matcha production: from stone mill to cup

I’ve said before how important I think blogging and photography are for tea companies, I like seeing where my tea comes from and how it’s produced.  In light of that I wanted to share these photos of matcha being produced for Jing tea.  Isn’t that green just amazing!

Producing matcha is famously labor intensive – it can take up to one hour to grind 40 grams of this tea, but the result, when made correctly is well worth the effort.  If you haven’t prepared matcha before, here is a neat little photo guide of how to do so.

a matcha mill at work

matcha storage

the finished product, matcha tea

You can find Jing Tea at their website, they also have a massive collection of tea and tea-travel photos on Flickr (which is where these matcha ones came from).  On their blog they share all the ‘behind the scenes’ stuff, the buying trips, the tastings and the people behind the tea and tea growing areas.  You can also read an interview I did with David Hepburn from Jing Tea here.

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3 Responses to “matcha production: from stone mill to cup”
  1. Austin Yoder says:

    Great pics, Deb. I also think it’s really important to get to know your tea before you drink it. People drinking wine know the region it comes from, the type of grape used, the weather patterns in the region for the past fifty years, and even what the producers do differently than their competition. These are all things that get played up in Wine mags, and on wine blogs, as a legitimate way to differentiate and appreciate wines.

    Tea is the same way. People just don’t realize it yet.

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