Yoshiaki Hattori

Tea type
Matcha Tea
Ingredients
Matcha Powder
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
High
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  • “This will be an objective review. I will not provide a scoring because I feel that this matcha has great potential but may have been influenced by outside air for too long. So the coloring is...” Read full tasting note

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Matcha is predominately produced in large factories and is considered very difficult to produce in small scale operations due to the meticulous process requiring automation and repeatability. That is what makes Yoshiaki Hattori such a unique tea producer. He started a company called Tenryu Agri-Farms in Shizuoka to perfect the craft of making small batch, single producer matcha. With chemical free growing practices and a matcha made only from tea leaves hailing from his personal tea garden, Yoshiaki combines traditional techniques with a modern style. Although very time consuming, he uses a stone-mill to grind the tea leaves into fine powder, slowly turning the mill to prevent overheating and maintain a consistent particle size. Traditionally, prior to harvest, the tea leaves need to be shaded for many weeks, so Yoshiaki began working with a local business partner to shade the plants with solar panels rather than cloth. The clean energy helps to supplement power in the production facility.

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This will be an objective review. I will not provide a scoring because I feel that this matcha has great potential but may have been influenced by outside air for too long. So the coloring is pretty poor. A good matcha color should be emerald green for the ones that are higher quality. If they are being used for cooking or latte (mixing of any sort) then the coloring matters a little less, though I do find a brighter green latte is more desirable than the olive-colored ones, such as is the color of the matcha in front of me cuyrrently. That being said the taste is good. This leads me to believe that at its prime the coloring was better. The astringency is medium with bits of grassiness and slight metallicness. The mouthfeel is also quite smooth with minimal grittiness even in the final sips. This will be one I will want to try fresh for sure but I am also excited to give this one a go in latte form.

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