Ipponmatsu | Organic Ceremonial Grade Matcha
Ipponmatsu | Organic Ceremonial Grade Matcha is a vivid green Uji matcha made from the tea plant cultivar okumidori. Cultivars are “cultivated varieties” identified for specific characteristics and propagated by cuttings to create a field of the same plant DNA. The okumidori cultivar is known for having a strong taste and aroma.
ORGANIC CERTIFICATION: While all of Azuma-san’s products are cultivated without use of pesticides / synthetic fertilizers, not all fields have been certified as organic under Japanese Agricultural Standards (JAS). Some fields are simply in the multi-year process, and some may not qualify due to their proximity to non-organic tea fields (for example). This particular matcha is made specifically from a certified organic tea field—a different one than the okumidori used in Azuma’s Kanoyama Matcha. Please remember that the final product must also be certified organic, and resellers / wholesale buyers need to abide by their own country’s organic regulations to import and resell this as an organic product.
Uses 100 % Wazuka (Kyoto) grown tea. No artificial coloring, preservative, or chemical additives.
- Name: Okumidori Matcha
- Ingredients: Green Tea
- Cultivar: Okumidori
- Notes: certified organic
- Producer: Azuma Tea Garden
- Type: Family-operated tea garden
- Location: Wazuka Village, Kyoto, Japan
About the Azuma Tea Garden
Azuma Tea Garden is a family-owned tea farm specializing in matcha products: They are tencha farmers, cultivating leaves that are shaded then processed in the family’s factory: steamed, dried without rolling, and refined into even flakes for grinding. These tencha leaves are then, ground into matcha tea powder in the family’s new factory that includes both stone mill grinders and a jet air pulverization machine for large scale culinary matcha production. The processing factory for tencha and sencha were once part of a large cooperative, but the family is the only remaining member of the cooperative. Azuma Teruko, originally from China, married into the family after visiting the village and falling in love with her husband. She is now face of the farm, and is helping to convert tea fields from relatives and retiring farmer friends into organic cultivation.