AOI manufactures the world's premium matcha tea. Using an approach that embraces our wholesome, rich, 100-year history of matcha, AOI has grown to become one of the world’s leading matcha manufacturers. AOI possesses the supply capacity to provide matcha to world class companies.
Our goal at AOI is simple. To ensure our customers receive the most authentic, high quality matcha with the highest safety standards in the industry. This way our customers know that they are consuming only the best our company has to offer. AOI is comprised of highly skilled professionals who can evaluate the complex and distinct intricacy of tea. Our dedication to detail and level of service we provide our customers is second to none in the industry.
AOI is accredited with FSSC2200, AIB Superior, Kosher, and Organic, and routinely undergoes quality-control and thorough taste-testing by our trained tea sommeliers.
Our product-first mentality is highlighted by the wide-range of customers, from major world class companies and boutique tea shops that choose AOI each and every day.
The history of matcha green tea dates back several centuries. In 1271, tea cultivation began in Nishio, Japan, by the priest Shoichi, founder of the temple of Jissoji. Shoichi’s temple was in constant competition with the neighboring temple of Shonenji over rights to the nearby tea plants. For more than 400 years, these two temples battled for ownership until in 1692, a judgment awarded the coveted plants to Jissoji.
Nearly two hundred years later, after the Meiji Restoration of 1868, matcha production was finally embraced in Nishio. The chief priest of a nearby Buddhist monastery named Jundo Adachi introduced a new variety of tea and production techniques from Uji, which was a major production center of dried green tea powder.
Founder Yasutaro Honda began tea cultivation and opened Shunkouen Tea Factory, began processing Gyokuro
Akiharu Honda started Gyokuro and Tencha manufacturing
Akiharu Honda becomes President of Nishio Tea Cooperative
Akiharu Honda becomes President of Aichi Tea Association
Awarded Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Prize at the Japanese National Tea Fair - Tencha Section
Company changes name to AOI Sencha LLC
Tadahiko Honda installed as senior advisor of Aichi Tea Trade Cooperative
Tencha productivity increases to 1000 kg/day
New plant completed. Tencha production increases to 1500 kg/day
November - Company changes name to AOI Seicha Co. Ltd. and Ayano Honda named president
April - Organic JAS accreditation acquired
January - Introduced ISO9001/2000 quality control system
October - First & second plants acquire ISO9001/2001 accreditation.
April - AICHI Brand awarded to Aoi Tea Company for number 1 organic Tencha production in Japan
May - Introduction of Matcha products to the U.S. market