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Ma******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Always a great pleasure purchasing from Sazen - their service, packing, products and shipping is unsurpassed. Thank you." Ky******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Always wonderful service from the sazen team. The samples they provide are always wonderful and bring me to my next tea choice" LE******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"SUPERIOR SERVICE !" Ki******, SINGAPORE"Very fast delivery, did not expect that." Da******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Always perfect!" An******, NETHERLANDS"Great website, fast delivery, huge tea, and teaware selection" Ri******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Great communication with fast and safe shipping." Ap******, ISRAEL"Szazen service was great and the range of matcha tea is very nice!" Le******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Excellent." Vl******, UKRAINE"Very fast delivery, Japan-Ukraine (7 days), every time gifts, very comfortable site and track information! Thank you!" Sa******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Thank you for the excellent service. Item was packed so carefully & arrived SO fast. Can't recommend you guys enough." Sa******, "Excelente servicio y profesionalidad. ?Muchas gracias!" Ya******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Great service really cheap it's worth it." Ma******, NETHERLANDS"Thank you for all the support to ship this item to Europe" Da******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Consistent perfection!" G******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"As always sazen service is great." ar******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Sazen has never let me down - even from Japan the package arrives faster than other suppliers within the US - and the packaging is so nice - quality all the way. I don't buy from anyone else if I can help it..." Ar******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Amazing as always" To******, POLAND"excellent" Jo******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Great as always!" Ju******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"The best I ever had!!!" Da******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"This was my first purchase from SAZEN and I am extremely pleased. I will definitely be using them again to buy more teas." Sa******, ISRAEL"Sazen services and products are perfect like everytime ! Thanks for everything :-)" Sa******, ISRAEL"Sazen keep only A+ grade products, the service's is a perfection. Thank You :)" Da******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Perfect, AAA+++" Ka******, CROATIA"the postal service charged me additional charges for processing, that was not well documented when i selected it." LE******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Would be nice if there is a writing in english...." Jo******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Good as always!" ha******, CANADA"very speedy delivery" Fa******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Professional they truly are. It was a very satisfying experience." or******, ISRAEL"great company changed my life forever gave me the opportunity to the best matcha test but more important the matcha effect of energy realax and focus very good service for example i asked for usucha info the contact sent me info but immediately update iinfo in the website witch mean he think about every costumer shopping on this store" Ha******, MALAYSIA"Excellent service, fast delivery, well packing and thanks a lot for the free gift. Would like to purchase more in the future." Mi******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Wonderful and quick shipment and service. I'm so happy. Thank you!" Ri******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Fast shipping. Nice original packaging and sazen sticker with details of tea." St******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Delicious and rich" Ro******, CANADA"Best service ever..." Jo******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Great, as always!" To******, POLAND"Great service, fast delivery, well packed. Nothing to complain, just to praise!" Os******, MEXICO"Congratulations to Sazen for his top quality service." Ar******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Splendid" Am******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Great packaging and very fast shipping. I cannot recommend the DHL DDP option enough for people in Europe, it eliminates all customs headaches and is pretty cost effective." Ps******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"best made with room temperature water and no more than 50 ml water steeped for 15 minutes" Ap******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Your service feels like home! It is an honor to do business with you!" Ma******, ITALY"I took time to realize that Sazen is one of the best around . Prompt service, accuracy , I am very proud I have now all I need on a palm of a hand. Thank you for to be so professional." Ta******, CANADA"packed perfectly with care and arrived quickly as always :) worlds best online tea shop." Je******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Super fast & accurate!" Al******, ROMANIA"Prompt service and I have strong confidence in all your products!" Je******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Super fast and accurate shipping to east coast of US!" Wa******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Very fast ship, very well packed." Da******, GERMANY"Perfect, as always - thanks a lot!" Da******, GERMANY"Great communication and fast shipment!" BL******, MALAYSIA"Well done on detailed description, educating and communication !!" Da******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Always perfect!" Ja******, CHILE"Always thankful for your excellent service!" Ni******, BULGARIA"My favorite cup. I wish they had 45ml version of this! :( The 25ml ones are too small and this is too big. For me the perfect size is 50ml