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Kagoshima Matcha Sae Sakamoto

Kagoshima Matcha Sae Sakamoto

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Learn all the secrets of the Kagoshima Matcha Sae Sakamoto

For those seeking a light and sweet matcha, the Kagoshima Matcha Sae Sakamoto might be just what you're looking for. This particular matcha is crafted from the saemidori gyokuro plants, which are meticulously cultivated in the town of Shibushi, located just outside of Kagoshima. Notably, the saemidori cultivar is highly regarded for producing tea with a delicate, sweet flavor and a beautiful green color that is highly prized by matcha aficionados.

Taste

Discover the results of Nio Teas’ 4 step tea tasting method

When it comes to appearance, the Kagoshima Matcha Sae Sakamoto boasts a distinctive lighter shade of green that sets it apart from other matcha varieties. This unique color is achieved through a careful cultivation and processing process, resulting in a tea that is not only visually striking, but also possesses a subtly nuanced flavor profile. Furthermore, the tea is expertly sifted into a fine powder that allows for a smooth and even consistency, ensuring that each sip is a true delight for the senses.

Step 1 - Observing the Appearance

When it comes to observing, the Kagoshima Matcha Sae Sakamoto boasts a distinctive lighter shade of green that sets it apart from other matcha varieties. This unique color is achieved through a careful cultivation and processing process, resulting in a tea that is not only visually striking, but also possesses a subtly nuanced flavor profile.

Step 2 - Assessing the Aroma

The aroma of the kagoshima matcha is sweet and spicy, with notes of white chocolate

Step 3 - Tasting the Tea

The Kagoshima Matcha Sae Sakamoto begins with a mellow sweetness and later embarks into the strong savory direction. There is a slight acidity in the finish with a hint of summer grass but no dryness.

Step 4 - Evaluating the sensation on the palate

This matcha plays many different angles. There is a sweetness in the beginning, and acidity in the end and a savoriness in the middle. There is no dryness to this matcha and the mouthfeel is quite thick and smooth.

100% Organically grown and Ethically Sourced

At Nio, we prefer to work in close partnership with tea farmers who cultivate their plants without the use of pesticides or chemicals. We believe that by using these methods, farmers aren’t only able to improve the taste of the tea, but also promote the overall health and sustainability of the tea fields.

In our experience, tea farms that avoid pesticides and chemicals can not only support the growth of tea plants, but they can also foster a thriving ecosystem for a diverse range of plants and animals.

Nio Teas Unique Organically grown sourcing process

  • Careful taste testing of each individual tea
  • Communication with the farmers about the production methods and how they make sure they ensure no pesticides are being used on the fields
  • In person farm visits to judge the quality of the tea field and the production facility
  • Making sure that the biodiversity around the tea fields is lively
JAS Japanese Agriculture Standards logo

JAS Certified

The JAS logo that you will find on the Kagoshima Matcha Sae Sakamoto and many of our other teas is short for Japanese Agriculture Standards. This label ensures that products are grown without pesticides or chemicals.

At Nio, we prioritize tea fields that are completely free of pesticides or chemicals during our selection process. When working with larger tea farmers, we require them to provide us with the JAS label, which they can acquire through soil sampling and testing.

While partnering with smaller tea farmers who haven't obtained certification yet, we accept the "pesticide-free" label and aim to provide opportunities for small farmers without making the screening process too rigorous. Our goal is to support exceptional tea production while maintaining our commitment to pesticide-free farming.

How to prepare the tea

To prepare this kagoshima japan matcha, follow these basic steps for optimal results. While this process may seem complicated, it is essential to ensure that your matcha is smooth, free of clumps, and has a frothy top layer. You can simplify these steps if you prefer, though it may affect the quality of your matcha

  • icon of a strainer with quantity of matcha grams to add to prepare ceremonial matcha

    Step 1

    Sift 2 grams of matcha powder into your matcha bowl to remove clumps caused by humidity.

  • black icon of a teapot with temperature brewing instruction in degree for 70 degree celsius and 160 degree fahrenheit

    Step 2

    Heat the water up to 70 degrees Celsius or 160 degrees Fahrenheit. 

  • black icon of a black teapot pouring water in a chawan bowl

    Step 3

    Add about 1 tablespoon of water and mix the matcha powder into a paste to ensure even distribution. Pour in 100ml of water.

  • black icon of a matcha whisk and a matcha bowl

    Step 4

    Gently scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to combine the matcha into the water.

  • black icon of whisk whisking matcha in a bowl

    Step 5

    Using your wrist, whisk the matcha up in rapid zigzag motions until a light green foam appears on top.

  • black icon of a matcha bowl on a plat

    Step 6

    Enjoy your Kagoshima Matcha Sae Sakamoto

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Necessary teaware

To prepare a cup of Kagoshima Matcha Sae Sakamoto that truly captures its distinctive flavor and aroma, it's important to use the right utensils. Here's a closer look at each one:

  • Matcha Bowl: The matcha bowl, or "chawan," should be wide and shallow with plenty of space to whisk the matcha powder and water into a frothy, creamy texture. The ideal matcha bowl is made of ceramic or porcelain to help retain heat.
  • Bamboo Whisk: The bamboo whisk, or "chasen," is an essential tool for achieving the perfect texture in your matcha. The fine tines of the whisk help to create a delicate and frothy texture, giving the tea its characteristic velvety mouthfeel.
  • Chashaku: The chashaku, or bamboo scoop, is used to measure out the perfect amount of matcha powder for each cup. It's important to use the correct amount of matcha to ensure that you get the full flavor and depth of the tea.
  • Sifter: A small sieve or "furui" is used to sift the matcha powder before whisking it with water. This helps to remove any lumps or clumps, creating a smooth and even texture.
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mr sakamoto farm in japan

Location of production and farmer

Information about the farm

The Kagoshima Matcha Sae Sakamoto is produced by Mr. Sakamoto, the legendary Organic green tea farmer in Southern Japan. Mr. Sakamoto has been working in the tea industry for decades, and during that time he has discovered a sustainable way to make super flavorful gyokuro and matcha tea without using pesticides or chemicals. 

Every time we meet Mr. Sakamoto, we are consistently impressed by his unwavering dedication to his tea field. Rather than taking shortcuts, he has invested time in developing his own organic fertilizer, using a blend of natural compounds, including organic compost and a sedimentary rock mulch.

By utilizing his own fertilizer, Mr. Sakamoto provides essential nutrients to his tea plants' soil, resulting in the production of robust and healthy tea leaves while simultaneously preserving the natural ecosystem. While Mr. Sakamoto is most well-known for the production of gyokuro tea, he can use these long shaded tea plants to produce a delicious matcha as well.

map with the location of kagoshima tea fields in Japan

Sourced in Kagoshima

Japan

As the name would suggest, the Kagoshima Matcha Sae Sakamoto is grown in Kagoshima Japan, in the far south of the island of Kyushu. More specifically, the tea is grown in the town of Shibushi, in an area that benefits from warm, subtropical climates, seasonal rainfall and rich, volcanic soils.

Cultivar and tea plant variety

The Kagoshima Matcha Sae Sakamoto gets its name because it is made using the saemidori cultivar, one of the most sought after tea plant varieties for Japanese green tea.

  • Saemidori

    Saemidori is a tea plant variety that is highly prized and often used in premium Japanese green teas such as gyokuro and matcha. Mr. Sakamoto utilizes this cultivar in his Kagoshima Matcha Sae Sakamoto to create a uniquely rich and sweet gyokuro tea. Saemidori is known for its delicate nature, which requires extra skill and labor to cultivate, making the resulting gyokuro teas even more special.

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