The agricultural practices in Japan with respect to growing and harvesting green tea have been traditionally “pure” for centuries. Due to the fact that matcha tea must be carefully grown, shaded, hand-picked and then ground, it is a very hands-on process, much like making wine.
The volume of matcha that is produced in Japan is small, and this unique crop is delicate and requires constant attention and care. Because the entire leaf is ingested, great care is taken to ensure that the plants, especially the top 2-3 leaves used for making matcha tea, are clean and pesticide/chemical free.
As a result, there really hasn’t been a “need” for organic matcha producers in Japan as the process is so inherently clean. It is only recently, due to the “organic” market demand from the U.S. that Japanese matcha tea suppliers are getting certified as organic. There is some redundancy in this however, as the crops and the process is already “organic” by many worldwide standards.
For example, all our Mystik Matcha tea is grown COMPLETELY PESTICIDE FREE! There is a small amount of fertilizer added to the soil for 4 weeks before picking due to the fact that the tea plant is shaded, and so requires some extra nutrients.
We are proud to be able to present such a clean and pure product to the marketplace.