Produced by using a stone mill to grind tea leaves packed with umami flavor into a fine powder, matcha is characterized by a natural vibrant green color, prominent fragrance, and smooth, rich flavor. Uji-Shimizu (sweetened matcha) blends matcha’s flavor with the sweetness of granulated sugar. Matcha can be enjoyed as koicha, usucha, matcha latte, and many other ways.
Sencha has just the right amount of sharpness and sweetness, as well as a pleasant, refreshing aftertaste. It's the quintessential everyday Japanese green tea that can be enjoyed on any occasion—as a morning pick-me-up, after a meal, or with a snack. Enjoy preparing it with different temperatures of water—boiling hot water, chilled water, or anything in between.
Hojicha and genmaicha have light, refreshing tastes. When you pour boiling hot water over hojicha, a wonderful roasted aroma fills the air. Genmaicha possesses the mild, pleasant aroma of roasted rice. Both are great for regular, daily consumption. Hojicha is particularly well-suited to being carried around in your travel flask while out and about.
One-Cup Teabags are packed with the shoots and buds that are left over from the tea manufacturing process. The roundish little clumps have a slightly bitter taste with lots of umami. One-Cup Teabags come in three flavors, gyokuro, sencha, and hojicha, and come in very handy on the road, at the office, or when you’re running late in the morning.
Mugicha is carefully roasted in order to produce a mild tea with the rich flavor and aroma that is characteristic of barley. It is delicious whether prepared hot or cold. Prepare it in a kyusu when making small amounts, or in a saucepan or kettle when you want to make a lot. It’s a good tea for carrying around in a travel flask.
Iribancha is a distinctive, roasted tea of the Kyoto region consisting of larger, less delicate leaves and small twigs from the tea plant. It has a characteristic smoky aroma that comes from the smoking process it undergoes during manufacturing. Despite its rough appearance, Iribancha has a refreshing taste with a hint of sweetness, and is very easy to drink. Prepare it in a kyusu when making small amounts, or in a saucepan or kettle when you want to make a lot. It’s also a good tea for carrying around in a travel flask. Its pronounced smoky aroma makes it an acquired taste, though, so keep that in mind when serving guests.