BEST matcha from Chikiriya-chaho Tea Shop

A lot of times we are honoured to receive a complement 'The best green tea ever'  Wonder where I got our great matcha? I'd like to proudly introduce our tea shop Chikiriya-chaho.

Entrance. Tea is pouring! How does it work?!

Entrance. Tea is pouring! How does it work?!

As it is acknowledged, tea from Uji(Kyoto) is the best in Japan. Any tea shops in Kyoto basically have Uji tea. What's the difference? I must say it depends on your taste, but I think Shizuoka tea is a bit bitter and I like Chiran(Kagoshima) tea as well as Uji. It's more like 'brand' so even though Blue Mountain coffee is said to be the best, I prefer Arabica. You can choose any taste you like.

Although, having said that, it's hard to find one while you are in Japan for a few weeks. It took me three years living in Kyoto to meet Chikiriya-chaho. So if you liked the matcha at Camellia, this is your destination! And our webshop if you missed getting one ;)

They have not only matcha, but also various of green tea!

They have not only matcha, but also various of green tea!

Samples of tea. You can try smelling for each tea leaves like Sencha, Hojicha, Genmaicha... The highest rank of Gyokuro is.., ooh must be superb!

Samples of tea. You can try smelling for each tea leaves like Sencha, Hojicha, Genmaicha... The highest rank of Gyokuro is.., ooh must be superb!

The most important thing for matcha is freshness. They keep matcha as tea leaves and grind into powder everyday, so we can always present freshly ground matcha at Camellia. Beautiful green and the fragrance came from their devotion to provide a good tea.

Even nowadays, matcha is ground into powder with a stone-mill

Even nowadays, matcha is ground into powder with a stone-mill

Now, let me introduce the owner of Chikiriya-chaho!

Look at his friendly smile! Now the tea is more tasty and makes you smile too ;) The shop is located near Karasuma-Oike station, on the corner of Rokkaku-Higashinotoin, in between a bike shop and a ryokan called Kazuki. They also have a cafe, you can enjoy matcha softcream, matcha parfait, and more! Their matcha castella is amazing too!