Fact of the week
Credit to Research Team: Jolin Tan
Prefecture: Whole of Japan
Grades of Matcha
Matcha (抹茶) means grind or fine tea and was originated from China. Unlike other teas which uses tea bag, matcha powder is usually dissolved in liquids such as water. Matcha was used during tea ceremonies in the past, however it is become more popular and it is used in many desserts such as castella and drinks such as green tea latte.
Grade of Matcha consist of 3 grades:
Ceremonial grade: The highest quality of matcha used mainly in tea ceremonies and Buddhist temples. The matcha is stone-ground into a powder by granite stone mills. It is high-quality and expensive, ranging from $100 – $140 per 100g. Ceremonial matcha has a characteristic of a subtle taste of “umami”.
Premium grade: A high-quality matcha green tea that contains the full nutritional content such as antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. The premium grade matcha uses tea leaves from the top of the tea plant and has a characteristic of a fresh and subtle flavour. It is usually perfect for both new and everyday matcha drinkers alike and the price range from $50 – $80 per 100g.
Cooking/culinary grade: Cheapest of all grades ranging from $15 – $40 per 100g. It is usually used for cooking purposes. Cooking grade matcha uses tea leaves at the lower part of the green tea plant and the flavour is slightly bitter.
Website reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matcha