Matcha-Powdered Green Tea

Sweet in flavor, smooth, plenty of intensity.

A bright and fresh shade of green, our Matcha was harvested in June.  Using a green tea that is called Tencha, once harvested and dried, it is stone-ground into a fine powder.   The Tencha bush is shaded for 3-5 weeks prior to harvesting using traditional frame and thatch technique this 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 plant develops wide, thin and 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 tasted a number Matcha's looking for one that offered a smooth, sweeter side taste.   Our lot is 100% Yabukita cultivar blended from two estates located in Shizuoka and Kagoshima. This particular varietal is widely farmed in 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 you, its price and the fact it does so well both as unblended tea and for use blended as a beverage.

Interesting facts about our selection.  Our Matcha is made with 100% of the Yabukita cultivar.  Yabukita 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).   The Yabukita cultivar is also known for its vigorous upright branching and its intense green-tea flavor.

Taste Profile.  The flavor of Matcha is dominated by its amino acids.   Higher grades of Matcha have more intense sweetness and deeper flavor than the standard or coarser grades. Our Matcha is sweet in flavor, smooth and has plenty of intensity or green tea taste.  The finish is smooth and lasting.  We find it "swells" the mouth, enlivening the palate.  Note the warmth the tea will provide if served hot.  It blends very well into smoothies, mixed drinks of all kinds as the base tea is strong and full bodied.

Brewing.  Two grams of Matcha is fine for 2 ounces of water.  For service hot, use lower temperature water (145-165 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 a bit and determine the strength and taste you enjoy. 

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  • 3
    organic summer matcha

    Posted by 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.