Wu
[loo shan yuhn woo] Clouds and Mist
Clouds and Mist from the Emerald Mountains. A celebrated tea from a celebrated mountain in the Central Chinese province of Jiangsi. The 2007 Dobra Tea-devotees China expedition managed to find the Lushan Tea Research Institute nestled amidst colonial villas and bizarre convention palaces. It is from its careful limited production that this tea comes, with its characteristic name and refreshing taste.
[mou jee-ahn] Five Mountain and Two Pools
This distinguished green tea is found in China’s historic Henan Province, in a region known as “Five Mountains and Two Pools.” We are proud to offer this special green tea to our customers. Its small, uniform leaves are distinguished by silvery tips. Both its aroma and flavor are surprisingly rich for a green tea--almost closer in feel to a “blue-green” oolong. Its smooth, almost creamy texture, woven with its delicious vegetal taste, makes it a truly pleasant and beloved tea.
[loo-ahn gwa-peen] Watermelon Seeds
Liu’An Guapian has an unusually fresh, grassy taste and fragrance. Its leaf quality is equally unusual: dark green, very flat, long-leaf needles from the Dabie Mountains of western Anhui. Liu’An Guapian appealed to us because of its truly refreshing quality and so earned its place on our menu as another ambassador from the Middle Kingdom. It is a truly satisfying thirst quencher!
“Tea purifies spirit, removes anxiety and nervousness, brings ease and comfort, and is conducive to meditation.” -Author Unknown
[djoo cha] Gunpowder Tea
Known as “pearl” or “bead” tea in China, this classic variety is widely known as “gunpowder” tea in the West because its appearance is similar to cannon gunpowder. The tea is distinctively shaped into small, tightly rolled balls with a dark sheen that hints at its volatile quality. Tea-crafters in the Zhejiang province carefully dry the leaves in metal pans that are shaken in circular motions over a fire. The finished product yields the famous smoky flavor and aroma that makes this variety so dangerously delicious. This hearty green is the perfect accompaniment to a meal, as the vigor of its taste is not likely to be defeated.
Did you know? Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world. Approximately 3 billion cups per day are consumed worldwide!
Bi Luo Chun
[bee loh chun] Lake Taihu Blue-Green Spirals
Joy at Dobrá Tea! Bi Lou Chun is made exclusively by hand in Dong Shan, on the gently sloping banks of Lake Tai. In 2006, on our trip to the Jiangsu province, we discovered that many of the residents of this area pick and process the tea in their own homes, ensuring that the tea is kept fresh in small, well-tended batches. Hanging over the tiny-leafed tea plants are fruiting trees: peach, apricot, and plum. They bloom as the plants reach their fullness, all in a tumult of wonderful smells reproduced by the sparkling infusion. When gently brewed, the tea blossoms with a ripe, slightly astringent taste that is softly herbal and gracefully rich. As the wild spirals of these silvery and dark green leaves unfurl dynamically in the tea pot, a tender ecstasy of flavor arises. This tea is not to be missed!
Dragonwell (Tiger Spring)
The robust leaves are flat and golden-green in color with a lovely shine that comes from the traditional method of pan-frying the freshly picked buds in large steel woks. Pan-frying stops the tea from oxidizing, and also contributes to it its nutty, nourishing taste--a taste as sweet and clean as the bright water of the spring. As the savory fragrance rises from the cup and the undulating pleasure spreads through the mouth, all wishes are granted.
Did you know? The tea plant (Camellia sinensis) is a fluorine concentrating plant. Fluorine is good for humans, especially for preventing dental cavities and tooth decay.
Dian Lu Wenshan
[dee-an loo when-shahn]
A remarkable, fresh green tea produced in the famous tea province of Yunnan. No other tea is comparable to this sparkling, pale green infusion, which offers unique and inimitable delights of taste and aroma. It is cultivated at high altitude, with long, silver, downy-tipped leaves (mao feng) firmly rolled lengthwise. This tea promotes health and has a mild euphoric effect.
REMEMBERING THE TEA KING
In the faraway land of China, the cradle of tea culture, there is a part of Yunnan known as Xishuangbanna [see-shuang-ban-nah] that lies practically on the border with Burma. It is here that the king of tea trees "Cha-Shu Wang" stands at a proud 100 feet in the heart of the jungle. "Cha-Shu Wang" is an honorable 1,700 years old and a holy Mecca for "tea pilgrims." An expedition from Dobrá Tea, cutting its way through the jungle, found the site in 1997 to pay homage to the king. In addition to unforgettable memories, we brought back a unique and delectable green tea from that journey.
“Tea tempers the spirit and harmonizes the mind, dispels lassitude and relieves fatigue, awakens thought and prevents drowsiness.” -Lu Yu