How To Choose The Best Matcha Green Tea Powder

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There are various grades of matcha. The quality is determined by factors such as growing location, climate, harvesting time and processing method. Obviously, higher graded matcha are more expensive so you get what you pay for.

Characteristics Of A High Quality Matcha

– colour: vibrant bright green
– taste: mild, sweet, umami (pleasant)
– smell: fresh, aromatic

Matcha can be enjoyed as a tea beverage or used as a food/beverage ingredient.

Matcha Beverage

The various grades of matcha are known by different names (ceremonial matcha, premium matcha, organic matcha, drinking matcha, beginner matcha, etc) by different companies that sell them. The best quality matcha is ceremonial matcha that is usually used in tea ceremonies.

Ingredient/Culinary/Cooking Grade Matcha

The lower grade matcha is blended as a food and beverage ingredient. It is ideal for use in cooking, baking, smoothies, lattes, desserts, ice-creams, yogurt parfaits, etc.

Ingredient grade matcha is made from mature or lower tea leaves. This why the taste is stronger, bitter and more astringent.

Best Matcha Green Tea Powder: Ceremonial Grade Matcha

Ceremonial grade matcha is the highest quality drinking matcha. It is produced from the finest and youngest tea leaves, with a vibrant green colour and silky texture.

It has a delicate flavour and is naturally sweet, so it’s best to drink it on its own to enjoy this delicious matcha!

Ceremonial Grade Matcha, best matcha green tea powder

Ceremonial Grade Matcha
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Preparation of Ceremonial Matcha Tea

There are 2 ways ceremonial grade matcha tea is served:

1. koicha – ‘thick’ matcha
Koicha has a thick consistency as more powder and less water are used. It is sweeter and mellower than usucha.

2. usucha – ‘thin’ matcha
Usucha has a thin consistency. It is prepared with more water, less powder. It is sweet and has a more astringent and stronger taste than koicha.

See also: Where to Buy Matcha Green Tea Powder

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