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Quality Matcha – How to tell a good matcha from a bad one

Quality Matcha – How to tell a good matcha from a bad one

How to tell a good quality matcha from a bad one

When buying matcha, it pays to know if you're getting the best quality matcha green tea in the market especially since it's much more expensive compared to other green teas. Since matcha took the world by storm, a lot of online establishments are offering, and claiming, to have good quality matcha in various price ranges.

However, not all matcha teas are created equal. Although there are different grades of matcha, you can essentially tell a good quality matcha from a bad one. But how?

Characteristics of a good quality matcha green tea

To give you a better understanding of the difference between a good quality matcha from the low-quality ones, below are some of the characteristics to look for in a good grade matcha, along with some tips and guides that will help you choose the perfect matcha green tea powder


Check first for the country or region of origin when buying matcha. If you are looking for authentic, good-tasting matcha green tea, look for matcha that is grown in Nishio and Kyoto - Japan. The Uji region of Kyoto is has a rich history in green tea and is well known in Japan as the mecca of matcha. Japan produces the highest quality matcha powders compared to other countries like Taiwan and China.


When rubbed between your fingers, a good quality matcha green tea has a fine and smooth feel to it. Its consistency should be similar to that of a baby powder or an eyeshadow. A sure way to test if your matcha is of high standards is to put a little bit of it onto a piece of white paper, then smear it. If it leaves a long, clean line with little to no breaks, then you just found yourself a matcha worth buying over.



This is the easiest element that can help you determine if you have a good matcha or not. A quality matcha should have bright green colour. The greener, the better! Low quality matcha in comparison, are often yellowish/brownish in colour.


I’m sure you’ll agree that a good smell influences the taste of any food. So what does a high-quality matcha smell like? A high-grade matcha draws you in with its strong aroma. Its fresh, sweet smell is due to its high amino acid content, hence, treating you to a purer and healthier tea experience 


If you’ve never had a good quality matcha before, one thing to note is that it should have a sweet, earthy flavour brought about by the amino acid, L-theanine, which was produced from the shade-growing process of matcha. Some even describe premium matcha as having a distinct umami  taste compared to overwhelmingly bitter, astringent taste from lower matcha grades.


High grades must have a long and smooth, silky finish that lasts for about 30 seconds or more.


When whisking a high grade matcha, a creamy, frothy foamy layer should be present on top and not just a thin layer with large air bubble. This is the ultimate characteristic from which you can tell which matcha is good and which is bad.

Now you’re finally well-equipped to brave the matcha market and jump into the matchacraze. PS. If you’re looking out for that one vendor who seems to be honest and trust-worthy enough, do a thorough research. It’s best to check what people say about them beforehand and get a glimpse of how they do their business.

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