Encha Guide: Matcha Grades and Recommendation Backup

Both Ceremonial and Latte grades of Encha are pure and organic matcha green tea powder grown and ground on our farm in Uji, Kyoto, Japan. Encha Founder created the Encha grades with our farmer to achieve the best natural taste, prepared as matcha tea or latte, without adding sugar.

* We discontinued the culinary-grade matcha from the second harvest so that we can fully focus on our farm’s first harvest for ceremonial and latte grades. 

Ceremonial-Grade Encha is ground from premium, first-harvest leaves, which are the most tender, each spring in our farm in Uji, Japan. It’s best suited for the ceremonial style of drinking matcha, with water only. The taste is smooth, full-bodied, delicately grassy, and never bitter.

Latte-Grade Encha is ground from standard, high-quality first-harvest leaves. When prepared just with hot water, Latte-Grade can have a stronger or more bitter taste than Ceremonial-Grade. But that extra strength makes it perfectly suited to pair with the creamy taste of milk for matcha latte. Latte-grade Encha delivers a much greener and smoother cup of matcha latte compared to using the cheaper 2nd or 3rd (summer or autumn) harvest of matcha.

Culinary-Grade Encha is ground from premium, second-harvest leaves, plucked from our organic matcha farm. Culinary-Grade matcha offers a perfectly balanced palate, both vegetal and earthy, with a sweet, nutty finish. It’s perfect for cooking, baking, or adding to smoothies.

Matcha grades Encha organic matcha

Grade naming is subjective to each matcha brand. Always check and compare four key facts.

  1. Organic Farming: Stay away from conventional matcha. Non-organic farming uses pesticide. It also uses synthetic chemical fertilizer to influence its taste. 
  2. Origin: Japan grows the best matcha in the world so far. 
  3. Harvest Time: 1st harvest in Spring has the best color and taste. Check the month to understand 2nd or even 3rd harvest. 
  4. Taste: Taste can be subjective. Use the same method of preparation to do the taste comparison. 

Reviews of Encha Organic Matcha by Independent Experts

We are very honored that bloggers and other experts provide their independent opinions about the quality of Encha Organic Matcha.

Encha Matcha Guide


  • If you like everything in its pure form (loose leaf tea, black coffee, kale, etc.), drinking ceremonial-grade Encha as hot matcha tea will be a daily treat as if in the spring green tea garden.
  • The simple ritual of preparing and whisking Encha in the hand-crafted ceramic bowl enhances the calming and mindful experience.


Latte Lovers and Stronger-Tea Lovers

  • Latte-grade Encha is the only available 1st-harvest Japanese organic matcha offered for making latte with sugar-less milk (almond, coconut, soy, etc.). No need to add sweetener unless your sweet tooth is kicking.
  • Many other matcha brands would have named Latte-Grade Encha as ceremonial grade. But we offer our most delicate grade as ceremonial-grade Encha.
  • If you like stronger-taste teas, you will also enjoy drinking latte-grade Encha as hot matcha tea just with water.
  • Latte-grade Encha is also great for a cold shake, with ice and water in a bottle, in protein shake, shaken with coconut water or OJ.
  • Latte-grade Encha is a great versatile value choice for 1st-harvest pure organic matcha from Japan, much cheaper than other 1st-harvest organic matcha.



  • Dairy milk contains a type of protein called casein. Some studies found casein might lower the absorption of the antioxidant catechins in matcha, by about 20%. So we don't recommend dairy milk as the preferred choice. Plant-based vegan milk such as oat or almond milk is the best.
  • You can use any grade of matcha for baking and dessert. See beautiful matcha recipes by Sarah of Snixy Kitchen who uses Latte-grade Encha. 

For personalized recommendation, please email us: encha@encha.com