This is Phil from GreenTea-Japan! Thank You AdamMY for finding us. We don't turn up anywhere in the search engines and have only just started out so you did well to find us!!
I found TeaChat as one of the 10 hits we have had in the last few days so I made my way over here.
I really like the feel of this place too, and feel I'm going to learn a lot. I have only recently started out as a vendor of Japanese Green Tea. That said, I suppose you could say we are taking it seriously as we have met the farmers directly and we have it packaged to our own specifications. ( I live in Japan) That said, I know I will be learning a lot from everyone... thanks.
I think our site and the wording of it probably needs a lot of work. We are open to any suggestions.
I found out some great stuff about a place called Yame near where I live... Apparently they have the no 1 gyokuro in Japan for the last 5 years running..anyway, thats for another topic.
OMG! These guys have SEIJU MACCHA from Yame-shi!!! I have looking everywhere to get this online, but the last place that I had bought it from, umami-chaya.com, for some unfortunate reason, the website doesn't exist anymore!!! But I stumbled across GreenTea-Japan.com via reading some posts on here, and lo and behold, I found it again!!!
SEIJU maccha is really, really, REALLY good!! I've tried many koicha, and this one makes probably the best. I have also tried O-cha.com's 'MANTEN' maccha. To be honest, it was well over-priced and over-rated, and I didn't think very highly of it (and neither did my tea ceremony sensei!!). The sweetness and umami taste that it claimed to have, just wasn't there!
For me, I shall continue to have Seiju from Yame, or Tokiha no Mukashi from Uji-en Seicha, which I've only been able to obtain in person in Japan at this stage.....HINT HINT