Matcha - Powdered Green Tea

Sweet, smooth, rich flavor

A bright and fresh shade of green, our Matcha is made with a minimally-processed, fluffy-leafed Tencha. Once harvested and dried, the leaf it is stone-ground into a fine powder. For 3-5 weeks prior to harvesting, the Tencha bush is shaded using a traditional frame and thatch technique whcih  serves to block approximately 70-80% of the sun's energy. This shading inhibits the photosynthetic process natural to the plant thereby boosting its levels of chlorophyll and creating its deep green color. Nutrients are drawn from the rich soils and the bush develops tender leaves. This adaptation to the effects of shading results in boosted levels of natural sugars, amino acids, caffeine and small amounts of vitamins A & C and calcium.

Why we selected this particular lot. We look for a Matcha that offers a vibrant color and a smooth, sweet taste. Our lot is 100% Yabukita cultivar produced by family farms in located in Shizuoka, Japan. In searching for a new Matcha offering, we tasted numerous ceremonial as well culinary grade teas. We think this lot is an excellent choice for the taste characteristics it offers, its price and the fact it does so well both unblended and blended as a beverage.

Interesting facts about our selection. Our Matcha is made with 100% of the Yabukita cultivar. The cultivar became very popular in Japan due to the high yield farmers realized and its wonderful umami flavor. The name "Yabukita" derives from the place where the tea originated - a bamboo bush (Yabu) and the northern region of Japan (Kita). Shading from sun eliminates qualities of astringency and imparts strong vegetal sweetness.

Taste Profile. Aroma is berries and chocolate. The smooth flavor of Matcha is created by its high amino acid content. Our Matcha is sweet & smooth. The finish is lasting. We find it "swells" the mouth, enlivening the palate. It blends very well into smoothies, mixed drinks of all kinds as the base tea is strong and full bodied.

Brewing Suggestions. Use 2 grams of Matcha for 2.5 ounces of water. For service hot, use lower temperature water (140-160 F) and the tea will serve to a sweeter, smoother taste profile. Higher temperatures will bring out stronger green tea notes with some astringency. One and a half minutes is a possible steep time, taste and see if it fits your palate. For blended beverages, we advise you experiment and determine the strength and taste you enjoy. 

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  • 1

    Posted by Patrick Woodworth on 2nd Apr 2021

    You described this tea as smooth and sweet. It was anything but. Only someone who has never tasted quality matcha could have promoted this tea as having any quality whatsoever. I was skeptical that a tea such you described could be had for price at which you offered it and my skepticism was justified. This tea is the first disappointment I have had from Silk Road. I appreciate your offerings and have been buying from you for several years. I did send you an email, which I will forward again, asking for a refund. This tea might be suitable for mixing with other flavors but by itself, served in the classic matcha way, it is extremely unsatisfying. I could not drink it and since I don't make mixed matcha drinks, it's useless to me.

  • 1
    Matcha-Powdered Green Tea

    Posted by Ron Reagan on 8th Jan 2020

    We were excited to try this new matcha tea by Silk Road teas. We were very disappointed with this matcha tea. We’ve tried matcha tea before and love matcha tea. This tea was very bitter and the aroma was not pleasant. We tried it several different ways, varied the temperature, decreased the amount of matcha used all to no avail. We have been loyal customers of Silk Road Teas for YEARS and have never complained about you wonderful teas. But, this matcha tea does not match other matcha teas that we have grown to love.

  • 5
    The Matcha Latte: A reason to get out of bed in the morning. . . .

    Posted by Rachel B. on 23rd Sep 2019

    I’ve been drinking coffee since I was 11 years old but a year ago I switched to Matcha and I’m very happy with it. Thank you Silk Road Teas! I like the taste + price + your speedy delivery.

  • 3
    organic summer matcha

    Posted by Annie on 30th Mar 2018

    It’s good but if one adds milk or soy or sweetener anyway - this is a bang for your buck, if one is spoiled with first picked spring harvest ... well we get what we pay for. Personally I buy this due to the quality organic and dollar value

  • 4
    Pretty good and refreshing

    Posted by Jerry on 25th Nov 2017

    I tried this Matcha and I am not disappointed. Generally, Matcha teas are of high cost so I was not too worried of the price tag. This tea is not the highest grade I had in my life but a pretty good option for every day use - it is lighter (less of the "green" taste of other Matcha) and to me, it makes a perfect morning smooth awakening brew. Its sweeter taste also makes a great option for matcha cold drinks or a matcha crepe desert (Lady M Cake inspired). Tip: For hot drinks, I have never been able to properly prepare and mix matcha without a chasen (bamboo whisk) and I recommend one , really the only way to get that foam on top.

  • 1
    Not Good

    Posted by J on 20th Oct 2017

    This is not good quality matcha tea. I was not expecting the highest grade, considering the cost, but this is below par matcha tea which would be best for baking. If you are new to matcha, this tea will suffice, but if you have any experience with matcha you will not like this. I really wanted to enjoy this tea, but there are many other brands that are better for the same price. I like Silk Road teas, but not a fan of this tea.

  • 5

    Posted by Dennis W. on 25th Aug 2017

    My wife and I have been purchasing Matcha from Teavana for 6 years, but upon hearing that they are going to close, I decided to look for a new brand. The Silk Road Matcha is a much finer grind, much deeper in color, and a sweeter flavor. Also, a better value. Very happy with my new tea.