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Akihiro Kita

Tea Farmer

Curates our delicious Gokou Matcha

Located:

Wazuka, Japan

Favourite Tea:

A fresh, light green tea

Akihiro Kita

Akihiro Kita - AKA Akky - is the head farmer at our Matcha farm.

 

He discovered his love for this delicious powdered tea when working as a farmhand in Wazuka, Japan - and before he'd even finished college, he decided to devote his life to mastering the intricate art of tea farming.

For many years, Akky worked his absolute ass off - until finally in 2004, he had the funds and the expertise to buy, build, and eventually run his very own tea farm. Now, it produces (arguably) the most delicious matcha in the world. He works with a very small team of highly talented and passionate individuals, and together they make quite the team.

Akky knows that independent farmers like himself are invaluable to the tea industry - but as the number of small-scale Japanese tea farmers decline each year, this becomes an issue which affects everyone. As such, Akky travels each year during the winter off-season to introduce people around the world to Japanese tea - and the importance of this lesser-known profession.

His energy is contagious - you simply cannot help but get excited about tea when Akky talks about how water 'feels more alive' once it has been boiled, or describes the pure beauty of wild Wazuka. He says that he relies on three main pillars for his tea philosophy: Quality, community, and education: the same as us at EISA Tea Co.!

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Alongside Akky, the person in charge of processing our Matcha is a young man called Hirokazu Matsumoto.

 

Hiro has many responsibilities in regards to producing the tea - he ensures that the processing runs smoothly, he makes sure that the rest of the staff are safe and happy, he hosts tea-related events to share the latest pluckings with the locals, and he even runs tours of the tea garden to put the spotlight on their delicious teas!

Together, Akky and Hiro work side-by-side to produce a bright, sweet Matcha that knocks all the others out the park.

And of course, the duo employs the best weed-killers in the business to maintain the farm: namely, two Tokarayagi goats called Sencha and Hojicha!

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Latest Updates

June 2021

May 2021

February 2021

December 2020

We are coming to the end of the Spring Harvest! Akky has been working his ass off since April to make sure that the leaves are all plucked. The team over at the farm have their own theory about what he is made from - he is only human during the day, as at night, he returns to his original form... a tea bush!

A young girl called Miyu has started her internship at Akky's sustainable tea farm, and she is having a wonderful time! She has spent most of her time harvesting (it's the season for it, after all!), and even though the leaves can get a little heavy after a while, she's determined to become a 'harvesting master'!

The Global Japanese Tea Association hosted an online 'Meet the Tea Farmer' event where Akky talked about the beauty of Japanese tea to an audience of people from Belgium, Portugal, the USA, Japan, and Spain. We don't mean to be biased, but it was pretty awesome!

To celebrate the New Year, Akky made the team some mochi! Also known as 'Mochitsuki', this sweet treat is said to bring good luck for the rest of the year. Let's hope it's a good one!