From college
roommates to tea
entrepreneurs

 

 

After five years of college, a newfound love for Matcha, and some of the worst winters in Boston’s history, for Alejandro and I, nothing seemed like a better idea than travelling to East Asia.

 
 
Meiji Shrine in Kyoto, Japan. Velvetea co-founders Alejandro (left) and Ricardo (right) 

Meiji Shrine in Kyoto, Japan. Velvetea co-founders Alejandro (left) and Ricardo (right) 

 
 

After two weeks of delicious food and beautiful scenery - albeit with overweight backpacks and numerous flight delays - we set out to a remote farm in Kagoshima, Japan, known among locals as: “the holy-grail of organic agriculture”.

 
 
Green tea plantation in Kagoshima; layers of straw shield the leaves from sunlight.

Green tea plantation in Kagoshima; layers of straw shield the leaves from sunlight.

 
 

We were fascinated by the farmer’s compelling story, his family’s unconditional support, and his devotion to sustainable and organic agriculture. From then, all it took was one sip to convince us to bring home one of Japan’s most prized traditions.

 
 
Kyoto, Japan; miniature Matcha set. From left to right: Hishaku (water scoop), Chawan (tea bowl), and Chasen (whisk).

Kyoto, Japan; miniature Matcha set. From left to right: Hishaku (water scoop), Chawan (tea bowl), and Chasen (whisk).