Best Ceremonial Grade Matcha: Guide to Premium Green Tea

Welcome, matcha lovers and future converts alike, to the illustrious world of Ceremonial Grade Matcha. You’re not just stepping into a tea journey here; you’re entering the upper echelons, the crème de la crème, the ‘Elite Matcha Club’, if you will. As you might have guessed, I am brimming with excitement to guide you through this green, finely powdered, slightly mystical world.

The Best Ceremonial Grade Matcha isn’t just a title; it’s an experience. It’s the promise of the highest quality, the richest flavor, and the most authentic matcha you can get your hands on. So fasten your seat belts, or should I say, grab your tea bowls, as we delve into what truly sets Ceremonial Grade Matcha head and shoulders above the rest. Prepare to unravel the emerald green mysteries and elevate your tea-drinking ritual to the next level. Welcome to the club, friends!

Key Takeaways

  • Ceremonial Grade Matcha – This is the elite club of matcha, the crème de la crème. When we talk about ceremonial grade, we’re talking about the best of the best. Flavor, texture, color, and origin, everything is top-notch.
  • Choosing Your Matcha – Don’t get lost in the tea aisle. Keep a sharp eye out for the origin, color, grind, and flavor profile. Remember, your matcha should be vibrant green, not tired and pale!
  • Top Brands – There are plenty of fishes in the sea, but not all of them are golden. We’ve put the best to test, so check out our reviews and pick your matcha soulmate.
  • Matcha Preparation – This is where the magic happens. Brew your matcha with care, enjoy the process and savor the superior.
  • Your Matcha Journey – You’re ready to venture into the world of ceremonial grade matcha. Remember, the best part of the journey is the tea along the way.

Understanding Ceremonial Grade Matcha

Let’s start our journey, friends, by taking a little step back in time. Imagine this: we’re in ancient Japan. Monks in serene monasteries, Samurai preparing for battle, and court nobles engaging in intellectual discourse. What’s their common denominator, you ask? A shared reverence for matcha – but not just any matcha – Ceremonial Grade Matcha. It’s like their version of a cup of liquid gold, only greener and healthier!

Now, fast forward to our modern times. Amidst the overwhelming abundance of matcha grades and varieties, one name still stands supreme, like a proud and ancient oak in a forest of saplings – yep, you guessed it – Ceremonial Grade Matcha. This isn’t just a name; it’s a seal of quality, authenticity, and tradition.

Defining factors of Ceremonial Grade Matcha? I can share plenty, but here’s the big one: It’s all about the finest, youngest, most tender tea leaves. These precious leaves are painstakingly handpicked, steamed, air-dried, destemmed, and deveined, all before they’re stone-ground into the beautiful, vibrant green powder we all swoon over. My “aha” moment came when I first tasted this grade of matcha – the smooth, umami-rich flavor, the velvety texture, and the almost spiritual tranquility it brought me were unparalleled. It was like finding the ‘Mona Lisa’ of green tea, only better because you can actually drink it!

Factors to Consider When Choosing Ceremonial Grade Matcha

Imagine this: You’re standing in the middle of a grocery aisle, or maybe you’re cozied up at home, browsing an online tea shop. Rows upon rows of matcha brands stare back at you from the shelves or your screen. It’s like a green sea of confusion, and you’re on a little raft without an oar. But don’t fret, my fellow matcha explorer! Here’s a handy checklist to help you navigate those tricky matcha-infused waters.

  1. Origin – Just like a fine wine, great matcha is all about the right origin. Top-quality ceremonial grade matcha hails from Japan, from the revered regions of Uji, Kagoshima, and Shizuoka. Remember, if it doesn’t say Japan on the package, put it back!
  2. Color – Here’s where your eyes come into play. Quality matcha is vibrant, spring-green. Dull, brownish-green? Nah, that’s a no-go. The brighter, the better. It’s like a little game of ‘green light, red light,’ only with matcha!
  3. Grind – Feel the powder between your fingers (but not directly in the store, of course!). It should be super fine, almost like eye shadow. If it feels coarse, it’s time to move on.
  4. Flavor profile – Ah, the taste test. Good ceremonial grade matcha is smooth and umami-rich, with a slightly sweet aftertaste. It should make your taste buds perform a happy dance, not a bitter face-pulling contest!

