With only one sip of soothing, velvety matcha tea, it's natural properties will penetrate your soul and all throughout your body. It will cleanse and calm your very core essence.
In Japan, matcha green tea has been an appreciated part of the culture for nearly 800 years. Matcha is vibrant green in color and possesses many healing properties and health benefits along with a smooth, savory flavor.
In the last few years, matcha has become extremely popular for consumers in the West and throughout the world. With the AOI Tea Company, the healthy benefits of traditional matcha powdered tea is no longer an ocean away.
While green tea has been embraced in the United States and Canada for many years now, matcha green tea is quickly gaining ground. Matcha green tea is different than green tea in a number of ways. First off, with matcha green tea you are consuming the entire tea leaf and you experience all of the health benefits and great taste compared to traditional green tea bags seeped in water.
"These are the words we live by. As in ancient times, AOI Matcha tea plants are carefully picked, steamed, dried, and ground by granite stone mill into the finest Matcha green tea powder. For over a century, my family has been passionate about creating the finest quality Matcha." -- Ayano Honda, AOI Secha, Japan
By consuming the entire tealeaf, Matcha contains far more nutrients and antioxidants than all other teas, and studies have shown it lowers cholesterol as well as the risk of liver disease. Furthermore, Matcha contains a unique amino acid called L-theanine, which helps the body stay energized and the mind stay alert.
Matcha is also different from other green teas in the way it is cultivated, harvested and processed. The great care taken during cultivation to gradually shade the tea plants from sunlight in the month before harvest results in thinner, more tender leaves, and Matcha’s signature, vibrant emerald color.
During harvest, which takes place in May of each year, only new leaves are picked. The leaves are steamed and then dried. Next, they are sorted for grade, and stems, veins, and any inferior quality leaves are removed. At this point, the leaves are called tencha. After the tencha is ground on a stone mill into a superfine powder, it is known as Matcha.
When it comes to the grades of matcha, there are a wide range of grades for different uses. Matcha ranges from ceremonial grade matcha used for premium tea connoisseurs to professional grade Matcha for use as an ingredient in food and beverage production. In the United States, AOI offers everything from our award-winning premium Matcha to cost-effective, ingredient grade Matcha.
Creative cooks and chefs use Matcha green tea in a wide range of foods and beverages, entrees, pastas, chocolates, scones, cakes, ice cream, lattes, smoothies, cocktails, and much more. You can view some of these matcha recipes on our website.
AOI welcomes retailers, wholesalers, food/bev companies and health product manufacturers to enjoy our matcha green tea. Register online with AOI to become a wholesale vendor or visit the AOI online store to make a purchase today. Orders of $75 or More receive Free Shipping!