Best Matcha Brands for Lattes

Getting the wrong matcha (powered green tea) can result in a costly mistake. Here are the matcha brands I’ve personally tried and like for green tea lattes.

Matcha for Lattes

Making a matcha latte but don’t know where to start with so many matcha choice out there? Have no fear, Jee (ahem, that’s me) is here! 

I was once like you, reading Amazon reviews and getting lost on matcha sites trying to find the right matcha to make lattes at home.

I’ve tried SO SO many and I can say with confidence that these are the matcha brands out there.

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My Pick for Best Matcha for Lattes:

 

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Matcha grades

Difference Between Culinary Grade Matcha and Ceremonial Grade Matcha

Matcha brands will usually differentiate their matcha by labeling them Culinary Grade or Ceremonial Grade.

This is only done outside Japan since these labels don’t exist there — it’s purely for marketing purposes.

In Japan, there are multiple matcha grades (or levels of quality) since they have so many different types.

If you look at Ippodo, a Japanese based green tea company, they have 10 different matcha types, which are all different grades. The more expensive the matcha, the better the quality.

Matcha labeled Ceremonial Grade are higher in quality and price. It should be for drinking straight, only with water.

Matcha labeled Culinary Grade is lower in quality and price. It should be used in recipes and lattes, where it’s mixed with other ingredients.

Notice that the matcha brands sold directly by Japanese tea companies don’t say Ceremonial or Cooking Grade but have different names for each level of matcha grade.


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What to Look For When Purchasing Matcha for Lattes

Matcha is a product of Japan so you want to make sure the matcha you purchase is from there, and therefore real.

Some powdered green tea comes from China but those are inferior products and should be avoided. The color will be dull and more brown than green. They may be labeled matcha, but real matcha only comes from Japan.

It’s hard to tell color online, but you want to get the brightest green within your price range.

Look to spend $15 – $30 for matcha to be used in recipes or lattes.

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Matcha Recipes

Looking for ideas on what to make with the matcha you’re going to get? Here are some matcha recipes ideas:

Matcha Recipes

Recipes with matcha as the star ingredient.

 
 

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5 Comments

  • lounytoon
    1 year ago

    You’ve left out kettl https://www.kettl.co/, I think you’d really like them.

  • Lauren
    11 months ago

    Have you tried Harney & Sons matcha powder? Thoughts?

    • Oh, How Civilized
      11 months ago

      Hi Lauren, I tried their matcha years ago so I don’t remember how it tasted. I’m planning on getting their matcha for some upcoming recipes so I’ll be trying it out then!

  • Sylvia
    9 months ago

    Thank you! I just order something from Japan LOL. Do you know where I can taste all these flavors near San Diego, OC or LA?

    • Oh, How Civilized
      9 months ago

      Hi Sylvia, sorry, unfortunately I can’t be of any help — I have no idea where you can get matcha on the west coast.

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