About Tea

Franchia’s Tea

We at Franchia are committed to bringing you the finest teas from various tea plantations in Asia. Our teas are carefully selected from tea plantations where the terrain and temperature conditions are the most optimum for producing the highest quality teas.

To discover the true essence of tea, we begin by offering you the finest Wild Green Tea from Korea. Our Korean Wild Green Tea comes from the rocky slopes of Mt. Jilee and is 100% natural. Because it’s not cultivated, the root of our Wild Green Tea draws richer nutrients and minerals from almost 60 feet deep. The region’s colder climate (even in summer) and drastic temperature difference between day and night produces tea leaves stronger in “chi” or “energy.” Moreover, what differentiates Franchia Wild Green Tea from other green teas is our completely natural production process from growing in the wild to being harvested by hand to our unique processing method.

 

The roasted tea leaves are then spread out evenly across a screen and left inside to dry (exposure to sunlight can destroy essential nutrients and minerals). The process of massaging the roasted tea leaves and placing them on a screen to dry is repeated three times for a total drying time of 12 hours.

The roasted tea leaves are then placed on a woven mat and massaged by hand for about three to four minutes.

It’s hand picked twice a day and each pick is put into an iron pot to be roasted for approximately two and a half to three minutes.

The dry tea leaves are then roasted again in an iron pot.

The roasted tea leaves are then placed inside a clay room and left overnight.

In the morning, the tea leaves are roasted in a steel pot over low temperature for about three to four hours. This will slowly bring out the nutrients from the leaf. (High temperature over a strong fire could burn off vital nutrients and minerals.)

Health Benefits of Green Tea

All teas contain polyphenols — naturally occurring compounds that are effective antioxidants for disease prevention and treatment of many health-related illnesses. But, the level of polyphenols in Green Tea is higher than Oolong Tea and Black Tea. Because Green Tea is unoxidized, these unaltered polyphenols are its primary active ingredients and as a result, its health benefits have been documented by numerous scientific researches. Green Tea has proven to lower cholesterol, reduce blood pressure (lowering the risk of heart attacks), aid digestion, fight fatigue, preserve younger-looking skin and prevent dental cavity and gingivitis. Recent animal studies have shown that green tea extracts protect against cancers of lung, breast, prostate, liver, skin, esophagus and colon.

Korean Tea Ceremony

To prepare tea in the traditional Korean method, we use a teaset (dagi) that consists of the following:

1. Teacups (chat chans)
Three to five.

2. Teapot (chuchonja)
Used to make green tea, but not served from.

3. Lipped small bowl (sookwu)
Used to cool down hot water and for serving tea.

4. Large bowl (twaesugi)
To discard water used for warming pot and cups.

5. Wooden coasters (chat chan batchim)

6. Bamboo scoop (cha si)

7. Small tea towel (chat sukon)
Placed behind large bowl and used to wipe any spilled or excess water around area.

8. Tea mat (dapo)
Placed under teaset.

STORING TEA

It is important to store tea in an airtight container. A copper container is recommended because it prevents oxidation, thereby preserving the taste and fragrance of the tea.

WATER TEMPERATURE TABLE

Type of tea

Water temp

Korean Wild green tea First-Picked(Royal)

120°F to 140° F

Korean Wild Green Tea Second-Picked

140°F to 160° F

Korean wild Green Tea Third-Picked

160°F to 170° F

Vietnamese Wild Green Tea Second-Picked

170°F to 180° F

Darjeeling Tea First-Picked

170°F to 180° F

How to make tea using the personal teaset (self-starter kit)

Step 1: Open lid and put approximately one teaspoon or 2g to 3g of tea leaves into strainer. Pour 3/4 cup of hot water into teacup and cover lid.

Step 2: Take strainer out of teacup and pour 1/2 cup of hot water into teacup. Cool down hot water to proper temperature — refer to table.

Step 3: Put strainer w/tea leaves into cup and pour additional hot water to fill 3/4 of cup. Cover lid and steep for one minute.

