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What are tea cultivars and should you pay any attention to them?

More than 70% of all tea plants grown in Japan are genetically identical. This is because they were propagated using cutting rather than growing from a seed. This is a “cultivar”, and it allows farmers to standardize quality and output year after year. Certain tea plant cultivars are said to be better for making matcha …

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What is the difference between matcha and green tea?

Simply put, matcha is a type of green tea. Both come from the same plant, “camilla sinesis”, but matcha is a specific type of green tea. Because of how it is produced, it has quite different characteristics from other types of green tea such as “sencha” (煎茶) or “genmaicha” (玄米茶). 1. Differences in the manufacturing …

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What is Matcha?

Simply put, matcha is a type of green tea originating in Japan. Matcha is made of finely ground tea leaves grown under shade for a few weeks prior to harvesting. While matcha has a similar taste to green tea, there are several key differences. The big difference is that matcha powder is made by grinding …

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Why you need to start paying attention to matcha from Kagoshima

Kagoshima was historically the source of cheap “filler” teas that big, traditional tea houses in Uji would use to blend and balance out teas. This slowly changed in the late 1980s as the regional government sought to increase the brand recognition and quality of its tea product. History of Kagoshima tea Today, Kagoshima is an …

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