What color is your matcha?
It’s a fresh green color, truly. But a photo is worth a 1000 words, so here’s an unedited photo comparison of to show how green we mean.
There is unfortunately a lot of brownish, stale matcha floating round in the market. We’re proud to be one of the few organizations with matcha that is truly a fresh green color. Most of what you find that is brown is in fact not matcha at all. Real matcha is made from a specific type of tea, grown in a specific way.
Is your matcha tea tested for heavy metals like lead?
Our matcha undergoes quality standards checks for foreign substances, including lead and heavy metals. During processing tea leaves are scanned by metal detector, pass through a sorting machine, and also a heavy magnet (10,000 guases) at 3 specific points during the process. This ensures that no metals exist in the final product, and that any trace amounts that did exist throughout the processing flow are completely removed.
Has your tea been measured for safe radiation levels?
The tencha leaves used for our matcha are grown in Uji City of the Kyoto Prefecture in Japan, which is 440 miles away from the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Facility. The area our farm grows and processes the tea was last tested for radiation levels on 2014/5/29 and it measured <0.9 detection limit which is incredibly low.
In addition to the Japanese goverment, our matcha has been inspected for radiation by the FDA during importation, and has passed several radiation screening tests without any issues.
You may download a copy of radiation test results here. Scroll down and look for the highlighted tea category.
What regions in Japan are safe
Teas from western areas of Japan have never been found to contain radiation. These include the popular tea growing areas.
- Kyushu Island
Note: Coastal Tea Company matcha is grown in the Uji region.
How are safe radiation levels measured in food?
Bq/kg or Becquerel (Bq) per kilogram is the unit of measure used by governments around the world to determine safe radiation levels in food for human consumption. These units are most commonly used to measure the following harmful radiation contaminents:
These contaminents pose the greatest concern for harmful radiation levels.
What levels of radiation are safe in food?
Each government or region sets standards for the level of Bq/kg that are safe for human consumption. As of this writing, these standards exist for the following countries:
- USA: 1200 Bq/kg
- Canada: 1000 Bq/kg
- International: 1000 Bq/kg
- EU: 500 Bq/kg
- Japan: 100 Bq/kg
Where was your matcha whisk made?
Currently our modern matcha whisk is manufactured in China.
Do you sell or ship your products internationally?
Currently we do not ship or sell internationally, but there are still ways you can purchase our products from another country. Services exist that will that provide you with a US shipping address for a small fee. When you ship goods purchased in the US to the address they provide you, packages will be forwarded on to your address internationally. We currently recommend a service called Shipito for this.