Marukyu-Koyamaen Matcha and Green Tea

Way of Tea specializes in providing customers with only the highest-quality, premium grade matcha available. Way of Tea is pleased to offer customers the excellent, ceremony grade matcha produced by Marukyu-Koyamaen in the Uji region of Kyoto, Japan. Historically, Uji is thought to be the birthplace of tea in Japan. Due to its fertile soil, Uji has long been one of the best locations for the cultivation of green tea in Japan.

History of Marukyu-Koyamaen

In the Genroku period (1688-1704), a man by the name of Kyujiro Koyama began the cultivation and production of tea in Ogura, Uji. His work was the beginning of what was to become Marukyu-Koyamaen. During the following generations, the quality of the tea was enhanced through improvements in all aspects of the cultivation, treatment and production, thus establishing the tradition of Ujicha. The fourth generation began marketing the tea, and by the eighth generation, Motojiro, the market had been extended to the whole country. A standard of high quality, consistent from cultivation to the final product was achieved, and the tea was highly esteemed. It is well known that Marukyu-Koyamaen stands for the highest quality standard.

For generations, our teas have been carefully inspected and produced by succeeding directors. Through repeated training, honing of skills and techniques the know-how of how to produce the finest teas and maintain their quality has been constantly improving. Marukyu-Koyamaen now ranks among the foremost producers of fine teas in Japan. Every year competitions are held appraising the teas of different producers. For many years Marukyu-Koyamaen has taken many first and other top prizes for our teas. Furthermore, the present director, Motoharu Koyama, has won two times in the mastery of tea inspection.The second time he received full marks. This achievement has been highly praised and was a first in the history of competitive tea inspection.

Awards

  • First Place at The All-Japan Competitive Tea Exhibition nineteen times
  • First Place at The Kansai Competitive Tea Exhibition nineteen times
  • First Place in All Japan Tea Judging Competition two times

Urasenke Tea School favored matcha

Marukyu-Koyamaen also has the distinct privlege of providing ceremonial matcha to Urasenke tea ceremony school in Japan. Urasenke is one of the main schools of Japanese tea ceremony. The grandmasters of Urasenke can trace their lineage back to Sen no Rikyu, who had a profound influence in shaping the tea ceremony and Japanese “Way of Tea” during the 1500s. Current grandmaster Sen Soshitsu Zabosai and past grandmaster Sen Genshitsu Hounsai have chosen a selection of their favorite Marukyu-Koyamaen matcha and these are available in our store.