to the edge (35ml filled). But it's perfect for its size - I don't need a pitcher for my 60ml shibo which is awesome. Sazen's service is awesome - everything was packaged nicely and safely." LE******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"I wish you offer in a cans as well, i love them." Ca******, KENYA"Excellent" To******, POLAND"Just 5 stars, perfect service really." Me******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Tea is good and customer service is even better" Da******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Perfect!" An******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Awesome. Will appreciate even more if you can tell me : is it true that as long I keep my total order under 10,000 JPY, I pay no Custom tax in US." Ro******, GERMANY"Top service!" Al******, "??????????????????????????????????????????????????? Perfect deal! Very efficient and friendly staff. Very good and fast service! I will keep buying in your store." Wi******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Exceptional matcha selection" mi******, ROMANIA"super service !" Jo******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Good as always :)" Fe******, "???????? ? ??????? ?? 3 ???!" Xi******, GERMANY"Fast, reliable shipping as always!" Iv******, CROATIA"Packed excellently" LE******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"BEST SERVICE, ESPECIALLY SHIPPING WITHIN A FEW DAYS!" Mi******, TURKEY"Keep keeping the fineness and quality, please!" BL******, MALAYSIA"I feel the product is a little short of info. I hope to know more about the ingredients used. Is it natural essential oil or synthetic. Was it hand made or machine made and etc. Cheers" Ja******, PERU"Excellent as always" Ch******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"The best, and the lunar new years treats were great!" AN******, "I received the package in 10 days as it was written. Thank you very much, I am happy for the gift, the free sample , it was a nice surprise..Also the packaging was fine for safe delivery of the products. Thank you so much!" Ia******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Arrived promptly and the sample was delicious." Be******, SINGAPORE"Fast delivery. Item received in good order and well-packed. A free gift was included. Nice gesture" Sh******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Very fast shipping. Sazen has been reliable over the years." Ch******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Great as usual!" Ch******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Fantastic shipping and everything came packed nicely, I didn't even know a package could go from Japan to America this quickly. The signatures and sample of Ogurayama were greatly appreciated too, will definitely be ordering from here again." St******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Gorgeous matcha" Ol******, CANADA"Great service and efficiency" Wi******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"I love sazen tea , very good value" Ca******, PHILIPPINES"Thank you for the freebie tea and for fast shipping" To******, GEORGIA"My favourite and trusty tea enterprise. Long live" Ad******, SINGAPORE"Sazen is always fast to pack and ship my order with no mistakes." Wi******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Extremely fast shipping, great service." Da******, THAILAND"I truly appreciate the packaging of each individual product and of the delivering parcel. The preparation might be a bit longer than expected but it's acceptable." To******, GEORGIA"Always impeccable" Al******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Outstanding service, as usual!" Ch******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Great as usual" Ja******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Amazing and caring will 100% order from again!" Ol******, CANADA"Perfect customer service with update throughout the process and speedy delivery through DHL services." An******, GERMANY"Simply perfect!" Jo******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Great as always!" Is******, "Great service from Sazen, but it seems that they're not shipping to Spain anymore :( Hoping they will resume shipping soon." St******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Gokujo Shincha 2020" Ch******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Excellent, thank you for the excellent packaging and the free sample!" Sa******, ISRAEL"Like everytime, service's from Sazen is just at perfection, Thank You :)" Da******, CZECH REPUBLIC"Perfect packaging, quick delivery, great service. Thank you" Ri******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Great description. Fast shipping. Nice original packaging" LE******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Very good options on different Japanese and other teas options. I wish you write on some tea in English, for example , my favor Sencha Agata no Mori has no English description about that tea, which is important. But I thank you for a quick delivery and very best customer service! Leon. Miami, Florida, USA" An******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Thanks for your great service. Carman, Agnes who helped me to select the right matcha for me:(GIN) and promptly answered all my question. Much appreciated your help. Also thanks for the sample of match Ogurayama, delicious." Ri******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"If it weren't for Sazen, I wouldn't be able to discover the amazing world of matcha. The quality and price point is way better than anything offered in the U.S." Ta******, CANADA"I was notified of a capacity change before delivery, and I really appreciated that." Ma******, POLAND"It was nice to shop with Sazentea. great customer service, Agnes is very kind and answears all your questions, I got a lot of samples and a handwritten note :-)" To******, GEORGIA"swift to respond, friendly and professional" Sz******, ROMANIA"Excellent service, highly recommended to any tea lover." Ak******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Speedy shipping, and great customer service