Now, armed with this checklist, you’re all set to be the Sherlock Holmes of matcha shopping!

Reviews of Top Ceremonial Grade Matcha Brands

Now comes the exciting part. I’m going to put on my matcha connoisseur hat and share with you my honest-to-goodness opinions on some of the top ceremonial grade matcha brands out there. We’ll be diving into the vibrant green world of each brand, tasting their offerings, and seeing how they measure up against our trusty checklist.

Now, I won’t be reviewing our very own, better than the rest, the best premium ceremonial grade matcha, for obvious reasons. So, just buckle up, folks; it’s time for a matcha adventure!

Kanza – Ippodo Tea: “The Elegant Classic”

My Experience: The first time I tried Ippodo Tea, I felt like I was at a fancy tea ceremony in Kyoto. The matcha was so finely ground it felt like velvet on the tongue, and the taste – oh, the taste – was a perfect balance of umami and sweet. I also appreciated the clear origin labeling. Buy Kanza here.

Pros: Amazing flavor profile, smooth texture, and clearly Japanese since 1770.

Cons: A tad pricier than other options, but hey, you’re paying for quality, right?

Perfect For: Those who appreciate the finer things in life and aren’t afraid to splurge a little for quality.

Hikari – Matchaful: “The Accessible Favorite”

My Experience: Matchaful was like that old reliable friend you know you can always count on. While the flavor wasn’t quite as complex as Ippodo Tea, it still offered a satisfying umami taste that would delight any matcha lover.

Pros: More affordable, decent flavor, fine texture.

Cons: The color could be a bit brighter, and the origin wasn’t clearly marked.

Perfect For: Matcha beginners looking for a good entry point into ceremonial grade matcha without breaking the bank.

Junbi: “The Bold Contender”

My Experience: Junbi was a surprise package. It had a uniquely strong flavor that took me by surprise at first, but it grew on me. A bold choice for those seeking a robust matcha experience.

Pros: Strong flavor, finely ground, and competitive pricing.

Cons: Not ideal for those who prefer a more subtle, traditional matcha flavor.

Perfect For: Adventurous types who like their matcha with a kick.

Remember, these reviews are my personal experiences and opinions. Everyone’s matcha journey is unique, and the best brand for you is the one that makes your tastebuds and your soul say, “Yes!” So, don’t be afraid to explore and find your perfect match(a)!

Best Matcha Powder Australia

Aussie’s Finest Matcha Powders
As I’ve already given a global matcha roundup, it’s time we bring things closer to home. Let’s dive into what the Australian market has to offer.

Starting with…

Kenko Tea

Kenko Tea has been a steady player in the matcha game for a while. During the Covid restrictions when Japan halted exports, Kenko Tea became my lifeline for ceremonial grade matcha. It saved me from my matcha cravings.

The Kenko Tea experience is mildly bitter and understated, not bursting with richness but leaves a lingering umami aftertaste. It’s not the champion of matcha powders in Australia, but it’s a reliable player.

Pros: Pleasant umami, satisfactory flavour, and affordable.

Cons: It’s a little on the understated side.

Ideal for: Newbies exploring ceremonial grade matcha and seeking a decent usucha.

Moving on to…


Purematcha’s highest-priced offering is labelled as a premium ceremonial grade matcha, though the ‘premium’ part isn’t so transparent.

Taste-wise, it doesn’t quite hit the ‘premium-grade’ mark. The umami is present but not prominent. There’s a touch of bitterness and sweetness to its profile.

