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TYPE OF TEA

  • Authentic Japanese Crude Green Tea (aka Aracha)
  • Cultivar: Yabukita (やぶきた)
  • Fukamushi Sencha - Deep Steam Tea
    (Read more about fukamushi sencha and deep steaming technology)
  • Cultivated by Chagusaba Method using sugar cane soil
    (Read more about chagusaba method)
  • High Grade Crude Green Tea - Gokuzyo Aracha

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    • Gokuzyo - Hand Selected by Trained Tea Master

      Gokyuzyo translates literally to "The Highest Grade" in Japanese. Among all the green tea harvested, Gokuzyo is the section of the best tea leaves based on taste, water level, aroma and the quality of the leaf itself. Trained masters (called chya-shi in Japanese) pick the best tea leaves by hand, one leaf at a time. Please enjoy the best of what we offer.

      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.

      You can enjoy this tea which includes twig tea, coarse, broken tea leaves, and powdered tea. Crude tea leaves produce a beautifully colored drink with a mild, unique taste.

      We now have tea bag version of this product!  Click here for tea bag version.

    • Shipping and Returns

      • Free Shipping store-wide today!  (USPS First Class Shipping 2-5 days)
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      • USPS Priority 2-Day Shipping with Tracking : $8.00 per order
      • USPS Express Next Day Shipping with Tracking: $29.99 per order
      • Canadian and International Customer - USPS International Priority Shipping with Tracking (6-10 Days): US$29.99 per order

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      No Sales Tax

      You pay no sales tax unless you live in the State of Washington. Even you live in the State of Washington, tea (unprepared food) is not taxable. 

      We Ship Same Day!

      Orders placed by noon MT (2pm Eastern / 11am Pacific) will be shipped from our warehouse daily Monday-Friday, after payment is verified. 

      We use USPS for all our orders.

      You can track package from the USPS website or by clicking on the tracking number link on confirmation email you receive.  

      We Ship to Anywhere in the USA and Canada

      We ship anywhere in the USA and Canada, including Hawaii and Alaska.

      Our fresh green teas are shipped directly from Japan to our warehouse in Washington on a weekly basis. We ship all our fresh green tea to you from our warehouse in Washington via USPS. This shipping approach allows us to reliably ship fresh green tea speedily to your door without any international shipping involved after you order. 

      We Now Ship Our Products Internationally 

      Simply select your country when checking out and our website will calculate the shipping price. 
      For the most of the countries, the shipping price is $29.99 flat rate per order. (This means that more you order at once, the better deal for you.)
      Unfortunately, free shipping promotion does not apply to international orders. 

      The item will be shipped using USPS International Priority Shipping with Tracking. It usually takes between 6-10 days to most of the country. 

      For Indian customers, please visit our Indian site

      Free Insurance Included

      All order comes with Free Insurance through USPS. 

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      Immediately after you place an order on our website, you will receive an automated confirmation email. This indicates that your order has been registered in our secure system and your credit card has been pre-authorized for the purchase. The system automatically notifies us so that we can start processing your order to be shipped. Our system tracks inventories in real-time. In the rare occasion that the item is back-ordered or unavailable, we will reach out to you via email. If your items are available for shipment (within 5 business days), we will process the charge, and the order is submitted for shipment. If for any reason you do not receive the confirmation email, please contact us at Info@JapaneseGreenTeaIn.com

      Damaged Goods:

      We do our best to ensure that you get your product in excellent shape, and it is our top priority that you are satisfied with your order, every time. However, things do happen, and your item may be damaged during the delivery process. Please inspect the package immediately after the item arrives or when signing for delivery. If you notice any damage, please take a picture of the damaged material and send the photos to Returns@JapaneseGreenTeaIn.com. We will make sure that you receive the replacement product as soon as possible.

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      If you notice any missing or damaged items, please send us the information at Returns@JapaneseGreenTeaIn.com. 

