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We are excited to announce we are now a proud supplier of Ippodo Tea. Ippodo is a family-run Japanese tea company founded in 1717, in the heart of Kyoto. For generations, Ippodo Tea has upheld a tradition of aromatic, well-balanced teas by carefully selecting, blending, and crafting each of their 40+ blends.
We are extremely grateful to be carrying four of their blends, their hand-made chasen (matcha whisk), whisk stand (chasen-tate), and their tea ladle (chashaku.)
The four blends we carry are Ummon, Horai, Kan, and Ikuyo.
Ummon and Horai are Ipoddo's higher grades and top-sellers.
- We recommend Horai for people new to matcha, Horai smooth and rich in character matcha.
- For the most selective of matcha connoisseurs, we recommend Ummon. Rich in umami, it is the highest quality tea amongst the year around Ippodo matcha.
Kan is their middle grade - very balanced between richness and bitterness.
- Kan is a great choice for those who enjoy matcha with a lot of umami and sweetness, balanced with a small amount of astringency.
- Ikuyo is a little on the lighter side, and very popular for matcha latte drinkers.