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Kagoshima Sencha Sae Midori

Score: 4.88. Votes: 17

From the first harvest, this is a very special sencha from Kagoshima prefecture located at the southern tip of Japan. was the first internet tea shop to offer Sae Midori to the general public outside of Japan and it indeed has proven itself to be a popular choice since introduction.

A very easy to brew green tea! The "Sae Midori" clone of green tea plant is a cross between Yabukita and Asatsuyu varieties and was only just registered in 1990. Since it does not tolerate frost, it is mostly grown in Southern Kagoshima. Strong in color and aroma, but a bit on the sweet side, you will be greeted with a very wonderful, grassy aroma upon opening of the package. Without a doubt, this item offers one of the most intense, emerald green color you will likely ever come across in any green tea. We are sure you will be pleased!

Note that this is a deep steamed green tea with very fine, almost dust-like leaf particles. While you can brew it in a variety of teapots, it is best prepared in a teapot designed for fukamushi-cha (deep steamed green tea)

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  • Weight
    110 g
  • SKU
  • Loose Leaf
    • Ease of Brewing
      Easy Brewer!
    • Net Weight
      100 g / 3.52 oz
    • Growing Region
      100% Kagoshima Prefecture
    • Year
    • Harvest
      First and/or Shincha
    • Breed
      Sae Midori
    • Shading
      Full Sun
    • Steaming
    • Color
      Deep Green
    • Aroma
    • Taste
    • Astringency
    • Clarity
    • First infusions per Pkg
    • Leaf (dry weight grams) to Water (1 fl oz / 30 ml) Ratio (recommended)
      .6 g to 1 oz/30 ml
    • Brew Temp (℃/℉ - recommended )
      79℃ (175℉)
    • Brew Time (Seconds)
Customer reviews
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Score: 4.88. Votes: 17
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  • Tor Magnor Konge Steinheim
    May 18, 2016, 13:53
    While trying others I always came back to Sae Midori and I ended up subscribing on it to make sure it's always in my house. Looking back it is also the first tea I ordered at The color is fantastic and I love the taste.
  • Jennifer Chen
    May 16, 2016, 05:38
    This is an excellent tea. I've tried the other teas from Kagoshima as well but this is my favorite. It has the perfect grassy and sweet character. If you brew it too hot, it will become astringent and lose some of that sweetness. Second infusion will have a stronger flavor than the first. I usually can get three infusions out of it.
  • Sami Newlan
    Apr 3, 2016, 23:14
    My favorite deep steamed tea. I always re-order and save it for last of the bunch because it is the best.
  • Max Sprecher
    Mar 14, 2016, 23:16
    I have tried most of them and the Kagoshima Sencha Sae Midori is the only Kyūshu green tea I keep re-ordering time after time. It never disappoints. Amazing aroma, bright, bold, grassy, sweet, umami, green emerald color. Total bliss. Thank you O-cha for offering this lovely tea.
  • Oliver Frank
    Mar 5, 2016, 03:45
    Outstanding deep green tea! Grass comes to your teapot! I adore this tea!
  • Anthony Guarnera
    Feb 16, 2016, 02:52
    I love this tea. I tried it when I first started drinking green tea. I didn't care for the deep steamed tea. I liked the light steamed tea better. After drinking the light steamed tea for a couple of years I thought I'd try it again. Oh my. What I was missing. This tea is great. If brewed correctly, it is a little sweet, with no astringency. Try 160F for 45 Sec. and adjust from there. Enjoy.
  • Jayden Nielson
    Apr 1, 2015, 01:24
    The vibrant emerald color is what attracted me to this tea. The leafs have a beautiful aroma; however, I was a little disappointed with the faint flavor. Maybe I'll try the Yutaka Midori next time.  Advantages: Easy to brew . Great sencha for beginners! Disadvantages: not too flavorful and expensive
  • Amy Prince
    Mar 2, 2015, 05:05
    Excellent tea! Love the umami character. The second infusion is much richer and cloudier than the first, which I enjoy. 

Product questions

  • Oliver Frank
    Dec 10, 2015, 17:00


    I have ordered the Kagoshima Sencha Sae Midori. Is this tea a non-organic tea?  Is it common in Japan, that the same tea is available as organic and not organic?

    Usually I prefer organic teas as I am worried about the health issues caused by pesticide etc. This is because I consume high quantities of green tea every day....

    I hope, you can clarify.....

    Thank you! Staff
    Dec 10, 2015, 17:32

    It is quite common to have a type of tea available in both organic and non-organic versions. The exception to that would be gyokuro, where almost no high quality organic versions exist.

    All Japanese green teas must adhere to strict regulations regarding maximum residue levels of pesticides, organically grown or not.

    Regarding this particular tea, although the quality is very high, it is not organic.  We do have a rather  rare, light steamed, organic "kabusecha" Sae Midori and also another somewhat rare light steamed, non-organic Sae Midori that you may want to check out.