We were allowed to peer through large glass windows on the second floor at the processing center below.
It was quite impressive all the machinery used for final processing.
From there we left to go to the Shizuoka Tea Ichiba Tea Market which is where over 200 companies come to bid on about 1,500 kinds of tea in one day.
Some of the biggest part of tasting is actually smelling. Here you can see, we not only smell the dry leaf, but the wet leaf as well. The leaves will speak to you as to their quality and freshness.
Stay with me for part 2 of this wonderful day. I will show you a hojicha roasting facility and take you to a Thai dinner with my fellow tea friends.
Happy Sipping and Still Trying to Figure out how an Abacus Works, Lisa