Getting the wrong matcha (powdered 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
Want to buy matcha to make matcha latte at home but don’t know where to start with so many matcha choices out there?
I’ve tried SO SO many and I can say with confidence that these are the best matcha brands out there.
What to Look For When Buying Matcha for Lattes
- Comes from Japan
Real matcha comes from Japan. Some powdered green teas come from China but those are inferior products and should be avoided.
Look to spend $20 – $30 for matcha to be used in recipes or lattes. You don’t want the most expensive matcha for lattes.
- Bright color
You want to get the brightest green within that price range.
My Pick for Best Matcha for Lattes
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Culinary Grade vs Ceremonial Grade
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 is 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; anytime it will be mixed with other ingredients.
Notice that the matcha brands sold directly by Japanese tea companies don’t say Ceremonial or Culinary Grade but have different names for each level of matcha grade.
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Looking for ideas on what to make with the matcha you’re going to get? Here are some matcha recipes ideas.