The traditionally handcrafted, white charcoal made from Japanese holm oak from Kishu, Japan, is known for its purifying and mineralizing effects on water and air. The forests in Kishu have been maintained and harvested by craftsmen who gathered knowledge and perfected their skills over generations.
Kishu Binchotan mineralizes and purifiestap water by absorbing chemicals and lime, making the tap water softer. It can be used as an air freshener by capturing odor from the air. Furthermore, it can be used as a natural fertilizer for plants and even provides protection against electrosmog.
The slow growing Japanese holm oak, which possesses a finely pored structure and a high density, is baked over several days, first at low temperatures and then at high temperatures with restricted oxygen. To trap the carbon, the charcoal is extin-guished with white ash at the finish, whichgives the white charcoal its name.
Before using, rinse out with water. Leave the charcoal inside water for 1-2 hours to let it mineralize and bind chlorine and lime. The pH-value of the water is adjusted and the water softened.
After 1-2 months, clean the charcoal by cooking it for 10 minutes in boiling water. After an overall lifespan of 4-6 months, the charcoal should be replaced and can be recycled as a fertilizer
The Kishu Binchotan charcoal pieces have a length of 15cm and a diameter of 3-4cm. Since it is a 100% natural product, it can be subject to slight deviations. Thecharcoal sticks fit into customary watercarafes with wide necks.