This Factory in Japan Shows You How Their Famous Gogo no Kocha Teas Are Made
Learn something new during your trip!
The Goodness and Special Process of Gogo no Kocha Workshop
Kirin Brewery Shiga Plant, 1600 Binmanji, Tagacho, Inukami District, Shiga Prefecture
Starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 12:40 p.m. on Sept. 14 and 28. It will be scheduled twice a month from October onwards.
Entrance fee: ¥500
How to get there: It’s a 10-minute Taga Taishamae Eki-bound bus ride from JR Minami Hikone Station to the Kirin Beer Mae stop and a 15-minute walk from the Ohmi Railway Screen Station.
Last June 29, the Kirin Brewery Shiga Plant started an adult-only seminar called The Goodness and Special Process of Gogo no Kocha Workshop.
This year marks the 33rd year of Gogo no Kocha’s (also nicknamed Gogotea) launch. The workshop will offer participants the opportunity to learn about the secrets behind the product—mainly in terms of its flavor. It will last for approximately one hour and 40 minutes.
Curious to know what else you can learn from the seminar? Read on below to know more!
A black tea specialist will demonstrate the best way to prepare tea and will teach you tasting techniques.
Learn about the special process of making Gogo no Kocha.
Gogo no Kocha, which was released in 1986, is the first-ever bottled black tea in Japan. During the seminar, a detailed presentation narrating how the product was developed, its original manufacturing process, and how its name came into being, will be shown to the participants. This presentation will also include remarkable milestones depicting the developer’s efforts and hardships in branding and producing the Gogo no Kocha we know today.
A staff will explain the history behind the product.
Try simulating their original manufacturing method.
When one talks about the unique taste of Gogo no Kocha, it always makes sense to mention its peculiar manufacturing process called the Micro Brew Process. Through this, tea is extracted from a mix of regular-sized and finely-ground tea leaves.
During the seminar, each participant will be given the opportunity to try the mill, grind tea leaves, and taste them using techniques taught by a professional. The authentic iced straight tea with herbal aroma has the slightly bitter taste of black tea leaves.
Try Kirin’s original Micro Brew Process simulation.
Taste the aromatic tea made through the Micro Brew Process.
Mix and match the teas with the shop’s snacks.
Gogo no Kocha is said to be “a perfect match for fruits such as berries, kiwis, and pineapples.” In the seminar, participants will be given the chance to pair three kinds of Gogo no Kocha (Straight Tea, Milk Tea, and Lemon Tea) with food that have contrasting flavors. These include cheesecake, chocolate, and inari sushi (sushi rice wrapped inside seasoned and deep-fried tofu pockets).
Find the snack that goes best with the different types of Gogo no Kocha.
An activity involving mixing fruits in Gogotea is also a hit!
Observe the production line at the factory.
There is also a special tour where you get to watch the plastic bottles being made and see the huge machines and factory staff at work.
View the production line through the glass.
Being able to witness the factory staff at work with various machines makes the tour unforgettable.
Buy souvenirs at the factory shop.
After the seminar, you can visit the factory shop where various goods are sold. You can also find factory tour limited-edition items such as Beer Cookie & White Chocolate and Glico Giant Pretz Mustard & Sausage Flavor here.
Besides this, the Kirin Brewery Shiga Plant also holds events for tea and beer lovers as well. Some of the events are the Gogo no Kocha Tour and the Watch, Touch, Taste Kirin Ichiban Shibori Secret Discovery Tour, where participants can learn more about the Kirin Beer.
Learn new things while having fun at this facility!
Note: Only 12 participants are allowed per session, so those interested should register ahead of time.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kansai Walker™ (5 July 2019)