AOI spares no expense to ensure that its matcha is top of the line. The tea is cultivated in the Nishio region of the Aichi prefecture, one of the finest locations for tencha (pre-ground matcha) in all of Japan. Additionally, AOI cultivates tencha from Kyoto – also one of the finest locations and widely known as the cultural hub of Japan as well as where most of the largest tea companies in the world harvest their green tea.
Organically grown since the 1990s, tea leaves are picked by hand. The tea is thoroughly monitored to surpass ISO9001 and ISO22000 certification standards, and it’s carefully documented so buyers can easily know where the matcha was harvested, when it was harvested, the cultivation conditions, and more. With these high standards, it’s no surprise that AOI was recognized as the #1 producer of organic tencha by the prestigious Aichi Brand.
AOI Matcha Tea is cultivated primarily from the Nishio area, Aichi as well as from Kyoto, the Number One Production locations for Tencha and known as the Green Tea Capitols of Japan! Learn more about AOI Tea Sourcing.
AOI spares no expense to ensure that its matcha is top of the line and this includes the way we manufacture our matcha.
Our main production location for Tencha is in the Nishio region in Aichi prefecture, buried deep within the heart of Japan’s main island, Honshu.
AOI was awarded the AICHI Brand for being the number one producer of JAS organic tencha (Matcha before grounded). AOI is also USDA Organic certified and has quality control methods that are second-to-none in the industry.
Matcha is a family affair at the AOI Tea Company. The son of AOI’s president, Tadateru (Tad) Honda, and her son-in-law, Mr. Nakane (pictured) are two of the many matcha tea sommeliers that work for the AOI Tea Company.
As the stone carver for AOI Tea Company, Mr. Ito creates and maintains the company’s collection of hundreds of hand-crafted granite grinding wheels.
When it comes to manufacturing premium matcha, having the highest level of safety certifications is imperative to AOI's service & reputation.