Teamaker: Yoshiaki Hattori
Origin: Kikugawa City - Shizuoka, Japan
Cultivation: Natural (Organic, but no certification), Pursuing JAS Organic Certification
Harvest Date: Spring 2018 (May)
Grind Date: November 2019
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Matcha Midori's profile is particularly well-balanced, with an excellent balance of sweetness and savory bitterness. Tea farmer Yoshiaki Hattori uses a traditional stone-mill to grind his matcha, resulting in an ultrafine powder with a creamy texture. The aroma is warm and savory. Full, softly rich, and grassy profile with clean marine notes. Creamy texture with a bittersweet undertone. A soft, floral aroma lingers in the mouth and leaves a very sweet, tingling aftertaste. Matcha Midori is made from a blend of 7 different cultivars in the garden: Sayamakaori, Yabukita, Meiryoku, Kanayamidori, Okumidori, Saemidori, and Gokou. Yoshiaki Hattori uses Okumidori as the main cultivar in the blend, hence the name "Matcha Midori". Yoshiaki's other matcha,
Matcha is a type of green tea that is famous in Japan, but originated in China. It is made from the same Camellia sinensis leaves as all other true teas, but is ground into a fine powder to be mixed into water. Unlike most matcha, Matcha Midori is produced in small batches from just one garden. Tea farmer Yoshiaki Hattori grows the teas with all-natural cultivation in the garden, which is unusual in Japan where many farms use conventional chemicals. He also uses a traditional stone-mill to make incredibly fine matcha powder. Yoshiaki's business partner Kunikazu "Kuni" Mochitani helps run the solar-powered panels that shade the tea plants instead of the typical cloth shading. The solar energy helps offset the power needs of the factory. This synergy has created a truly unique matcha in terms of production.
1. Tea plants are shaded from sunlight for several weeks before harvest. This is also done for teas like gyokuro and kabusecha. Because the tea plants do not undergo photosynthesis, they have lower polyphenols and higher L-theanine. 2. The plants are harvested around May 20. The leaves are harvested by handheld machine, and then de-stemmed and de-veined. Then, the leaves are quickly steamed. This is called tencha. 3. Tencha is stored at 41F (5C), just barely above freezing, until September or October, to allow the leaves to mature and age. The cold-storage process increases the sweetness and umami of the leaves, and reduces bitterness and astringency. 4. By October, the tencha is ground into matcha powder. Yoshiaki uses a traditional granite stone mill to grind the leaves into matcha powder, producing just 40-50g in 1 hour. This slow method results in a consistent, ultrafine powder, around 5 microns in size. This powder is finer than matcha produced at the large factories, and results in a smoother, creamier cup.