Far south of Japan, Island of Kyushu

Subtropical climate

  • Rich Flavor Profile: Subtropical climates influence the flavor profile of matcha. The increased temperatures and sun contribute to the development of unique flavors, enhancing the sweetness, richness, and complexity of the matcha.
  • Higher Chlorophyll Content: The increased sunlight in subtropical regions can stimulate higher chlorophyll production in tea leaves. Matcha with higher chlorophyll content often has a vibrant green color, associated with quality and freshness.
  • Aromatic Qualities: Tea plants grown in subtropical climates develop distinct aromatic qualities due to the combination of temperature, humidity, and sunlight. These aromatic compounds can contribute to the overall sensory experience of matcha.

High Elevation, Mountainous region – 1640 ft 

  • High Elevation: slows down the growth of tea plants, leading to a more gradual accumulation of flavors and nutrients in the leaves. The slower growth process can contribute to a more complex and nuanced flavor profile in matcha.
  • Fast changing air pressure leads to the formation of mist. Mist acts as a natural 'shade' over the tea plants, shielding from direct harsh sun exposure.
  • Shade promotes the development of tender, flavorful leaves and enhances the production of certain compounds, such as theanine.
  • Reduced Pests and Diseases: Higher elevations may have fewer pests and diseases that affect tea plants. Cooler temperatures and reduced humidity can create less favorable conditions for certain pests and pathogens, contributing to a healthier crop.
  • Retains high levels of amino acids through stress.
  • Pleasant smooth taste with low astringency.
  • High potency of beneficial compounds.
  • The stress that tea plants may experience at higher elevations, including exposure to cooler temperatures and potentially more intense sunlight, can lead to an increased production of amino acids. Amino acids, such as L-theanine, contribute to the unique taste and umami character of high-quality matcha.
  • Protects tea leaves from night-time frost.
  • Large temperature swings between day and night temperatures 
  • Rich, full-body flavor.

Volcanic site

Mineral rich soil

  • Mineral Richness: Volcanic soils are often rich in minerals, including potassium, phosphorus, and sulfur. These minerals can contribute to the overall health and nutrient content of the tea plants, influencing the flavor and aroma of the matcha.
  • Acidic pH: Volcanic soils tend to be slightly acidic, which is favorable for tea cultivation. Many tea plants, including the Camellia sinensis plants used for matcha, thrive in slightly acidic conditions. The acidity of the soil can influence the extraction of various compounds from the leaves, affecting the taste and character of the matcha.
  • Unique Flavor Profile: The minerals and compounds present in volcanic soils, combined with the slightly acidic pH, can impart a unique and distinctive flavor profile to matcha. This is often described as a balance of sweetness, umami, and complexity that is highly prized among tea enthusiasts.
  • Enhanced Drainage: Volcanic soils are generally well-draining. This is beneficial for tea plants as it helps prevent waterlogged conditions, which can lead to root diseases. Adequate drainage is crucial for the health of tea plants and the quality of the leaves.
  • Temperature Regulation: Volcanic soils, especially those in mountainous regions, may contribute to better temperature regulation. This can be particularly important for matcha cultivation, as temperature fluctuations can impact the chemical composition of tea leaves and influence the final flavor.
  • Minimized Pests and Diseases: Volcanic soils, in some cases, may have properties that deter certain pests and diseases. This can contribute to a healthier tea crop with fewer issues related to pests and diseases.

Mineral rich spring water

  • Mineral Enrichment: Volcanic mineral water often contains essential minerals like potassium, calcium, magnesium, and sulfur. These minerals can serve as nutrients for the tea plants, contributing to their overall health and potentially influencing the flavor profile of the matcha.
  • Enhanced Soil Fertility: As volcanic mineral water percolates through the soil, it can contribute to soil fertility by adding minerals that are beneficial for plant growth. This enrichment can promote healthy root development and nutrient uptake by the tea plants.
  • Balanced pH Levels: Volcanic water tends to have a slightly acidic pH, which can be favorable for tea cultivation. Tea plants, including those used for matcha, often thrive in slightly acidic soils. Balanced pH levels in the soil support nutrient availability to the plants and can impact the chemical composition of the tea leaves.
  • Unique Flavor Characteristics: The mineral content of volcanic water can impart distinct flavor characteristics to the matcha leaves. The interplay between the minerals in the water, the soil, and the tea plants can contribute to a nuanced and complex flavor profile in the final matcha product.
  • Temperature Regulation: Volcanic water, particularly if sourced from high-altitude volcanic regions, may have a moderating effect on temperature. Consistent and moderate temperatures are beneficial for tea plants, helping to avoid stress that can affect the quality of the leaves.
  • Natural Source: Using natural volcanic mineral water aligns with sustainable and organic farming practices. It provides a source of irrigation that is free from chemical additives and can contribute to the overall ecological balance of the tea plantation.
  • Reduced Salinity Issues: Volcanic water is often low in salts, reducing the risk of salinity issues in the soil. Excessive salt content in irrigation water can negatively impact plant health, and volcanic water's low salinity may help mitigate this concern.

