Where Matcha comes from

Since the end of the 12th century the Nishio region has been one of the most important producers of Tencha tea, the basis for producing Matcha. In Nishio region an optimal climate and soil conditions combine to create a tea culture which is the centre of the inhabitant’s lives. However, that all changed in 2011 as a result of what occurred in the city of Fukushima, only 450 kilometres away.

Following the awful reactor disaster in 2011, tea growers in Kyushu who were especially careful of the quality of their tea were able to make a fortune. The climatic and soil conditions in this region are just as ideal as in Nishio, while a centuries-old tea growing culture equally exists there. Furthermore, as the region is located at the most southerly point in Japan, the environmental conditions remain ideal.

Although already no longer offered by responsible traders on the German market, it is extremely important to avoid Matcha as well as all other teas from Nishio, and instead to select Matcha which can be proven to be harmless. The sales contacts listed here can of course match this requirement.

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