How To Choose The Best Matcha Green Tea Powder

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 usually used in tea ceremonies.

Ingredient/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 and more astringent.

There are 2 types of matcha, based on how they are served:

1. 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.

2. koicha – ‘thick’ matcha Koicha has a thick consistency as more powder and less water are used. It is produced from the finest, youngest tea leaves. This yields a sweeter and milder taste than usucha.

Best Matcha Green Tea Powder: DoMatcha Organic Ceremonial Matcha

DoMatha Organic Ceremonial Matcha is grown and produced in Kagoshima and Uji, Kyoto. It is made from the finest and youngest top tea leaves. DoMatcha is pure, clean and additive free. There is never any detectable residual chemicals from pesticides, herbicides or fungicides or radiation in both organic and non-organic matcha by DoMatcha.

See also: Where to Buy Matcha Green Tea Powder

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