Cuppa Tea Japanese Matcha is 100% authentic, directly from Nishio, Japan where Matcha originated and where the most premium quality Matcha is produced. Our supplier has been in the tea business for 100+ years!
Cuppa Tea Matcha is cultivated, harvested and processed very carefully every step of the way to keep it fresh and rich in flavor and nutrients, the Japanese way! Very little machinery is used in the process to assure top quality and stay true to the ancient roots of Matcha. Only the top finest and youngest, shade-grown leaves are chosen to be hand-picked. Right after the harvest. Cuppa Tea Matcha is carefully steamed to prevent the enzymes from oxidizing and then stored in specially designed facilities to keep it fresh all year round. Before grinding our premium Matcha, all rough fiber (stems and veins) are removed to reduce any bitter flavor. Since Matcha loses color, flavor, and nutrients easily by being exposed to light and air (oxidation), proper packaging is very important. Cuppa Tea Ceremonial Matcha is extremely well protected in a sealed tin for the ultimate freshness and taste.
The slow grinding in the traditional granite grinding stones guarantees the maximum protection of nutrients as the stones break the fiber naturally without overheating and burning the powder. Matcha that is produced outside of Japan is usually broken down by using hot air pressure which destroys the natural structure and overheats the green tea leaves resulting in less fine, inconsistent powder with low nutritional value.
The only way to really be sure about the quality of the Matcha is by asking for proof in the form of test results from an independent lab. We have an independent lab test for all of our Matcha. There are never any detectable residual chemicals from pesticides. Cuppa Tea Matcha is pure, clean and additive free. Cuppa Tea Matcha adheres to the regulations of JAS/JONA. JONA (Japan Organic and Natural Foods Association) and JAS (Japan Agriculture standard) follow stricter regulations and high standards than the North American certification association. They require the use of only natural fertilizers and the chemical- free cultivation of the tea plants for at least 3 years prior to certification. Organic CuppTea Matcha is also certified by EU Agriculture, the governing body for the European Community.