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Matcha.My Japanese Matcha (s) Review

10:30 AM

Salam and hello!

Remember my previous post on matcha? Been using them like crazy haha. Made regular types of matcha tea, iced matcha frappucino, iced matcha latte.... just to name a few. Planning to bake some desserts with matcha! I was already planning to buy from Niko Neko as usual, but then I stumbled upon one day on Facebook and was taken aback by the number of choices (and price!) of matcha they are selling.

As you can see in the photo, these just some basic grades they sell on their website.

Ceremony Matcha or Matcha for Tea

  • Pick this if you want to taste the real high grade matcha tea, with high umami taste
  • Pick this if you hate the bitterness from matcha, ceremonial matcha has very low or no bitterness
  • Directly brew with hot water to make matcha tea
  • Used in tea ceremony to make thick tea or thin tea
  • Making matcha latte with high umami and low astringency

Cafe Matcha

  • Make matcha thin tea, casual brewed matcha
  • Make matcha latte
  • Blend with coffee, latte, smoothies etc
  • Used as dessert or ice-cream topping

Kitchen Matcha

  • Baking or confectionery
  • Blend with coffee, sweet drinks, smoothies etc
  • Cooking
  • Making matcha latte (with stronger matcha taste)

Organic Matcha

  • Organic matcha comes in different grade. Main differences between organic and non-organic matcha is organic matcha made with tea leaves grown in farm which following the strict organic standard from Japanese Agriculture Standard (JAS). Organic fertilizer is used in the growing process.
  • Organic matcha just like non-organic matcha, categorized in ceremonial grade, cafe grade and kitchen grade.
For info:-
Umami is the fifth taste besides sweet, salty, sour and bitter. It's always being described as the mysterious fifth taste because if blends very well with other tastes, and people won't recognize when they taste it, but umami is an important element in making food delicious.

Umami always there, but no word can decribe that until 19th century, Kikunae Ikeda tried to descrie that. Umami taste comes from a type of amino acid that reacts to the receptors in our tongue, causing chemical process that results in umai taste. It can't be produced by mixing any of the other primary tastes (sweet, sour, salt, bitter).
So, what does umami taste like?
Umami is literally Japanese term which carries the meaning of "pleasant taste", it's not sweet, not sour, not salty nor bitter. It's just a pleasant taste that you can't really describe.
What did I purchase from

Matcha for Thin Tea - Usucha // Price: RM 47

  • Origin : Nishio, Japan
  • Package Size : 30g (30 servings)
  • 100% Natural Pure Fine Stone-mill Ground Matcha Powder
  • Produced from Top Grade First Flush Tencha Tea Leaves 
Midori is our ceremonial grade matcha that produced with young tea leaf contains high level of umami (sweetness). Our Midori matcha is suitable for making usucha (thin tea) and matcha latte. This is a good choice for those who want to practice Japanese Tea Ceremony, making pure matcha tea (without adding sugar).
Matcha bamboo scoop (Chashaku) is the best way to measure the Matcha powder amount. Chashaku is a must in Japanese Matcha tea ceremony.

Same Chashaku is used by the tea master in the tea ceremony for years until they pass it down to their apprentices, it has lot of traditional value other than just measuring powder.
Price: RM 9
Stronger Taste for Food // Price: RM 29
  • Origin : mainly Uji, Kyoto Japan 
  • Packaging : 100g
  • 100% Pure Natural Matcha Powder
  • Certified Halal
Kazumi matcha is produced from 100% Tencha from Japan, it's not from the first flush, therefore it has higher bitterness and lower umami.

Compare to Shizuoka Matcha, this matcha has higher bitterness but slightly deeper matcha color. If you love strong matcha taste, this matcha is good for you.

Matcha For Everyday // Price: RM 23

  • Origin : Nishio, Japan (Nishio and Uji produce the best matcha in the world)
  • Package Size : 30g (30 servings).
  • 100% Natural Pure Matcha Powder (Stone mill)
  • Produced from Top Grade First Flush Tencha Tea Leaves
Note: This is 100% pure matcha powder, no sugar added. (Not instant powder)
Contains 100% pure matcha powder. Premium Cafe grade Matcha mainly is used for making matcha latte or blending with your favourite drink such as coffee or smoothies etc. It can be used to make thin tea (Usucha), it has lower umami (pleasant plant sweetness) as compared to ceremony grade matcha. If you prefer a sugarless matcha latte (made with low or no sugar milk), you might want to try our Midori Matcha, which is ceremonial grade and has high amount of umami.

