Samurai means “to serve.”
Tamurai means “to serve through tea.”
AT TAMURAI TEA OUR GOAL IS TO HONOR THE SPIRIT OF HEALTH AND WELL-BEING.
No one encompassing certification, logo or label accredits a business as “sustainable.” At Rishi Tea & Botanicals, we subscribe to being a conscious business where our entire ecosystem matters. From the farmers we work with overseas to our manufacturing conditions at home, we are steadfast in following our code of ethics and ensuring the well-being of all the parties involved. A conscious business is one that pays attention to both the raw materials and the human effort, recognizing it is the sum of these resources that creates a sustainable and resilient business.
One of our missions at Rishi Tea is to change the behavior of consumers, introducing them to the benefits of choosing organic food and beverages. With the support of local co-ops and national chains who share this calling, the availability of organic options is ever-increasing. We consider ourselves ambassadors of the organic movement – approximately 95% of our products are certified organic and we have been a leader in the market in North America since our inception in 1997. By creating demand for organic teas and botanicals, we are showing the origin farmers that there is a sustainable business opportunity in meeting this demand.
For years, we provided only loose leaf tea to the market, knowing full-well producing and offering tea bags held big financial opportunity. On a quest for a material that was compostable, BPA-free and allowed for an authentic infusion of our teas and botanicals, we researched and experimented with many variations of a sachet fabric. We refused to sell ourselves short just to participate in a market segment. In 2013, we finally found a sachet that met our quality standards and respected the environment.
We are also advocates of Direct Trade – by cutting out the middlemen we can work directly with the farmers in a collaborative effort. Throughout the year our buyers are in the fields consulting, tasting and developing authentic relationships with our farmers. The farmers we work with understand that in following elevated standards for farming and production, they will receive a committed partnership from us. At Rishi Tea & Botanicals, we believe that 100% of the price paid for tea should be left on the table of the farmers who worked to bring the product to us.
Our conscious culture was put on showcase in 2014, when Rishi moved into a 48,000sf headquarters in Milwaukee, WI. During the construction of this state-of-the-art facility, attention was given to mindful practices. Lighting is LED and motion-controlled in areas of low activity, all appliances are energy-saving and some of the materials were reclaimed from a few of Milwaukee’s former buildings. Our employees have initiated many philanthropic activities including volunteering in greenhouses, soup kitchens, energy fairs and other outlets. We also work with Milwaukee gardens to compost any excess product, thus feeding the next cycle of trees and plants in our community’s own backyard. A consciously sustainable culture is the very fabric of Rishi Tea & Botanicals.
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Matcha is a traditional Japanese green tea powder produced by stone-milling a shade-grown green tea called tencha into a fine powder. Matcha has a rich cultural tradition as the tea prepared and revered during chanoyu–the mindful, artistic, Zen-inspired Japanese Tea Ceremony. Matcha is unique among teas in that when we drink matcha, we consume the fresh green tea leaf itself, ground and whisked up into an energizing, refreshing bowl.
Benefits of Matcha
Matcha is often referred to as the ‘espresso of tea’ because contains a noteworthy level of caffeine, as well as a compound called L-theanine, which has been studied to promote a sense of relaxation. The unique combination L-theanine and Caffeine in Matcha is touted for its nootropic effects in improving attention, reaction time, and memory. Five benefits of Matcha include:
1) Fresh tea polyphenol antioxidants
2) Contains L-theanine which is known to reduced stress and anxiety
3) Sustained energy without the crash of coffee
4) Delicious and vibrant plus nootropic effects improving attention, reaction time and memory
5) Simple to add to your favorite smoothie or latte.
Cultivation of Matcha
Tencha is harvested just one time each year between May and June and is grown exclusively to make matcha. To make tencha, the tea plants are shaded for 3-5 weeks prior to harvest. Shading tea plants elevates chlorophyll content and enhances L-theanine and other stimulating amino acids, all of which contribute to matcha’s vivid green color, lush umami sweetness and incomparable, enlivening energy.
To conduct the shading, tea farmers use either a traditional frame-and-thatch technique known as tana or modern materials such as black mesh or reflective shades that are erected over the bushes using parabolic hoops. They might alternatively be tightly wrapped to the bushes in a technique called kabuse. Each technique has its pros and cons. The farmers use these techniques to block approximately 70-85% of the sun’s energy from reaching the tea bushes. They often begin with several weeks of shading at around 70%, then increase the degree of shading incrementally as the harvest time nears.
While common grades of tencha are harvested by machine, the best grades with the most tender and sweet flavor are harvested by hand. Superior quality matcha greatly depends on the tea bush cultivar, shading technique, picking standard, and milling practice used. Some grades are suited for traditional, ceremonial preparation, while others are fit for modern culinary applications.
Today, methods of enjoying matcha are immensely popular among foodies, third wave coffee crowds, and active lifestyle consumers. Matcha is essentially the espresso of tea—prepare a “double shot” of matcha by making a bowl of thin tea described above and pour into a demitasse glass to serve. The same double shot can be used as a base for iced matcha, green tea lattes, or numerous other café creations. Its vibrant green color makes matcha a barista superstar’s dream ingredient.
Reprinted from https://www.rishi-tea.com/