First picked tea leaves. Richer in Umami.
Farm: Fuseda Farm
Origin: Kyoto, Japan
Altitude: 500 m
Farmer: Masahiro Fuseda (7th generation)
Certification: JAS Organic
Mr. Fuseda produces organic green tea in the highlands at an altitude of 500m in the southern part of Kyoto Pref, the best place to produce high quality green tea. The tea leaves become rich in flavor by surviving severe climate and moisture of frequent fog there.
Kyoto is the place of origin of tea garden in Japan and has been a major hub of tea ceremony. Tea produced in Kyoto is called "Ujicha", which has been known for high quality.
His farm was opened in 1869, and he is the farmer of 7th generation. His father started organic farming of tea in 1980 when it was very uncommon in Japan. It began to go well after he took a process of trial and error for years. Thereafter it was taken over by Mr. Fuseda and still continues today.
Organic farming of green tea in Japan requires a lot of labor. Various works such as removing weeds need to be carried out by hand. In spite of such difficulty, they have continued it to produce high quality tea which is really good for health and nature-friendly.