Japanese Green Tea - Crude Green Tea (Aracha)
“Aracha” translates to "Wild Tea" in English, and is also known as crude tea. Aracha is green tea where the process keeps the original shape as it is cropped whereas most green teas that are consumed are refined and processed. In Japan, green tea is usually sold from the farmer to a wholesaler where it gets processed and refined. When the tea is provided to the wholesaler, the form of it is usually the unprocessed Aracha; this type of green tea is normally not distributed to consumers. However, due to being able to enjoy rich and natural taste and flavors, some fans prefer drinking this type.
Freshly harvested sprouts are steamed right away and dried. We pick and knead the soft, new leaves gently. The process is fairly simple and may not look elegant, however, the aroma is so intense that it makes you feel as if you just got lost in a green tea processing factory.