Ceremonial Matcha vs Culinary Matcha

When it comes to matcha, not all grades are created equal. Ceremonial grade matcha stands out from lower grade options, such as culinary matcha, in several key ways:

  • Quality: Ceremonial matcha is made from the youngest tea leaves, harvested at the peak of their flavor and nutrition. This results in a smoother, more delicate flavor compared to culinary matcha.
  • Color: Ceremonial matcha boasts a vibrant green color, indicating high chlorophyll content and superior quality, while culinary matcha tends to be duller and more yellowish.
  • Texture: Ceremonial matcha is finely ground to a powder, creating a smooth and velvety texture when whisked with water. In contrast, culinary matcha is coarser and may have a gritty texture.
  • Taste: Ceremonial matcha offers a nuanced and complex flavor profile, with subtle sweetness and umami notes. Culinary matcha, while still pleasant, may have a more bitter or astringent taste.

The first harvest of the year, known as the "first flush," yields the highest quality matcha. During this time, the tea plants have stored up nutrients over the winter, resulting in leaves that are rich in flavor and antioxidants. Our matcha is ceremonial grade as we believe the best quality is always best for our customers.

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