Organic Kagoshima Sencha

Our mild and organic sencha sourced directly from the tea farm in Makizono, Kagoshima. 2nd harvest of the popular Yabukita and Kanayamidori cultivars. 500g

Also available in 200g packages

  • Organic sencha from the top terroir of makizono
  • Selected by a well-reputed master of tea from Kagoshima
  • Selected tea leaves from the 2nd harvest
  • Special catechin mix, less caffeine, less grassy in taste 
  • Ideal for those unfamiliar with sencha, and as an evening tea


Character Straightforward and reserved, mild with mountain character, slightly bitter, subtle malt notes
Tea Garden A cooperative of specialised tea farmers in Makizono
Terroir Makizono, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan
Harvest 2nd harvest (nibancha), 2022
Cultivar Yabukita & kanayamidori
Elevation 600–700m above sea level
Steaming Short (asamushi, 30-40 seconds with increased distance from steam outlet)
Shading No shading
Organic Cert. EU certified organic and JAS organic since 2006
Laboratory Tests Radioactivity (region as of 11/2019)
Grade 88/100 p. (sencha category); Premium


€34.50 €36.25

Delivery : 1–3 business days

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€69.00 / 1kg
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Tea Farm

Under the careful leadership of a well-reputed tea master from Kagoshima, a special selection of tea leaves from the nibancha harvest are made from the small tea farms in this cooperative in Makizono.



This is an especially fine, beginner-friendly sencha from the top terroir Makizono. Combining the refined Kirishima mountain character with a freshness and fruitiness, the tea possesses a pleasant mildness, interspersed with many bitter substances (catechins). All in all, the result - due in part to the minimal steaming - is a natural organic sencha, with a mild, clear taste and a slightly malty, nutty note at the same time.


Short needles, dark to light green, small proportion of stems


Delicate lemon yellow


Sencha is by far the most commonly cultivated and consumed green tea in Japan and constitutes the backbone of Japanese tea traditions. The leaves are typically steamed for 10-60 seconds, dried with hot air, churned, and via a multi-staged process rolled into flat needles. The flavour profile of sencha is very diverse and varies between sweet, fresh and grassy to robustly bitter. The region of cultivation as well as quality of the tea play a significant role in determining flavour.

Cultivation & Processing

The terroir of Makizono is located in the larger region of Kirishima, which is renowned for its fertile land. Kirishima is situated at the southernmost part of Kagoshima Prefecture and boasts picturesque natural landscapes. The tea fields themselves are nestled between mountains at an elevation of 600–700m not too far away from the Mt. Kirishima volcano.

Kirishima is named for its fog (霧; kiri), which reduces UV light and naturally shades the tea plants, thus promoting the production of an umami flavour (natural kabuse). Few tea farms exist in this idyllic region, making it an ideal location for organic cultivation. With fewer farms nearby, the risk of contamination by pesticide drift is reduced.

Single Origin

This tea is sourced exclusively from the above-mentioned tea plantation in Makizono and is purchased directly from the farmer.

Organic Certification


Brewing Guide

2 heaped teaspoons per 100–300ml water (60°C). Steep for 2 minutes. Suitable for several infusions.


High-quality, airtight, resealable standing zipper pouch with 9 protective layers to preserve flavour and protect against oxidation and contamination. The tea is vacuum packaged according to the highest standards in Japan, with a small quantity of nitrogen added to the package to protect against oxidation.

Recommended Teapot

The ideal teapot for sencha is a red tokoname kyusu with a fine ceramic sieve, which can best bring out the taste of sencha. Alternatively, a black tokoname kyusu can be used, which is a good all-rounder for preparing green teas.

Recommended Storage

A high-quality tea caddy made of cherry bark (solid wood, kabazaiku chazutsu) is ideal, though any airtight tea caddy with internal coating will suffice.

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