How to identify an excellent quality matcha?
The quality of matcha is extremely important because if you use bad quality matcha, you will be deprived of its many health benefits, as well as unique, umami taste.
The most important characteristics of an excellent quality matcha:
It is important to consume Ceremonial Grade matcha. This is the highest quality matcha, intended for the preparation of matcha tea and matcha latte.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
The highest quality matcha comes from Japan. And just as champagne comes from the Champagne region of France, authentic matcha comes from Japan, and the birthplace of matcha is the Uji region near Kyoto, where Materia matcha comes from as well. The area where it originates has an exceptional impact on the quality of matcha, thanks to it’s unique combination of climate, soil, and centuries-old tradition of local matcha farmers.
Price range for premium high-quality matcha is between 25,00 and 35,00 EUR for a 30g package. This price may seem high, but when we think of all the nutrients and health benefits matcha provides us with, let’s think twice.
Now we come to the most exciting part - evaluating the characteristics of taste and smell! As you prepare your cup of green happiness, it is important to pay attention to the following features:
The high-quality matcha has a vibrant, intense green color. This means it is fully packed with antioxidants, nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Poor quality matcha will have a dark green color, sometimes with a yellowish and brownish tinge.
High-quality matcha is naturally sweet, with a subtle bitterness that could be compared to that of dark chocolate. It is considered that a quality matcha has a so-called umami taste, which gives food a special taste. Amino acids are responsible for the umami taste in matcha. The higher the quality of the matcha, the higher the content of amino acids - the richer the umami flavor of matcha. Poor quality matcha on the other hand will have a sharp and bitter taste.
Bad-quality matcha will not foam as nicely and easily as high-quality matcha. Creamy layer of foam should be created on top of the drink, without lumps.
Unlike bad-quality matcha, high-quality matcha will have a longer and delicious aftertaste, which will literally make you eager to take that next sip.
Now that you’ve discovered all the secrets of high-quality matcha, it’s time for some matcha shopping!