If you are looking for the most ethereal, surreally delicious matcha in Japan's domestic market, you have found it. The 12 matcha below come directly from Japanese growers who are obsessed with quality in every stage of planting, pruning, feeding, harvesting, processing, and final delivery to us. All 12 drink more like fine wine than tea, and are extraordinary when consumed hot, especially if served in small, thicker quantities in ceramics you happen to love. Differences between the 12 primarily reflect rarity and terroir (growing conditions of specific places). They become sweeter, have more umami, finish longer, and are more refined as the numbers go up, culminating in the named blends. They are all extraordinary in their own unique ways.

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Blend Daphne

Blend Daphne

Just when you thought matcha couldn't possibly get any better, along comes a blend from yet another obsessive farmer that startles even us. It's remarkable that this stuff is legal. It's as if visitors from another planet designed the perfect food/drink...

Blend Hikari

Blend Hikari

Matcha of this extreme quality is exceedingly hard to both produce and to procure, yet here it is, thanks to an obsessed grower who offered it to us.  This matcha is pure pleasure -- it's like drinking light infused with chlorophyll. It bestows a...

Blend SE

Blend SE

We've unearthed a dreamy and rare matcha that sets new records for extreme quality. It's made in a valley in Uji (Kyoto) that's been producing great matcha for at least 400 years. If you ever want to know what pure umami tastes like, look no further. The...

Blend Rikyu

Blend Rikyu

This tea, whipped up thick, seems to send memory into overdrive; into a contemplative state. We think Sen No Rikyu, the most masterful and original matcha connoisseur in Japan's very long history of tea, would have marveled at its rich, umami-laden...

Blend 100

Blend 100

The first thing you notice is the creamy body and smooth mouthfeel that resembles a perfectly pulled espresso. The color is hallucinogenic bright green. It has sweet aromas redolent of fresh young grass, young bamboo, raw sugar, and chlorophyll. It has...

Blend 99

Blend 99

From a young producer in Ogura, Uji (Kyoto) who’s not afraid to relentlessly experiment in pursuit of the most umami-packed, clean, nutritious, shockingly beautiful matcha on the planet. All sweetness and light, with zero bitterness.   A...

Blend 98

Blend 98

Crazy umami. Make it thick and enjoy the lustrous whorls and creamy -- yet light! -- texture, mouthfeel, and drawn-out finish. Taste reminds one of just-picked asparagus, though the aroma of the powder is of hyperfresh cacao. Loaded with l-theanine that...

Blend 97

Blend 97

Similar body and texture to Breakaway Blend 99, color is wildly vibrant. Mouth entry is wondrous and seamless. The tea is sweet, with no trace of bitterness (this is rare in the matcha world). Clean and harmonious. It's surreally good, better than...

Blend 95

Blend 95

It's rare to find a matcha this smooth, with this much umami, at this price. Lovely sweet notes emerge from this chlorophyll-rich blend of choice tencha leaves from a family coop in Uji. Tastes like sous-vide-cooked baby vegetables, shiitake powder, and...

Blend 94

Blend 94

A feisty, gorgeous matcha that's ready to slap you with its attitude. Racy. Fantastic color, heady aromas, intense "matcha" taste (think strong green tea ice cream), faint twinges of bitterness (which gives it its sass). Plenty of umami and natural...

Blend 93

Blend 93

The perfect entry-level hyperpremium matcha; that is, it's got lovely umami, has a vibrant, emerald color, has very little bitterness or astringency, and has a nice, long finish that leaves a sweet and delicious aftertaste in the mouth (and also makes...

Hyperpremium Organic

Hyperpremium Organic

We've finally found it! For four years, we hunted all over Japan to find an organic matcha that merits inclusion into our hyperpremium lineup, and here it is, at long last. A blend of organic matcha that hits all the right notes: big umami, electric...

Matcha Flights

Matcha Flights

We've finally come up with an elegant way to package small quantities of matcha--introducing Matcha Flights! We're now offering 4-gram "flights" of matcha, in violet-black glass jars, in packs of four. These come in a custom designed matte black box with...