Hattoriさん Yabukita (やぶきた) Kurasawa Shizuoka Matcha

0.7 oz


In stock

Hattori-san, a fourth-generation tea farmer from Kurasawa, Shizuoka, specializes in the Yabukita cultivar, processed uniquely in a secret Tencha facility within the Tenryu mountains. This 20-gram Matcha, stone-ground in Lawrenceville, NJ, stands out for its purity, using only organic fertilizers and pristine river water, avoiding pesticides.

The Yabukita Matcha is celebrated for its robust flavor, a departure from the usual blends that soften its intensity. This version highlights its natural vibrancy and is distinguished by a raspberry note, a result of the exclusive drying process in the hidden mountain facility. The experience of this Matcha is dynamic, with a bright, pointed texture that unfolds into a balanced bitterness, smooth umami, and finally a light sweetness, all touched by Yuzu.

This Matcha, while common in cultivar, becomes extraordinary through its rare processing method in the Tenryu mountains. The additional oven cycle in the processing enhances its fragrance and quality, creating a Matcha that is both familiar in origin yet exceptional in its craft and taste.

How to brew:

Thin matcha:

Sift 2g of Matcha.

Add 60ml hot water at 75°C (167°F.)

Whisk for 15 seconds.

Pour Usucha into glass to drink.

Thick matcha:

Sift 4g of Matcha.

Add 30ml hot water at 75°C (167°F.)

Whisk for 15 seconds.

Pour Usucha into glass to drink.

0.7 oz (20g)


About Ooika

Ooika, based in the U.S., specializes in producing single-origin Matcha using traditional Japanese stone mills. This method, though labor-intensive, ensures the highest quality and freshness, with a mere 30 grams of Matcha produced per hour. Ooika sources its Matcha directly from esteemed tea farmers across Japan, fostering personal relationships that guarantee authenticity and excellence.

Dedicated to preserving the ancient art of Matcha production, Ooika’s approach makes this traditional tea accessible to Western audiences. The company stands out for its commitment to single-cultivar Matcha, highlighting the unique characteristics of each Japanese tea. Sourced from renowned Japanese terroirs, Ooika’s Matcha offers a glimpse into the diverse microclimates and rich histories of these regions.

With a focus on handpicked, traditionally harvested Matcha, Ooika ensures a rare and exquisite product. The company also emphasizes education, offering a curated collection of Matcha for connoisseurs to explore. Their detailed labeling provides transparency, showcasing the tea’s origin, cultivar, and vintage, underlining Ooika’s passion for clarity and quality in the world of Matcha.