Japanese Green Tea
High-quality Japanese green tea you can trust
Health beneficial Japanese green tea is grown in beautiful natural settings using the chashou technique
In Japan, the tea most commonly served alongside Japan's low-calorie cuisine that emphasizes the flavor of ingredients is Japanse green tea.
Its beautiful color is an all-natural extract from the tea leaves and its elegant aroma gives a sensation of freshness. Only Japanese green tea can offer such variety in its fusion of flavors. Without the addition of sugar or other sweeteners, the unique taste of Japanese green tea is enjoyed in its pure form and contains many nutrients reputedly beneficial to health.
In Japan, people enjoy a cup of Japanese green tea as a break from everyday activities. Tea also plays an essential part in welcoming important guests as it not only sends the message that the host wants you to "relax", but the act of taking tea helps to soothe and refresh the senses.
Grown with great care in tea fields situated amongst the beautiful nature of Japan and developed using sophisticated technology, beneficial and high-quality Japanese green tea can help you lead a healthy lifestyle.
Tea Culture - the essence of hospitality
Chinese tea was introduced to Japan more than 1,000 years ago by Buddhist monks and after about 500 years "sadou" (the tea ceremony) became part of the Japanese culture. Originally a pleasure limited to the enjoyment of the upper classes, sadou gradually made its way into the lives of the commoners. Before long, "Sennorikyu" (1522 - 1591) established the world of "wabicha" (a tea ceremony designed for the commoners to enjoy) and the enjoyment of tea spread to become accessible to everyone.
Sadou became synonymous with hospitality and can be summarized by the word "ichigo-ichie" (treasuring once-in-a-lifetime experiences) - the act of relaxing while performing the tea ceremony with due care of respect as a host for the opportunities encounter with one's guest. This is the essence of tea and the soul of the Japanese people. Japanese green tea embodies the essence of hospitality passed down through the spirit of sadou.
Great care is taken to produce Japanese green tea with aroma and flavor of the highest quality
Powdered fine green tea
Matcha is a fine powdered green te commonly used in "sadou" (the tea ceremony). The young tea leaves are shaded from direct sunlight and steamed in the same way as for Gyokuro, then turned into Tencha (non-ground leaves) by drying without rolling, and finally, ground in a stone mill. Its elegant aroma and concentrated sweetness make matcha a sheer pleasure to drink, and as the powder is dissolved in hot water, all of the tea's beneficial nutrients can be taken in. Matcha is perfect for drawing out the flavors of Japanese confectionary and cuisine.
The most commonly enjoyed variety of Japanese green tea is Sencha. The freshly-picked tea leaves are steamed and then dried as they are rolled. After the leaves have been shaped, they are blended to achieve the best flavor for the consumer. In general, Sencha is green tinged with yellow and has a well-balanced combination of aroma, um, mi and bitterness, providing you with a feeling of luxury that increases with the grade of the green tea.
Refined green tea
The finest grade of the Japanese green tea, gyokuro, is sweet with a unique and mildly astringent aroma and mellow umami. The tea leaves are cultivated using the "ooishita" method, which involves shading the young tea leaves from direct sunlight for around 20 days after they first start to appear. This distinctive process inhibits astringency, producing tea leaves with large amounts of "theanine" an amino acid that enhances umami.
Roasted whole leaf green tea
This fragrant and refreshing Japanese green tea is made by roasting Sencha or Bancha over a high flame. The roasting process diminishes the tannin and caffeine content of the leaves to suppress astringency and bitterness and draw out fragrance. Hojicha is a warm brown color and since it has somewhat a mild flavor, is popular with children and the elderly. Low in caffeine, Hojicha is also the green tea of choice for infants in Japan.
Green tea with roasted rice
Genmaicha is a rich-flavored Japanese green tea made by mixing roasted rice with Sencha or Bancha. Before being blended with the tea, the rice is steeped in water and steamed then roasted at a high temperature and the popped rice stands out white amongst the tea leaves. Genmaicha allows you to enjoy the special savory fragrance of the roasted rice together with the refreshing taste of Sencha or Bancha. Because of its low caffeine content, Genmaicha is recommended for all ages, from children to the elderly.