We are JagaSilk, specialty importers of maccha green tea and its tools. We are based out of Victoria, BC, Canada, and believe in beauty, balance, and ethical business.
Our goal is to act as nodes of knowledge for the maccha world outside of Japan. This means that what we learn often shifts or augments the information here and there are always updates worth checking out on our website. A plethora of info on what defines maccha, how to understand it, prepare it, and the best maccha and tools we can source for sale will meet the curious reader.
It is our hope that we can effect change in the tea industry by encouraging small batches of fresh tea being imported, rather than the current norm of buying in massive volume and selling aging stock from a hot and stuffy warehouse. We hope to encourage traceability so that our customers know when the tea was harvested, when it was prepared, where it’s from, and how the workers are treated. We hope to offer education so that what we learn about the complexities of teas from the different tea gardens can be shared. We hope to encourage other tea merchants and tea buyers to understand that social and environmental issues are wrapped up in the tea you choose to buy.
JagaSilk was created (and is operated and owned) by Miyuki and Jared Nyberg. The adventure began in the summer of 2005, making deliveries from the public transit system. Importing maccha began with a little knowledge and a kernel of an idea.
With the support of a wealth of local small business owners, managers, and employees, we were able to hone our niche to the specialty cafe, supermarket and restaurant environment. This is where quality, knowledge, and attention to detail in technique and the sharing of knowledge were and are most appreciated.
What followed was a crash course in applying a traditional and very special tea, the only tea used in the Japanese Tea Ceremony, to the high octane North American life. We studied and learned and acted as mad gatherers of maccha knowledge. Over constant dialogue and interactions with interested individuals, we were able to put together the JagaSilk Method of Making Maccha, the centre-piece in our Macchartist Certification.
As the owners of JagaSilk, we have since been able to visit the tea garden where we import our organic maccha from, have our very own car (lol) and have had the opportunity to work with some very inspiring individuals and places.
We hope to remain connected to our roots here in Victoria, BC, while exporing the world. We shall see where this journey takes us.