Ceremonial grade matcha is the "creme de la creme"of matcha - the best of the best. But be aware that not all matcha with this label is going to live up to this standard. We understand that with many matcha suppliers out there, it can be a little intimating trying to find quality matcha.
So we've put together a list of 5 things to look out for when buying ceremonial grade matcha to help you get the real deal!
Without Further Ado, Here Are 5 Things to Look for in Ceremonial Grade Matcha:
You might think the tag “ceremonial grade” or “premium grade” should mean that the matcha is high quality, authentic and handpicked from Japanese farms but that’s for from being true. While matcha is grown and exported from various parts of Japan, but the ones which come from Nishio city are true ceremonial grade. The 80/20 rule applies here as well, 80% of the best comes from 20% of the farms.
It’s simple. You pay high for a higher quality matcha powder. Usually, a 30-gram pack of ceremonial grade matcha is supposed to cost you somewhere between $26 to $30. If you aren’t paying in that range, you either aren’t getting quality ceremonial grade stuff or you are overpaying for what you get out of your buy.
Very bright green is your color to go for! The more green it looks the better its quality. Matcha is grown in shade, hence, the lack of sunshine promotes the growth of chlorophyll. More chlorophyll means more antioxidants, which in turn means better hair and skin. So, the leaves which aren’t properly shaded will have a faded green tint and those are the ones you need to avoid.
Matcha has a bitter-sweet smell to it because of the amino acids and L-Theanine present in it. The sweeter it is, the better the quality. Lack of Theanine marks the absence of health benefits and the powder has a bitter and astringent taste. If possible, try to smell and taste your matcha powder physically before you make a purchase.
The powder should be fine. When you dissolve it into a bowl of hot water, the mixture should be a thin liquid unless you blend it and make a Koicha, thicker version of matcha tea. The powder is super light - it almost feels like eye-shadow. The lower the quality, the bigger the particle size.
These five tips should help you make your matcha experience wholesome and your health better. We hopes this helps you find true ceremonial grade matcha!