What is Matcha?

By definition, Matcha is a shade-grown all natural, powdered green tea from Japan. Extremely high in antioxidants, amino acids, and other nutrients, this brilliantly green tea has actually been around for over 800 years. It is traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies and has been used by Zen Buddhist Monks as an instrument for meditation and ingredient for health. 

Matcha is one of the most unique teas on the planet, obtaining its tremendous health properties through careful growing, cultivating, and processing. Unlike other teas, Matcha undergoes some additional steps in the production cycle before it makes its way to your cup. This includes shade growing, hand picking, stem and vein removal, and granite milling into a fine powder. To read more about how Matcha is made, click here.

 

Where is Matcha grown?

Aiya’s Matcha is currently grown in Nishio, Japan (there are two main Matcha growing regions in Japan: Uji (in Kyoto Prefecture) and Nishio). Though Nishio is a lesser known rural city, its location actually creates a better environment for tea cultivation. Due to the lack of urbanization, this area is surrounded by pristine rivers and clean air, with the most fertile and undisturbed soil. Not only that, but Nishio has the most ideal temperature and precipitation amount for tea plants to flourish. Many other regions in Japan (like the Northern region) are too cold for Matcha. Another reason why Nishio is ideal is because of the tea farmers there. Nishio farmers have been specializing in Matcha for over 100 years, so their rich history and experience yields a truly high quality tea. 

 

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Tea fields of Nishio in Aichi Prefecture.