communication/ problem solving" Ja******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Service was fast all the way from Kyoto to Florida. Everything was safely packaged and you can tell they care about their customers and encouraging the way of tea." Wi******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Great service, willing to work with me and the item was shipped quickly and well packed." Je******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"I had been disappointed by another company in Japan selling matcha. Sazen NEVER disappoints!!! Thank you Sazen!!!" Fr******, GERMANY"Thanks a lot, it´s really a great chashaku." Je******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Sazen continues to deliver faster than expected and without any issues. Thanks Sazen!!!" Er******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Sazens service was excellent. Arrived surprisingly quick from Japan. They warn while purchasing of potential duty fee's etc, but I never had to deal with any. It arrived via FedEx as any ordinary package." Da******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Always perfect!" To******, POLAND"Perfect service as always" Mi******, SWITZERLAND"Perfect." Ja******, UNITED KINGDOM"Fresh fast and still cannot figure out how such successful and fresh well packaged products can make it to the UK so fast amazing keep it up" Al******, UKRAINE"Fast delivery" Sa******, ISRAEL"Like everytime, service's from Sazen is just at perfection, Thank You :)" Je******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Sazen has never let me down! Super fast shipping (faster arriving in US from Japan than some companies shipping inside US!!!), excellent packaging, can't say enough great things!" Ma******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Service, mailing and attention to detail in packaging is always so appreciated. It is always a pleasant encounter when purchasing from Sazen. Thank you." Er******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Packed very securely with lots of material keeping it from getting smashed." Al******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"The kyusu is larger than originally advertised. If it had been accurate I wouldn?t have purchased it. I was told they took the maker for their word and it was likely measured originally for 80% full. This is a very common issue with teapots so I think it?s lazy to not have double checked yourself." Je******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Super fast as always and well packaged!" th******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"super fast"Uw******, GERMANY"The only one shop in Japan I order my tea direkt. Very fast and best teas!!!! Trustfull" Wi******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Sazen is wonderful , my orders are perfect everytime" Ke******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Secured site, fast shipping, and good quality products! Repurchasing my second match powder 5 months later." Jo******, PUERTO RICO"Great Service, fast shipping!" Al******, UKRAINE"Fast shipping, safe packaging" Mo******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Thanks for the amazing service!" Ch******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Great as usual" Sa******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Fast and so professional. Thank you!" Er******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Packaging was fine, no damage to the matcha tin." St******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"The best culinary matcha - tastes like Kyoto" Da******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Excellent service" Ol******, CANADA"Sazen's staff shows high standards of promptness and efficiency. I ordered on the 7th of August and received them six days later, on the 13th. Everything was well packed." Mo******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"excellent service from Sazen as always." Mi******, SWITZERLAND"So well packed, thank you." Tu******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Quick to respond, very knowledgeable staff" Ma******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Sazen's service, packaging and shipping as per usual is top rate. Thank you." Ca******, KENYA"Excellent" Jo******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Great as always!" Fa******, INDONESIA"Prompt delivery and good customer service. Products are wll packed." Al******, JAPAN"as one get used to it it become more and more enjoyable and can appreciate its subtle taste" Sv******, ISRAEL"Pleasant and courteous service. Always send a sample of tea. Thank you" Ro******, GERMANY"Best tea shop! A+++" Sa******, ISRAEL"Like everytime, service's from Sazen is just at perfection, Thank You :)" Ky******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Sazen is a great company, I just wish that there were more member perks -- Ideally a spend x amount, and get free shipping perk.. or after spending x amount, get free shipping for a year or something. Matcha is a delicate thing, and I like to order it every month or 2 so I know it's fresh... the shipping costs are killer.." Da******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Perfect as always!" Ri******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Thanks so much for your incredible service again. I try not to look at how much money I spend on tea from Sazen, but there's a reason I've returned for orders every few months. I've found no tea company across the world that balances excellent customer service, selection, and value the way Sazen does." Le******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Perfect, arrived much earlier than expected and in perfect condition." Ma******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Excellent service as per usual of SAZEN. Arrived safely, intact and in less than 7 days of placing my order. Thank you again for your attention to detail and service - it is a joy to open the boxes that arrive from SAZEN." To******, POLAND"5/5 as always, 0 issues" Sz******, ROMANIA"Great service, fast and precise." Ni******, CANADA"Very