Is All Matcha Created Equal?
For centuries, Matcha green tea has been the source of health and vitality for tea drinkers across the globe. Not only was the tea used by Zen monks to achieve a calming state while simultaneously stimulating the mind, but Matcha tea has also been proven to regulate blood pressure, boost energy, rev up metabolism, fortify the immune system and so much more.
But not all Matcha is created equal. There are two grades of Matcha Green Tea:
- Culinary Grade
- Drinking Grade
Culinary grade Matcha tea is ideal for cooking and baking and is even incorporated in some workout drinks. However, to achieve the maximum benefits of the tea, and for the best flavor, using an organic ceremonial grade Matcha rather than a culinary grade Matcha is essential.
One of the most common questions that we’re asked is how to tell the difference between good quality Matcha Tea and bad quality Matcha Tea. The answer is actually quite simple and here is a round up of our top tips to help you get to really know your Matcha Green Tea:
- Naturally Sweet flavor
Ceremonial grade Matcha green tea boasts a naturally sweet flavor all on its own. Ceremonial grade Matchas are blended exclusively for whisking with hot water and drinking straight, just as in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. They don’t need to be mixed with anything else to appreciate the delicate flavor. In fact, when drinking Matcha, you’ll notice that the tea sommelier blends the ceremonial grade tea so that the hot water will highlight its unique flavor.
- Vibrant Green Colour
A Grade A ceremonial grade Matcha tea has a vibrantly green color and a light, fresh and slightly grassy smell. One of the reasons Matcha is considered a superfood is the level of chlorophyll that it contains. Chlorophyll has many healing properties and its what gives Matcha its beautiful green color.
- Fine Powder Consistency
High quality and premium grade Matcha has a fine consistency, similar to the touch and feel of eye shadow or baby powder. In contrast, low quality and poor grade Matcha will have a courser texture when rubbed between your finger tips.
It’s generally accepted that higher quality Matcha comes from Japan so check the Origin of the Matcha before you buy it.
As with all these things in life – you get what you pay for. The price of quality Matcha varies in the UK. For high quality Matcha you can expect to pay anything from £16.95 – £24.99 . Yes, you can get drinking Matcha for as little as £6.95 but the difference will be noticeable and is never worth it.
Choosing the highest grade of Matcha ensures that you’ll enjoy all of the health benefits that it offers, plus a pleasant tasting experience. Try Kineta Matcha tea to start living with more energy and vitality today.