This tea is sourced from Chiran in Kagoshima, at the southernmost tip of Japan's island of Kyushu. The tea farm is located near the ocean and benefits from intense sunlight. The farm has pursued organic cultivation since 1998, using three-year matured and fermented natural compost from a rich mixture of natural substances, including bamboo powder and mineral-rich rock. Additionally, fertile volcanic soil and large amounts of ash fly across the farm from the active volcano Mt. Sakurajima. Tea leaves are washed before harvesting in order to remove volcanic ash. The farmer then processes the tea using high quality, traditional bamboo rolling and drying machines.
The best organic matchas in Japan, besides Uji and Hoshino, come from the top region of Kirishima in southern Kyushu. We obtain the tencha directly from Kirishima's leading organic tencha farm, which is well-known in Japan. For the Matcha Ikkyu, we select only the highest quality of the 1st harvest leaves, and have them ground specially for us in Uji, in one of the top granite stone mills in Japan. This guarantees the best possible preservation of nutrients, as well as an excellent texture and creaminess and the full development of the flavours.
This tea is exclusively sourced from the above mentioned tea farm. Sourced directly from the tea farmer.