fast shipping that was carefully packaged. Look forward to shopping with new tea friends at Sazen again soon." Da******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Sazen is always great." Er******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Everything came perfectly packaged, with no scratches or dents." Je******, JAPAN"Excellent service as usual :)" Da******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Perfect!" Da******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Perfect as always and early delivery by DHL." Ma******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"SAZEN's service is always stellar. Their shipping is very fast and they get your goods out to you in less than a week from the date of your order. packing of fragile items are really thought out, secure and arrives intact and safely. Thank you for the attention to details as week." Ma******, SINGAPORE"I am impressed because this matcha is cheap, yet it is smooth n not bitter at all with a little astrigency. Unami n sweetness maynot be as good as the premium range ones but the price is Cheaper than Those repacked ceremonial grade matcha we see on amazon or other websites but taste way better. If the entry level for this brand is this good, i wonder how good will the rest of the matcha taste like. Glad to have found this sazen website. Prices are very reasonable compared locally." th******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Ordered on a Saturday and had tea on hand in Georgia, USA by Wed- Amazingly fast. Included sample was appreciated and excellent." GA******, MALAYSIA"Thank you Sazen. Top quality packing and speed delivery." Ch******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"All the teaware I have purchased has made the trip from Japan to the US in perfect condition and the packaging is above and beyond." Mi******, SWITZERLAND"Perfect." Al******, PHILIPPINES"No reply from claim email yet." Ba******, PHILIPPINES"Excellent as always." AN******, "In Greece shops usually give a small gift to costumers to thank them for buying from them. You did something like that which i appreciated. I suggest just have a little more amount in gifts. Thank you" Na******, CANADA"Exceptional. Friendly and caring service. Feeling grateful." Ro******, GERMANY"One of the best tea resellers currently available for international (and, in particular, EU) customers. Literally, only the positive experience!" Ta******, HUNGARY"Perfect service, as always!" So******, UNITED KINGDOM"Thank you Sazen! I am enjoying the chigi no shiro cha. Also thanks for the great communication and information on your website and everything that you sent me ???? It's very interesting learning about different cultivars and tea varieties." Sa******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Fast and professional" Jo******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Good as always!" Ri******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Great communication and the same price as the Marukyu vendor in Japan so there is no mark up for international customers which I have experienced while purchasing Marukyu products from local vendors in my country. Very fast shipping." So******, UNITED KINGDOM"Thank you so much for stocking this. Please keep it forever! :)" Ja******, UNITED KINGDOM"As always fast, efficient and high standards" Ja******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"I can't believe how fast this arrived to Florida from Japan! Everything was in perfect shape and packed with much love and care." No******, CANADA"Very fast shipping and delivery. Shipping is very expensive." GA******, MALAYSIA"Thank you Sazen. Top quality packing and speed delivery." Ch******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"From prompt shipping to samples in the package I keep coming to Sazen for my tea because the service is the best!" Jo******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Always excellent packaging." Ga******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"prompt, professional shipping as usual" Ka******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Great service! The tea and other items I ordered were well packaged and arrived quickly (within 1 week of ordering) despite COVID-19 and being shipped to GA, USA." Jo******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Good as always!" Ta******, CANADA"This has to be the best customer service I've ever found in a Tea company, and the packaging is always so secure and safe! I am always surprised at how fast I recieve these precious goods, usually taking just one week, counting the exact day of purchase. I cannot be more pleased with my buying experience here on this website." Al******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Best prices for matcha and my favorite place to shop." Lá******, HUNGARY"Fast shipping, excellent packaging and lovely staff service." Da******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Always fast delivery, good packaging, and reasonable prices. They will work with you personally on more complicated orders." G******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"As always Sazen service is excellent!" Mi******, SWITZERLAND"Perfect." LE******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Would be nice if there is a writing in english...." G******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"The only place I but matcha. Trustworthy and great service." Hu******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Fast shipping and enjoyed the kind words with the packaging. Products were shipped with care." Va******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Great Service ! Well packed and super fast shipping ! Happy New Year" Wi******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Amazing service as always" Ba******, PHILIPPINES"Excellent service, as always!" An******, AUSTRALIA"Excellent service Thank you very much" Da******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Sazen service - from their email replies to how they pack and ship their boxes - is always superb. Seriously when you get a box via DHL or FedEx (I prefer DHL now for US deliveries) take note of even how perfectly the box is packed and taped. This is a Japanese company doing every step mindfully it seems." Sa******, HUNGARY"Outstanding. Fast processing, fast delivery, excellent packaging, and beautiful products. I have been wanting to order from Sazen for a while, and I am so glad I finally did. I will likely be ordering most of my tea from Sazen from now on." Sa******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Great! Arrived very fast" Da******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Sazen service is always top notch." Se******, AZERBAIDJAN"My favorite online source for the best tea" Fa******, INDONESIA"The product arrived promptly and well packed. Received a nice gift sample too. Thanks for an excellent service, Sazen. Really Appreciate it." Sz******, ROMANIA"Stellar services." Ma******, CANADA"Shipping is fast and carefully packed." To******, POLAND"Perfect service, nothing to complain as always!" Da******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Always top quality service!" Sa******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"World-class. Outstanding." Br******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Customer service and shipping was above and beyond! Thank you!" Ma******, CANADA"My teapot was very carefully packed, thank you." Ma******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Thank you." Wi******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Great service, willing to work with me when I made an error in my order. Arrived quickly and was well packed." Da******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Perfect as always!" Je******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Super fast & accurate!" Ta******, HUNGARY"Perfect, helpful, fast and big hearted customer service." Th******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Fast and efficient delivery! Thank you for getting the tea out quickly." Ro******, GERMANY"Top service!" Ma******, ITALY"Professional and serious" Sa******, INDONESIA"Love the service and the little package of free gift (tea) that is utterly delightful and smart (as I did order some of green teas that were given to me as samples)" Am******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Delivered very fresh with nice packaging. Good price and convenient delivery. Excellent service." Fr******, CANADA"Amazing services!" Al******, "Reliable and quality packaging. Outstanding customer service." Da******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Excellent! Corrected original review from 194C to 194F." Jo******, PHILIPPINES"thanks for the freebies i apperciate the oriental beauty and the cui feng oolong :) i am really curious with the dong fang mei ren tea then sent it to me :)) thank you" Da******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Excellent customer service!" Ma******, IRAN"Really professional team ,, Tnx sazen for support and good service Peace and love from IRAN" Je******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Sazen delivers earlier than expected! Thank you Sazen for your hard work!" Ma******, NORWAY"Very impressed with my first order from your store. Good job!" Al******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"great service" Jo******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Sazentea’s service was as good for this order as it’s always been. Shipping is pricey, but I understand why, and their free shipping on $200+ orders is reasonable considering where it’s coming from and how quickly they get it to me. The fact I live in a day & age where I can get products from Japan in one week is great, but I know this wouldn’t be possible if Sazen wasn’t on top of their game." Na******, THAILAND"Amazing! Would give it 6 stars!!" GA******, MALAYSIA"Thank you sazen for brings up this wonderful platform for tea lovers" Jo******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Good as always!" Lu******, CZECH REPUBLIC"Excellent support with the opportunity to choose my own items" Sz******, SINGAPORE"Ordered on Sunday night, received on Thursday night (Singapore)" Ri******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Fast shipping. Nice original packaging and sazen sticker with details of tea." Na******, SWITZERLAND"Very fast shipping and delivery." Xi******, SINGAPORE"Excellent! Steps were taken to ensure that the matcha cans were delivered intact and met my expectation." Je******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Super fast shipping and accurate!" Ba******, PHILIPPINES"Again, excellent service Sazen!" Ni******, SWEDEN"Great service! Good recommendations and taking time to make it personal was very appreciated." Nh******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Reliable and no-hassle. I could not ask for more." Ju******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"I love it!!!" Fe******, ITALY"Simply amazing. First time I tried a thencha and wanted to start with a really good one. I followed the brewing suggestion given by Sazen and the result is that I am in love with this tea. Thank you" To******, POLAND"The order came really very carefully packed in a nice coolbox. I received 2 tea samples with my order for which I am also very grateful. This was my first order from Sazen, but I already know that it will definitely not be the last." An******, GERMANY"Brilliant!!!" An******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"They are absolutely the best and very responsive. I place one year’s order at a time." Ma******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Excellent service and shipping time. Thank you also for always including samples. I get to share the samples with my colleagues at work and they are always so appreciative of them, as I am." Jo******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Good as always!" Na******, THAILAND"Would rate it a 6 stars if have!" Ve******, CROATIA"Very quick delivery." ha******, CANADA"Agnes was very helpful and patient. Upon request, she sent me pictures of available teapots, and I was able to pick one with a color variation that I liked. Received it 3 days later and made a tea right away.... thank you Sazen ream!" Ro******, GERMANY"Best team!" Sz******, ROMANIA"Great service fast shipping, only the description should be more accurate instead of 350 ml capacity correct it to 280 ml and no problem, this is too big of a size difference." Ta******, HUNGARY"The best service as always" Yu******, ISRAEL"Service is ok, but I after paying everything on site Fedex requested for me to pay 60$ more on arrival..." Vo******, UKRAINE"Thank you" Da******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Sazen is always great." Xi******, SINGAPORE"Shipping was fast, items were packaged well. So happy that I can try shin matcha just as it is released." Ma******, ITALY"Happy, when someone make his job in professional way is always repaid ! Will order again and again !" mi******, ROMANIA"Top Notch Quality !" Je******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Always super fast and always packaged with care!" Wa******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Sazen has excellent service and a wide selection of teaware at very competitive prices." Ma******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"SAZEN is has become my favorite site to purchase teas and quality tea vessels at reasonable prices. Excellent shipping time and service. Thank you." LE******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"THE BEST!" Ag******, JAPAN"You are amazing guys! Perfect Customer Service ?" Pa******, ARGENTINA"Agnes is very responsive and works out any problem you might have." mi******, ROMANIA"Superb tea and service, thank you." Ps******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"The finest matcha store on the internet by far. Thank You Sazen KANPAI !!!" LE******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"EXCELLENT, ALWAYS ON TIME" Vi******, ISRAEL"The product has arrived in excellent condition. It was packed with care."Al******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Great customer service. Super fast shipping. Excellent packaging. Thank you, Sazen Tea!" Ji******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Sazen has great prices, great products and AMAZING shipping. Somehow my orders show up at my house in days, I order late on Tuesday and it has arrived by Friday afternoon. No need to monitor my can volume because I know I can order last minute and receive this wonderful product in no time. Items are carefully packaged, arrive undamaged and a small free gift is included." Ju******, JAPAN"Fast and neat service! Packaging was also nice and I got a small bag of service matcha." On******, CZECH REPUBLIC"Insanely fast shipping in comparison to my experiences with other stores." Je******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Sazen is the best! Super fast shipping and great packaging!" NI******, THAILAND"smart and fast delivery" Da******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Always the best!" Sa******, ISRAEL"Like everytime, service's from Sazen is just at perfection, Thank You :)" Ma******, SINGAPORE"Very fast n quick delivery by dhl n good service. Reasonable prices." Ch******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"As always the shipping is perfect and the packaging is the best. I keep coming back because the tea is good and the teawares are some of the best." Ph******, CANADA"Efficient and speedy service. Tea nicely packaged in box. Will purchase from seller again. Very satisfied." Ja******, POLAND"Thank you for fantastic quality, consistency (2020 vs 2022 Chashoten Gyokuro) and speedy delivery with a rewarding sample gift ^_^" Ja******, UNITED KINGDOM"Delivery, packaging, amazing and fast 3 stars because it was through the advice from you I baught this don't like it at all. Everything else 10/10" Fe******, "??? ?????? ????????? ???????????. ????? ??? FedEx "?????", ?? ??? ?? ???? ????????." Ar******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Packaging and timing is good as always, you guys are such a quality service." Au******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Great tea and teaware :)" Sa******, INDONESIA"I have been buying from Sazen for maybe 5 times now. All the way from Japan, the products arrived safely, and of good quality. I also like the reward points, and very appreciative of the mini free sample Sazen gave in each shipment. In fact, I ended up ordering some that I thought was quite good. Well done!" Er******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"The shipping to USA is pricey, but that’s no fault of Sazen’s. They always include a sample of one of their high quality teas (sometimes even better quality than the ones I ordered) to pique one’s interest." Jo******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Great as always!" Sa******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Lovely customer service" Gl******, JAPAN"Sazen is always a perfect quality service preparing orders and answering to customers." KE******, NEW ZEALAND"Thanks for the safe packaging." Da******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"I was amazed how fast a package could travel from Japan to the USA without paying a huge shipping rate. And the products are top quality." Ar******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Amazing service and packaging as always, always arrives earlier than expected. Beautiful and neat." Fr******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Always helpful, always quick response." St******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"The taste of spring in a cup" Da******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"Excellent, very safe packaging and delivered 2 days early. Received exactly what I asked for." Sa******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"World-class. Outstanding." Xi******, GERMANY"Absolutely masterpiece! Elegant and lasting design. Bought two some months ago and here I am again stocking three more!" Wi******, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"As always, service was fantastic and delivery quick."