Step 4: Open lid and allow tea water to drip naturally into teacup by gently moving strainer side to side (never shake the strainer).

Step 5: Take in the fragrance of the tea while drinking slowly.

Step 6: Repeat Steps 2 through 5 four more times. Steeping time should vary: steeping time for second cup should be 30 seconds; third cup should be one minute, and fourth and fifth cups should be one and a half minutes each.

How to make tea for more than one person using the five-person teaset

Step 2: Pour hot water separately into lipped bowl. Cool down water. Put approximately one teaspoon or 2g to 3g of tea per person into teapot. Pour cooled water from lipped bowl into teapot and gently twirl. Discard initial tea water into second bowl immediately.

Step 5: Take in the fragrance of the tea while drinking slowly.

Step 3: Refill lipped bowl with hot water and cool it down to proper temperature — refer to table. Pour cooled water from lipped bowl into teapot w/tea leaves inside and gently twirl three times. Immediately discard water from each teacup.

Step 4: Pour tea from teapot into lipped bowl and begin serving (tea should be served from lipped bowl).

Step 5: Pour tea alternately between cups — i.e., each cup should be filled within three pours. (This will ensure same smooth taste.)

Step 6: Once the teacups are full, using your right hand, place coaster one at a time under each cup. The host should gently glide each cup to the respective guest and drink the cup that is closest to him/her on the right.

Step 7: Take in the fragrance of the tea while drinking slowly.

Step 8: Repeat Steps 3 through 7 four more times. Steeping time should vary: steeping time for second cup should be 30 seconds, third cup should be one minute, fourth and fifth cups should be one and a half minutes each.

PREPARATIONS BEFORE PERFORMING THE KOREAN TEA CEREMONY

  1. Keep surrounding area neat and clean at all times.
  2. Prepare a calm and peaceful mind and spirit.
  3. Silence is essential.
  4. Slowly burn a lightly scented incense to create a peaceful atmosphere.

DIRECTIONS TO USING THE FIVE-PERSON TEASET (MINIMUM OF TWO PERSON)

  1. Place the tea container, coasters and bamboo scoop on a wooden mat and leave on the floor beside you (items that do not touch water).
  2. Pour 3/4 of a pot of hot water into teapot to warm the pot.
  3. Pour same hot water from teapot into each teacup that you are serving to warm the cups.
  4. Pour separate hot water into lipped bowl — cool down water.
  5. Take lid off teapot and place faced down on the small towel next to you.
  6. Put approximately one teaspoon or 2g to 3g of tea per person into teapot.
  7. Pour cooled water from lipped bowl into teapot and gently twirl the teapot three times and immediately discard initial tea water into second bowl.
  8. Refill lipped bowl with hot water and cool it down to proper temperature — refer to table. Pour cooled water from lipped bowl into teapot with tea leaves and gently twirl about three times.
  9. Immediately discard water from each teacup. Pour tea from teapot into lipped bowl and begin serving tea from lipped bowl, not the teapot.
  10. Pour tea alternately between cups — i.e., each cup should be filled within three pours. (This will ensure the same smooth taste.)
  11. Once the teacups are full, pick up coasters one at a time with your right hand and place it under each teacup by raising the cup with your left hand.
  12. Once the coasters are placed, the host should gently glide each cup to the respective guest and drink the cup that is closest to him/her on the right.
  13. Before drinking the tea, everyone, including the host should put their hands together in a prayer and bow simultaneously while facing the host.
  14. Bow of thanks before tea time has three meanings:
    1. Thankful for having some time for oneself.
    2. Thankful to the host for the tea time.
    3. Thankful to mother nature for providing the tea.
  15. Take in the fragrance of the tea and slowly drink in an upright position. (Should finish the tea within three to four swallows.)
  16. Repeat steps H through O four more times. However, steeping time will vary: steeping time for second cup should be 30 seconds, third cup should be one minute, fourth and fifth cups should be one and a half minutes each.

