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? 

I was once like you, reading Amazon reviews and getting lost while 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 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 tea come from China but those are inferior products and should be avoided. 
  • Price
    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.

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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 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 Cooking Grade but have different names for each level of matcha grade.

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  • lounytoon
    1 year ago

    You’ve left out kettl, I think you’d really like them.

  • Lauren
    1 year ago

    Have you tried Harney & Sons matcha powder? Thoughts?

    • Oh, How Civilized
      1 year 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
    12 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
      12 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.

  • Cristina
    3 months ago

    Thanks for the great information 🙂 I personally love Ippodo’s Sayaka-no-mukashi (40g) which I use to make the traditional straight matcha w/ just hot water. Ippodo fun fact: the 20g version called Horai-no-mukashi. It is contains the same tea as the Sayaka… but named by a different tea master family. Also, I find that their Japanese website is cheaper than their US website. I will be trying out the Encha Latte Grade Organic Matcha. I make my matcha latte with hot water and Kerrygold butter (the butter gives the matcha a lovely creamy frothy texture) using a blender. I find that I don’t need to add any sweeteners.

    • Oh, How Civilized
      2 months ago

      Hi Cristina, great tips!

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