      Cancellations & Refunds:

      We understand that we all change our mind sometimes. You can cancel your order within 48 hours of the purchase at no cost. We will simply refund you the full amount. After 48 hours, cancellation is subject to a $10 administration fee whether the item has been shipped or not. If your order is already shipped, you (the buyer) will also be responsible for return shipping charges. Refund will be credited to your credit card which you originally used to placed the order. Please contact us at Returns@JapaneseGreenTeaIn.com 


    • We believe in customer-first policy.  If you are not happy about our product or service, we give you full refund, no string attached.  If you are in any way not happy, please email us at returns@JapaneseGreenTeaIn.com.

      Our motto is to make you happy and healthy. We wish to become part of your life to be happier and healthier person than who you were yesterday. 

      Price Guarantee Policy 

      We strive to be the best online retailer of Japanese Green Tea products in USA. Our partnership with the best Japanese Green Tea Farms in Japan allow us to acquire their products at reasonable costs, which we transfer to our customers in form of lower prices. We want our customers to get the best price on any of the products they purchase.

      If you find any other online store which sells the same item for a lower price within 6 months of the date of your purchase, please let us know and we will be glad to match that price and refund you the difference. This is true for our store as well; if you find that our store is lowering the price on a product you purchased from us less than 6 months ago, we will refund you the difference. We want you to feel confidence that you are getting the best price on all of the products in our store.

      To request your partial refund, simply email us a link of the product whose price has been lowered and your order ID. We will process your request and credit your credit card accordingly.

      Our 100% Price Guarantee has some limitations:

      • Our Price Match Guarantee is applicable only to the item you purchased from our store. The purchase must be completed before you can request the price match.
      • Promotions such as coupon, rebate and buy one, get one free offers are not eligible.
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      • The competitor site must be online retailer and do not have a retail location.
      • We do not offer price-match against discounters and auction sites such as eBay, overstock etc.
      • The competitor site must be an authorized retailer for the item in question.
      • The Price Match Guarantee includes the retail price of the item and the shipping cost. It does not include sales tax.
      • Nutrition Facts

        Amount Per Serving:
        Serving Size 1 tablespoon (7 g) - Makes 11 oz (350 ml) 

        Calories 22.3 k.cal      (Calories from Fat 0)
        Total Fat 0.34 g    
              · Saturated Fat 0.047 g
              · Trans Fat 0 g
        Cholesterol 0 mg
        Sodium 0 g
        Total Carbohydrate 2.62 g
        Dietary Fiber 0 g
        Sugars 0 g
        Protein 2.20 g
        List of Ingredients Green Tea
        Caffeine per serving 34 mg (about a third of cup of coffee)
        Declaration Regarding Veg or Non-Veg Veg
        Declaration of Food Additives None
        Country of Origin 100 % Made in Japan
        Name and Complete Address of Green Tea Farm Arahataen Inc. 257 Nunohikihara Makinoharashi
        Shizuoka Japan 421-0407 Japan
      • Product Description

        Gokuzyo - Highest Grade Japanese Green Tea (Lose Leaf)

        Gokyuzyo translates literally to "The Highest Grade" in Japanese. Among all the green tea harvested, Gokuzyo is the section of the best tea leaves based on taste, water level, aroma and the quality of the leaf itself. Trained masters (called chya-shi in Japanese) pick the best tea leaves by hand, one leaf at a time. Please enjoy the best of what we offer.

        Gokuzyo is the First Crop of the Season (Ichiban-cha)

        In Japan, green teas are categorized as first, second, and third based on when it is harvested.

        • First harvest of the season is called Ichiban-cha.
        • Second harvest is called Niban-cha
        • Third harvest is called Sanban-cha  (Some farms do not even pick the third harvest)

        Gokuzyo only uses the first harvest (Ichiban-cha), also called, "New Crop" (or Shin-cha). Since it is the first harvest, this is refereed as "Syun," or, seasonable. Japanese culture value the concept of "Syun". An example of it is the famous Haiku, where the word “Syun” must be used in the short poem. The characteristic of the first harvest is the still “young” tea leaves, which are richer and clearer in aroma.