Franchia’s Tea

We at Franchia are committed to bringing you the finest teas from various tea plantations in Asia. Our teas are carefully selected from tea plantations where the terrain and temperature conditions are the most optimum for producing the highest quality teas.

To discover the true essence of tea, we begin by offering you the finest Wild Green Tea from Korea. Our Korean Wild Green Tea comes from the rocky slopes of Mt. Jilee and is 100% natural. Because it’s not cultivated, the root of our Wild Green Tea draws richer nutrients and minerals from almost 60 feet deep. The region’s colder climate (even in summer) and drastic temperature difference between day and night produces tea leaves stronger in “chi” or “energy.” Moreover, what differentiates Franchia Wild Green Tea from other green teas is our completely natural production process from growing in the wild to being harvested by hand to our unique processing method.

 

The roasted tea leaves are then spread out evenly across a screen and left inside to dry (exposure to sunlight can destroy essential nutrients and minerals). The process of massaging the roasted tea leaves and placing them on a screen to dry is repeated three times for a total drying time of 12 hours.

The roasted tea leaves are then placed on a woven mat and massaged by hand for about three to four minutes.

It’s hand picked twice a day and each pick is put into an iron pot to be roasted for approximately two and a half to three minutes.

The dry tea leaves are then roasted again in an iron pot.

The roasted tea leaves are then placed inside a clay room and left overnight.

In the morning, the tea leaves are roasted in a steel pot over low temperature for about three to four hours. This will slowly bring out the nutrients from the leaf. (High temperature over a strong fire could burn off vital nutrients and minerals.)

Health Benefits of Green Tea

All teas contain polyphenols — naturally occurring compounds that are effective antioxidants for disease prevention and treatment of many health-related illnesses. But, the level of polyphenols in Green Tea is higher than Oolong Tea and Black Tea. Because Green Tea is unoxidized, these unaltered polyphenols are its primary active ingredients and as a result, its health benefits have been documented by numerous scientific researches. Green Tea has proven to lower cholesterol, reduce blood pressure (lowering the risk of heart attacks), aid digestion, fight fatigue, preserve younger-looking skin and prevent dental cavity and gingivitis. Recent animal studies have shown that green tea extracts protect against cancers of lung, breast, prostate, liver, skin, esophagus and colon.

Korean Tea Ceremony

To prepare tea in the traditional Korean method, we use a teaset (dagi) that consists of the following:

1. Teacups (chat chans)
Three to five.

2. Teapot (chuchonja)
Used to make green tea, but not served from.

3. Lipped small bowl (sookwu)
Used to cool down hot water and for serving tea.

4. Large bowl (twaesugi)
To discard water used for warming pot and cups.

5. Wooden coasters (chat chan batchim)

6. Bamboo scoop (cha si)

7. Small tea towel (chat sukon)
Placed behind large bowl and used to wipe any spilled or excess water around area.

8. Tea mat (dapo)
Placed under teaset.

STORING TEA

It is important to store tea in an airtight container. A copper container is recommended because it prevents oxidation, thereby preserving the taste and fragrance of the tea.

WATER TEMPERATURE TABLE

Type of tea

Water temp

Korean Wild green tea First-Picked(Royal)

120°F to 140° F

Korean Wild Green Tea Second-Picked

140°F to 160° F

Korean wild Green Tea Third-Picked

160°F to 170° F

Vietnamese Wild Green Tea Second-Picked

170°F to 180° F

Darjeeling Tea First-Picked

170°F to 180° F

How to make tea using the personal teaset (self-starter kit)

Step 1: Open lid and put approximately one teaspoon or 2g to 3g of tea leaves into strainer. Pour 3/4 cup of hot water into teacup and cover lid.

Step 2: Take strainer out of teacup and pour 1/2 cup of hot water into teacup. Cool down hot water to proper temperature — refer to table.

Step 3: Put strainer w/tea leaves into cup and pour additional hot water to fill 3/4 of cup. Cover lid and steep for one minute.

