Organic Japanese Matcha Powder
Product: DōMatcha® Ceremonial Matcha
Retail Price: $70.34 (The prices of Amazon products fluctuate due to supply and demand so you may see a slight price change)
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon
Size of Container: 2.82 oz
Type of Tea: Grounded Tencha leaves, Matcha
Servings: Approximately 75 Servings
DōMatcha® is 100% authentic Japanese, directly from Kagoshima and Uji, Kyoto where Matcha originated and where the most premium quality Matcha is produced.
DōMatcha® supplier is based in Uji, Kyoto and has been in the tea business for 300 years. The Ceremonial grade organic Matcha, has only the finest leaves selected to guarantee the highest nutritional value, as well as a sweet and pleasant flavor.
Ceremonial Grade Matcha
Ceremonial Grade Matcha is the highest grade out of all the grades in the Matcha world.
It is made from the youngest tea leaves that are harvested in early spring. In the weeks prior to harvest, the tea plants are deliberately shaded.
Shade-grown leaves are sweeter and have higher levels of amino acids and chlorophyll, which gives Matcha that unmistakable brilliant green hue.
All the stems and veins are removed from the leaves, resulting in a very smooth and fine texture.
When the Tencha leaves (type of leaves used to create Matcha) are grounded up they are grounded slowly to make sure that the end result is velvety smooth and produces fine Ceremonial Grade Matcha.
Taste, Texture, and Smell
It has a naturally sweet, umami sort of flavor with a hint of grass. It is soft, smooth, creamy, complex, light and uplifting.
Ceremonial Grade Matcha texture is very soft, fine, and powdery. The texture is similar to baby powder.
The smell of Ceremonial Matcha is gentle, sweet, and vegetal (plant smell).
It is traditionally consumed by itself without sweeteners or milk because it has its own unique taste and should be drunk quickly so the Matcha does not settle at the bottom of the bowl.
Difference Between Organic and Non-Organic
In Japan there are very few organic farms which makes it an expensive process to keep up with.
Japan has strict agricultural laws for non-organic farms. For non-organic green tea they use fertilizers that help with the growth of the plant.
For non-organic the chemical fertilizers are more potent and they work faster to pump the plant full of nutrients, while organic fertilizers take months to work their magic.
Organic is a more expensive process and has stricter guidelines. Organic Matcha tends to be less vibrant in color (but not dull or yellow) and it tends to be a little less rich and sweet but has a crisper taste with grassy notes.
Japan strictly regulates what types of pesticides that can be used, how much can be used, and when they can be used. Farmers go by strict regulations to record what was used, when it was used, and how much is used, and then they submit the reports to the authorities.
Chemical pesticides are not only harmful to the environment, they also pose health risks. Research has linked exposure to chemical pesticides to increased presence of neurological disorders, Parkinson’s disease, leukemia, lymphoma, asthma and more.
So, non-organic farms use fertilizers that help get nutrients into the tea plants faster than organic. With the non-organic you get a more flavorful Matcha taste.
While organic fertilizers take a bit longer for the nutrients to get into the plant it is overall more beneficial for your body because you do not have to worry about your body absorbing any pesticides. And it provides a lighter more crisp Matcha taste.
Japan is the most regulated country when it comes to chemical fertilizers for their tea plants. Other countries like China and India are way less regulated. So, if you choose to get non-organic matcha make sure it comes from Japan!
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