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Be a Matcha Frothing Master

Have you ever thought of challenging yourself to make a nice bowl of ceremonial matcha but ended up discouraged by the whole process? Or have you actually tried - many times even - and been somewhat disappointed by the results?

Don’t worry, this happens to all of us! Wherever we are on our tea journey, we all started the same: with the first step. Or rather, the first bowl.

Information that is covered:

➢  Introduction

➢  The Tools You Will Need

➢  Select the Right Matcha

➢  Quality of Water

➢  Have the Correct Posture

➢  How to Make Beautiful Matcha

Introduction

Preparing a bowl of Japanese matcha goes beyond simply mixing powdered tea and water. At the heart of this beautiful tradition lies the delicate whisking process, transforming vibrant green matcha powder into a frothy elixir that awakens the senses.

There are two ways of preparing ceremonial matcha: thin tea (usucha) and thick tea (koicha). These two distinct styles of preparing matcha each offer a unique sensory experience. Usucha, or thin tea, is a light, frothy brew with a delicate flavor profile. On the other hand, koicha, or thick tea, has a dense, creamy texture and a rich, indulgent flavor.

While both styles showcase the versatility of matcha, they cater to different preferences and occasions, offering tea enthusiasts a diverse range of tasting experiences. Here, we will be exploring usucha frothing, where each whisk stroke is a step closer to achieving the perfect, velvety texture and rich flavor that defines a superb bowl of matcha.

Matcha, a finely ground green tea powder, demands a methodical approach to unlock its full potential. A bowl of usucha is rated by not only the liquid but the froth as well, which can elevate the taste. For that reason, whisking is not merely a means to an end but an integral part of the matcha experience, influencing the flavor, aroma, and texture of the final brew. The goal is to achieve a smooth, frothy consistency. While this might be scary at first and lessen one’s enthusiasm for preparing matcha traditionally, don’t give up! Practice makes perfect, and we have some tips that can help in mastering usucha preparation.

 

The tools you will need

Invest in authentic Japanese tea tools to elevate your whisking experience. The essentials include a chasen - matcha whisk, a chawan - matcha bowl, and a chashaku - measuring scoop (or one-gram measuring spoon). These tools are designed to enhance the whisking process and ensure a consistent, lump-free blend. It is also very important to use a sieve to sift the matcha powder before adding water to it. You can also use a yuzamashi - pitcher, to cool the water.

Choosing the right chasen and chawan is very important to make great matcha.
When picking out a chasen to make usucha, the main points to consider are the number of tines, and the fit in your hand. To make smooth foam, a higher tine count is necessary (68-120 tine). The higher the tine count, the thicker the bamboo piece used has to be, which means the holder will also be thicker, so it is important to find a nice balance of a high tine count but a comfortable grip. Read more about choosing the right chasen in our blog post here.

Regarding your choice of chawan, the most important thing to be able to make a nice, velvety foam is to have enough space to move the chasen. When frothing the matcha, as we will describe later, you move the chasen in the chawan in an ‘M’ or ‘W’ shape The foam will be best if you have enough room for this process, moving the chasen from wall to wall. It is easiest to whisk matcha in chawan that has straight vertical walls, and a flat bottom. If the glaze of the chawan is smooth, the foam will be lighter and fluffier.

Prepare Your Tools: Before starting the whisking, warm your matcha bowl and bamboo whisk with hot water. After pouring hot water into the chawan, pour it out and dry the bowl with kitchen paper, to make sure the matcha powder arrives in a warm, dry place. Let the head of the chasen sit in water for a minute before whisking the matcha. This will make the tines more flexible and less prone to breaking.

Select the right matcha

Naturally, one of the most important components of matcha whisking is the matcha powder itself. Choosing a high-quality matcha powder is crucial. Look for vibrant, jade-green hues, a silky-smooth texture, and a creamy yet fresh green scent. Quality Japanese matcha never has a longer best-before-date than 6-8 months from production, so if on a matcha package you see a date further than that, it is a pretty good indication that it is lower quality, possibly with preservatives added. Great quality matcha only consists of the tea leaves themselves and contains no additives like sweeteners, preservatives, flavor enhancers, or extra flavoring.
As soon as a matcha is opened, the oxidation starts. Because of this, freshly opened matcha is always easier to froth and the foam is smoother than if it has been open for a while. For the same reason, an opened can should be consumed within one month of opening.

