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. 

Bringing Matcha from China to Japan

 

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. 

We here at Matcha Yu Tea are thrilled to offer the following Matcha Green Tea Varieties for you to enjoy. 

The Premium Matcha Powder  - Ceremonial Grade Category has been grown and picked in the fields of Kagoshima, a mountainous region in Southern Kyushu in Japan, famous for producing top-quality Matcha. 

Tea fields of Wazuka, Japan  

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.

Tea Leaves in tea field of Wazuka, Japan

The other Matcha in our range is our Everyday Matcha which is expertly sourced from Miyazaki Prefecture, also on Kyushu Island, Japan.

Matcha tea field Kyushu Japan

  It also retains high quality and is perfect to drink on its own, in Lattes, Baking, Smoothies and more!
Both types of our Matcha are Japanese Certified Organic which means the tea plants grown with only natural organic fertilisers and no agricultural chemicals or pesticides. JAS certification standards are accepted by the Australian organic certification bodies.
Japanese Certified Organic
Certified Organic Everyday Matcha

 

And let's not forget Matcha's hip sidekicks...

Hojicha Powder

Houjicha Powder

Houjicha Roasted Green Tea Powder Matcha Yu
Hojicha (ほうじ茶 ) (which also can be spelt Houjicha) is roasted Japanese green tea and emerged early in the 20th century in Kyoto when tea merchants began roasting leaves over charcoal.

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.

It has a lovely aromatic flavour and makes a very pleasant tasting experience. 

Hojicha is perfect to use to make a latte, in baking, smoothies, ice cream and more! 

Genmaicha Green Tea

(Matcha Genmaicha Loose Leaf Tea)

Genmaicha Roasted Rice Powder(Genmaicha Powder)

Genmaicha is a Japanese brown rice green tea consisting of green tea mixed with roasted popped brown rice. 

We have two special varieties for you to enjoy.

1) Matcha Genmaicha -  Contains Matcha powder that lightly dusts the Roasted Genmaicha Tea, giving it freshness and depth of flavour.  The Matcha adds a grassy, fresh, slightly sweet taste to the flavour profile.  Drink on its own with water to enjoy. 

2) Genmaicha Powder - tea leaves ground down into a fine powder which makes it ideal to use in a Latte or for Baking/Cooking purposes. 

 All our tea comes packaged in home compostable packaging by Econic. You can pop straight into your compost or bury it in your backyard! A win for you and Planet Earth!