About River & Stone Tea
Milling Fresh Matcha
We operate one of a handful of authentic matcha mills in the country, and mills fresh, ceremonial grade matcha daily. This makes our matcha incredibly smooth and creamy, free of the bitterness and astringency of lower quality or older matcha. Beyond that, there is a certain indescribable quality and fragrance to matcha just off the mill that just needs to be experienced to be understood! Our base tea leaves (tencha) come from early spring pickings in Uji, known to be the high quality tencha-growing region in Japan.Our Tencha
Uji is the birthplace of modern tencha farming and the historical center of Matcha. Realizing that fog-shrouded tea plants in the mountains were extraordinarily tasty, it was a collection of Uji farmers who tried to replicate those conditions through developing the shading practices we know today.
Our freshly milled matcha, sourced by our partner in Uji, is incredibly smooth and creamy, free of the bitterness and astringency of lower quality or older, commercially milled matcha. Beyond that, there is a certain indescribable quality and fragrance to matcha just off the mill that just needs to be experienced to be understood!About Single Cultivar Matcha
Most matcha available in both Japan and the West is a blend of cultivars; Tea Masters work hard to create consistent blends from year to year, which means changing ratios of various cultivars. While we love blended matcha, and offer several of our own, we are also fascinated by single cultivar matchas. Drinking single cultivar matcha is a fun way to appreciate the subtle differences not only of each cultivar, but of terroir. Even the same cultivar from the same farmer will taste slightly different each year, which for us helps keep matcha perpetually exciting!