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Four matcha powder on wooden tray for matcha grade comparison

Understanding the real difference between ceremonial and culinary grade matcha

Most matcha companies outside of Japan divide matcha into two types of matcha grades; ceremonial grade matcha and culinary grade matcha. The idea is that ceremonial grade matcha is most appropriate for drinking in tea ceremonies, whereas culinary grade matcha is more suitable for ingredient use in recipes due to its more pronounced bitter taste. …

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What are tea cultivars and should you pay any attention to them?

More than 70% of all tea plants grown in Japan are genetically identical. This is because they were propagated from cuttings rather than grown from seeds. This is known as a “cultivar”, and it allows farmers to standardize quality and output of matcha tea year after year. Certain tea cultivars are said to be better …

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How we should understand matcha health benefits

In recent times, matcha has gained prominence as a “superfood” with many apparent health benefits. Some of these matcha health benefits are true, and some are exaggerations perpetuated by marketers. We wrote this article to help you understand what we know about matcha health benefits, the beneficial compounds present in matcha, and why you should …

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