Ceremonial Matcha

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By Sheryl on April 14, 2014
Flavor: Ceremonial Grade 1oz | Verified Purchase

I’m a matcha snob, I’ve tried a bunch of brands, this is the best! It happens to be the best value, what a great combo. The texture of this is so fine .., the taste has that perfect blend that is really indescribable until you taste the real deal, like this Matcha. I make one non-fat match latte every morning, it is truly fun to make, and it keeps me going all day.

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What Is Ceremonial Matcha?

1 ounce tin

Ceremonial Matcha green tea powder is the highest grade of matcha available. It contains all of the health benefits of Culinary Grade Matcha but it has more umami (subtle sweetness), and it’s ground into a finer powder (ideal for drinking straight cups of tea).

The History of Ceremonial Matcha

The history of Ceremonial Matcha can be traced back to China during the Tang Dynasty. During this era, tea leaves were steamed and made into bricks so the tea could be easily stored and traded. These tea bricks were then prepared by roasting and pulverizing the brick and mixing the resulting powder in hot water. This method of preparing powdered tea became popular during the Song Dynasty (960-1279). Matcha made its way to Japan in the 12th Century, when Zen monk Eisai brought tea seeds back from China. This powdered form of tea was commonly used at Chinese monasteries and was highly regarded for its health benefits.

Traditional Matcha Ceremonies

The ceremony requires precision in every aspect, from the ceremonial matcha production to the equipment used, the food served, and the kimonos worn by the host. In fact, many of the physical movements of the tea ceremony came about because of the kimono, highlighting the billowy sleeves of the garment.

The choice of formal (chakai) or informal (chaji) tea ceremonies allows for some wiggle room in terms of what food is served, but strict adherence to the ceremony is expected. Some ceremonies will serve a full meal, where each course is handed out individually to guests. Informal ceremonies will typically only provide traditional Japanese sweets.

Steps of the Japanese Tea Ceremony

  • Washing the ceremonial matcha utensils.
  • Making thick tea for the first batch that everyone will drink. Use triple the amount of matcha for this tea.
  • Present tea bowl to first guest and exchange a bow.
  • The guest admires the bowl, turning it around before taking a drink.
  • Pass the bowl to the next guest where the same admiration is performed and sip taken.
  • When each guest has had a drink, the host cleans utensils while the guests inspect them.
  • The host takes a bow and exits, while the food and thin tea are laid out.

There are many components to the traditional ceremony. You can enjoy the precision and spirituality of the ceremony without the pomp and circumstance.

Ceremonial Matcha vs. Culinary Matcha

grades of matcha

How to Choose The Best Ceremonial Matcha Powder

With all the different brands of matcha available, choosing the best Ceremonial grade matcha tea powder can be overwhelming. Here are some things to consider:

Is your matcha powder 100% organic? It’s important to choose a matcha that is organic, so you’re not ingesting pesticides. This superfood is PACKED with health benefits, but if it contains harmful pesticides, you might be doing more harm than good.

Has your ceremonial matcha powder been tested by a third party lab? Anyone can market their matcha as “100% pure, organic matcha,” but unless you can see the lab tests for yourself, you can’t really be sure that’s what you’re getting. We get all our matcha tested by a third party lab to ensure it’s fresh and free from radiation, heavy metals and harmful chemicals and we have the test results to prove it!

Health Benefits of Ceremonial Grade Matcha

Amino Acids Help Repair & Protect Tissue

Ceremonial matcha undergoes a long production to allow the fine leaves atop the Camellia Sinensis to transform to a rich green color. One of the benefits of this lengthy process is a high concentration of amino acids.

Amino acids are organic compounds, which are the ‘building blocks of life.’ Meaning that when they are combined, amino acids create proteins, which the human body needs to function. Amino acids may also be used as a source of energy, but the most important function of amino acids is protein production. Proteins help the body digest food, grow and regenerate, transport & store nutrients and remove waste.

Perhaps one of the most astonishing benefits of the amino acids contained in ceremonial matcha is their ability to help the body heal and recover quickly. Amino acids can actually help speed up the healing process of muscle tissue that was damaged during an aggressive workout or because of an injury. But amino acids also support a healthy immune system which contributes to a speedy recovery. The healing and recovery benefits of amino acids extend beyond the gym; drinking Ceremonial Matcha regularly can also help strengthen and repair bones, hair and skin.

