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Updated: Jan. 13, 2014
Matcha is a powdered tea, traditionally prepared with a whisk like the one shown here. Photo by Christopher Michel, licensed under CC BY 2.0.
Matcha is the type of tea used in the Japanese tea ceremony.
To prepare matcha, the powder is added directly to water and, unlike most other teas, is not filtered out. The powder can be filtered through a sieve before adding it to water, to break up clumps. The traditional method of brewing matcha involves mixing it with a bamboo whisk in a bowl. Brewed matcha has an opaque, bright-green color and strong flavor. Although the flavor of matcha closely resembles other green teas in many ways, the opacity and consistency of the brewed tea is unlike any other.
Traditionally-prepared matcha tends to be a bit foamy, with many bubbles. Photo by cyclonebill, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.
The finely-powdered state of matcha makes it lose its aroma quickly; once opened, it does not stay fresh as long as most green teas. Matcha is also sometimes added or blended into green teas, including those available in teabags. Matcha is often blended with genmaicha, resulting in a blend called Matcha-iri genmaicha(抹茶入り玄米茶).
Matcha is typically made in Japan, although it is also made in other regions as well, including in Kenya. In addition to the familiar style of matcha, Kenya also produces a matcha-like powdered white tea called white matcha. We do not classify this as matcha, but rather treat it as a style of white tea in its own category.
The notion of the "best" Matcha is subjective, because different people have different tastes. We present the most often-rated and highest-rated teas in this category, and allow you to draw your own conclusions.
Most Often-Rated Teas
Examples of Matcha
The following are examples of the 43 selections of Matcha in our database.