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.
Going to make a matcha latte but don’t know where to start with so many matcha choice out there? My reviews of the best matcha for lattes will help you make the right selection.
I’ve tried MANY MANY matcha brands over the years to make lattes and these are the ones I’ve tried and really like.
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.
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.
Best Matcha Green Tea Brands For Lattes
Harney & Sons
Harney & Sons have three different grades of matcha and the one I prefer is the Senjunomukash. It’s not the cheapest and not the most expensive.
The color is a nice bright green and the quality is right for the price.
Their lower priced option is the Jobetsugi and it’s the one they use in their NYC cafe to make matcha lattes. It’s slightly less vibrant but it’s a great choice if you don’t want to splurge.
One of the reason I’m a big fan of Harney’s is because they offer free shipping without a minimum, which a rare thing.
Aiya’s cooking grade matcha is great for lattes due to its price, quality, and color.
What to get: Cooking Grade Matcha
I first got to know Chalait through Queenie, this very blog’s recipe developer who is also my baking/cooking guru.
Chalait is a coffee/matcha shop with a few locations in New York City, and they source their matcha from Uji, Japan.
Offering three grades, I often use their Everyday Ceremonial Grade for recipes and lattes.
What to get: Everyday Ceremonial Grade
Matcha Love is from the Japanese tea company Ito En who gave their matcha products a new name and look.
Ito En’s matcha was one of the first I ever purchased since they had a store in New York many years ago. The company started in Japan in 1966 and they specialize in green tea, like most Japanese matcha producers.
What to get: Matcha Love Culinary Matcha
Hands down, my favorite matcha brand is Ippodo Tea. With the most variety and grades of matcha available (10!), Ippodo knows matcha and green tea in general.
Ippodo is a company based in Japan that has been selling Japanese green tea for almost 3 centuries.
One drawback is that their online shop is a bit tough to navigate if you’re not familiar with their matcha since they all have Japanese names.
What to get: Enishi-no-shiro
In Pursuit of Tea
In Pursuit of Tea sells Japanese matcha brand Marukyu-Koyamaen, a company that has been producing matcha for multiple generations.
I’ve been using their Wako Thin Tea Grade for a lot of my lattes and recipes lately.
What to get: Wako Thin Tea Grade
Looking for ideas on what to make with the matcha you’re going to get? Here are some matcha recipes ideas:
Product photo credits: From linked sources
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