Pros: At $1.10 per gram, it’s one of the most budget-friendly ceremonial grade matcha options. Gentle umami sweetness.

Cons: It doesn’t come in a jar or tin.

Ideal for: Those who want a wallet-friendly ceremonial-grade matcha.

Last, but certainly not least…


Given the scarcity of “premium,” “ceremonial” grade matcha in Australia, it feels fitting to include our own premium grade ceremonial matcha in the best Aussie matcha roundup.

Ujiha’s premium-grade ceremonial matcha might just be the most delectable ceremonial grade matcha you’ll ever sample. And I don’t say that lightly.

Sure, I’ve sampled 2 of the most popular matcha brands in Australia, and I can confidently say there are superior ceremonial grade matcha options out there. Ujiha is a shining example.

Ujiha delivers a taste explosion of umami richness with a full-bodied flavour and a sweet finishing note. That’s what I call premium!

Pros: Umami delight, potent and sweet.

Cons: Often Sold Out!

Ideal for: Everyone, from matcha novices to the matcha-obsessed. You can’t go wrong with Ujiha’s premium-grade ceremonial matcha.

How to Prepare and Enjoy Ceremonial Grade Matcha

We’ve discussed how to pick your premium matcha, now let’s get to the fun part: making it. There’s a certain ceremony to preparing matcha that makes the experience almost as satisfying as the first sip. Trust me, the first time I held a bamboo whisk, I felt like a conductor ready to start the symphony. Let’s dive into it!

“Warming Up The Instruments”

Your matcha preparation begins by preheating your matcha bowl (or ‘chawan’) and whisk (the ‘chasen’). Pour some hot water into the bowl, dip the whisk into it to soften the tines, then discard the water and dry the bowl.

“Hitting The Right Notes”

Now, it’s time to get the matcha itself. Using a bamboo scoop (or ‘chashaku’), place 1-2 scoops of ceremonial grade matcha into your warm chawan. I still remember my first scoop – it was like pouring precious green gold into the bowl!

“Creating The Harmony”

Pour 60-70ml of hot (not boiling!) water into the bowl. A good tip is to let your freshly boiled water sit for a minute or two before using it.

“Conducting The Symphony”

Now, take your chasen and whisk. The motion is not a circular stirring, but more of a ‘W’ or ‘M’ shape. Imagine you’re a maestro conducting a matcha symphony! This should create a frothy layer on the surface with tiny bubbles.

“The Encore: Savoring The Result”

Finally, savor your creation. Hold your bowl with both hands, take a moment to appreciate the vibrant green tea before you, then sip slowly. Ah, the taste of achievement!

The process may seem a bit daunting at first, but once you get the hang of it, it becomes second nature. Plus, there’s something incredibly zen about the whole ritual. Makes your morning coffee routine look like a snoozefest, doesn’t it? Enjoy the process and, of course, the matcha!

Conclusion: Your Journey to Matcha Excellence Begins

And there we have it, my fellow green tea connoisseurs! We’ve navigated the exquisite world of ceremonial grade matcha together, and now you’re all set to step into this lush green wonderland on your own. 

From the birthplace of the tea leaves, right down to the symphony of taste that dances on your tongue, you’ve become well-versed in the language of matcha.

Sure, at first it might feel like you’re learning a whole new tea-brewing language (with a dash of Japanese culture thrown in for good measure), but remember, even the best tea masters started at the beginning. And now you’re well on your way to joining their ranks!

As you venture forth on your own matcha journey, don’t forget to savor every moment. After all, finding your perfect match(a) isn’t just about the destination – it’s about enjoying every whisk, every sip, and every moment of peace along the way. So here’s to your matcha adventures – may they be as rich and rewarding as a cup of the finest ceremonial grade matcha!

P.S. Remember, when the going gets tough, the tough get sipping. Can’t wait to hear about all your matcha adventures! Cheers to the perfect brew!

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