Our premium collection of sencha comes from all over Kyushu, directly sourced from small single-estate farmers who have spent years pouring their skills and knowledge into their tea.
Sencha is the most well-known variety of green tea, and the most popular kind in Japan. To make sencha, tea leaves are steamed within a few hours after harvest, thus stopping the oxidation process, then rolled into needles, thus making sure that the leaves’ natural green color is preserved. This process also helps the leaves retain their fragrance and components.
Thanks to a mild climate, sencha from Kyushu region is usually sweeter and richer in umami than in other areas in Japan. Producers can grow rare and delicate cultivars that yield extraordinary and rare tea.
The precious “Shincha” (New Tea) that tea lovers await with trepidation refers usually to the first sencha of the year, made exclusively from leaves plucked during the first harvest. The area of Chiran has the earliest first harvest of the country.
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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"Tea is nought but this: first you heat the water,
then you make the tea.
Then you drink it properly.
That is all you need to know."
Sen no Rikyu
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