Japanese Tea source

Precision in Japanese Green Tea

We source our Japanese green tea from a family that has produced tea for three generations since the mid 1940’s. The family focuses on producing a premium product. The flavor is consistent, and the teas stand on their own. We are proud to offer such premium products.

Their Tea Sources

This family sources their tea directly from the tea farms, rather than the standard method of buying the tea from the state. Typically, a farm will sell their tea to the state, and the tea manufacturer will in turn purchase tea from the government. Because this family has produced tea for so long, they can maintain direct sourcing from the tea farms. These are long held tea relationships, thereby ensuring premium tea from their various sources.

Cutting Edge Japanese Tea

Our matcha is the best – it’s creamy, non astringent, and rich – all because Kyohei’s family is invested in providing the best matcha for the American and everyday palate. They continue to develop and fine tune their matcha methods, ensuring our customers receive the best product available. This sense of precision is evident in all our Japanese tea.

A Japanese Champion

Kyohei’s grandfather received two awards from the Japanese government. The first indicated his ability to detect by taste which region of Japan a tea comes from simply by taste. His taste is so astute, and his tea tasting experience is so vast. Simply by tasting the tea, he can accurately say from which farm the tea came. The second award was granted the same year that recognized their tea as champions of their prefecture. We have no doubt that we landed on the best Japanese tea!

Testing and Quality Control

Kyohei’s family values quality control, and to that end their tea is certified organic, kosher and has United Nations certification. More importantly, the tea is certified as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System. In addition, they have chosen to have their tea tested for radioactivity, even though the Japanese government no longer requires this test. Suffice to say, the tea passes with flying colors!

136 E Broadway St, Missoula
Judy Hogg
Best store in Montana possibly in all of the United States. I don't know. This is the first Gong Fu tea shop I've ever been to. I came in for a matcha whisk because I donated mine to a museum. Before I left a random customer who was introduced to me as a regular bought me tea. I hugged him which isn't something I normally do. But I was incredibly thankful. Then the man behind the counter gave me a free sample. I went in looking for a simple tool and left with tea and a happy spirit. I am looking forward to making it back as soon as possible! I loved it. I think it will always hold a special place in my blood pumping organ.
Brooke Blackler
I've been going to Lake Missoula Tea Company for years, and recently have had the privilege of putting some of their tea in my store. The quality of the tea is fantastic, and the blends are delightful. I have also attended one of their tasting / learning events and it was great. I highly recommend their downtown store for meeting with friends, family or even just for a nice place to go and have a cup of perfectly brewed tea.
Sari Barnes
This atmosphere of this shop is so wonderfully cozy and pleasant. The menu has such a nice selection of to-go options and the loose teas to purchase for home brewing are phenomenal and in vast selection. The service was quick and friendly. I came here with my family and we bought many of the different teas to try, as well as some to-go teas. My sister and I really enjoyed their house Chai. It was the perfect amount of spice and tea, like a spicy hug for your soul. I will be recommending this shop to others in the future.
Tim Specht
Amazing variety great prices and they'll brew top shelf teas you may be reluctant to buy before trying for a dollar more. Great selection for Missoula. Friendly knowledgeable staff and beautiful tea sets and accessories