Tea was first introduced to Japan by travelling Buddhist monks in the early Middle Ages. Although this is something Japan has in common with most of China, over the centuries, the Land of the Rising Sun has developed its own, unique tea culture.
At first tea was imported from China, but since the 7th century, tea has been grown and produced in Japan, using techniques that had spread in China during the Song Dynasty. The tea was steamed, then rubbed into a paste and baked into briquettes. The tea was brewed in a special way. First it was ground into fine powder, matcha, then mixed with hot boiled water, whipped to a froth. The resulting suspension is the tea drink. This way of tea serving survives to this day in the classical Japanese tea ceremony. You can buy matcha in our shop. This is tea from the oldest tea regions, such as Shizuoka Prefecture at the foot of Fuji Mountain and Uji plantations in the southern part of Kyoto Prefecture.
The taste is fresh, juicy and energizing: this tea is amazing to kick off your day in a bright way.