Matcha is green tea leaves ground into powder form. Green tea leaves used to make matcha is Tencha. Tencha is a Japanese green tea which grown in a shaded farm just like Gyokuro (Gyokuro is the highest grade tea in Japanese Green tea). The post processing of Tencha is very similar to Gyokuro, except Tencha has no rolling process since it has to be ground to make matcha. Tencha in Japanese actually mean "ground tea" because in general Tencha is only used to make matcha.
International standard do not allow the use of the word "Matcha" if it's not made from Tencha. For green tea powder made with tea leaves other than Tencha, it should be labelled as "Green Tea Powder" instead of "Matcha".
On the other hand, matcha has much tighter quality requirement compare to normal green tea powder. Only green tea powder meeting criteria below can be called matcha
High quality tea leaves (Tencha) - Only high amino acid, protein, chlorophyll and low caffeine Tencha tea leaves are used to make matcha. Tencha growing method is similar to Gyokuro (Japanese finest tea), it has high umami and low astringency (bitterness)
Plucking time - In order to produce the best matcha, only first flush tea ( tea leaves pluck during April - May (~around 50 days)) are used. First flush tea also known as Ichibancha. There are many cheaper matcha in the market produced from second flush (nibancha), which is low quality and has high bitterness.
Tea cultivar - Normally matcha is made with tea trees with pure cultivar (not mixed with other cultivar)
Matcha ground with stone mill into fine powder, green tea powder ground with machine.
In most cases, there are 4 ways to differentiate between high grade and low grade matcha.
Color : Higher grade matcha has greener color
Fineness : Higher grade matcha powder is finer. Normally matcha with 1000 mesh and above is consider a good matcha
Aroma : High grade matcha has a mellow and smooth aroma
Taste : High grade matcha has more sweetness. The highest grade matcha does not have the bitterness found in ordinary matcha.
Matcha has already became part of Japanese daily life. Japanese consume average 1.1KG matcha per person per year. Japanese is known to have the longest life expectancy in the world, it's credited to matcha because of its health benefits.
Why buy from us:
All our matcha are fresh directly from Japan tea farm, therefore our price is much lower compare to same quality products from other store
We source from major tea farms just like many other famous matcha brands in Japan.
100% pure made from high grade Tencha tea leaves
We keep only reasonable stock amount, we order from tea farm every month making sure our matcha are fresh
All matcha are certified safe for consumption, and JAS certified organic for organic matcha
Matcha, other than it delicious taste, actually has lot of health benefits
Anti-aging (137 times higher antioxidants compare to normal green tea)
Prevent Heart Disease
.Matcha comes in different grade, the highest grade is ceremonial grade, which has highest umami, suitable for making tea in Japanese tea ceremony. While lower grade is more suitable for food preparation or blend with sweet drinks.