Aiyas Tea Growing Areas
AIYA is your partner when it comes to all aspects regarding Japanese teas. Matcha for the tea industry, food service, food industry, offering reliable and safe Japanese teas that can be sold in all regions of the world or even in organic quality - this is AIYA. As your partner, AIYA and its international affiliates will take care, if wished, of international organic certifications according to EU-, NOP (North American) and JAS (Japanese) organic rules. AIYA is not a tea trader, importer or broker. AIYA is a unique tea company working directly with tea farmers since several generations. Our tea farmers are part of the "AIYA family" and work exclusively for AIYA. Your local AIYA partner is your gateway to the best tea farmers of Japan.
AIYA’s Tea Growing Areas
Our most important tea growing region is in Nishio, the heart of Aichi-prefecture, Japan. Japan's highest quality tea leaves come from Nishio, an historic tea cultivating region dating back to the 1200s. Nishio's idyllic climate, fresh river waters, fertile soils and remoteness from major urban development foster tea leaves that are more resiliently green and full of nutrients than those found in any other regions of Japan. Its quality is such that Nishio Matcha now represents over 60% of all Matcha sold in Japan. AIYA owns over 80% of the exclusive harvesting rights to the Nishio tea plantations, ensuring that our teas are made from the best leaves nature has to offer.
Organic Matcha: Toyota
The most important tea growing area for our organic teas is the tea area in Toyota (formally known as Shimoyama) which is next to Nishio city. Shimoyama represents outstanding organic quality. The region is located at 600m sea level, with a cooler climate than Nishio. The lower temperature is a natural barrier and protects our organic fields - only few insects survive in the colder regions of Japan. This is very important since organic production does not use any pesticides and relies on natural fertilizer only. The region is located in the midst of mountains, far away from any towns or streets. AIYA tea farmers are growing here the best organic teas of Japan.
Organic Matcha: Kagoshima
Due to the substantial increase in the demand for organic Matcha green tea, Aiya decided to search for expansion back in 2005. The region chosen for development was none other than the Kagoshima region, the second largest loose leaf producing prefecture in Japan. Though Kagoshima was only known for its quality loose leaf teas at the time, Aiya saw potential in the tea farmers’ relentless dedication to producing only the highest quality teas, along with Kagoshima’s ideal climate and cultivation conditions.
Starting in 2005, Aiya planted the seed for expansion with a single tea farmer in Kagoshima, slowly educating them and converting their Sencha farm to an organic Tencha farm, whose leaves would later become Matcha. After much success with this first tea farmer in Kagoshima, Aiya delved deeper into converting even more loose leaf tea farms to organic Tencha farms. These farms now produce a higher volume of organic Matcha than ever, with more tea farmers working exclusively for Aiya each year. Though originally used mainly for the Japanese Market, Kagoshima’s organic Matcha is now looking to make its way to the US market. With the recent increase in the US market’s demand for organic Matcha, Aiya is excited to bring some in from the Kagoshima tea fields’ 2015 crop.
Kagoshima, Kyushu, located in the southwest region of Japan, has been growing and cultivating high-quality loose leaf teas since 1330. Because of its southern location, Kagoshima enjoys warmer temperatures throughout the year, allowing for an early spring, and an earlier new crop harvest. Mineral-rich soil nourished from nearby volcanoes contribute to the most ideal tea cultivation conditions, while vast tea fields minimize the risk for pesticide contamination from neighboring farms. Kagoshima, similar to Nishio, is located away from the city, reducing the risk of pollution. Only the purest, freshest organic Matcha green tea comes from Kagoshima.