In the early 1970s an executive of Yamamotoyama discovered an area perfect for tea production in central Brazil. This was a wonderful opportunity, as Japan had limited land to expand Yamamotoyama’s tea production.
Brazil was also chosen for its season, which begins in September (which is opposite from that of Japan), its very rich and fertile soil, and perfect tea growing climate with fog and heavy dews. The best tea bushes and their seedlings were hand picked from Japan to produce the finest green teas possible.
The Yamamotoyama Brazilian tea gardens are in two highland areas in central Brazil near the Atlantic Ocean, at an elevation of 2,000 to 2,500 feet above sea level. One of the gardens is 150 miles southwest of Sao Paulo, the largest city in Brazil. This area covers 950 acres with 300 acres currently under tea cultivation. The second garden is 250 miles south of Sao Paulo, with 415 acres and 250 acres under tea cultivation. The two gardens combined employ over 200 people and are home to many more.
The tea gardens have two types of Japanese tea plants. Over 2250 tons of fresh tea leaves are produced each year which is processed to exacting Japanese standards into 450 tons of finished green tea. The tea gardens are currently in their third year of organic production and this year (2000) will become ''''certified organic''''. Currently more than 50% of the green tea is exported to the United States although some is sent to Japan, the Middle East and some is sold in Brazil.
Stash Premium Green tea is from these Brazilian tea gardens. Our Premium Green tea is expertly processed from beautifully handled leaves and steam processed in the traditional Japanese style to preserve the flavor, fragrance, and color of the fresh leaf. The finished tea leaves are a vibrant green that brew into a bright golden-green liquor with a delicately herbaceous, slightly sweet and slightly nutty flavor.
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