Sayama Organic Tea, our trip to Saitama and meeting with 400 years of tea farming
Over 400 years of family business.
We met with Masuoka-san, 14th descendent of a lineage of tea farmers, ensuring the continuation of a unique tea-growing tradition.
The only producer of Organic Tea in the Sayama district, they produce teas offering a distinct balance between flavour, umami and tannic aromas.
Being part of an ecosystem
One of the essential concepts of organic farming is to work with nature, find ways to produce by leveraging the ecosystem.
Make use of the good weeds
When we visited the farm, we realized that the field did not have only tea trees but also weeds, organic farmers leverage local banker plants, such as HotokeNoZa (仏の座), to preserve a natural ecosystem but also prevents from damage caused by insects.
Cup Of Japan is currently in conversation to purchase Masuoka's top tea selection, the products are expected to be available on cupofjapan.com by end of 2020