DōMatcha® is 100% authentic Japanese matcha green tea now grown in the southwestern corner of Japan in Kagoshima. We work very closely with our partners who have collectively been in the tea industry for over 700 years, Shohokuen one of our producers, and also the famous Japanese tea master Mr. Kazu Handa, whose family’s knowledge and expertise has been handed down generation after generation for over 300 years.
DōMatcha® is cultivated, harvested and processed very carefully every step of the way to keep it fresh and rich in flavor, the Japanese way! Very little machinery is used in the process to assure top quality and to stay true to the ancient roots of Matcha.
DōMatcha® green tea is shade-grown and only the finest and youngest top leaves are chosen. Immediately after harvesting, the leaves are carefully steamed to prevent the enzymes from oxidizing, they are then placed in specially designed facilities at zero degrees to keep them fresh all year round. Before grinding the leaves into Matcha, all the rough fibers, such as stems and veins, are removed to reduce any bitter flavor. Some producers use not only lower grade leaves but also include stems and other rough fiber to get more volume and reduce the costs. Needless to say that these practices result in a matcha that is a much lower quality product, less vibrant green, and leaves a bitter flavor.
Once the leaves have been de-stemmed and de-veined, they are then slowly ground between traditional granite stones, guaranteeing maximum protection by breaking the fiber naturally without overheating and ‘burning’ the powder. Powdered green tea that is produced outside of Japan is turned into powder by using hot air pressure which destroys the natural structure and overheats the green tea leaves.
Since Matcha loses color, flavor, and nutrients easily by being exposed to light and air (oxidation), proper packaging is key. DōMatcha® is extremely well protected in a sealed foil bag and a sealed tin. We also include oxy-packets to protect the Matcha even longer, keeping it fresh and green!