Premium green tea and matcha
shipped to you directly from Japan!
We were the first online store to provided gourmet teas sent directly from Japan. From the beginning quality has been our top priority.
All teas are packaged from the source and sent to us daily so we offer you the freshest premium Japanese green tea and matcha!
Japanese tea is not fermented at all. The leaves are steamed immediately after harvesting to stop the fermentation process. Sencha is dried after steaming and, when dry enough, rolled into a variety of shapes until it is completely dry.
The color is enhanced by covering the plants with black cloth or bamboo curtains to shield them from sunlight and help the leaves produce more chlorophyl. Gyokuro is steamed, then the stalks are removed by finishing tools. The leaves are dried, rolled and twisted into elegant pine needle shapes.
Matcha differs from gyokuro in that the leaves are not rolled at all. After steaming, the leaves are thoroughly dried. This is tencha. The tencha is then ground into a superfine powder, and that powder is what is known as matcha.