In Search of Matcha online
I just discovered Matcha, I love it! I first tried it with just water and wasn’t real impressed. I then warmed 2 oz. of half and half and added it to 6 oz. of water(175°-180°) and mixed in the matcha, add sweetener and it was addicting delicious. Reminded me a bit of Starbuck’s Green Tea Latte only much, much better.
The Matcha I tried was from the Teavana just around the corner from where I am. I will be on the road again soon and will need to order my Matcha from somewhere. Has anyone tried both Teavana and another brand Matcha so as you can recommend something comparable?
I will just say the best matcha I have ever had came from www.domatcha.com. Nothing has ev compared to it. Simply amazing.
I have to agree… DoMatcha has the best Matcha. There are many excellent Matcha teas out there though. Den’s has good Matcha too.
I haven’t gotten the “best” factor yet- but it’s absolutely a must try. I’ve also tried all of Den’s’ matchas and they are just as good. For the sake of not repeating, search “matcha” and you will find lots of good discussion threads.
Sounds like you like non-traditional matcha (sweetened/flavored?) — maybe look into www.52teas.com – they have flavored matcha (Cofftea can tell you all about them).
Teavana’s matcha was my intro to matcha, and I liked it alright, but then I won a tin of Domatcha’s and I prefer theirs (ceremonial grade) to Teavana’s. It tastes smoother, fresher, sweeter, and the color is brighter.
Side note- looking forward to trying Teavana’s. There’s a store going in the mall 20 min from my house in July. For the first time, I may be hooked on the mall:)
I’ve been trying to contact DoMatcha to see if we can carry their products, but they haven’t responded back :( I’ll try calling them tomorrow.
edit: I called DoMatcha today, and it’s against their policy to sell to retailers who don’t have a brick and mortar store. Btw, the employee (her name is Debbie) who picked up the phone was quite rude to me. Anyway, sorry Cofftea. I tried. :(
Rudeness is not cool and I will think twice before buying from them again. But then again, I really have no need to anymore since I found a much cheaper alternative.
For cheap daily matcha I’d recomend TeaFrog’s Izu or Metropolitian’s Izu and samurai matchas for nicer daily consumtion-I’ll third the DoMatcha having the best but it’s way too expensive for frequent enjoyment, especially as a latté.
SerindipiTeas and Tao of Tea’s Liquid Jade are good for the price, a little less on flavor, but if you’re only using it with creamer then it probably won’t be noticable.
While not all the factors I use to make it such are related to taste (i.e. price), I’ve finally found one I can almost certainly declare as “best” in my book- Urbana Teas & Tonics’ organic ceremonial grade matcha.
I have not tried any of these… but l just stumbled upon the HUGE selection of flavored (and just down right weird in some cases) matchas at Red Leaf Tea:
Just curious, but what do you sweeten your matcha with? I’m new to matcha as well :)
I personally do not sweeten my Matcha. But if you’re one who likes a sweeter Matcha, I’d recommend using Agave Nectar to sweeten it. Because Matcha is prepared at a lower temperature, you’ll want something that dissolves quickly and Agave Nectar fills the bill. I’d recommend a light agave nectar because the flavor is a bit softer and will be less likely to interfere with the Matcha notes.
The only way I sweeten it is if I add it to lemon or limeade (but even then I often just add the citrus juice and skip the sweetener) or when I have my favorite winter non-coffee drink: Matcha Peppermint Hot Chocolate. Sometimes I make it tuxedo by adding white chocolate and even add vanilla.
Am I doing something wrong? I tried matcha recently and it came out tasting very bitter. I tried preparing it twice in case I hadn’t mixed properly, but the 2nd time – definitely well-mixed, frothy, and sort of grassy / bitter. Is it an acquired taste?
It is an acquired taste, but I would not call it bitter. Did you sift it? that makes a big difference too. Chances are you just prepared it too strong in comparison to the amount of water that you used. Some people like it thicker than others.
@LeafJoy – I would definitely say that Matcha is not something that is for everyone. It is an acquired taste. How hot was the water that you used?
If you really wish to acquire a taste for it, I’d recommend starting out with flavored Matcha or Matcha latte – they’re sweeter and may help to acquaint you with the distinctive flavor that is Matcha.
Thanks for the tips!
Checked my notes – I let my water cool until it was about 180. Is that too hot?
I think so. Try it at a slightly lower temperature. I generally pull my kettle for Matcha just as steam is developing and tiny bubbles are starting to appear at the base but not yet “rapidly developing” (if you’ve ever watched a kettle in its stages as it gets to the boil, you’ll know what I’m talking about there).
I then pour a small amount into the bowl and whisk to form a paste and break up any potential clumps, and then add more water to get the desired consistency. This may seem like an unimportant detail to mention, but, as I’m doing the primary whisk, the water is cooling ever so slightly.
I don’t know if these tips will help you. But this is how I make my Matcha and I always enjoy it.
As a Japanese Tea Practioner, most of the commercial matcha out there imported for the N.A. Market are truly, well, nothing we would drink or serve in a tea gathering. These (like Do Matcha) ones available are below the quality we would even use for practice in lessons. Think of the analogynof box wine… Or Nescafe powder… If you want quality, non-bitter matcha, use only fresh for outstanding suppliees, like Ippodo. You can order this online via their website. They have 11 types of outstsnding matcha.
We’re having a sale through 12/31 on premium Matcha, no additives or pesticides of any kind, and, uniquely, in individually sealed servings:
And also on a selection of single estate Taiwanese teas, now available in Nitrogen-sealed individual servings, suitable for travel or office use. These are teabags in name only: