This is Midopa, the online staff.
This time, I suddenly wondered about the "color" of tea.
Tea leaves are green, but why is "brown" brown?
If you look at the list of traditional colors or the color chart in a dictionary,
"Brown" is a so-called brown, a color reminiscent of soil
It's a gray variation.
Why is the brown "tea" not the green of tea?
The reason was related to the history of tea.
Tea is said to have been brought to Japan from China during the Heian period.
Tea in those days was brown tea made by roasting and drying picked tea leaves.
In addition, using tea leaves as a dye, the color when dyeing cloth is
It is also thought to be called "brown" because it turns brown.
After that, around the middle of the Edo period, a processing method of steaming and kneading tea was born.
It became a green tea that the color of the tea comes out as it is.
Until the Edo period , the color of tea was “brown” instead of green.
We who are involved in the tea industry, when referring to the color of tea,
In technical terms, it is called "Suisyoku".
The color of tea varies depending on the production method and region,
It's still very deep 🤭