        Gokuzyo only uses the First Harvest (Ichiban-cha).  This is also called "New Crop" (or Shin-cha).

        Benefit of First Crop Green Tea

        Compared to the second and third harvest, first harvest contains less catechin, which brings less astringency. First crop also has less caffeine, but has more amino acid, which is the prime component of the sweetness and umami element.

        Green tea plants take in nutrients during winter and deliver the nutrients to the leaves as they bloom in spring time. Traditionally, in Japan, the first day of the spring is February 4th and it is called Rissyun (literally translates to "spring stands up"), and the 88th night is thought to be the best first day to pick green tea. It is believed that by consuming the tea leaves harvested on this day, a healthy year lays ahead of the consumer. Therefore, the first crops are popular gift items in Japan.

          Among all the green tea harvested, Gokuzyo is the section of the best tea leaves based on taste, water level, aroma and the quality of the leaf itself.

         The characteristic of the first harvest is that the tea leaves are still "Young" and brings in richer and clearer aroma.

        Health Benefit: 

        Good for diet (High in Polyphenol, Catechin, EGCG Element)
        Reduces absorption activity in stomach (High in and Gallic acid)
        Makes skin smooth (High in Taedenol Element)
        Rich in vitamins C and E
         0 Cholesterol, 0 Sodium 
        Low in caffeine (34mg per cup, equal to one-third cup of coffee)

      • Aracha (Crude Tea) - What is it?

        “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.

        You can enjoy this tea which includes twig tea, coarse, broken tea leaves, and powdered tea. Crude tea leaves produce a beautifully colored drink with a mild, unique taste.

        Benefits and Nutrients of Aracha (Crude Tea)

        Tea leaves may not be very beautiful to look at, but the final cup of tea is very beautiful indeed! With a dark green hue and a rich, robust taste, enjoyment is at its very best. Water insoluble vitamins and nutrients can also be readily imbibed though this tea.

        Since the buds and stems are soft and rich in nutrients and catechins, a robust, nutritive, and flavorful tea is created. Deep green in color and robust in flavor and taste, this tea is recommended for seasoned drinkers who take pride in finding and enjoying only the highest quality teas.

        Aracha is also full of nutrients; more so than other refined tea due to the nature of "natural" state of the tea. It is known that there are four types of catechins (tannins) contained in unprocessed tea leaves: Epicatechin, Epigallocatechin, Epicatechin gallate and Epigallocatechin gallate.

        After steam processing in the factory, four new catechins are created, resulting in 8 different types:

        • Epicatechin → Catechin
        • Epigallocatechin → Gallocatechin
        • Epicatechin gallate → Catechin gallate
        • Epigallocatechin gallate → Gallocatechin gallate

        When brewed at high temperatures astringency components dissolve readily, releasing more catechins and creating a more astringent tea.  (Read morea bout catechin and green tea in my blog article)

        Using cooler or iced water will result in less catechins being dissolved and a less astringent, mellower taste. To get more catechines in cold tea, you could first brew the tea in hot water for 3 minutes, then use ice to cool it. Note: For our tea which is type of fukamushi-tea aka deep-steamed green tea, 3 minutes is recommended, but for regular green tea, you can boil for 5 minutes.

        The gallate catechins work to reduce the absorption of fat and cholesterol, meaning Aracha Green Tea is good for any diet.

        Aracha is the way Green Tea Farmers Have been Drinking for Generations

        Though it is not commonly distributed to consumers, this is how green tea has been enjoyed amongst farmers for generations. Arahataen is a farming industry and also owns facilities to process green tea which is how we are able to distribute this type of green tea to consumers easily. The cost is also more economical than other items, as the process is simple and takes less time, enabling us to price the product cheaper for consumers.

         










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