Our Emperor Award Winning Premium Matcha comes from Kifukuen family run tea farm in Uji, Japan.
This tea farm has been in the Terakawa family for 8 generations (over 200 years) and has a wealth of knowledge and experience growing top quality tea.
We are honoured to make their high quality tea available to you, hand picked with care just once a year in May, known as "Ichibancha" or "First Harvest".
Every year around this time, around 40 experienced workers return to the farm to carefully hand pick the new tea leaves that will be transformed to make Matcha powder.
Matcha Yu Tea are just back from our trip to Japan and and easing into the daily routine again.
It was so lovely to return to a place which means so much personally, it really is like going back to a second home, full of wonderful memories and life long friendships.
One of the main purposes of us returning to Japan at this time was to get a rare chance to learn all about Ichibancha (otherwise known as first harvest) and witness this very important time in a tea farm's calendar when the tea that is covered with shade cloths and ultimately becomes Matcha is hand picked with care by a team of experienced hard workers.
Very soon we here at Matcha Yu Tea will be saying Sayonara (goodbye) to Australia and a big Konnichiwa (hello) to Japan!
We're visiting Japan specifically to visit our Premium Matcha tea supplier as it's tea picking season but also to enjoy drinking a lot of Matcha and enjoying many tea inspired desserts!
Whenever we travel outside of the home, we make every effort to bring our own reusable items so as to avoid excessive plastic consumption.
So naturally we are thinking about the items we plan to take away to Japan to us to help us on this journey, being that we are very eco-aware.
We've narrowed it down to the items below and we really wanted to share our tips with you all as well, in case you may find them useful.
So, what exactly DO you put in a zero waste travel kit for Japan?
Read more here to find out...
Here's another lovely review of our Culinary Matcha, this time from Sherstin from @butfirst_tea, an amazing tea community we absolutely love!
"Beautiful to drink but great to bake with as well"
"The packaging is eco-friendly and it's home compostable, the packaigng, the label, everything is packaging. Super eco-friendly and something to be honest is so rare, not a lot of tea companies are doing this".
Sherstin, we totally love the zig zag motion of the tea whisk too, a great technique!
Thank you for the kind words and so happy you enjoyed it!
So incredibly excited to share the lovely blog post written by self confessed ”tea addict”(we're with you on that! 😂) Karma Clarke, otherwise known as @goodfoodgoodkarma on Instagram.
Such beautiful words and you can also find a great video demonstrating how to make Matcha using a traditional bamboo whisk.