What is Matcha? Matcha is a fine green tea powder used for drinking or cooking. It is different from loose leaf teas because the whole tea leaf is consumed instead of just the infusion. Matcha comes from the plant Camellia Sinensis.
Looking for Matcha for your tea needs? I have never been a fan of drinking straight matcha like the directions suggest of Midori Springs Ceremonial Emerald Matcha. Matcha is one of those products that you love or hate.
I am a huge tea drinker and my favorite flavor is green tea and jasmine, when I steep my tea I add a little of the matcha for the health benefits, when I release my tea into the glass with my steeper the mixture becomes well blended as it is being filtered through a screen.
This is the second jar of matcha that I have tried from this company, I find that the flavors are always fresh.
I was glad to receive this product at a discounted rate or free in exchange for my honest opinion because of recent concerns with my normal go to tea Company having pesticides in their tea! I have been searching for a new supplier of my tea.
What are the differences in grades of matcha tea?
Ceremonial can range from the most premium quality to most economical. During production the tencha leaves are sorted by colour (darker green to lighter green).
Gold Class uses the darkest tencha leaves (best) while Emerald Class uses a blend of dark tencha leaves (great). Light tencha leaves are used for Culinary grade and will taste bitter and not smooth.
Which should I use?
For tea brews, they highly recommend the Gold Class.
If you want to make Matcha smoothies, lattes, or incorporate into different recipes, we recommend Emerald Class. Again, Emerald Class is NOT a cooking grade, it is Ceremonial and still tastes wonderful as a tea brew.
Is the matcha Organic, Kosher, Or Vegan?
Both Gold and Emerald Class are certified Organic, Kosher & Vegan. Both are GMO, Gluten, Soy, Dairy Free.
How should I store my Matcha in the fridge after opening?
Once opened, Matcha should be stored in the fridge to maintain optimal freshness OR stored in a cool, dry place. Make sure the lid is closed tightly. Do not leave the tin out too long in room temperature when scooping out the Matcha.
My Matcha is no longer a vibrant emerald green color like when I first opened the tin.
Once opened, the chlorophyll (which gives Matcha it’s vibrant emerald green color) starts to oxidize causing the Matcha to yellow/brown over time.
The oxidization happens naturally and the Matcha is still safe to drink. Once opened the Matcha should be kept in the fridge and consumed as quickly as possible (within 3 months for optimal freshness).
What are the health benefits from matcha?
There are endless health benefits when it comes to drinking Matcha. Some of the top health benefits:
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