Hori tea farm is nestled in historied Wazuka village, just southeast of Kyoto prefecture's famed Uji, where much of Japan's shaded tea (including matcha) is produced. This is where our top-tier Japanese matcha is grown, milled, and packed.
The Hori family's 6-hectar plot is a picture of biodiversity; local ruminants and insects are a regular fixture. Here, Ui, her mother, and her sister make relatively few Uji standards, opting instead for experimental productions of matcha, whole leaf houjicha, and even white tea. Using zairai-shu—"native species"—tea trees and low-intervention agriculture, Ui's productions are a wholly unique brand of Uji tea.