 

Quality of Water

The next thing to pay attention to is the water used to make matcha. It Is best to use filtered, soft water that is low in minerals to allow the flavors of the tea to unfold. While you should never use boiling water to make matcha, it is quite crucial to bring the water to a boil before cooling it down to the right temperature. Boiling the water in a cast-iron tool (like a tetsubin or kama) is the best option, as it helps soften the water. The longer the water is boiling, the better, because a long boil reduces the oxygen in the water which is beneficial to the taste of green teas, and helps the matcha frothing process. After boiling the water, let it cool to 80-85 C. If the water is too hot, that can result in a bitter bowl of matcha, as the hot water will burn the tea. On the other hand, using water colder than recommended will not result in the beautiful, smooth froth we are seeking when whisking our matcha.

 

Have the corrEct Posture

When making traditional matcha, we need the right posture while frothing. In a traditional tea room, one would be kneeling in front of the chawan that is placed on the tatami (bamboo mat), with a straight back, slightly leaning forward. Of course, most homes do not have a tearoom, so making matcha at a table or counter is perfectly fine, but also requires the right posture. So when you froth matcha, straighten your back, and relax your shoulders. Hold your arms in a round shape, with your hands meeting at the chawan. Make sure you don’t drop your elbows, and your left arm also stays in this position during frothing. Try to learn the correct posture, but make sure you don’t become rigid; take a deep, relaxing breath, and most importantly, enjoy the process! After all, matcha is not only made with our hands but our hearts.

Hold your hand as a straight continuation of your arm, don’t bend your wrist. If you are right-handed, hold the side of the chawan with four fingers of your left hand, your fingers closed together, and with your thumb on the rim. Hold the chasen gently in your right hand. Use your thumb to support the chasen from the bottom. Your thumb should be positioned at the node, this provides stability and control. The knot of the string should be below your thumb.  Let the rest of your fingers rest naturally on the handle of the chasen. Avoid gripping it too tightly; a relaxed grip allows for more subtle movements during whisking.

 

How to make beautiful matcha

Making usucha the right way takes time. Including the preparations and the whisking itself, take your time, don’t rush it. The results will be much better if you set aside the time, calmly get ready and make a delicious usucha.

Measure Your Matcha: Using the bamboo scoop, measure out the desired amount of matcha powder. A standard serving is usually two scoops, equivalent to about 2 grams. If the matcha was pre-sifted, you can scoop it directly into the warmed up chawan, or use a fine sieve to sift it into the bowl if unsifted.

Add Hot Water: Pour about 75 ml (2.5 fl. oz) of 80-85 C (180 F) water into the bowl over the matcha.

Whisk in a 'W' or 'M' Motion: Holding the bamboo whisk vertically, briskly whisk the matcha in a 'W' or 'M' motion. Let the movement come from your wrist, not your arm. Start at the bottom of the bowl and move further up to the surface, focusing on creating a nice frothy layer on the top. Make sure you don’t push the chasen to the bottom of the bowl too hard, as it might result in the times breaking. Finish frothing in one go, do not stop mid-whisking or try whisking it again if you are not entirely happy with the froth, as it will only result in the foam collapsing. This process will require some practice, but the more you try, the looser your wrist will be and the faster your movements can get, resulting in more beautiful froth each time you try.

Close with a circle: When finished with the whisking, make a circle motion with the chasen in the foam, ending it in the middle of the bowl before lifting the chasen out of the chawan. This will create a nice mound in the middle of the foam. This circle is in the shape of the ‘の’ (nonoji) Japanese character, which is the last character of the Japanese alphabet and symbolizes the end of something, just like ‘Z’ in the Latin or ‘omega - Ω’ in the Greek alphabet.

Enjoy Immediately: Matcha is best enjoyed fresh, as the matcha becomes more bitter as it cools down. Once frothed, savor the vibrant green elixir immediately to experience its full flavor profile. As it is with most foams, matcha froth also collapses with time, so this is another reason why drinking matcha right after whisking will result in the best taste.

Like any skill worth mastering, whisking matcha requires patience, dedication, and a willingness to learn from both successes and setbacks. Embrace the process, savor each whisk stroke, and celebrate the progress you make along the way. And remember, even the most seasoned tea masters were once beginners. So, never give up on your quest for the perfect bowl of frothy matcha. With perseverance and passion, you'll unlock the secrets of this ancient tradition and discover a world of flavor and tranquility in every sip. Keep whisking, keep learning, and above all, keep enjoying the magic of matcha.

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