Organic Culinary Grade Matcha PowderLifetime Warranty
Culinary grade matcha is hand-picked and ground from premium second harvest leaves. Culinary matcha green tea is a lower grade, less expensive matcha which adds an earthy, nutty flavor, and makes it ideal for cooking, baking, ice cream, and more. In terms of health benefits, there are no differences between ceremonial matcha and culinary grade matcha, therefore, using culinary matcha is a great food coloring substitute while also providing you with amazing health benefits from antioxidants, l-theanine, and chlorophyll.
How to Use Culinary Grade Matcha
One of our favorite ways to use Encha Culinary Grade matcha is for making cookies. Our matcha cookies are easy to make and have a unique flavor combination making them great for sharing with friends and family. Culinary grade matcha powder is also suitable for matcha lattes, matcha smoothies, and other tasty matcha tea treats!
Matcha cookie instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350F and line your baking tray with parchment paper
2. In a large mixing bowl, add 1/2 cup room temperature butter and 3/4 cup sugar. Mix in 2 Tbsp sifted Encha matcha powder. Add egg and vanilla extract and combine.
3. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl and add it to the butter-sugar mixture. Begin beating on low speed until flour is incorporated. Scrape mixing bowl to ensure flour is evenly distributed in the dough.
4. Scoop spoonfuls of your mixture onto baking tray. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes, or until they are no longer shiny on top.
5. Enjoy! (with an Encha matcha latte)
Culinary grade matcha vs. Ceremonial Grade Matcha
Matcha is classified in two grades: ceremonial and culinary matcha (cooking grade matcha). Both grades of matcha are harvested at different times and have unique matcha flavor profiles and use-cases. Ceremonial grade matcha comes from premium first-harvest leaves which are the youngest, sweetest, and most desirable leaves to make matcha with. Culinary grade matcha comes from the premium second harvest tea leaves which are often more mature, earthy, and less vibrant.
Ceremonial grade is the highest quality matcha powder which makes it ideal for consumption in accordance with traditional Japanese tea ceremony, by just adding hot water. Culinary grade matcha powder is most suitable for incorporating in ice cream, baked goods, smoothies, or matcha lattes, and is the most affordable grade of matcha green tea. At Encha, all of our matcha grades are 100% certified organic, hand-picked, and regularly tested for harmful chemical to ensure that you have the most premium, traditionally-grown matcha tea in your home.
How is Culinary Grade matcha made?
Culinary grade matcha comes from second harvest green tea leaves, which are shade grown and destemmed. Encha matcha powder is stone ground for the finest powder where the natural sweetness and flavor is still preserved. Culinary grade matcha powder is a lower quality matcha that doesn't carry the same flavor profile or vibrant green colour as ceremonial grade matcha powder. We ensure our matcha green tea plants are never grown with pesticides or synthetics to give you the high quality matcha powder you deserve. Our matcha tea powders are even tested regularly for harmful metals, and chemicals to give you the most peace of mind.
Benefits of Culinary grade matcha
The benefits of culinary grade matcha are no different than any other grade matcha. Culinary grade matcha green tea contains chlorophyll and l-theanine, as well as dietary fiber and the many antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals found in matcha green teas. The benefits of matcha are much stronger than those of traditional green tea, due to the fact that the leaves are shade-grown and the entire tea leaf is consumed. As a result of its strong nutrient profile, the health benefits of drinking matcha tea include:
Can increase brain function
Can help protect liver
Can help prevent cancer
Promotes heart health
Promotes weight loss
How to Brew
There are several ways to brew matcha. While there’s nothing wrong with simply blending it in your liquid of choice, many prefer to enjoy it using the traditional method.
Here’s how to brew matcha the traditional, ceremonial way:
Start by sifting the matcha powder through a strainer of some kind, if possible. Matcha tends to clump very easily, so sifting it will ensure better mixability.
Next, whisk 1 teaspoon of Encha (about 1 scoop) into 5 ounces of hot water. Rather than using a circular motion, you’ll want to whisk vigorously from side to side.
Now, just add more water, milk, or liquid of your choice.
That’s it! Now you’re enjoying matcha the ceremonial way that dates back thousands of years.
Ceremonial-grade matcha is designed to be used in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, called chanoyu. It should be extremely high-quality, but Encha’s founder Dr. Li Gong quickly discovered that this wasn’t always the case with leading matcha powders on the market.
After falling in love with matcha and the associated tea ceremony, Li Gong tried various ceremonial-grade matcha powders from other premium brands. He found most of them lacking in quality, vivid color, and flavor. In particular, many were missing that delicate grassy note, indicating that they had likely been grown using synthetic chemical fertilizers.
This sparked our founder’s research journey across Japan. Ultimately, he was able to discover the one organic matcha farm that could deliver true ceremonial-grade matcha that satisfied his standards.
Our ceremonial grade sooth, full-bodied, delicately grassy, and never bitter. Sure to delight any matcha connoisseur.
Our latte-grade matcha has an earthy taste with a smooth, velvety consistency. No need to add sugar when combined with your milk of choice, our matcha powder for latte is slightly sweet and always delicious.
It’s vegetal and earthy, with a subtly sweet, nutty finish. It’s perfect for cooking, baking, or adding to smoothies.
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