Ingredient: Organic Gyokuro, shade-grown tea
As the name, SAE (sah-eh), suggests, this exceptional matcha is made from Sae-midori (sah-eh-mee-do-ree), a supreme cultivar of green tea. Sae-midori means “vivid green” in Japanese. Most of the matcha in the market is made from Yabukita (yah-boo-key-tah) cultivar, which is very popular and a common variety you find in Japan. When you see and taste this masterpiece of matcha, you will know what real matcha is like.
What sets this matcha apart from others is also the entire process from soil management to grinding. Each step was perfected by its extraordinary grower, Mr. Sakamoto, in Kagoshima, Japan, who is full of experience, knowledge, and passion to offer the healthiest green tea to the world.
Mr. Sakamoto takes care of his tea plants all year round and harvests only once. His shading technique creates concentrated Umami in the tea leaf; in return, it adds a lot of stress on the plants. Mr. Sakamoto spends the rest of the year to heal and nourish the plants.
His remarkable effort starts with creating his own mineral-rich fertilizer. It helps the soil to become an ideal environment to grow healthy, strong and nutrition-packed tea leaf, assisting in the flow of water, microorganisms, and nutrients in his soil. His tea leaf stays “alive” or green long after it is harvested. It’s proof that the leaf is dense with nutrition and antioxidants.
His tireless devotion doesn’t stop there; he grinds their own leaf slowly with the traditional method. His stone mill matcha makes only 500g a day. (One pound is 453.5g.) We are fortunate to be able to offer you this masterpiece.
Preparation: Use 1 tsp. per 8 oz of water of 100 – 120° F. Whisk vigorously with bamboo whisk or mixer.
Cold-brew preparation: Use a heaping 1 tsp. per 8 oz water. Whisk vigorously with bamboo whisk or mixer, or shake well in a water bottle.
Net Weight: 40g/1.4 oz
Storage: Packaged in a resealable pouch. Reseal pouch after getting out as much air as possible. Store in a cool dry place away from any direct sunlight. For more information on storage click here.