L-Theanine Helps Reduce Stress

Green tea in all its forms powdered or leaf has potent stress-reducing benefits. This is largely due to an amino acid called l-theanine. Although l-theanine is present in all green tea, matcha contains more of it than brewed green tea, so the effects are stronger. The main benefits of l-theanine include stress reduction and focus. L-theanine also offsets the high levels of caffeine found in matcha, so you’re left with a clean energy boost without any of the negative effects of caffeine. When L-theanine and caffeine are combined, they create a compelling effect that gives you more energy and increased focus without those negative side effects that leave you feeling anxious and jittery. Instead, this dream team works together to keep you focused and relaxed.

Provides Long-Lasting Energy

Ceremonial Matcha is a great alternative to coffee because the effects of the caffeine are tamed, so you don’t experience the side effects associated with a cup of coffee. A cup of ceremonial matcha gives you the energy you need without the jitters, irritability and inevitable caffeine crash. Ceremonial matcha does contain caffeine, but the combination of L-Theanine + caffeine works in harmony to boost your energy while keeping you focused.

matcha and coffee

How to Use Ceremonial Matcha & How to Keep it Fresh

If you’re new to the world of matcha, make a mental note that you’ll get the best (frothiest) cup of this delicious green stuff if you prepare it using a bamboo whisk.

What sets Ceremonial Matcha apart is its refined flavor (no bitter aftertaste), and vibrant green color. So you’ll want to take your time with the preparation and relax while you zenfully sip every last drop from your cup.

Tips for the Frothiest Ceremonial Matcha

  1. Start by bringing filtered water to a boil.
  2. Remove from heat and pour some into your mug (or bowl), leaving it there for a couple of minutes (this will heat the bowl).
  3. Whisk the plain water for a few seconds (to wet your whisk), then pour the water out of the bowl and dry it thoroughly.
  4. Add 1 teaspoon of Kiss Me Organics Culinary Grade Matcha to the clean, dry, large mug (or small bowl).
  5. Add a cup of water and whisk vigorously (with your wrist, not your arm) using a bamboo whisk.
  6. Savor every sip!
  • Pro-tip: If you like it sweet, add honey, stevia, or agave syrup to taste.

brewing matcha

To get the nicest froth (kind of like the “crema” you get on a perfect espresso), you’ll want to whisk your matcha by rotating your wrist vigorously. At the same time, move the matcha whisk across your mug in a “V” or “W” pattern. Finish by raising the whisk to the surface as you’re whisking as this will get rid of any larger bubbles on top and give you a creamier texture.

Kiss Me Organics Ceremonial Grade Matcha is rich in antioxidants and EGCG (a potent anti-aging catechin), containing up to 137x the concentration present in brewed green tea. 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.

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Certifications

Caffeine Testing 1
EGCG Testing 1
Catechins and Phenols 1
Heavy Metals 1
Organic Certification 1 2
Radiation Testing 1
Kosher Certification 1
Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Certificate 1