High-End Mist Irrigation (with onsite spring water reservoir)

  • Maintained Humidity: Mist irrigation helps maintain higher humidity levels in the air. This can be especially beneficial in regions with dry climates, as tea plants, including those used for matcha, typically thrive in environments with moderate to high humidity.
  • Temperature Control: Misting systems can contribute to temperature control, especially during hot periods. The evaporative cooling effect of mist can help lower ambient temperatures in the tea plantation, preventing stress on the tea plants.
  • Protection from Heat Stress: Matcha plants can be sensitive to high temperatures, and prolonged exposure to heat can affect the quality of the leaves. Mist irrigation provides a cooling effect, helping to protect the plants from heat stress and maintain optimal growing conditions.
  • Enhanced Photosynthesis: Mist can enhance photosynthesis by providing moisture to the leaves. This is particularly important for tea plants, as photosynthesis is the process by which they produce energy and synthesize compounds that contribute to flavor and aroma.
  • Prevention of Drought Stress: Mist irrigation is effective in preventing drought stress in tea plants. Consistent moisture availability in the air and on the leaves helps the plants maintain turgor pressure and minimizes the risk of drought-related damage.
  • Increased Nutrient Uptake: Mist irrigation can enhance nutrient uptake by keeping the plant's stomata open. Stomata are small pores on the leaves through which plants exchange gases, including water vapor. When misted, these stomata remain open, allowing the plant to take in nutrients more effectively.
  • Dust Removal: Mist irrigation can help remove dust and particulate matter from the surface of leaves. Clean leaves are essential for optimal photosynthesis and nutrient absorption.
  • Reduced Risk of Pest Infestation: Maintaining higher humidity levels with mist irrigation can create an environment less favorable for certain pests. Additionally, misting may physically deter pests from settling on the leaves.

On-Site Organic Compost (No Synthetic Fertilizers)

Ferments organic materials like wild mountain plants, leaves, sawtooth, oak, for four years

  • Nutrient-Rich Soil: Organic compost is rich in a variety of essential nutrients, including nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and various micronutrients. These nutrients provide a balanced and natural source of plant nutrition, promoting healthy growth and development of matcha plants.
  • Improved Soil Structure: Compost enhances soil structure by improving its water retention and drainage properties. This helps create a well-aerated root zone for matcha plants, allowing for better root development and nutrient uptake.
  • Enhanced Water Retention: The organic matter in compost acts as a sponge, increasing the soil's water retention capacity. This is beneficial during dry periods, ensuring that the soil remains adequately moist for the tea plants.
  • Beneficial Microorganisms: Compost contains a diverse community of beneficial microorganisms, including bacteria and fungi. These microorganisms contribute to the development of a healthy soil microbiome, promoting nutrient cycling and suppressing the growth of harmful pathogens.
  • Slow Release of Nutrients: Organic compost releases nutrients gradually over time, providing a sustained source of nutrition for matcha plants. This contrasts with some synthetic fertilizers that can lead to rapid nutrient release and potential nutrient imbalances.
  • Reduced Soil Erosion: The structure and organic matter content of compost-amended soils help prevent soil erosion. This is important in hilly or sloped terrains where matcha cultivation often occurs.
  • Sustainable and Environmentally Friendly: Using organic compost aligns with sustainable and environmentally friendly agricultural practices. It reduces reliance on synthetic fertilizers, which can have environmental impacts, and promotes a more regenerative approach to soil fertility.
  • Enhanced Flavor Profile: The nutrients obtained from organic compost can contribute to the development of a nuanced and complex flavor profile in matcha leaves. Well-nourished plants often produce tea with better aroma, taste, and overall quality.
  • Reduced Dependency on Synthetic Inputs: Organic compost can help reduce the dependency on synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides. This can be particularly important for organic or sustainable farming practices.
  • Carbon Sequestration: Incorporating organic matter into the soil through compost helps sequester carbon, contributing to soil carbon storage. This aligns with efforts to mitigate climate change by enhancing soil health and fertility.