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TEA FACTORY GENについて 

私たちは広島のおへそにあたる、標高400メートルほどの世羅(せら)という場所で無肥料・無農薬のお茶作りをしています。
We are a ‘tea to cup’ tea producer located in lower Hiroshima. In the tiny farming town of Sera we grow a fertilizer & pesticide-free tea at an elevation of 400 meters.

世羅高原は農業が盛んな土地で冷涼かつ、寒暖の差が激しく、お米や野菜がとても美味しい土地です。もちろんお茶も例外ではなく、香りが良くかつては広島一のお茶どころでした。
The rice and vegetables grown in the Sera plains are quite delicious with the seasons quite harsh. Tea here is no exception as it once was prized as the best in the Hiroshima region for its magnificent aroma.

そんな世羅で2016年に在来の茶畑と、2019年に70年前程に建てられた茶工場に運命的に出会ったことで本格的にお茶の生産を始めることが出来ました。
Since 2016, we have cultivated tea with plants native to Sera and in 2019, through happenstance found a 70 year old tea factory nearby that now serves as our main production facility.

現在、煎茶の他に潮風に当てて自然乾燥させた浜茶、世羅の茶葉を使って完全発酵させた和紅茶、半発酵させた烏龍茶、微発酵の白茶などを製造しています。
Our tea production with our leaves extends beyond sencha green tea, as we produce Hamacha, a sea breeze tea naturally dried by the water, a fully fermented Japanese black tea, partially fermented oolong tea, and slightly fermented white tea. Our production method incorporate elements of Taiwanese and Chinese tea.

摘み方は手摘み、機械摘みと2種類です。
製造の方法は手揉みと機械揉み、その時々の茶葉の成熟度合いを見極めながら判断しています。
Taking into consideration the maturity of the leaves, we determine whether to process our tea by hand or machine and further we cultivate both hand picked and machine picked tea!

Our passion for creating tea culture
Tea Factory Gen Naturally Grown and Produced Unique Teas We are a small sustainable tea farm in Sera, a small agricultural town in Hiroshima Prefecture, striving to produce unique teas that create harmony between mankind and nature.

Like a group of trees peacefully growing in a forest, our tea plants are grown in as natural an environment as possible without pesticides or fertilizers of any kind.

Since we avoid the use of fertilizers, our harvest yield is less than half that of traditionally farmed teas and since we avoid the use of herbicides to control wild grasses that grow amongst our tea plants, a tremendous effort is required to carefully remove all the weeds.

No matter how much effort is needed to control the weeds or how low the harvest is on our land for each year, we persist in maintaining our unique, natural method of tea production.

Our farming & production method was established because creating unique tea is our top priority and for that, not using fertilizers is indispensable.

Furthermore, not using pesticides is also key for everyone to be able to place trust in our tea farm and to enjoy tea that doesn’t risk their health.

In addition, out of respect for nature, we feel it is important to maintain a sustainable way of tea production that in turn produces our unique teas.

Our tea production principles are as follows:
1. Looks aren’t everything
2. Umami isn’t everything
3. Tea color isn’t everything
4. Despite the risks, adhering to creating tea our way
5. Producing a tea that when drinking it will make you elated
6. Making a tea that leaves a crisp and refreshing aftertaste like a natural breeze
7. Cultivating teas with an open mind