Natsuban Organic

Premium 90 P.

Premium organic summer harvest sencha from Yame, known for its iconic green teas. Mountainous terroir.  A premium, yet beginner-friendly sencha. 200g
  • From the Yame mountains, optimal growing conditions for strong, healthy plants
  • Sourced from one of the few organic farmers in Yame
  • 3rd generation family farm
  • Multiple awards (MAFF Award)
  • Excellent value with 100% first harvest tea leaves


Character Clear and mild, bancha-like softness, subtle bitter notes
Tea Garden  Renowned tea farming family, 3rd generation
Terroir Yabe, Yame, Fukuoka, Japan
Harvest 2nd harvest (nibancha). Late June 2023
Cultivar Yabukita, Okumidori
Elevation 600m above sea level
Steaming Medium (chumushi, approximately 50 seconds)
Shading No shading
Organic Cert. EU certified organic, JAS organic since 2015
Awards MAFF Award
Grade 90/100 p. (sencha category); Premium




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Tea Farm

For over 30 years, our farmer has been cultivating the fields of the tea farm founded by his grandfather in the snow-covered mountains surrounding the legendary tea village of Yabe. For the last 13 years, the farm has been using exclusively pesticide-free cultivation methods.

These farming practices are made possible by the special climate in Yame. At over 500m above sea level, there are hardly any insects or pests that can thrive; moreover, with snow, sun and fog, the changeable weather conditions lend the plants a particular hardiness, which is reflected in the unique aromatic potency of the tea. This has earned the farmer the coveted MAFF Award several times, besides numerous other awards, and after decades of expertise, he continues to live up to his reputation as one of the best organic farmers in Yame. The farm is particularly proud that these awards honour not only their sencha and gyokuro but also the rare wakoucha, Japanese black teas, which are among the best in all of Japan.



Harvesting the tea plants later in the year results in a bancha-like sweetness, making this sencha wonderfully easy to drink. Nourished by the warm summer sun and the fresh mountain air of Yame, this sencha strikes a perfect balance between vegetal bitter notes and pure freshness. The mouthfeel is distinctly soft and bright, so there is no sense of overpowering astringency, even after drinking large amounts of this sencha. A thoroughly authentic tea from strictly organic cultivation, which meets all the requirements of a premium entry-level Sencha.


Olive green leaves in varying sizes


Crisp meadow green


Sencha is by far the most widely cultivated and consumed green tea in Japan and, in a sense, is the cornerstone of Japanese tea tradition. The leaves are traditionally steamed for 10 - 60 seconds after being harvested, then dried with hot air, shaken out and rolled into small, flat needles in several rounds. The flavour profile of sencha is very versatile, ranging from sweet, fresh and grassy to strong, tart and slightly bitter, with the cultivation region and quality playing a decisive role.

Laboratory Tests

We go to great lengths to identify the finest organic tea farms across the world’s most celebrated terroirs. All our teas are sourced directly from the farmer and, with a few exceptions, are certified organic or come from pesticide-free farms. Each batch of tea for every harvest is tested for pesticides and other pollutants in an independent German lab to ensure they meet our strict quality standards as well as HACCP food safety requirements. Likewise, the regions of Japan from which we source our teas are tested for radioactivity for every harvest.

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Cultivation & Processing

The city of Yame is located within Fukuoka prefecture on Japan's southernmost main island of Kyushu and is home to the renowned Yamecha (八女茶; tea from Yame). Here, the entire region from the Tsukushi Plain to the basins of the Yabe and the Chikugo rivers are often shrouded in a dense fog, especially in the morning. This provides natural protection from sunlight, which in turn stimulates the tea plants, enabling them to develop high levels of umami-rich amino acids. Teas from Yame are hence often referred to as "natural gyokuros" and can become particularly aromatic. The rivers not only provide the region with pure mountain spring water, but also bring cool, humid air to the terroir. With hot days, cool nights and even snow in winter, the fluctuating temperatures of the region contribute to this humidity. The area around Yame also experiences heavy rainfall with up to 2400mm falling annually. This, combined with the loose, sediment-rich soils and the sloping mountain terroir, ensures that the tea plantations are constantly irrigated. The climate and the rich soil make the tea plants particularly hardy and ultimately contribute to the unmistakable, full-bodied aroma of Yamecha.

The origin of Yamecha dates back to 1423 and the work of the Zen master Shuzui, who brought Ming-style tea cultivation and processing methods to Japan from China, in which the tea would be roasted in a pot. However, it was not until the Edo period in the mid-19th century that the Uji method of tea production, which involves steaming and shading, gradually began to gain popularity; this resulted in the production of the very first senchas, which at the time were rare and considered a luxury product. The gradual modernisation of tea production followed, and a tea industry slowly developed around Fukuoka. The teas from this region were formally grouped together under the name Yamecha in 1925 to highlight their distinctive qualities. Today, Yame is considered one of the leading tea regions in all of Japan, and consistently receives the most prestigious awards in the country's tea contests. Yamecha has won the prestigious MAFF Award for gyokuro from the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries consistently from 2001 to 2012, and has also regularly received the same award in the sencha category.


This tea is sourced exclusively from the above-mentioned tea plantations in Yame and is purchased directly from the farmer.

Organic Certification


Brewing Guide

2 heaped tsp per 100-300ml water (60°C). Steep for 2 minutes. Suitable for several infusions.


High-quality, airtight, resealable standing zipper pouch with 9 protective layers to preserve flavour and protect against oxidation and contamination.


A red Tokoname kyusu with a fine ceramic strainer is ideal for this sencha (the special clay and the oxidation firing bring out the fine, bitter notes beautifully). Alternatively, a black Tokoname kyusu makes a perfect all-rounder for all types of green tea due to their reduction firing process.


Ideally store in a quality tea caddy made from cherry tree bark (wooden, kabazaiku chazutsu) or an airtight, double-coated metal tin.

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