Matcha tea powder is the highest quality of Japanese tea. It is finely milled and vibrant obtained from Uji, around Kyoto hills, the region known for producing the best Japanese teas. This area is only accessible by foot. It is always advisable to use organic matcha as the non-organic matcha will require large amounts of fertilizer and pesticides. The finest young tea buds are harvested first when the plant is ready to produce the ceremonial grade tea.
This is the major difference between ceremonial and culinary grades. The culinary grade matcha tea powder is produced from the rest of the tea leaves hence not very fine. The Japanese Matcha boosts energy, enhances metabolism and focuses the mind. The ceremonial matcha has been used in ceremonies for over 900 years and meditation purposes too. The culinary grade matcha is used for cooking different things since it can be mixed with other ingredients.
It is more bitter and astringent than the ceremonial grade which is smooth and slightly sweet. The culinary grade can be used for lattes, smoothies and baking as a powerful antioxidant. The amount of culinary is three times the amount of the ceremonial matcha powder at the same price. This is because the production cost differs and its more expensive to produce ceremonial matcha. When used in foods, the organic Matcha increases energy and focus.
There is a slow release of nutrients and you will be energized throughout your day without any crashes or hangovers. It also accelerates the burning of calories giving your body a healthy metabolism and weight loss of any excess calories. The powerful antioxidants also improve the quality of the skin, bones and even muscles. The ceremonial grade Matcha tea powder is vibrant spring green in colour and has a sweet taste hence only mixed with hot water for consumption. The tea produces a delicate green tea flavor. The powder is very fine for it to dissolve entirely in the water. The powder has a smooth taste too as it is harvested from the very tip of the tea bushes. This makes the ceremonial Matcha more expensive in less quantity compared to the culinary that is produced from leaves of the entire plant.
The culinary grade has a grassy and fresh smell. It feels soft and smooth and it is never gritty or coarse. It has a more robust flavor and has bitter notes. It has a noticeable green color but less vibrant. The premium grade culinary tea powder is ideal for everyday consumption at an affordable price. The ceremonial Matcha has a naturally sweet mild flavor. It smells fresh and slightly grassy. The tea should never be coarse or gritty and the hue should always be brilliant green.
The ceremonial tea is expensive since it has been traditionally known to be used in special occasions and is only served to special guests. It may vary across different organic brands hence it good to check where your product was manufactured and the ingredients. The tea is special since it starts with a smooth, grassy and frothy taste then becomes nutty with a hint of tannin and finishes off with subtle vegetal sweet aftertaste.