About our Matchaby 黒田九兵衛
The features and definitions of our matcha products are as follows.
- Matcha lineup 26 products. Other 10 products such as Sencha and Hojicha.
- All production areas are from Japan. Mino Shirakawa (Gifu), Shizuoka, Kyoto, Kagoshima, Aichi, etc.
- 4 contract factories. Certification varies from factory to factory. We can support FSSC 22000, JAS Organic, Halal and Kosher certifications, but the certifications vary from factory to factory.
- Grade classification: Ceremony, luxury goods, and food products. Some overseas vendors may use a classification method that divides food products into five levels. In that case, please refer to middle-class and high-end products together.
- Pesticide Residue Standards: US GAAP, European EU GAAP, or both are listed on the product page. The US and European EU standards have different inspection items. All products comply with the strict Japanese pesticide residue standards, so you can use it with confidence even if there is no label.
- Storage method and inventory after harvesting: All matcha tea leaves are stored in a frozen state to keep them fresh, except for the amount to be shipped immediately after the oxidation is stopped by the steaming process after picking. After that, after receiving the order, it is thawed and powdered. Therefore, it may take some time for delivery. Also, depending on the season (especially just before the new harvest season in spring), the stock may run out.
- Best-by date: The best-by date may differ for each SKU model.
We always pay close attention to monitor the condition of the fields for each contract farm in Japan. The conditions of all Japanese teas, including matcha, change even in the same field depending on the amount of rainfall, the time of year, and the amount of sunshine each year.
Also, unlike mass-produced agricultural products such as vegetables, Japanese tea's quality and price are always proportional because they are low-volume produce. There are cases where suppliers are selected by competitive bidding, but given the Japanese tea market and price formation, it would not be a good way to procure products of stable quality at stable prices.
Currently, due to the rapid increase in global demand for Japanese matcha, it may be out of stock depending on the season and we may not be able to arrange the required quantity. By procuring from us on a regular basis and becoming a purchasing member, you can secure the expected volume of new harvest allocation of every year.