What is Matcha?
Matcha is powdered green tea. The powder added into drinks and food, and it's consumed in full, as opposed to infusing tea leaves in water where you don’t drink the leaves.
Matcha is nowadays manufactured in various countries, however, Japan is the traditional country of origin. Matcha Samurai only provides Japanese grown and manufactured matcha.
What can I use Matcha for?
Traditionally matcha was used in Japanese Tea Ceremony – a ceremony used to bind and solidify relationships together prior to discussing important meetings.
Nowadays, matcha is used for both taste and as a health food.
It can be used in many ways, such as in smoothies and drinks, ice cream, baking and confectionery as it has a unique flavour.
How long will my Matcha last, and how do I store Matcha?
Matcha has a long shelf life if kept in the right conditions. Keep your matcha in a sealed pack (matcha samurai packs are resealable), in a dry cool dark place.
On the Matcha Samurai pack is a best before date, if you use it before that date the quality of taste will be retained.
How many servings per pack?
This depends on how strong you like to have the matcha flavour in whatever you're using it in. In general, however, if you're using it in smoothies or drinks, most people would use between half a gram to one gram (one teaspoon = approx. one gram. therefore a packet of 60g grams would be 60-120 servings.
Can I buy in bulk?
Yes, we offer matcha in bulk packs, great for use in cafes or the serious baker or confectionary maker!
Difference in grades?
The grades relate to the quality and the age of the leave that is powdered into matcha. A “higher” grade is preferential to ceremonial use of matcha. The generally the lower in grade you go, the stronger the taste but also the more bitter the flavour – which is better for use when mixing matcha into other ingredients where the matcha flavour needs to punch through, or if it's being cooked.
Culinary grade represents the lower grade of what Matcha Samurai offers. This grade is great for baking, ice creams, using in confectionery etc.
Café grade is great for use in drinks (other than just water, such as latte) and smoothies.
Ceremony grade is best used for Japanese tea ceremony or other situations where the matcha is just used with water.
What are the health benefits of matcha?
A quick google search can bring up a lot for different websites which go into the health benefits of matcha. And although, our matcha is made from the same matcha as other brands how go into the health side, we at Matcha Samurai we are more focused on representing the use of matcha for a flavour experience.