Organic Aracha T-Charcoal (201)
Organic T-Charcoal is an activated charcoal made using a special manufacturing process. It uses no.1 aracha (荒茶), or unrefined green tea. Aracha is produced using the tea plant's entire leaf (including blade and stem). This gives it a deep, vibrant colour and bold taste. By making aracha charcoal, it can be used as a food flavouring or colouring. The 201 T-Charcoal adds a mellow flavour and little bitterness, so can be used to experiment in baking or cooking. The tea farmer who produced the tea is presented on the packet.
- Umami: ★ ☆☆
- Astringency: ★ ☆☆
- Fragrance: ★ ☆☆
Matcha Organic Japan is a farmers' cooperative. It was started in 2016 when a group of five entrepreneurial tea farmers acquired abandoned tea plantation land on the outskirts of Shimada City in Shizuoka Prefecture. Their vision is to cultivate organic matcha for local and international markets, and thereby to revitalize the local tea industry. The focus is on Kawane area, which is one of the three major regions of Shizuoka mountain tea production.
Their first tea was harvested in 2017 and since then the company's tea production area has further been expanded. In 2019, the MATCHA MORE tea cafe was established, serving teas and products from the region.