Our Matcha

Why Uji?

Uji has been famous for its superior quality tea for hundreds of years. The hill country of Uji along the Uji River has an ideal environment for the production of matcha (both; organically, and non-organically). All of our matcha are hand selected and ground in small batches. Testing is performed to confirm safety of our matcha; our matcha is always free of radiation, lead, and pesticides contamination.

Exclusively 1st Harvest

At Matcha Konomi, all of our matcha are from first harvest. We carry three main varieties that are available throughout the year, and multiple seasonal varieties available only to our subscribers and partner coffee shops given their limited quantities. 

Note: We do NOT carry any second/third harvest or "cullinary" matcha blends. 

Akira Matcha

Akira Matcha is our most popular matcha powder, and it is currently "Amazon's choice" for the "ceremonial matcha" category. It is an organic ceremonial grade matcha, and it is perfect for sipping as a tea or for creating unsweetened-to-lightly sweetened matcha lattes. Akira Matcha has a creamy, mild, and a pleasantly vegetal flavor. This Matcha does not need to be sifted, and can be easily whisked or shaken without leaving clumps. 

Oishi Matcha

Oishi Matcha is our organic gourmet matcha powder. This matcha was developed specifically for creating high-end food items and beverages made with multiple additional ingredients. Compared to "ceremonial matcha", Oishi Matcha will have a stronger green tea flavor that will be easier to surface when mixed with other ingredients. Compared to "culinary matcha", it is of higher quality (first harvest instead of second/third harvest), it will have a more appealing taste (significantly less astringent than "culinary matcha"), and it will give food items a more beautiful color (bright green instead of yellowish-green).

Amaya Matcha

Amaya Matcha is our non-organic variety, and it is also a ceremonial matcha powder from Uji, Kyoto. Amaya Matcha has a subtly sweet flavor that is full of character for a robust umami, impossible to put in words! With non-organic ceremonial matcha, there a potential of reaching a higher umami profile, a sweeter taste, and a more vibrant jade green color. Given that it is a non-organic matcha, we test it for pesticides as customer safety is our priority; NO pesticides detected above permitted levels. This Matcha needs to be sifted before it's used to prevent clumps. 

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13 comments

Rahul K

Which one is better in lattes? Oishi or Akra?

Noriko (Matcha Konomi)

Hi Andrew Williams,

To answer your question, the use of natural fertilizers will allow the growth of more robust plants with sweeter tasting leaves, which attracts more bugs and requires the application of pesticides. Application of pesticides will make the matcha non-organic, but will give the final product the potential of having a superior flavor than if grown organically. Pesticide use is strictly regulated in Japan, so while not organic it is certainly not harmful. Hope this help!

Andrew Williams

You say "With non-organic ceremonial matcha, there a potential of reaching a higher umami profile, a sweeter taste, and a more vibrant jade green color. "
My question is “Why?”

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