Coming from the perspective of matcha enthusiasts who may enjoy a bowl of authentic matcha every morning or the matcha lattes or green tea flavored baked goods, there are a number of varieties of matcha that you may come across. Typically speaking, matcha is divided into ceremonial matcha and culinary grade matcha.
What is matcha?
Matcha is a bright, emerald green colored fine powder that is made using green tea leaves. Matcha has a rich vegetal taste. The production of matcha is done by shading the tea plants near the least few harvest weeks. This may result in dark green leaves with high levels of caffeine, chlorophyll and I-theanine. After being harvested these tea leaves are then further steamed to halt the process of oxidation. Later on, these leaves are stone-ground in the form of fine powder before they are packaged to be sold.
What is Ceremonial Grade Matcha?
Ceremonial grade Macha is one of the highest quality grade matcha and is designed to be consumed in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Since it is the highest quality of match it is more likely to be more subtle and nuanced in comparison to the culinary grade matcha.
Moreover it is meant to be consumed on its own instead of being used with lattes or anything else.
Preparing a ceremonial grade matcha
In the traditional manner, Match a is produced by using a whisk, sifte, scoop, matcha bowl and obviously hot water. This hot water is expected to be heated up to 175 degrees. The method is to scoop out the matcha powder into the sifter.Once you are done with sifting the powder into the bowel. Afterwards, you may add some amount of hot water. Whisk the mixture until it becomes smooth. You can obviously play around with the ratios depending upon your personal tastes. The next thing is to add 6 ounces of water and continue until the mixture is frothy.
What is a Culinary Grade Macha
Culinary grade matcha is a lower grade of match in comparison with the ceremonial grade matcha. Thi is also less likely to be expensive and can be easily added to many smoothies, littes, baked goods and many other recipes. In appearance this macha has a bolder and a less nuanced flavor.
Preparing a Culinary Grade Matcha
There is no limit when it comes to the culinary grade matcha.Culinary Grade Matcha may be used by people to make tea lattes. This may be dones by whisking matcha powder, steam milks and a sweetener depending upon your choice. The final topping may include using frother milk to give off a creamy and sweet flavor to your latte. There are many recipes with which it can be used including smoothies to baked goods.
While the two types may seem quite similar they may have some differences depending upon how they are intended to be used. This usage makes them different from one another. Ceremonial grade matcha is mainly intended for consumption whisked with hot water. Culinary grade matcha on the other hand is meant to be added to baked goods, latters, smoothies and more.
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