Cuzen Matcha

Eijiro Tsukada

Saturday, May 7, 2022, Grand Tasting Reception

Cuzen Matcha was dreamed up by two lifelong friends, Eijiro Tsukada and Oki Hatta, who want to share fresh matcha with as many people as possible.

Eijiro and Oki became friends during their time at the University of Tokyo for university, where they met on their very first day on campus. After graduation, Eijiro continued his studies at Stanford Graduate School of Business and then dedicated over a decade to the tea business in both Japan and the US. He led the successful launch of Iyemon Toku-cha (part of FOSHU: Food for Specified Health Uses) in Japan and later opened Stonemill Matcha in San Francisco—now one of the busiest matcha cafés in the world. After graduating from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Medicine, Oki worked as a data scientist before founding his own marketing data science company.

Eijiro started Cuzen Matcha to pursue his passion for making authentic matcha accessible to more people. Moved by Eijiro’s passion for matcha backed by science, Oki co-founded Cuzen Matcha with a vision to establish a sustainable tea production ecosystem in Japan.