Matcha is the finest quality, shade-grown Japanese Camellia Sinensis green tea leaves ground into a fine powder. For centuries, monks have enjoyed Matcha tea to support concentration during meditation. Although other green teas are cultivated all over the world, true authentic Matcha green tea is unique to Japan.
TYPES OF MATCHA TEA
Ceremonial Matcha tea
Made from the youngest tea leaves
Usage: for making tea
Taste: Delicate and slightly sweet
Culinary Matcha Tea
Made from older tea leaves
Usage: Matcha latte, for desserts
Taste: More bitter than ceremonial Matcha tea
Color: Greenish colour
How to select quality matcha?
Country of origin
The tastiest and highest qualityMatcha tea is grown in Japan. This country has strict farming standards and regulations that protect the integrity and quality of the tea powder. The soil is constantly tested for heavy metals and other contaminants that can alter the taste of the green tea. Although most Japanese matcha tea leaves are grown in the Uji region, other popular regions include Saitama, Nishio, Mie, Kagoshima, Nara and Shizuoka.
Organic Matcha is full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that are very beneficial for our body. Poor quality Matcha tea can contain many harmful chemicals such as pesticides and fertilisers. To avoid these pitfalls, always look for organically grown Matcha green tea powder.
100% green tea Matcha
Some tea brands offer Matcha tea with additives or sweeteners. Sweeteners and additives are often used to mask the poor taste of Matcha tea. Always read the package label before buying and always choose pure Japanese Matcha Tea Powder.