Chinese teas have come under fire for their potential toxicity. In 2013, Greenpeace randomly tested 18 Chinese green tea samples and found that 12 of them contained banned pesticides.
Chinese tea leaves are not generally grown in the shade, and are “pan-fried” to stop oxidation. As a result, Chinese matcha does not froth as much and its texture is more sandy.
Japanese matcha tea, on the other hand, abides by more stringent standards on the usage of pesticides.
In Japan, tea leaves are grown in the shade to preserve their green colour, and dried quickly to prevent them from long exposure to oxygen, which can dull the earthy flavour.
What about Koko Riko Tea matcha?
Koko Riko Tea Matcha is 100% Japanese.‘’These arguments convinced me to only sell the best of the best, Japanese tea. In fact, I even went further than that and decided to sell organic matcha tea, which means it was harvested under even more strict procedures.
I care about the planet and I care about you! ‘’
Founder Koko Riko Tea