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This is how you recognize high-quality matcha

So erkennst du hochwertigen Matcha

Matcha is generally divided into three quality levels: Culinary, Premium and the best Matcha quality, the Ceremonial Grade. In this article, however, the focus is not on assigning Matcha to a specific level, but rather on how to generally and objectively recognize high-quality Matcha, such as Organic Ceremonial Matcha.

The secret of the bright color

A crucial quality feature of high-quality matcha is its color. The ideal matcha shines in a lively, rich green that almost seems luminous. This intense color is a sign that the matcha has grown under optimal conditions. The tea leaves are shaded before harvesting, which increases chlorophyll production, resulting in this unique green color.

A green that is too pale or even yellowish can indicate poor quality, possibly due to poor storage or over-aging of the product. A high-quality matcha retains its bright color even after it has been poured and does not turn brown.

Fineness of the powder

High quality matcha is extremely finely ground. This fineness often causes the tiny grains to attract each other electrostatically and the powder forms small balls. To prepare it, it is therefore important to first sieve the powder and stir it well with a bamboo whisk. But be careful, beads can also form due to moisture. The best way to check the fineness is by hand by spreading the powder.
It looks something like this (ceremonial grade):

This is what a premium grade looks like:

And a Culinary Grade:

Fresh smell

A high-quality matcha smells fresh and, depending on the type and origin, bitter, nutty to slightly sweet or fruity. A stale, musty or bitter smell indicates poorer quality.

Rich taste

The taste depends on many factors, such as the method of preparation, and can of course be very subjective. Overall, you can say that a good matcha offers a rich umami experience, paired with a light, natural sweetness and just a hint of bitterness. The texture is creamy and smooth. This combination gives it a complex and balanced flavor that is both deep and refreshing.

Japanese origin

Really high quality matcha comes from Japan. Matcha is grown and processed using traditional methods, especially in regions such as Kyoto, Kagoshima, Fukuoka and Shizuoka. Here, in the home of matcha, the tea leaves benefit from an ideal climate and fertile soil. Every detail counts: from the fine grinding in stone mills to the role of matcha in the Japanese tea ceremony. This dedication ensures that Matcha from Japan is loved worldwide for its incomparable taste.

price of quality

Good matcha has its price. Cheap products can be an indication of inferior quality. With 60 g of organic ceremonial matcha for under 30 CHF, you should probably stay away from it.

Do you need the highest quality matcha? No of course not. But if you've never tried real, high-quality matcha, you should give it a try. The differences in quality might really surprise you.

Our: Organic Ceremonial Matcha from Yame (Fukuoka) .

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