How to Identify Quality Matcha Tea Powder
Matcha tea powder can be consumed in various ways, such as drinking and baking. Traditionally, matcha is whisked up in hot water and finely stirred in a matcha bowl, but it can also be made in a blender. However, as matcha is rising in popularity, lower-quality powder is being released into the market.This makes it important to know how to find quality powder.
Observe the color.A good quality organic matcha tea powder is vibrant green in color. Inferior quality matcha powder is somewhat yellowish green or army green in hue and even after whisking, it remains the same.
Check the texture.A high grade is smooth, silky and finely textured, while the low-quality powders are rough and harsh in texture.
Taste the matcha powder.Good quality powder has a natural, vegetal, sweet taste, while an inferior quality is identified with a more bitter taste.
Smell the matcha powder.Good quality matcha powder should smell sweet due to being rich in amino acids and astringent.These elements are not present in lower quality matcha powder.
Whisk the powder in a bowl.Low-quality matcha will not properly froth, whereas good quality matcha powder can be properly whisked into a uniform consistency without any lumps.
Identify the source of the powder.To ensure that you are purchasing good quality organic matcha green tea powder, check the direct source or origin. The best quality of matcha is produced and processed in Japan, especially in the Kyoto, Uji and Nishio regions.
- Do some market research related to the specific brand. A good product has good reviews and referrals.
- Ensure that the supplier is trusted one and provides the product securely and accurately.
- Check to see whether the tea powder is properly packaged or not. If it isn't, don't purchase it.
- Don't be afraid to shell out a little extra for higher quality matcha. Premium quality matcha may be less affordable, but the difference between its quality and lower grades will be noticeable. Generally, the cost price of 28 grams (0.99 oz) of good quality matcha ranges from US to US and these are premium, ceremonial grades.
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