There are two basic grades of matcha green tea powder: ceremonial and culinary.
Ceremonial matcha green tea powder is a higher quality grade of powder that is used for sipping. Somewhat lower quality powder is called culinary grade—it is designed for baking, smoothies and other recipes.
Interestingly, there is no official industry standard or definition that helps differentiate between ceremonial and culinary matcha green tea powder.
Ceremonial matcha green tea powder is the first harvest of green tea leaves—it is more subtle and sweeter. The second harvest is the culinary grade—it is a bolder, more bitter flavor.
This article focuses on culinary grade matcha green tea powder—it is more common and affordable than ceremonial grade matcha.
For the best overall matcha green tea powder for baking, we pick Jade Leaf’s Matcha Green Tea Powder—it had the best flavor profile and worked well in baked goods and smoothies.
What We Liked
• From organic farm in Uji, Japan.
• Stone ground into an ultrafine powder. We judged this to be finer than other powders we tested.
• Bolder flavor than others we tried.
• Worked well in baked goods.
• Makes tasty smoothies.
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