2017 Apr 4
- Visited: Tuesday 5 PM
- Ordered: Ummon-no-mukashi, “finest matcha”
- Price: JPY 1296 (~ USD 12)
- They have a store in Tokyo but the prices are much more expensive in Tokyo, close to twice the price.
- If you drink the thick matcha, check the mirror often. Your lips will get stained green.
- Link: Tripadvisor, Official website
I was looking forward to trying green tea in Japan. Even though all the restaurants serve green tea, there were few teahouses. Ippodo tea company was a premium tea store that offered tea tasting.
After perusing the menu a little, I decided to order their most expensive matcha.
They had two different types of confectionery and I asked for the soft one, which the waitress recommended. She also spoke very good English. The confectionery looked very pretty. It had red bean paste inside and I liked it. It went really well with the tea.
The tea itself came about 10 minutes after ordering. It first came out as koicha, which was more like a thick paste of tea powder than tea. The waitress told me it was 4 times as thick as regular matcha. It was a little bitter but very umami. It sure didn’t look very appetizing, though.
After drinking koicha, the waitress took the bowl and made it into usucha, the regular density matcha. It had a very soft texture and I liked this much better than koicha.
After paying I went to the restroom and when I looked into the mirror I saw a very distinct green line on my lips. VERY distinct. It was very embarrassing. I was glad I didn’t walk out of the teahouse like that though.
The service was really good and they had a great selection of premium green teas. It was quite pricey but for someone who enjoys tea this was a great experience. I didn’t know koicha existed even though I have had various match and matcha products before.
I ended up visiting Ippodo tea company again in Tokyo and was surprised to find that the price was close to twice as expensive. But I will visit again if I go back to Japan though.