Similar to wine, matcha is available in a diverse spectrum of quality grades, accompanied by a corresponding array of price options. The quality of matcha is influenced by factors such as its place of cultivation, cultivation methods, harvest timing, and processing techniques. The grading and pricing of matcha products are ultimately determined by the individual brands offering them.
The term "ceremonial grade" conveys a deep sense of respect and heritage, typically indicating that the tea comes from Ichibancha, or first harvest leaves. However, the definition can vary based on the cultivation region. Genuine ceremonial grade matcha from Uji, Kyoto, stands out as one of the finest, with prices sometimes reaching a staggering $200 per cup, reflecting its esteemed position in traditional tea ceremonies. Regrettably, some brands have been misleadingly grading their matcha, sourcing from the second harvest instead of the first, yet labeling it as "ceremonial grade". For the discerning consumer, the real question becomes: if it's not from the first harvest, can it truly be considered ceremonial grade?
We recognized a modern desire for matcha to be enjoyed in more versatile and contemporary ways, such as matcha lattes. At Matcha Made, we are dedicated to providing matcha of the highest quality. We source our matcha from the prestigious Uji region in Kyoto, known for its unparalleled matcha production. Our commitment to authenticity is reflected in our latte grade matcha, which is carefully crafted from first harvest leaves, ensuring that it upholds the same high standards. Additionally, our matcha is organically grown, meeting the highest standards of purity and sustainability, aligning with both tradition and the modern demand for authenticity and environmental responsibility. This promise guarantees an exceptional matcha experience in every cup, whether you prefer it for ceremonial purposes or as a delightful latte.