local farms for premium tea
We produce our tea leaves in the Wazuka-cho Sagara-gun region that is located in the southern part of Kyoto. Wazuka-cho has a beautiful river (Wazuka river) that flows through its lands, lots of beautiful green tea farms on hills, and is surrounded by mountains which makes the air around this region very pristine. The weather and landform of Wazuka-cho are very suitable for green tea production.
Uji-cha has the highest quality and brand recognition for Green tea (Sen-cha, matcha. Gyokuro, Kabuse-cha.. and so on) in the world. 40% of Uji-cha is produced in Wazka-cho. When you drink Uji-cha, you often drink Uji-cha produced in Wazuka-cho.
We at d:matcha staffs were apprentices to specific farmers who have cultivated on their farms for generations and have the best skills in Japan to grow green tea. From 2017, d:matcha staff started to cultivate our own tea farms in Wazuka and the size of the farms have reached to roughly 3ha in 2020 Jan.
In Wazuka, Wazuka river runs through the center of the town with a forest surrounding the town. The river and forests often create a lot of “fog”. The “fog” is the secret of the sweetness/umami of the green tea.
The tea trees absorb nutritions from their roots and produce and preserve Theanine in the leaves. However, Theanine becomes Catechin, the origin of bitterness and astringency, due to sunlight. To prevent sunlight and retain Theanine, farmers cover the tea trees by black sheet called “Kanreisha” for several days when they produce high quality green tea such as Gykuro and matcha. Especially for high quality green tea leaf production, famers put in a lot of effort to cover the trees with the black sheet. Timing of the covering is an extremely crucial step to provide green tea lovers with that refreshing and consistent taste.
The landform of Wazuka works well for high quality green tea leaves. The fog covers the tea trees and reduces the amount of sunlight, thereby helping them retain Theanine, the source of sweetness/umami. Wazuka is suitable for the production of green tea leaves which have a lot of Theanine. By leveraging the natural landscape, Wazuka is known as the high quality green tea leaves production area.
Because we produce and sell green tea leaves ourselves, we choose only the highest quality leaves, which adhere to our high and stringent criteria by watching and tasting in the farms. We are also able to respond our customers's feedback to create new editions of our green tea product. We follow the rules of the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fishery to ensure the highest standard and safety.
These spirit and dedication create our Japanese green tea. We hope you enjoy our craft.