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Buddhist Tea (Fo Cha)


In the sixth and seventh centuries, tea drinking became increasingly popular with Buddhist monks as they recognized the green leaf as a means of clearing the mind and providing stimulation to allow for longer sessions of meditation.  The monks realized they gained some mental discipline along with noting the enjoyable aspects of drinking tea.  Cultivation followed and the monks set about to develop a cultivar rich in flavors and aroma.  Our Buddhist Tea is a classic vegetal-tasting green made of early-spring leaves organically grown and harvested in Zhejiang Province.  This lot was harvested in April 2018.

Why we selected this particular lot.  The leaves are a wonderful light green coloration mixed with white buds. The lot is grown organically and carefully crafted to form tight, consistently sized curls.  Centuries of cultivation have developed a leaf with a grassy-sweet aroma and fresh, vegetal flavors.  The tea is smooth with little hint of astringency.  For those that enjoy a robust green tea, this is a good choice for an everyday green tea.

Interesting facts about our selection.  This lot is basket roasted giving the tea an extra degree of sweetness.  The basket firing technique requires attentiveness and quick movements as the leaves can easily be over-fired. A tea such as this should yield amino acids, alkaloids and polyphenols all of which contribute to the wonderful aroma of this tea.  Further, these compounds contribute to create a tea that is fresh and brisk yet also vegetable sweet. Given the pluck date, this lot should be high in minerals and other healthy compounds. 

Taste profile:  Offers a distinctive vegetal, grassy flavor, with a light note of early spring asparagus; soft and sweet on the palate with a lingering finish. The taste is mellow and smooth.  The cup color is a rich yellow-green the result of the flavanols in the leaves.

Brewing suggestions.  Use 3 grams of leaf (about a tablespoon) for 8-12 ounces of water at a temperature of 175-195 degrees F.  The hotter the water the quicker the taste of the leaves will release.  We recommend a brief steeping of 1.5 to 2 minutes, to enjoy the subtle qualities of the leaf.  For greater body, steep for 3-4 minutes.  This tea is slow to turn astringent.  The leaves will yield 3 steeps.

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Silk Road Teas is an award-winning purveyor of rare and artisan teas. Every year, we travel extensively in China, visiting small farms, out-of-the-way tea markets, cooperatives and specialty tea companies to find teas that offer our customers the highest quality and a distinctive taste experience. As a result, our teas are widely recognized for their variety and unparalleled quality. Quite simply, you won't find a finer tea anywhere. Satisfaction guaranteed.

Supporting adults with disabilities

Silk Road Teas is more than just tea. We are committed to giving back to our community by providing jobs packaging our teas to disabled adults. As the older brother of a disabled person, Ned Heagerty, Silk Road Teas President, recognized the challenges and limited opportunities disabled adults face. So he wanted to make a difference. It is a small step, but it is an action we believe in and will continue to follow. Recently, we were honored by receiving the Employer of the Year Award from Integrated Community Services (ICS) for our commitment to employ persons with disabilities.

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  1. Excellent 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Jul 2018

    Green grass and floral aroma. Distinct but mellow flavor. If you like Green tea this is an outstanding choice

  2. Tasty and vegetal 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Mar 2018

    This tea has a delicate mouth feel and has yet a nice taste profile. I think it is good. It is not as strong as I thought but has a supple and soft taste. I enjoy green tea that is rather strong and this is a little lighter and it has an interesting flower after taste which surprised me. Since I am a guy with not the best taste but this I could taste. Never tasted a green tea with flowery vegetal notes like this one. Also, it is a forgiving tea which is good for me. As far as value is concerned... I can say it is between average and good. But I think organic tea has this profile.

  3. great tea 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Aug 2016

    one of the best green teas ever

  4. Average taste for a high price 3 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Jun 2016

    This is a smooth and adequate green tea with nice subtlety. However, for the price I was expecting something special with a more exquisite taste.

  5. Buddhist Tea 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Apr 2016

    Great flavor, leaves have a bright green attractive color when brewed.

  6. Perfect archetype of Green Tea 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Nov 2014

    I have bought this tea several different years. Some years shine a little more than others, as is expected of something that grows from the earth. Conditions change and so responds the tea. I actually enjoy the thrill of change; not knowing just how Fo Cha will taste is part of the fun. I come back again and again because overall this is the very archetype of a delicious cup of green tea. Pale green cup, sweet taste, very mild grassiness, and medium thin mouth-feel. At dawn this is the perfect way to start!

    Year in, year out, my favorite brew of this tea is like this:
    1.7g leaf steeped for 2 minutes in a 3.5oz gaiwan.
    As always, start with clean water heated to as close to 180ºF/82ºC as possible without exceeding 185ºF/85ºC. I use a Berkey water filter for the cleanest and most consistent water source.

Silk Road Teas has received the Employer of the Year Award from Integrated Community Services (ICS) for their commitment to employ persons with disabilities. Silk Road Teas is committed to improving the quality of life for disabled persons, sharing the belief with ICS that business can substantively help people with disabilities achieve independent lives by providing jobs in an encouraging and supportive environment.

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Our tea boxesare hand packaged by an adult with disabilities. Silk Road Teas remains committed to creating opportunity and jobs in our community.

Sales of our Teas Benefit Ceres
Ceres Community Project builds healthy communities by restoring locally-grown organic whole food to its place as the foundation of health and creating heart centered ways for people to connect.

Ceres teaches teens to grow, cook and eat healthy whole foods and provides nourishing meals, nutrition education and a community of support for people facing cancer and other serious illnesses. www.ceresproject.org

Read the recent article in the Marin IJ: Silk Road Teas gives back

...What sets Silk Road Teas apart from others is the Heagertys are using their success and new tea line as a way to give back to the community...

Gives Back They're amazing people and of course the product is phenomenal. We're so proud to be associated with them. In today's nonprofit world, truly the best things you can have are compatible, giving partners.

Julie Burford, Program Manager and Founder of the Ceres Community Project of Marin.


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