A luxurious, adult treat.
The cream of the crop, benefitting from the growers’ meticulous attention
The tea plant, a member of the camellia family, has a natural sweetness when it begins to grow, but it becomes more astringent the longer it’s exposed to the sun. To curb astringency and bring out richer sweetness, the whole tea field is covered to create a shaded area for matcha to grow. Growing new leaf buds while keeping them in near-darkness is extremely challenging. Considerable skill and experience are also required to manufacture tea that brings out the ingredients of the delicate, freshly picked young tea leaves to their fullest. KANZA is the ultimate expression of tea growers’ passion for Japanese tea.
A very rare matcha that defies attempts at volume production
KANZA has a smooth mouth feel and a refined, elegant flavour. Another distinctive feature is its magnificent, bright green colour. The best way to savour this matcha to the full is as koicha (thick matcha), adding only enough water to blend the powder into a smooth paste. Savour the luxurious flavour and fragrance produced thanks to the tea leaves having absorbed an abundance of rich nutrients.
How do Ippodo staff use it?
The best way is to focus your entire attention on listening to the sound of water boiling and matcha being prepared with a whisk in a quiet space, and the fragrance of matcha wafting into the air, and the flavour and fragrance experienced when drinking the matcha. It’s great for when you want to concentrate.
Made with only the finest tea leaves
These carefully handpicked tea leaves constitute the cream of the crop, grown using meticulous cultivation management backed by the full knowledge and experience of the tea growers. Only a limited quantity of tea leaves of this quality can be produced. KANZA has flavour that should be truly savoured.
Special colour, flavour and fragrance
The characteristic nature of this matcha can also be noticed in its deep, vivid colour. The rich fragrance that rises into the air when the matcha is whisked is also magnificent. It calms the mind and fills you with a feeling of joy. The KANZA experience begins even before you start drinking it.
Make it your first drink of the day
Wake yourself up with KANZA in the morning, and make it a source of energy to help you get through your day. It is also great to enjoy as a personal ritual when you want to change gear and get yourself fired up for work, school, or some other activity. It’s a good way to get yourself going.
Enjoy it during quiet moments of reflection
KANZA has rich flavour with particular depth. As you drink it, you will see how it presents the full range of qualities—umami, sweetness, sharpness, and fragrance. Quietly hone your senses, focusing your awareness on each quality, one by one, to discover which you like the best.
Basic usucha (matcha)
- 15 sec.
1 Sift 2g of matcha (1.5 heaped tea ladles or 1 level teaspoon)
2 Add 60ml of hot water (80°C)
3 Whisk vigorously for 15 seconds
Preparing the usucha quickly is the secret to enjoying the full fragrance.
Basic koicha (matcha)
- 15 sec.
1 Sift 4g of matcha (3 heaped tea ladles or 2 level teaspoons)
2 Add 30ml of hot water (80°C)
3 Mix slowly with a whisk for 15 seconds