Some of the most common questions I have received this year have been “Where do you get your matcha?” or “Matcha is more expensive than I thought. What matcha green tea brands are worth the money?” With all the various options out there, online and in cafes, it can be hard to tell what matcha is “real” or not sometimes. I figured a blog post with some of my recommendations may be an easy way to get this answered. After my post about how to tell what quality of matcha you are purchasing, it only makes sense that I would follow it up with a mini list of brands I have tried and love.
While I wouldn’t call myself a matcha green tea expert I have been fortunate to try many different brands over the last couple of years. Having that experience, I’ve learned from my past mistakes and have definitely become more aware of what I am purchasing and brands I am supporting. The list I have included below all reflect my own personal preferences on ceremonial matcha that I have tried myself, love and believe is worth the recommendation. This is the matcha quality you would be looking for if you wanted to invest in a matcha you could drink on it’s own, traditionally. The other important aspect of this is that none of the brands have outrageously overpriced their matcha. All are pretty much around the same price range, and are a great deal for the quality you are receiving.
Of course, I still encourage you to do some more research as there are a plethora of brands out there and as it goes for my tea reviews, everyone has a different palate. What I may like you may not and vice versa. This list is in no particular order. If you do end up giving one of these matcha green tea brands I suggest a try, please let me know! (*This post was last updated June 20, 2016.)
Top 5 Matcha Green Tea Brands I Recommend
1. Encha Matcha – Organic Matcha from Farm to Cup
Let me start by saying, Li’s, Encha Founder, passion is so incredibly valuable and inspiring. I first became in touch with Li before Encha even started. I remember he messaged me about a Japan trip he was planning and asked me if there was anything I wanted to know about Japanese matcha and organic farming so he could search for the answers for me. Not long after his trip, Encha was born and it is one of my favourite matcha brands to support and indulge in. While Encha is superior quality matcha, I know that my matcha knowledge has expanded thanks to Li. Thanks to him, I realized earlier years I was being overcharged for what I thought was high quality matcha. All Encha’s organic matcha has no pesticide, no synthetic fertilizer, no preservatives and is non-GMO. I recently tried Encha’s Latte Grade organic matcha and was impressed with how smooth it was, with little to no astringency when prepared with just hot water. It is, however, not as delicate as their ceremonial grade. If you’re new to matcha, I would say you could even purchase the latte grade, over the ceremonial grade first to give it a try and save some money.
Price: Ceremonial Grade Pure Organic Matcha 30 grams for $24.95 or Latte Grade Pure Organic Matcha 60 grams for $30.95
Package: Resealable pouch
2. Grace Matcha – Buy Authentic Japanese Matcha Green Tea
This matcha company is one of the newer ones I have tried and it easily became a favourite. They want their customers to be able to easily buy excellent quality matcha straight from Japan and doing so, they have hand picked a select range of matcha teas to suit a wide variety of tastes and purposes. Having the opportunity to try a vast selection of their matcha products, I am always amazed at the quality. Their ceremonial matcha is perfection – no bitterness, and so rich and creamy. I also love that the founder, Ritsuo, is very open about where his matcha comes from, how it is processed, etc. He is always bringing new, exciting products to Grace Matcha! (Ex: I have never tried roasted matcha until he introduced me to it.) Due to the wide range of matcha products available at Grace Matcha, he is extremely helpful if you wanted to connect with him to get a recommendation on what matcha may be right for you.
Price: Ceremonial Matcha 20 grams for $24.50 or Luxury Matcha 20 grams for $14.50
Package: Airtight tin
3. Midori Matcha – Charging Lives
I couldn’t not include Midori Matcha on this list because it was one of the first brands I invested in after sampling and researching further. It was the brand that steered me away from Teavana’s matcha that was my once go-to. The nice spring green colour tea is quite delicious. It is mild with slight sweetness, no astringency. While I can only vouch for Midori’s Premium Matcha Powder, they also have bottles of cold brew matcha (sweetened and unsweetened) available. If ready to-go matcha is of interest to you, I would look into that option more!
Price: Premium Matcha Powder 30 grams for $29
Package: Airtight tin
*Please note that this matcha is no longer sold online. Check out their store locator to find it sold somewhere near you.
4. Pure Matcha – Quality Not Quantity
With a super vibrant green colour and fresh aroma, it’s hard not to love this company’s matcha. Pure Matcha’s Premium Ceremonial Grade is buttery and smooth. One thing that really got me excited to try their matcha was a line they had in their “About Us” section of their website. “Most Matcha companies out there try to sell lower grade matcha and pass it along as Ceremonial grade.” This is exactly what I always try to remind friends, family, readers, etc. when they are wanting to invest in matcha. If there is one point I want the get across, to get into everyone’s head forever, it’s just that. I love that Pure Matcha is so open about that and it definitely shows from their matcha that they know what they are talking about. Pure Matcha also offers 100% Rooibos and Black Tea powder.
Price: Premium Ceremonial Grade 30 grams for $26 (You can also purchase this matcha on Amazon here).
Package: Airtight tin
5. Mizuba Tea – Purveyors of Pure Japanese Green Tea
Mizuba Tea’s matcha is a single-region, single-ingredient tea from a small farm in Uji, just outside of Kyoto, Japan. After her trip to Japan, Lauren, CEO of Mizuba Tea, has been sharing the deliciousness of matcha with everyone she can since. Offering a variety of matcha online, their Ceremonial Organic Matcha is one I have experience with and fell in love with at first sip. The captivating green tea has a robust flavour packed with tons of natural sweetness and nutty notes. While I have only purchased this matcha once before, it is on my list next when my matcha stash runs low. I especially like that Mizuba Tea also offers a “Daily Matcha” option that is quite affordable and seems like a great option for those just getting into this green tea powder and want superb quality without a super big price tag.
Price: Hibiki Ceremonial Organic Matcha 40 grams for $35
Package: Airtight tin
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