These days, you will find it quite common for people to ditch their morning cup of java for a much greener, healthier option. You guessed it, matcha. Matcha has become the go-to drink for celebrities as well as regular people.
Matcha is a great way to start your day, with fewer amounts of caffeine than a cup of coffee. If you are like me, one cup a day is never enough, I usually need an afternoon pick me up, and 2 cups of coffee will make me jittery sometimes, matcha will not. Let’s be clear here, matcha is not just green tea; it is a green tea powder made from finely powdered dry tea leaves. Matcha doesn’t come in a teabag. You will usually find it in tin cans or containers because it is a loose powder. The reason why matcha is so vibrantly green is simply that the leaves have a high amount of chlorophyll levels. Matcha is a powder that can be mixed with hot and cold water and even milk of your choice to make a latte.
Did you know that besides the fact that matcha is delicious, it is also packed with benefits to help improve your health? That’s right! Matcha is very high in antioxidants that help prevent cell damage. This green wonder drink helps protect the liver, may promote a healthier heart, boost and sharpen brain function, and matcha can even assist in some weight loss. Can your coffee do that? I didn’t think so!
There are two types of matcha; you have the Ceremonial grade that is most common for drinking as I mentioned above. Then you have the Culinary grade that is used for baking. I am sure you have come across a matcha donut or cake in the past year or so. The highest quality matcha usually comes from Japan due to the way that the matcha is processed there. It is considered a more consistent procedure.
There are so many matcha brands on the market it may be a bit overwhelming to know which one to buy. We gathered our team of experts and came up with the top 10 matcha powders. I hope this information will be helpful to you.
Miaroo Matcha came up first and we feel that quality and taste-wise, this is a good place to begin the matcha journey. This matcha is organic ceremonial & premium grade from a farm in Ugi, Kyoto, Japan. What we loved about Miaroo matcha is the variety of flavors; you have the classic matcha, of course, but there are also 4 other variations. With options such as low-calorie vanilla matcha for the ones that have more of a sweet tooth. This matcha is naturally sweetened with pure cane sugar but still only 25 calories a serving. There is also a chai latte, collagen-infused matcha, and there’s even a lemon raspberry flavor for those that prefer a lighter, fruitier flavor. You can find Miaroo on their website and it is reasonably priced starting at $22.
Ippodo Sayaka Matcha is also Kyoto-based and is great for those first-time matcha drinkers due to the fact that it is not too bitter. Most matcha drinkers will start off with more mild matcha and as time goes on they will acquire a taste with a touch of more bitterness.
Breakaway Matcha the Intro Flight is ideal for those that are not sure of the flavors they prefer as well as the amount of bitterness. With this 4 pack of the matcha starter kit, you will receive the
Blend 93, Blend 94, Blend 95, and the Hyperpremium Organic. You can also purchase each tin separately but we love the fact that you can buy the 4 pack and decide what you like best. This is also a great idea to give someone as a gift. You will get the 4 jars for $36.
Kettl Soukou Matcha is wonderful matcha that is very smooth and has a note of hazelnut. The origin of this matcha is Fukuoka, Japan. This brand of matcha is reasonably priced and the quality is great. At $20 a jar, you will agree it is fairly priced as well.
Chalait Everyday Ceremonial-Grade Matcha is a good choice for those new to matcha. With a smooth, nutty flavor you will agree that this is a high-quality brand as well. This matcha is quick to dissolve in a tea, iced latte or can even be added to your morning smoothie. This matcha will cost you $25, which we thought was very reasonable and the matcha starter set that we love can also be purchased on the website as well.
Encha Ceremonial-Grade Organic Matcha is also sourced from the Uji mountains of Kyoto, Japan. This matcha is 100% organic with a perfectly balanced palate, both sweet and earthy. This product dissolves rather quickly in hot or cold liquids making it easy to drink at any time of day. The price of this matcha is $37 and can be found on amazon.
Golde Pure Matcha is considered very high-quality matcha. It is also imported from Japan and can be tasty alone or in a latte with oat milk and honey. This product whisks perfectly and gets very frothy making it ideal for drinking either cold or hot. It can be purchased on the company website for $28.
Matchaful Kiwami Single Cultivar Ceremonial Matcha is rich and smooth. Kiwami means extreme or ultimate and that is accurate when describing this brand. You will find a note of honey, cream, and flowers but it is all very balanced flavor-wise this matcha has a slightly sweet taste if you prefer sweet matcha. The price of this matcha is $33 for 30 grams.
Kenko Ceremonial-Grade Matcha is probably the least bitter of all the matcha that we have been trying. This is great if you don’t really even like the taste of coffee because it tastes more like green tea. The only concern that we had was that we found the matcha was harder to dissolve. We recommend using a frother or whisk to help the powder dissolve more quickly. The price of this matcha is $22.
MatchaBar Ceremonial-Grade Matcha is deliciously flavored matcha that is also reasonably priced at $24. This matcha has a smooth, umami (savory) flavor. You will see right away by the bold, vibrant color that it is the real deal. What we like about this company is the fact that they also sell culinary-grade matcha. That can be used in muffins, cakes, and even ice cream.
There you have our top 10 matcha brands. Please keep in mind that whatever matcha you decide to go with, you may need to purchase some tools that will make the process much smoother. We love the ‘chawans’ or tea bowls that come with the bamboo whisk or “chasen’ to help dissolve any kind of matcha before mixing it with your water and or milk. You can find the
Complete sets online and there are many different options but we will save that conversation for another day.
Please remember that matcha does not have a particularly long shelf life so try to use it once opened within 2-3 months.