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Deep emerald green, smooth flavor, high in amino acids
This premium Japanese matcha powder is ideal for private label packaging, single-serve stick packs, or high-end food service. Also known as imperial grade matcha, this is the perfect grade of matcha for traditional tea, and is best when mixed only with pure water.
Bright green, slight astringency, high in versatility
Cooking grade matcha powder is for products that feature matcha as an added flavor. It provides beautiful color and maintains it's broad nutritional benefits. Also known as food grade matcha, it's bitter and robust taste can be mixed with sugar, cream, salt and more, while still preserving that unique matcha flavor in cooking, baking, and blended drinks.
Yellow-ish tone, strong astringency, high in antioxidants
Also known as ingredient grade matcha, this matcha powder has the same health benefits of culinary and ceremonial grades, but has a strong, acidic flavor and is too bitter to drink by itself or mixed with other ingredients. Instead, industrial grade Japanese matcha is best suited for use in health products like vitamins and supplements, as well as beauty products like facial masks, cleansers, and toners.
Matcha's health benefits are present in every category of matcha. Its quality and flavor vary based on the time of harvest along with cultivation and manufacturing methods. Higher grades of matcha come from the young, top leaves and have a smooth flavor, stronger vegetal aroma, and vibrant green color. Lower grades of matcha come from the leaves of the middle or bottom of the matcha plant and have an astringent taste and and earthy aroma with yellow or brown tones.Learn More