*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.
Shipping and Returns
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Since organic matcha is a food item, we cannot accept returns for opened packages.
For unopened packages, we accept returns within 30 days of your purchase.
For more information, please visit our returns page.
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Product is fine but customer service is non-existant...
I emailed their customer service 3 times, trying to resolve the fact that I was charged on 2 separate occasions for shipping when I had reached the free shipping level in purchase amount. I never received a response. Very disappointed on the lack of customer care. Product seems fine, and I do like the fact that they test for heavy metal level and toxins (from what they say).
Mostly unmarked ceremonial grade tea
This green tea arrived in a non-descript silver mylar pouch. There is a sticker identifying it as ceremonial grade green tea. I've not found this to be overly bitter, but I mostly use this green tea to make cakes, pancakes, and ice cream. I'll toss some in my morning smoothies or in a latte because I like to offset some of the green tea bitterness with dairy. Good product that has been versatile for my uses.
A hint more bitterness than I am used to in matcha
I found this to be ever so slightly more bitter and less flavorful than the other matcha powders I have used. I will certainly enjoy drinking it and making green tea ice cream with it, but when I run out, I'll get something else.But that's JustMe. (I received this product in exchange for an honest review, and that is what I have offered here.)
Delicious, but VERY pricey. Would use primarily for special occasions or dishes
My wife loves baking cakes, and I like drinking green tea on its own or as milk tea with boba. For all of those purposes, this powder works excellent. It dissolves quickly and evenly so the taste permeates with every bite or sip.With that said, the powder is VERY expensive. When tasted on its own, it gives a very light, slightly sweet flavor and makes the tea itself shine. I very much enjoyed making my drinks with this particular green tea, but wow, it also is VERY pricey, and as such, would reserve it for special occasions or dishes.
organic and pure
Encha Matcha Green Tea tastes super fresh and pure. If you love match tea, you must try this. Amazing product and I love that it is organic, natural, and comes from Japan. Can be used for hot or cold beverage depending on mood and preference but I do really enjoy it as a hot beverage.
A very strange look for tea
I got this for my son as he really likes Matcha tea and Matcha tea flavored stuff.... not a thing for me. I gave it a whirl this morning... I opened the bag and to me it smells like seaweed?!?! Since the bag tells me it's both ceremonial grade and culinary grade i made a cup of tea with it. Ugh to me it tastes like seaweed too! Nope not a fan of seaweed. My son says it does taste like it should but he will have to play with it to figure out how to use to make a tea. I will also Goggle it and look for some recipes for him.He might choose to reorder but not this gal! It's different that's for sure!View 1 & 2 are the front and back of the bag - plain silver. View 3 & 4 are the two different labels affixed to the bag and view 5 is what the tea powder looks like.You do get a lot of the product in the bag, but no ideas, directions and suggestions on how to use or make it. I did mark it low on blending because it just wouldn't blend.... took a lot of effort to get it blend somewhat smoothly. The second time I made it it had a lot of sludge at the bottom... not sure if I used too much or that's just hard it is to get it to blend right?Again, just not my "cup of tea" but it is his.
A flavorful macha
My wife and I are avid cooks and we were happy to review this product, which was available from Amazon's VINE program. We were quite pleased. We have tried other "matcha" brands and blends that either had a weaker taste or that were mixed with other ingredients.Like other reviewers, we like to experiment with matcha in cooking. We've got a muffin recipe we like. We also like experimenting with matcha ice cream blends.
EXACTLY AS EXPECTED
There is a stunning variety of reviews on this product. So let me just start by saying:- The product I received looks exactly like the product in the photos. I did not receive a plain mylar bag (which I seriously would not have trusted and would have just thrown away).- I received â€œculinary gradeâ€.This product contains pure organic matcha green tea powder and nothing else. It is exactly as described, exactly as expected, and exactly what I was looking for.Nice large bag!RECEIVED: December 2021BEST BY: February 2023
Good culinary grade Japanese matcha
This is a lot of organic Japanese matcha for the price. It is a good culinary grade matcha, from the second harvest of the green tea plantation in the Uji region of Japan. The powder has a bright green color and smells fresh. It makes great matcha latte. I blended a teaspoon of it in a little bit of mild hot water and topped it with milk. It was a little bittersweet but I sweetened it with monk fruit. It was delicious. This matcha is also great for baking, pancakes, desserts, etc.This comes in a resealable, retail-printed plastic foil bag. The matcha is certified organic by ECOCERT SA. Product of Japan. Mine has an expiration date of 15 months from now. Plenty of time to finish this large bag. Overall, I'm pleased with this second-harvest Japanese matcha. Good flavor for a culinary grade. The quality seems good and fresh. Reasonably priced for the quality and quantity you get. It is worth giving it a try. Good product.
Delicious Matcha, Amazing Customer Service
I'm the benefactor of a mix-up during the ordering process. Instead of the Culinary grade product, I received a pound of Encha's Ceremonial grade matcha instead. That's a happy mistake for me, but I let the seller know. Encha could have told me to enjoy my upgrade and left it at that, but they went the extra mile and are sending me a bag of the culinary grade powder as well. Now THAT is customer service!I prepared my first serving as a traditional tea; just hot water matcha powder. Encha's product has an extremely delicate sweet, nutty flavor and the grassy/vegetal taste is there but not overpowering. There is no bitterness and it very easy to whisk. This is the way the ceremonial grade is meant to be enjoyed, but I had to try it as a latte too. Let me tell you, it shines there as well. The rich, subtle flavor isn't lost with the added milk and extra water. This is one of my favorite matchas. I expect when I get the culinary grade version that it won't disappoint either.USDA Organic Direct trade tea from farmers in Uji, Japan.~ Kort
Excellent flavor - Based on the product Amazon description page recipe, I made some yummy cookies
POSSIBLE CONFUSIONI'll begin by saying that there seems to be some confusion as to whether this is second harvest culinary grade tea or first harvest ceremonial tea. The matcha green tea arrives in a plain foil package with two labels from the manufacturer that say â€œceremonial grade.â€ There is also an Amazon label that says second harvest â€œculinary grade.â€ For the sake of this manufacturer, I HOPE my package is NOT ceremonial grade because the same manufacturer charges roughly $100 more for a pound of ceremonial. Yikes!COOKIESThat being said, I made some delicious cookies based on the information on the Amazon description page for this product. I followed the directions exactly as written except I also used some vanilla bean instead of just vanilla extract (I used 1/4 teaspoon extract). Be sure to sift the matcha tea when measuring. I probably made the cookies too big because it took about double the recommended time for them to cook properly.MY USESI intend to use this matcha for smoothies and matcha ice cream. I'm pretty excited about that. I intend to look up what other goodies I can make. I'd love to make macarons.GREAT FRAGRANCE AND FLAVOR - GOOD BUY!I certainly am not a matcha green tea expert, but I can tell you it smells amazing and tastes wonderful. I highly recommend!
They sent ceremonial grade instead. Thanks!
I ordered culinary grade because I'm cheap and have poor taste, but they sent 500g of ceremonial grade for the same price! It's beyond green, flavor is better, and it blends with less clumping. Honestly, I'm sold on the accidental upgrade for my morning lattes! Thanks Amazon!