As we all know, there are many different usages of the wonderous Matcha. You can drink it in its traditional tea form or even use it in various cooking recipes. Hence, dependent on your usage, there are two main Matcha tea grades, ceremonial and culinary, that you could purchase. These two differing grades have spark contrasts in colour, texture, and quality.
Ceremonial Grade Matcha
If you were to be purchasing ceremonial grade matcha, it can only be for one purpose – consumption through drinking. This grade is the highest form of Matcha, made from the youngest tea leaves with the veins and stems removed from the leaves and grounded up. Such process and use of young leaves give the ceremonial grade Matcha a unique, sweet flavour and a vibrant green colour. The recommendation for this ceremonial grade is to only mix with hot water and without sweeteners to bring forth such unique flavours.
Culinary Grade Matcha
As the name suggests, this type of Matcha specifically used in conjunction with other ingredients in food and beverages. While it differs from the ceremonial grade, it isn’t a low-quality cooking ingredient by any means and is simply only made differently for differing purposes. However, it is not to say you cannot drink this type of Matcha, only it would have a different flavour profile than the ceremonial grade.
The mildly astringent flavour perfectly pairs with other flavours, allowing it to mix well with smoothies and other milk-based goods. While this type of Matcha is generally priced lower than the ceremonial grade, it contains higher antioxidant levels!
There are five subgrades of the culinary grade Matcha as listed below, each with slightly different usages –
– Premium – Premium grade is ideal for everyday consumption. It is blended well with drinks such as a matcha smoothie or a latte.
– Café – The café grade is a strongly flavoured matcha, making it the ideal match for baking and cooking.
– Ingredient – The ingredient grade pairs perfectly for recipes that contain milk and other dairy products due to its very thick levels of consistency. It is also a good compliment towards sauces and desserts.
– Kitchen – Being of the most economical brands with less delicate leaves, it is ideal for experimental recipes as well as large-scale brewing.
– Classic – The classic grade is one of the higher grades, but more economical. It has a distinct, strong flavour and is more widely available for purchase. It is a perfect compliment to many numerous food and beverage recipes.