Marukyu Koyamaen (丸久小山園) is a highly regarded tea grower, procurer and tea blender located in the heart of Uji, Kyoto with 300 years experience. Marukyu Koyamaen holds several patents for its production techniques as well as certification by the relevant local organizations. Marukyu Koyamaen has been long approved by professional Tea Masters and Tea School. The products are indeed with the best quality. We would love to bring the best original tea experience into your cup.
Marukyu Koyamaen’s tea products are under the “Ujicha brand”, which refers to tea grown in 4 prefectures: Kyoto, Nara, Shiga and Mie, and is processed in Kyoto by manufactures in Kyoto using the original Uji method. This denomination also refers to the history, culture, geography and climate that make this a unique type of tea.
“Ceremonial grade” is not a standard in Japan. Instead, matcha for drinking is classified as “Koicha” (thick tea) or “Usucha” (thin Tea). When grades go down, the taste goes slightly more astringent and aroma goes less profound.
Making thick tea, as making a bowl of thick tea requires a larger amount of Matcha powder while less hot water. If the Matcha powder itself is at lower grade with stronger bitterness, that would not be delicious.