This tea is a true Wakoucha, a Japanese-grown "red" (black) tea—a rare treat outside Japan. Light and smooth, this tea has bright notes and a natural sweetness. Loosely translated as "red riches and honors", Benifuki (benifuuki) is a delight hot or iced. Grown by our friend Konishi-san, a small tea farmer in the Haibara Dist, Shizuoka Pref., Japan.

The Benifuuki cultivar was developed several decades ago specifically for black tea production. As 99% of raw Japanese tea leaves are made into green tea, black tea is somewhat of a rarity!


Premium Japanese black tea from the Benifuki cultivar (an assamica and sinensis hybrid).

Brewing Instructions

8 oz Cup

  1. Scoop a level teaspoon of tea into infuser.
  2. Heat water to 185° F.
  3. Pour 8 oz. of water over tea leaves.
  4. Steep tea for 3-5 minutes (depending on taste preference).
  5. Remove infuser and enjoy tea.


Simply add to your infuser one level teaspoon of leaf per 8 oz. of water and place it in your pot, then add the appropriate amount of 185° F water and let it steep for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the infuser and enjoy.

Brewing Iced Tea

Our opinion is that a cooled concentrate works best, as regular-strength brew tends to become watery as the ice melts. So, use the above leaf quantities, but half the water, allow it to cool, then pour it over ice and enjoy. The brew will dilute down to proper strength as the ice melts.