Autumn 2014 Interview – Ian Chun (YUNOMI)

Ian Chun - YUNOMI

Q1. What is your Name?

Ian Chun

Q2. What is the name of your blog or organisation?

YUNOMI

Q3. Where are you located in the world?

Tokyo, Japan

Q4. What is your favourite Autumn drink and why?

The black tea produced by a small tea farm in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan, called Dokodemosora (“eternal sky”). It is mild by black tea standards, with just the right touch of sweetness, and goes great with the Japanese persimmons that pervade the season here in Japan (which I also can’t get enough of). Japan not having a black tea tradition, it’s just “Japanese black tea”, but a favorite.

Q5. What is the perfect Autumn day setting to enjoy the drink?

I recently moved into a house with a view of Mt. Fuji on a clear day… When the sun sets, and the white snow of Fuji is dyed with the pink of the setting sun…imagine that with a cup of tea out in the brisky autumn evening.

Q6. What contributes to receiving a high quality drink?

Producing a quality leaf…lots go into that, but to receive it, you definitely need to make sure the person you buy from is storing the tea correctly…On a recent trip to the U.S. and one of those mall tea shops, I saw them opening a box of gyokuro tea and waving the aroma to the customer. That would be fine if they were then selling packaged bags not the display tea…but they then packaged that tea leaf for sale. There is no way the leaf has maintained its quality in that environment.

Q7. What drink do you start your day with and why?

As much as I’d like to say a pot of tea, I have to admit that modern life forces a sencha tea bag on me, in my tumbler, so I won’t spill in the train. I like to steep it not so that it is delicious but to get every drop of caffeine out of it. A bitter brew to wake me up. Sometimes certain powdered senchas work well for this too…

Q8. Do you order a different drink whilst travelling?

I travel mostly in Japan where…believe it or not, you can NOT get a good cup of tea while on the go. The country has gone to coffee. The selection for tea is usually a generic black tea unfortunately. Ironically, traditional Japanese teas are for the home, where less and less people are making tea by the pot.

Q9. Where can people find out more about you?

https://yunomi.us is the Japanese tea marketplace I operate. Thanks for the opportunity!

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