Q: Bad Taste
— Asked on May 12, 2017
A: As you have noticed, matcha naturally has a very distinct flavour to it. Many people will add both a sweetener and milk to bring it more to their liking. Can you give this a try and let us know what you think?   Also, if you haven't already, please make sure to try out some of our recipes in the guide which was emailed to you shortly after you placed your order. Culinary Grade Matcha in smoothies seems to be a customer favourite!   If you didn't receive the guide, please let us know and we will be more than happy to send it to you right away.
— http://admin
Q: Does matcha increase hot flashes?
— Asked on May 17, 2017
A: While we are not medical doctors, we see that there are studies out there that caffeine may have an increased effect on hot flashes. Since Matcha contains a naturally occurring caffeine, it may have an effect on them. Then on the other hand, there are also studies that say, "when taken with other herbs, green tea may alleviate hot flashes." Since each person is different, we always recommend speaking with your doctor or a nutritionist for the most up to date medical advice.
— http://admin
Q: Is your matcha tea gluten-free? Packed in a gluten-free facility?   Do you happen to know if  Wheat farms are common next to Tea farms in Japan?
— Asked on May 17, 2017
A: The owner recently visited the farm in Shizuoka, Japan and he confirmed that it is a gluten-free facility. They only process tea there. The Japanese government is extremely strict about not allowing tea companies to process other items. In addition to doing the customary removal of his shoes at the door of the facility, he had to wear a white suit, special shoes, and walk through a vacuum/air chamber to remove any impurities from his body before being allowed into the area that has the tea. He said the region where the tea is harvested was mostly green tea with some rice fields too. He said he was not looking for wheat fields, but doesn't remember seeing any on his travels, so he cannot confirm of any near the farm.
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Q: Caffeine Content
— Asked on May 17, 2017
A: Caffeine content is 3.0gr/100gr. A teaspoon of matcha is 2 grams. So 3% of 2 grams is 0.06 grams Since matcha is the entire green tea leaf, dried and ground into a fine powder, there is a naturally occurring amount of caffeine. One factor that can greatly affect the amount is the way the tea is grown. If the leaves were shade grown, as in the Ceremonial Grade Matcha, the tendency is the plants will try to increase their chlorophyll content in order to get as much light as they can, and in the process increases all other minerals found on the leaves; this includes the caffeine content. Our Culinary Grade Matcha is not shade grown, thus its caffeine content is a bit lower; it is almost the same amount as a regular cup of tea. A traditional serving of matcha is 1/2 tsp matcha, or 1g. 1g Culinary Matcha = 19mg caffeine 1g Ceremonial Matcha = 30mg caffeine One traditional serving of matcha has less caffeine than most teas, some soft drinks (like Mountain Dew), and is about equivalent with brewed green tea. Even if you use 2 tsp of Culinary Matcha, you're still getting less caffeine than the average drip coffee. If you are concerned about the effects of caffeine we suggest starting off with a small amount, such as 1/8 tsp.
— http://admin
Q: Is there a difference in the culinary and ceremonial as far as nutrition?
— Asked by tmcub81 on June 1, 2017
A: Hi! Thank you for your question! To answer your question, Culinary and Ceremonial Grade are harvested with distinct purposes in mind. While some enjoy the Culinary Grade as a tea, most prefer this type of matcha in smoothies, baking, or other recipes, and it is how we recommend using this grade. If you're seeking a matcha to use as a tea only, then the Ceremonial Grade is your best option. The Ceremonial Grade is shade-grown, which increases the chlorophyll (i.e. making it greener in color) and L-theanine (giving it a more savory taste). Due to less light, it also decreases vitamin C and catechin (responsible for astringency) content, again providing a smoother taste. Culinary Matcha, is fully sun-grown in the summer, therefore it should have a higher vitamin C and catechin (including EGCG) content. This will give it a stronger taste than the Ceremonial Grade. I hope this helps clarify the differences. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to let me know.
— http://jennifer
Q: What's the difference between the culinary matcha and the ceremonial matcha?
— Asked by Rachel on June 27, 2017
A: Thanks so much for reaching out to us. To answer your question, Culinary and Ceremonial Grade are harvested with distinct purposes in mind. While some enjoy the Culinary Grade as a tea, most prefer this type of matcha in smoothies, baking, or other recipes, and it is how we recommend using this grade. If you're seeking a matcha to use as a tea only, then the Ceremonial Grade is your best option. The Ceremonial Grade is shade grown, which increases the chlorophyll (i.e. making it greener in color) and L-theanine (giving it a more savory taste). Due to less light, it also decreases vitamin C and catechin (responsible for astringency) content, again providing a smoother taste. Culinary Matcha, is fully sun grown in the summer, therefore it should have a higher vitamin C and catechin (including EGCG) content. This will give it a stronger taste than the Ceremonial Grade. I hope this helps clarify the differences. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to let me know. Kind regards, Meghan Customer Love Department KissMeOrganics
— http://jennifer
Q: The culinary grade matcha powder and breastfeeding mothers? Is it safe?
— Asked by Laurel on June 29, 2017
A: Thank you for the excellent question! Since we are not medical professionals, we always recommend consulting with your doctor first. The biggest consideration is matcha contains a naturally occurring amount of caffeine, which is typically less than a cup of coffee. If you are trying to avoid caffeine completely during breastfeeding then it's best to not drink matcha. Again, for a more definitive answer, please consult your doctor.
— http://jennifer
Q: Hi, do you know if the recommended dose of 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of matcha powder has a greater content of green tea than a green tea capsule? Thanks.
— Asked by Nancy Mendes on July 28, 2017
A: Excellent question! One of our matcha green tea capsules has 2.5g of Culinary Grade Matcha. Since there are 1.5 to 2 grams of matcha per teaspoon, our capsules have a greater content of green tea. Hope this helps!
— http://jennifer

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