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.
Ui is a personal friend. Each season, we collaborate over LINE on unqiue productions (like this outstanding hand-toasted genmai). Expect consistently interesting projects from her each year.
Megumi Hori—Ui-chan—is a graphic designer turned tea farmer. This farm has been in her family for 5 generations, starting with her great grandfather who manually cleared and prepared the land for tea farming nearly 100 years ago.
We've been collaborating with Ui since early 2020. The tea making mastery passed down through generations along with her creative spirit yield fascinating project teas and one of the best matchas we've ever cupped.