The Aoi Tea Company

About the AOI Tea Company

AOI Company HistoryAOI 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 matcha tea bowl

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.
 


History AOI Tea CompanyThe 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.

1910

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Founder Yasutaro Honda began tea cultivation and opened Shunkouen Tea Factory, began processing Gyokuro

1930

Akiharu Honda started Gyokuro and Tencha manufacturing

1937

Akiharu Honda becomes President of Nishio Tea Cooperative

1945

Akiharu Honda becomes President of Aichi Tea Association

1947

Awarded Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Prize at the Japanese National Tea Fair - Tencha Section

1966

Company changes name to AOI Sencha LLC

1985

Tadahiko Honda installed as senior advisor of Aichi Tea Trade Cooperative

1996

Tencha productivity increases to 1000 kg/day

1998

New plant completed. Tencha production increases to 1500 kg/day

2001

November - Company changes name to AOI Seicha Co. Ltd. and Ayano Honda named president

2002

April - Organic JAS accreditation acquired

2004

January - Introduced ISO9001/2000 quality control system

October - First & second plants acquire ISO9001/2001 accreditation.

2007

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

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