Step 4: Open lid and allow tea water to drip naturally into teacup by gently moving strainer side to side (never shake the strainer).

Step 5: Take in the fragrance of the tea while drinking slowly.

Step 6: Repeat Steps 2 through 5 four more times. Steeping time should vary: steeping time for second cup should be 30 seconds; third cup should be one minute, and fourth and fifth cups should be one and a half minutes each.

How to make tea for more than one person using the five-person teaset

Step 2: Pour hot water separately into lipped bowl. Cool down water. Put approximately one teaspoon or 2g to 3g of tea per person into teapot. Pour cooled water from lipped bowl into teapot and gently twirl. Discard initial tea water into second bowl immediately.

Step 5: Take in the fragrance of the tea while drinking slowly.

Step 3: Refill lipped bowl with hot water and cool it down to proper temperature — refer to table. Pour cooled water from lipped bowl into teapot w/tea leaves inside and gently twirl three times. Immediately discard water from each teacup.

Step 4: Pour tea from teapot into lipped bowl and begin serving (tea should be served from lipped bowl).

Step 5: Pour tea alternately between cups — i.e., each cup should be filled within three pours. (This will ensure same smooth taste.)

Step 6: Once the teacups are full, using your right hand, place coaster one at a time under each cup. The host should gently glide each cup to the respective guest and drink the cup that is closest to him/her on the right.

Step 7: Take in the fragrance of the tea while drinking slowly.

Step 8: Repeat Steps 3 through 7 four more times. Steeping time should vary: steeping time for second cup should be 30 seconds, third cup should be one minute, fourth and fifth cups should be one and a half minutes each.

PREPARATIONS BEFORE PERFORMING THE KOREAN TEA CEREMONY

  1. Keep surrounding area neat and clean at all times.
  2. Prepare a calm and peaceful mind and spirit.
  3. Silence is essential.
  4. Slowly burn a lightly scented incense to create a peaceful atmosphere.

DIRECTIONS TO USING THE FIVE-PERSON TEASET (MINIMUM OF TWO PERSON)

  1. Place the tea container, coasters and bamboo scoop on a wooden mat and leave on the floor beside you (items that do not touch water).
  2. Pour 3/4 of a pot of hot water into teapot to warm the pot.
  3. Pour same hot water from teapot into each teacup that you are serving to warm the cups.
  4. Pour separate hot water into lipped bowl — cool down water.
  5. Take lid off teapot and place faced down on the small towel next to you.
  6. Put approximately one teaspoon or 2g to 3g of tea per person into teapot.
  7. Pour cooled water from lipped bowl into teapot and gently twirl the teapot three times and immediately discard initial tea water into second bowl.
  8. Refill lipped bowl with hot water and cool it down to proper temperature — refer to table. Pour cooled water from lipped bowl into teapot with tea leaves and gently twirl about three times.
  9. Immediately discard water from each teacup. Pour tea from teapot into lipped bowl and begin serving tea from lipped bowl, not the teapot.
  10. Pour tea alternately between cups — i.e., each cup should be filled within three pours. (This will ensure the same smooth taste.)
  11. Once the teacups are full, pick up coasters one at a time with your right hand and place it under each teacup by raising the cup with your left hand.
  12. Once the coasters are placed, the host should gently glide each cup to the respective guest and drink the cup that is closest to him/her on the right.
  13. Before drinking the tea, everyone, including the host should put their hands together in a prayer and bow simultaneously while facing the host.
  14. Bow of thanks before tea time has three meanings:
    1. Thankful for having some time for oneself.
    2. Thankful to the host for the tea time.
    3. Thankful to mother nature for providing the tea.
  15. Take in the fragrance of the tea and slowly drink in an upright position. (Should finish the tea within three to four swallows.)
  16. Repeat steps H through O four more times. However, steeping time will vary: steeping time for second cup should be 30 seconds, third cup should be one minute, fourth and fifth cups should be one and a half minutes each.
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