HOW DO YOU PICK THE BEST MATCHA POWDER TO BUY & DRINK?
Here are 6 things to keep in mind when buying Matcha that will be delicious to drink.
Matcha Green Tea should be bright green (as the name suggests!).
Dull, yellowish Matcha is a dead giveaway for poor quality Matcha and could also be a sign it’s been stored incorrectly (but more on that later).
The shade cloth covering of tea leaves before harvest increases the amount of chlorophyll, leading to that vibrant shade of green.
The youngest freshest leaves that are picked (from the first tea harvest in late Spring) are richest in chlorophyll and this results in a bright green powder when the leaves are steamed then ground down into powder.
The leaves picked first also contain the most L-theanine (Amino Acid) and also deliver the best taste, with far less bitterness than tea leaves picked later in the year.
Japan has been in the Matcha tea growing business for centuries and the skills and knowledge required to grow excellent tea is reflected in Japanese sourced Matcha.
Although the seeds for Matcha did originate in China, the method for growing and perfecting delicious Matcha has been part of the Japanese culture since the 13th century. Japan also was the first to develop cultivation by way of the “covering method” for keeping the sun off using shade cloths.
The climate is also ideal for Matcha production, especially in places like Uji where there is enough annual rainfall to provide ample pure water, frequent fog which maintains air moisture due to large temperature differences between day and night and rich fertile soil (containing magnesium).
The Matcha we sell is all from the first harvest, using the youngest leaves for the highest quality.
Has the Matcha been stored in a fridge prior to you buying it? Matcha is subject to air, light and heat and will deteriorate quickly if not stored correctly in an airtight, non-see-through container or pack.
We also 100% recommend storing your Matcha at home in a fridge. You can either keep the tea in our resealable high barrier pouches or transfer it to an airtight Tea Canister.
The Matcha you buy from us is refrigerated before posting to you to ensure it remains nice and fresh.
If you buy Matcha from a store shelf, you don't know how long it's been sitting there deteriorating in the elements. If it's kept refrigerated in a store, it's a very good sign!
It should smell fresh with grassy notes, with a slight vegetal smell.
High-grade Matcha will draw you in with its fresh, sweet smell. It becomes quite addictive to smell if we do say so ourselves.
It shouldn't smell fishy or like seaweed - that's a sure sign of poor quality if it does smell anything like that!
Good quality Matcha should be silky and fine. Although static electricity in packets cause the Matcha to sometimes clump together, it should be come very fine again provided you sift it.
Sifting is a key part of ensuring you have a super smooth drink to enjoy. You can place a tea sieve over your bowl or use the one included in our Tea Shaker Set.
PSST...last but not least. Matcha should also froth well. If it doesn't produce nice frothy bubbles, this could be another sign of poor quality.
We hope these help you to select good quality Matcha.
We pride ourselves on offering excellent quality tea and consider all of the above factors when it comes to the Matcha we offer.