matcha 101

What is Matcha?

Matcha means powdered tea in Japanese. Matcha is made from green tea leaves. The stems and veins of the leaves are removed before it's ground into an ultra-fine powder using a stonemill. It is the only tea drink where the whole leaf is consumed.

Health benefits

Yes, it's that green

The tea leaves are shaded from the sun for 4 weeks before they are harvested. The plants compensate for the lack of sunlight by producing extra chlorophyll, giving it that intense vibrant green hue. This results in the accumulation of amazing good for you molecules including L-theanine, an amino acid that helps you relax, focus, regulate sleep, and fight inflammation. Matcha is also rich in catechins, a natural antioxidant that stabilizes harmful free radicals.

How we are different

The Real Matcha standard

Matcha is grown across Asia. Some brands source from China or lower quality late season harvest. The best matcha-producing regions are located in the Shizuoka, Kyoto, Aichi, and Fukuoka prefectures of Japan. Real Matcha comes from Shizuoka prefecture and uses first harvest leaves. Shizuoka is known as the top tea producing region in Japan with the best weather conditions and the richest volcanic soil (In the foothills of Mt. Fuji), creating perfect conditions for matcha farming.

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What is the best way to store Matcha?

You can store unopened Matcha at room temperature. Avoid direct heat, sun or strong light. Once opened, please make sure to keep the matcha tin tightly closed because it's sensitive to humidity, heat, and light. It is recommended to be refrigerated and consumed within 30- 45 days.

Is Your Matcha Vegan and Gluten-Free?

Yes, our Matcha contains 100% of just one ingredient, ground organic tea leaves which are vegan and gluten-free.

Do your suppliers follow certified safety standards?

Yes, the factory is certified by FSSC:22000 Certification (Food Safety System Certification) including following elements: ISO 22000:2018, ISO/TS 22002-1:2009. This is a widely used and approved safety production system certification with very strict regulations. They are also certified by USA/FDA, HALAL, U-KOSHER and Rainforest Alliance.

What are the quality control standards?

We source only from Japan. Every production lot is tested for radiation and heavy metals. Real Matcha is Certified Organic by JASCERT and is equivalent to USDA organic standards as well.

About Us

We are an Asian-American small business founded in 2023. After drinking over 2,000 cups of matcha and visiting Uji the birthplace of matcha, our founder, Peter, aims to bring tea culture and a daily matcha ritual to your routine. We are committed to carefully sourcing high quality teas from the best matcha growing regions in Japan. Email with any questions or collaboration requests!

Upcoming Pop Up Events

Stay tuned for upcoming events. Come meet us at local pop up markets throughout the U.S.

  • San Francisco, December 9- 10th at Sip Shop Eat, Embarcadero Center
  • Philadelphia, TBA
  • New York City, TBA
  • Cleveland, TBA