AKINA

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$11$13

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2021 Harvest

Description

AKINA is a wonderful everyday matcha made by Mizota san in Yame. This matcha, which is made with only the Yabukita cultivar, has a creamy and smooth texture with a lingering sweetness. Its subtle bitterness is balanced with notes of sweet grass and steamed corn. Hints of cocoa powder and milk chocolate make this matcha even more enjoyable.

Producer

CHISAKO MISOTA
Origin
100% Japanese tea from Yame
Quality and Type
High-Grade Matcha
Cultivars
Yabukita

Tasting Notes

Packing
Resealable vacuum bag, or aluminium bag with neutral gaz for best preservation.

Conservation

Unopened
6 months

Opened
6 weeks

Preparation

Tea quantity
2g /0.07oz

Water quantity
70ml /2.37oz

Temperature
80C / 176F

Brewing time
0s

Reviews

Reviews

  1. Nathan Kerridge (verified owner)

    Exceptionally good value! This is an ideal everyday matcha, and the efficiency of the delivery was outstanding.

  2. Curtis Dodson (verified owner)

    One of the best values for any matcha. Normally matcha at this price is mediocre at best, but this was incredible! I love the creaminess of this matcha and I use that after recovering from night shifts to give me the boost to power through the day to get back on schedule.

  3. Robert Kim (verified owner)

    My favorite matcha from Ikkyu. It is well balanced without bitterness. I can vary the tea amount to my liking with confidence.

  4. Grantpawelski (verified owner)

    I recently got into premium tea because of the health benefits. So I imported this matcha. It is absolutely incredible. The taste is amazing, no noticeable bitterness. It has a slight sweet and earthy taste. I have a cup of it every afternoon. The effects are life changing. It keeps me calm, focused, yet energized. I love that this site is so transparent and I know exactly where my tea is coming from.

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Tasting Guide

sweetness

A sweet-tasting tea is a very light tea that leaves a sensation of natural sweetness in the mouth.

UMami

Although there is no official translation of the word “umami”, some call it “savory taste”: it leaves a mild and lasting pleasant brothy after taste and is recognized as one of the five basic tastes (together with sweetness, sourness, bitterness, and saltiness). It also induces salivation and a furriness sensation on the tongue, stimulating the throat, the roof and the back of the mouth.

BITTERNESS

The natural bitterness of green tea comes from the way it is made. Unlike black and oolong teas, green teas are made from the unfermented leaves of the tea plant, which keeps the antioxidants intact, but also gives them the bitter taste. This bitterness can be regulated with the water temperature : the higher the more bitter and vice-versa.

CAFFEINE

Caffeine is a naturally-occurring stimulant, found in several plants. Caffeine is water soluble, and is extracted into the brewed cup when preparing tea. In most cases, tea has much less caffeine than coffee.

CATECHINS

Catechins are a type of polyphenol (EGCG) and are the main astringency component in green tea, long known as tannins. In order to release more catechins you will need higher brewing temperature at around 80 but this will also increase the astringency and bitterness of your tea because of the caffeine. Dont use such temperatures for Gyokuro.

THEANINE

L-theanine (here referred to as theanine) is an amino acid that has a relaxing, but not sedating, effect. It is renowned for its ability to put you in the ideal state of calm attentiveness. It can sharpen focus, while reducing stress and enhancing overall well-being. Theanine can interact with caffeine, allowing a smaller dose of caffeine to have a stronger effect in terms of boosting concentration and alertness.

ASTRINGENCY

L-theanine (here referred to as theanine) is an amino acid that has a relaxing, but not sedating, effect. It is renowned for its ability to put you in the ideal state of calm attentiveness. It can sharpen focus, while reducing stress and enhancing overall well-being. Theanine can interact with caffeine, allowing a smaller dose of caffeine to have a stronger effect in terms of boosting concentration and alertness.

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AKINA

$11$13

Clear

2021 Harvest

Description

AKINA is a wonderful everyday matcha made by Mizota san in Yame. This matcha, which is made with only the Yabukita cultivar, has a creamy and smooth texture with a lingering sweetness. Its subtle bitterness is balanced with notes of sweet grass and steamed corn. Hints of cocoa powder and milk chocolate make this matcha even more enjoyable.

Producer

CHISAKO MISOTA
Origin
100% Japanese tea from Yame
Quality and Type
High-Grade Matcha
Cultivars
Yabukita

Tasting Notes

Packing
Resealable vacuum bag, or aluminium bag with neutral gaz for best preservation.

Conservation

Unopened
6 months

Opened
6 weeks

Preparation

Tea quantity
2g /0.07oz

Water quantity
70ml /2.37oz

Temperature
80C / 176F

Brewing time
0s

what is matcha ?

Matcha (抹茶) is a fine powdered green tea made from tencha leaves (shaded leaves) that benefits from high theanine contents. Matcha combines an elegant aroma and sweetness, and brings a pleasant state of relaxation to both body and mind. Because the leaf powder is dissolved in hot water, all of the tea nutrients are ingested, including those that are not water-soluble (vitamin A, protein, vitamin E, minerals, dietary fibers).

In Japan, matcha is enjoyed during the Tea Ceremony, according to the Sado principles. Even if you are no specialist, to prepare your daily matcha, you will need several key accessories, such as a chawan (matcha bowl), chashaku (bamboo scoop), a chasen (matcha whisk) and a kusenaoshi (chasen holder). Since 2021, our shop includes handmade chasen made in Takayama, Nara prefecture, with 100% Japanese bamboo. Feel free to browse our tea accessories section to complete or start your collection.

 

 

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