Premium grade Matcha is high quality, below the ceremony grade Matcha. It's produced with tea leaves which are closer to the tip. Therefore it has good amount of umami (loan word from Japanese, meaning pleasant savory taste). It also has strong matcha taste but not as bitter as culinary grade.

Organic Uji Matcha // Price: RM28

  • Origin : Uji, Kyoto 
  • Package Size : 30g (30 servings)
  • 100% Natural Pure Matcha Powder
  • JAS Certified Organic Matcha
  • Produced from Top Grade First Flush Tencha Tea Leaves
Organic Matcha is produced using tea leaves which are grown following the JAS guideline. Organic fertilizer is used in the tea leaf growing process.

Our organic Matcha is produced in Uji, Kyoto. Kyoto is world most popular region for its high quality green tea products. Although it's premium grade matcha similar to our premium daily matcha, it has lighter green color because of the natural characteristic of organic matcha. Comparing matcha with same grade, organic matcha has lighter color, it doesn't mean it has lower quality.

This organic green tea is suitable for making matcha latte blending with other drink such as coffee, dessert, smotthies etc or making Ushucha (thin tea).

Matcha for Organic Food // Price: RM 19

  • Origin : Shizuoka, Japan
  • Packaging : 30g (30 servings)
  • 100% Natural Pure matcha powder
  • JAS Certified Organic Matcha
  • Produced from Top Grade First Flush Tencha Tea Leaves
Organic matcha produce for organic food making, blending with your organic sweet drinks etc. It's well-known that matcha provide energy, some athlete mix this with their organic energy drink before their training session.

Just like our other organic matcha, this organic matcha is strictly grown following the JAS (Japan Agricultural Standard) organic standard.
Pardon the bokehs. Haha. For East Malaysia, free shipping above RM 150!

Here's to more info!
Matcha is a very fine and delicate, it has mellow aroma and pleasant sweetness. On the other hand, it's quite "fragile" and will degrade over time. Matcha does not "spoilt" or "expired", it will only degrade and the taste become bitter and color turn brown, but you still can consume it.

There are 5 enemies of matcha : Heat, Humidity, Air, Light, and Smell. Store your matcha in a place that away from these 5 elements.
  • Heat: Keep in your matcha away from heat source such as microwave, oven, behind the fridge etc. Keep in the fridge or cool place.
  • Air : Make your your matcha packaging is air tight, always keep it in an air tight container.
  • Light : Use light-proof container to store your matcha. We saw many other matcha seller store their matcha in transparent bag, this is definitely a NO.
  • Humidity : Always keep matcha in a dry place. If you store your matcha in the fridge, make sure you keep it in an air tight container, and wait it warm up to room temperature before opening the container to avoid water form inside the container.
  • Smell : Keep away from strong smell
Matcha expose to air will get oxidized pretty quick, make sure you store your matcha in air tight container.

For unopened matcha packaging, matcha can be stored for a year to 1.5 year at room temp or lower temperature. If you don't plan to use it for quite a long time, keep it in the fridge.
For opened package/can, consume it within 3 months for it's best taste. If you plan to keep it for long time, keep it in the freezer with air tight container, but remember to open the package/can only after it warm up to room temperature.
By the way, the Organic Uji Matcha is similar to the one I've bought from Niko Neko Matcha, the Superior grade. Seriously, compare the price, 30g from for RM28 to 40g from NikoNeko for RM65, minus the postage :B

Made this recipe using the Organic Shizuoka so far:
This is how it should look like once whisked! (I used a fork to whisk before this, now I use a cappucino mixer I've bought as recommended by a friend in Daiso teehee)
Final product haha. Maybe I'd practice latte art one day haha. Kinda bitter :p probably will try out with other matcha I have bahaha.

Well I guess that is all for today. Haha. Will post up more recipe that I did using matcha hopefully soon!

Til then blurbers!
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