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Where to Find the World’s Finest Green Tea

Chiltea tokyo | Nov 09, 2018 | Basic knowledge |

Green tea is just one of the many beautiful things Japan is known for. It’s considered by many to be a necessary part of a healthy diet. Aside from lowering the risk of Diabetes, Cancer, and heart diseases, green tea is also known to boost metabolism and improve brain activity. With all the healing properties that green tea holds, one is bound to ask, where did it come from?

Tracing the History of Japanese Green Tea Following the history of Japanese tea

The origins of Japanese tea can be traced to as early as the 9th century when Buddhist monks returning from China brought the first tea seeds to Japan. Tea then became the drink of choice for the religious classes.

Adherents of Zen Buddhism, in particular, were believed to have contributed to the development of the historical Japanese tea ceremony, which involved the ceremonial preparation and presentation of powdered green tea.

Green Tea in Shizuoka Prefecture Tea from Shizuoka Prefecture

58Today, Shizuoka is known for being the largest tea-producing area of Japan despite the prevalence of green tea production across several other regions in the country.  It makes up 40% of Japan’s overall tea production.

Shizuoka’s earliest green tea plantations were formed in the early 1200s. Its climate, fresh water, rich volcanic soil, and proximity to major ports made it the most conducive area to grow high quality green tea. As a matter of fact, Tokugawa Ieyasu, a prominent leader of the Tokugawa Shogunate in the 17th and 18th century, was believed to have a preference for the green tea cultivated in the mountains of Shizuoka Prefecture.

A former follower of the early Japanese shogun discovered, in the early 19th century, the potential of green tea as a trading good and started growing it in Makinohara, a region in the western part of Shizuoka Prefecture. This then led to the production and distribution of Shizuoka’s special green tea as a cash crop.

Shizuoka continues to invest in advanced research to continuously improve the taste and quality of its celebrated green tea.

Chilling with Tea Relax with tea

Japanese tea today is highly mechanized and is cultivated using modern technology. Given the increasing cost of labor in Japan, only the finest-quality teas are harvested and processed traditionally by hand.

Chiltea is one among a small number of brands that give tribute to the rich history and tradition behind the cultivation of green tea by partnering with tea farmers in various parts of Japan. Most of their green tea products are grown in the renowned tea fields of Shizuoka. Their tea is hailed as a classic and produced in only a limited amount every year.

Inspired by the diversity in ways to enjoy tea, Chiltea gives its customers a wide variety of tea products – including Sencha, Hojicha, Kabusecha, Yuzu Sencha, and the famous Matcha. Each tea leaf is carefully selected and handpicked by skilled workers with hundreds of years of experience. Apart from its superior quality, each tea product from Chiltea is different. Each tea has a story.