Before placing an order with any bulk matcha supplier, it’s important to know about the grades of matcha and which is the best grade to use in your product. There’s a lot of info about matcha grades and their uses, but it comes down to one question: How will you be using matcha?
Are you a food connoisseur looking to add a little color to your menu or products? Are you creating the next great beauty product? Or are you just looking for a high-quality tea? Whatever the use may be, the matcha powder of your dreams will fall into one of three categories: Ceremonial, Culinary or Industrial grade. So what’s the difference between them and which one will work best for your brand?
The difference of each matcha grade has to do with the location of the leaves on the plant. The top stalks are turned into a ceremonial grade of matcha, while the leaves in the middle or bottom are perfect for culinary or industrial use. While the categories of matcha may be different, the quality, health benefits and high levels of antioxidants remain the same. Matcha grades only differ in flavor and color.
This emerald green powder has a smooth flavor and loads of amino acids. Traditionally, this matcha powder is for Japanese tea ceremonies and only mixed with pure water. However, this matcha grade is also perfect for private label products, single-serve stick packs, and high-end food services and products.
Also known as ingredient grade matcha or cooking grade matcha, this powder has a bright green complexion and is perfect for products that will feature matcha as an added flavor, like ice cream, candy, bottled beverages, lattes, pastries and other foods. Cooking grade matcha has a slightly tart flavor that plays well with recipes that have a lot of components. You'll notice the matcha flavoring breaks through stronger ingredients, like dairy and sugar, and gives the final product a subtle, unique and earthy flavor.
Don’t mind the cold sounding name - industrial grade matcha maintains the high antioxidant qualities of premium grade matcha. This grade has a yellowish tone and high levels of acidity. It’s ideal for health products like vitamins, supplement powders that are mixed with water or made into shakes. Beauty products like facial masks, cleansers, and toners also utilize industrial grade matcha as part of their ingredients because the high levels of antioxidants brighten dark spots, even skin tone, and ward off harmful UV rays.
If you’re shopping for bulk matcha, make sure to research each supplier carefully and ensure that the supplying adheres to the highest quality farming practices, mainly if they are providing Organic Matcha.
Ikeda Tea World specializes in supplying bulk orders of many grades of matcha, including USDA Organic, non-organic, and is certified Non-GMO and OU Kosher, and adheres to JAS (Japanese Agricultural Standard) and FSSC22000 (Food Safety System Certification) standards. For more information or help finding the matcha grade that's right for you, contact us today.