Types of matcha

Matcha Tea: Ceremonial vs Culinary

Matcha tea, a green treasure that has gained popularity around the world for its health benefits and unique flavor. But did you know that there are two main types of matcha tea: ceremonial and culinary? Here we explain the differences so you can choose the one that best suits you.

Ceremonial Matcha Tea

Ceremonial matcha tea is the highest grade of this tea. The youngest, greenest leaves from the top of the tea plants are selected for the highest qualities of matcha. These leaves are picked by hand, steamed before being ground and separated from their stem to prevent oxidation. This process helps preserve its antioxidants, making it a tea of ​​high nutritional quality.

Ceremonial matcha is ideal for making cups of pure tea. It has an umami aroma and flavor in the infusions, which means in Japanese that it is a tasty tea, with a subtle flavor and difficult to describe. The pleasure of drinking a ceremonial matcha tea translates into well-being and health thanks also to its antioxidant and relaxing power.

Culinary Matcha Tea

On the other hand, we have culinary matcha, which is of a lower grade and with less concentration of nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins. The leaves at the base of the plants are reserved especially for culinary qualities. Although it is quite bitter, it is inexpensive and can be used as an ingredient.

Culinary matcha is ideal for adding to smoothies, milk tea, or matcha latte, pastries, desserts, baked goods or other food and drink recipes. It has a strong flavor that combines well with sugars, fats and other flavors. Additionally, it has an umami flavor when combined with certain foods, which helps enhance the flavor of dishes .


Both types of matcha have their own benefits and uses. If you are looking for a pure tea to enjoy a cup of tea alone, ceremonial matcha is your best option. If you want to experiment in the kitchen and add a touch of matcha to your recipes, culinary matcha is the one for you. Remember, the choice depends on your personal needs and preferences. Enjoy the wonderful world of matcha tea!

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