Get to Know Encha's Matcha Grades

All three of our matcha grades are ground from tea leaves grown on our organic farm in Uji, Japan. We never add sugar to our matcha powder, so you can expect pure, rich matcha flavor, no matter how you choose to enjoy your tea.  

Ceremonial-Grade Encha is ground from premium, first-harvest leaves, which are the most tender, plucked each spring from 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 matcha can have a strong, slightly bitter taste. That extra strength makes it perfectly suited for pairing with milk or a milk substitute. Our premium, first harvest leaves offer a greener hue and a smoother latte, compared with matcha made with second- or third-harvest leaves and a perfect flavor profile for matcha lattes.

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

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Matcha grades Encha organic matcha

Grade naming is subjective to each matcha brandHere are 4 other factors to consider when choosing your matcha.

  1. Organic: Make sure your matcha is always USDA Certified Organic.
  2. Origin: Matcha connoisseurs consider Uji to have the ultimate terroir for matcha growth and cultivation, yielding the most premium matcha in the world.
  3. Harvest: When enjoying matcha as a beverage, always stick to first harvest varietals.
  4. Taste & Hue: The best organic matcha powder is bright green, smooth, and slightly grassy.

What makes Encha Matcha different?

At Encha, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent about our products and how they are made before they end up in your home or workplace. Our best matcha powder is certified organic, and we never use pesticides or synthetics, just as it should be. Our growing and grinding processes are deeply rooted in ancient Japanese tradition, and that can be tasted and observed in our high quality matcha green tea powder. 


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  • If you like everything in its pure form (loose leaf tea, black coffee, kale, etc.), drinking ceremonial grade matcha 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. 


What is the difference between ceremonial and culinary grade matcha? There is often a debate of ceremonial vs culinary matcha. Ceremonial grade matcha is typically higher in quality, harvested from the youngest tea leaves, and ground into a fine powder with a vibrant green color and delicate flavor. It's intended for traditional tea ceremonies and enjoyed on its own. In contrast, culinary grade matcha is more affordable and has a stronger flavor, making it suitable for cooking, baking, and blending into beverages like smoothies or lattes.

What makes Encha matcha stand out as one of the best matcha brands? Encha matcha stands out as one of the best matcha brands due to its commitment to sourcing high-quality organic ceremonial grade matcha. Encha prioritizes freshness, sustainability, and transparency in its sourcing and production processes, ensuring a superior taste and nutritional profile. Its dedication to quality and customer satisfaction has earned us a reputation as a top choice among matcha enthusiasts.

How can I distinguish organic ceremonial grade matcha from other types of matcha?

Organic ceremonial grade matcha can be distinguished by its vibrant green color, smooth texture, and complex flavor profile. Look for certifications indicating that the matcha is organic and ceremonial grade, ensuring it's made from the highest quality tea leaves and processed with care. Additionally, reputable brands like Encha provide detailed information about their sourcing and production methods.