Authentic Japanese Origin
Our tea leaves are sourced primarily from the Uji region (Kyoto Prefecture), which sits on the southeast border of the city of Kyoto, and is the oldest and most premiere matcha growing region in Japan. We also work with farmers in the lush Kyushu region in southern Japan, which enjoys an ideal growing climate and is quickly becoming a hub for organic farming. Final blending and grinding of the tencha green tea leaves into matcha remains strictly with the masters in Uji.
100% USDA Organic
True, authentic Japanese matcha that is certified organic is still in extremely scarce supply (less than 1% of Japanese tea farms are certified!) — and we have been carefully forming partnerships with the preeminent farms to be able to supply the best quality organic matcha here in the U.S. at fair prices.
Passionate Farmers & Traditional Techniques
Our partner farms are run by families stretching back for generations. They take pride in their craft, employing techniques that have been honed over centuries. The tea leaves used for our matcha grades are:
- Shade grown for 3-4 weeks prior to harvest to boost nutrient content
- Selectively picked, with stems and veins removed to improve texture and taste
- Stone ground into an ultrafine powder, keeping delicate nutrients intact
- Carefully packed into air tight, high grade packaging to prevent oxidation from air and UV light
Lab Tested for Purity, Potency, Integrity, and Safety
We test our products both at the farms where they are grown, as well as by third party laboratories here in the U.S. Our quality standards were developed through a combination of state and federal guidelines as well as consultation with scientific research and analysis. Latest results are shown below and official documentation is available by request.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is matcha?
Matcha is the most premium variety of shade-grown Japanese green tea leaves that are ground into a fine powder. For centuries, monks have enjoyed matcha to support wellbeing and concentration during meditation. While other green teas are grown throughout the world, true authentic matcha is unique to Japan.
What grade of matcha is this, and how do I use it?
This is our Classic Culinary Grade matcha, which is an affordable way to add a delicious, healthy boost to smoothies, lattes, baked goods, and other dishes.
Does it contain caffeine?
Yes, each half-teaspoon (1g) serving contains roughly 25 - 35 mg of caffeine, about 1/3 a cup of coffee. However, Matcha also contains L-Theanine, which has a calming and leveling affect, so it doesn't make you feel jittery or wired like coffee does.
What are other health benefits?
Matcha is one of the most concentrated sources of antioxidants on the planet. These compounds help fend off free radicals, the molecules that nutritionists believe are responsible for accelerated aging, tissue damage, and inflammatory issues. One antioxidant found in matcha, EGCG, has been shown to help support metabolism and aid in weight loss.*
What's the difference between Culinary and Ceremonial grades?
Culinary grades are from later harvest tea leaves, have a bolder flavor meant for mixing into recipes as an ingredient, and are more affordable. Ceremonial grades are from first harvest leaves, have a smoother flavor suitable for traditional preparation as a tea (just mixed with hot water and whisked), and are more expensive.
How long does matcha stay fresh?
We import batches every month, and put a “Best By” date of 18 months from the date of grinding on each pouch. Matcha doesn’t “spoil” however, if kept sealed and stored in a cool, dry place…so the date is more of a suggestion for freshest taste and nutritional benefit. After opening the pouch, we recommend trying to use up the matcha within 2 to 3 months.
What if I don't like it?
If you don't have a good experience for any reason, just let us know and we'll make it right.
*FDA Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
CERTIFICATE OF ANALYSIS
POTENCY & PURITY
Each batch is tested for potency and purity to ensure you are getting the full nutritious benefits of authentic, pure organic matcha tea. These are shown in ranges due to natural plant variations.
Even though our partner farms carry organic certification, we double check and test the integrity of each batch to ensure it is free from harmful microbes and pesticides.
The safety of our products is our absolute #1 concern, so we thoroughly test for contaminants including heavy metals and radiation, ensuring none of the bad stuff gets through.
OUR PROMISE TO YOU
1) To provide premium quality, authentic Japanese organic matcha, in both culinary and ceremonial grades, at fair prices.
2) To continue to improve our quality with each year's harvest, and innovate on new delicious, healthy blends and formats to enjoy matcha.
3) To stand by our products and honor our customers. If you don't have a good experience, just let us know and we'll make it right.