About Our Tea
Matcha (抹茶) is created when the leaves from shade-grown green tea are hand picked then ground down to produce a wonderful bright green tea powder.
The young tender leaves are steamed and dried immediately after harvest to retain their freshness. The next step is sorting and de-stemming to obtain the raw material required for Matcha called Tencha.
Tencha is blended and then refrigerated to then be ground traditionally in a stone mill.
Matcha first originated in China in the 8th Century and then made its way over to Japan in the 12th Century by the founder of Zen Buddhism, Myoan Eisai who brought tea seeds for cultivation.
Matcha became popular with the samurai warrior class with monks giving Matcha to samurai as a pre-battle drink to increase energy and endurance.
In the 16th Century, Sen No Rikyu was a great tea master who defined the rituals of the Japanese tea ceremony (otherwise known as Cha-no-yu) which then became well established as part of the Japanese culture.
Since then it has been enjoyed in Japan for its rich flavour but has only recently caught the rest of the world by storm.
The Premium Matcha Powder that Matcha Yu imports from Japan has been grown and picked in the fields of Wazuka, a mountainous region south of Uji (Kyoto prefecture) in Japan, world famous for producing top quality Matcha.
Sometimes it can be quite difficult to access this kind of high quality & "Umami" (full bodied) flavoured Matcha outside of Japan.
We have established a well trusted partnership with our Japanese tea suppliers to ensure you receive the best quality Matcha wherever you are located.
The other Matcha in our range is our Everyday Matcha which is expertly sourced from the Miyazaki Prefecture on the Southern Island of Kyushu, Japan.
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The roasting process has a decaffeinating effect on the leaves, making Hojicha a tasty low-caffeine alternative for tea enthusiasts.
The roasting process also changes the flavour of the tea. With a nutty taste, Hojicha is a unique tea in that it has a “roast” flavour that no other tea has. Interestingly enough, this flavour makes Hojicha taste quite a bit like freshly roasted coffee.
Hojicha is most commonly made with bancha, although it is also made with sencha and kukicha tea leaves as well.
Our Hojicha is also sourced from Kyushu and is made from Sencha tea leaves, cut after its first harvest.
Hojicha is perfect to use to make a latte, in baking, smoothies, ice-cream and more!
Genmaicha is a Japanese brown rice green tea consisting of green tea mixed with roasted popped brown rice.
Commonly found in leaf form, we have sourced a delicious powder version for you to enjoy from tea leaves grown in Shizuoka Prefecture, Central Honshu, Japan.
All our tea comes packaging in home compostable packaging by Econic. You can pop straight into your compost or bury in your backyard! A win for you and for Planet Earth!