You are precious, so if you are drinking matcha green tea powder for its wide array of health benefits, it is worth it to know you are getting the best. Not all matcha is made the same, but luckily it is pretty easy to tell between a high quality cup and low quality swill. When choosing your matcha, be sure to check these five key aspects of the brew.
The origin of a tea might not seem so important, but if you can’t find where your matcha comes from, it is probably because they don’t want you to know.
One of the most attractive aspects of matcha is its vibrant green coloring. As the matcha-producing green tea plant is grown in the shade, it produces higher amounts of chlorophyll. Matcha that is not the beautiful bright green, but instead has a dull or yellowish-brown colour is always considered lower quality. The leaves were likely not properly shaded or harvested from lower on the stalk. Both practices affect the taste in a big way.
Just like good food, you enjoy matcha with your nose. Does it entice your nose with a fresh and vegetal smell or does it smell dusty and dull like flour you found in the back of your cupboard? High quality matcha can draw you in with smell alone.
When a good quality matcha is rubbed between your fingers, it feels smooth and silky similar to eye shadow or powder foundation. However, lower quality matcha feels much rougher and will definitely not produce a smooth, frothy tea.
Finally, taste is considered the most important aspect of matcha. While the tea’s feel or origin may not matter so much to you, it will usually affect the matcha’s taste. The naturally sweet flavour of matcha green tea is ultimately determined by the L-Theanine, an amino acid produced from the shade-growing process. If not grown properly in the shade, lower quality matcha has a more bitter taste. A good cup of premium grade matcha should be smooth, soothing, and have a pleasantly sweet aftertaste.
At The Flavor Project, we have a dedication to providing The World with premium-quality matcha green tea powder. Produced on our Tea Farm, our matcha is authentic premium grade green tea. Check us out today to learn more about our high quality matcha products.