Matcha & Powdered Green Tea

matcha

Matcha is a form of powdered, shade-grown green tea. Not to be confused with powdered sencha, matcha comes in large variety of quality grades - from lower, food grade "matcha" (often used in matcha lattes and smoothies) all the way up to ultra high quality ceremonial grade matcha - the kind we sell here at O-Cha.com.

Why you want to buy Japan based O-Cha.com matcha versus matcha from a source in your own country...

Due to transit time and storage requirements, you cannot purchase matcha as fresh from a company outside of Japan as you can from one inside of Japan.  We only keep a small supply on hand and ship directly to the customer within a very short period of time. When we need more, it is freshly packaged and sent to us within 24 hours. Our products do not not spend weeks in transit and months in storage.

You cannot purchase matcha of the same quality and value from a non-Japan based firm as you can from a Japan based company. We sell and ship directly from Japan to the consumer for a very nominal shipping fee.

The matcha we sell is superior to non-Japan based matcha firms. Some are rare to find even in Japan.

It is also not uncommon to encounter lower grades of matcha at online auction sites or in online stores which have not been grown in Japan at all. Some of these are actually grown in China and imported by large corporations into Japan before being re-exported again!

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  • Taiko-San Uji Matcha

    Taiko-San Uji Matcha

    • A Tsuen Tea!
    • Rare!

    We didn't think we would ever be able to offer another matcha comparable to the famous Manten we currently carry; yet it has come to pass! Like Manten, we realize Uji Matcha Taiko-San is an expensive matcha and we make no bones about it - this is about as an exclusive matcha as you will ever find. If you are in search of the absolute best matcha available anywhere, however, then your search is over! Until O-Cha.com obtained this gem from Japan's oldest teashop, this matcha had never been sold outside of Japan.

    A few words about this item...

    The farm where Taiko-San is grown is known as "Taikou-tsutsumi" and is located not too far from our supplier Tsuen tea's shop in Uji Japan. The area is both a tea farm as well as an archaeological site. The matcha is produced in this small field by the river beside an ancient levee, which is being studied for its construction methods. The grower, Mr. Fukui, farms several strains of tea in this plot and he adjusts the blend every year according to the plants condition to create the specific flavor. As with Manten, the plot is small and the yield is limited.

    This handpicked tea has an abundance of umami, which has been described by Tsuen as sweet with a hint of bitter and having a fresh green smell. The color is a rich and dark, very intense green froth. Compared with Manten, this matcha has a more masculine taste. Again, the grower has an extremely small production, and is currently supplying only the local market with this grade so the supply is extremely limited. O-Cha.com will have this item in stock as supplies are available, which may be very hit and miss. Because of limited space and the age of the tea plants used for this item the grower will never be able to increase his production. There is no competition for this grade - this is a connoisseur's class matcha. As with matcha Manten, O-Cha.com is the first to carry this matcha outside of Japan. Koicha (matcha which can be made thick) is sweeter, milder tasting than usucha (the normal matcha which is made in a thinner consistency). Because twice the amount of tea powder is used to make a thicker tea, a milder, less bitter product is required. While you can brew a thick matcha in the normal "thin" manner, the opposite is not true and there are really very few matcha green teas which one can make a true thick style matcha. Taiko-san, along with Manten, however, is one of those.

    If you wish to brew this in a thick manner, you may want to consider obtaining a tea whisk made especially for koicha

    Net Weight 30gm

    Score: 5.00 (votes: 21)
    Reviews: 20
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    • $53.01 USD
  • Manten Uji Matcha

    Manten Uji Matcha

    • A Tsuen Tea!
    • Rare!

    Expensive? Yes, it is. However, if you are in search of the absolute best matcha available anywhere, online or off, your search is over! Until we started carrying Uji Matcha Manten back in the mid 2000's, this product had never been sold outside of Japan and it is still offered online exclusively by O-Cha.com. A few words about this item...

    The first thing you will notice about this matcha is its wonderful aroma. Extremely aromatic!

    The grower has an extremely small production, and is currently supplying only the local market with this grade, so the supply is extremely limited. O-Cha.com will have this item in stock as supplies are available, which will can be very hit and miss.

    Because of limited space and the age of the tea plants used for this item, the grower will never be able to increase his production.

    The typical customer in Japan who purchases this matcha are the tea ceremony instructors - because they know it to be the best.

    In the Uji area where this tea is grown, the grower is well known and has written a book on the art of growing Tencha (the tea leaves from which matcha is derived.) He has won numerous awards for his Tencha from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

    The taste of Manten is very distinctive and there is no competition for this grade - this is a connoisseur's class matcha. O-Cha.com is the first to carry this matcha outside of Japan. Koi-cha (matcha which is served thick) is sweeter, more milder tasting than regular usucha. Because twice the amount of matcha powder is used to make a thicker consistency, a milder, less bitter product is required, and this usually comes from plants that are at least 30 years old. While you can brew a thick matcha in the normal "thin" manner, the opposite is not true and there are really very few matcha green teas which one can make a true think style matcha. Manten, however, is one of those.

    If you wish to brew this in a thick manner, you may want to consider obtaining a tea whisk made especially for koicha

    Net weight 30 grams

     

    Score: 4.96 (votes: 27)
    Reviews: 25
    25
    • $48.36 USD
  • Chiyo Mukashi Uji Matcha

    Chiyo Mukashi Uji Matcha

    • High Theanine!
    • Popular!

    One of our best matcha green teas.  Matcha "Chiyo Mukashi" is above average in every way, this matcha is borderline between thick and thin matcha (koicha), and can be served either way. Whether you use this for the tea ceremony or as a source for antioxidants, know that this matcha, as with all of our products, is extremely fresh (we only order as we sell them) and is a quality throughout. Grown in Uji, as with all of our matcha green teas we keep this product under refrigeration until shipment.

    Net weight 30gm.

    Score: 4.94 (votes: 16)
    Reviews: 14
    14
    • $34.41 USD
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  • Kaoru Supreme Organic Matcha

    Kaoru Supreme Organic Matcha

    • Organic
    • High Theanine!
    • Popular!

    O-Cha.com's private label organic matcha "Kaoru Supreme" - A finer organic matcha you will be hard pressed to find. This is our top grade of organic matcha. Grown in Kirishima district of Japan's Kagoshima prefecture with only natural organic fertilizers and no agricultural chemicals, it is certified by JONA (Japan Organic & Natural Foods Association), meets JAS certification requirements, and also carries the USDA & European IMO seals (certificates on file.)  Extremely fresh, our matcha are ordered shortly before shipped to our customers and are always stored under refrigeration until shipment. Try some today! Net weight 30gm, this product makes approximately 24 servings per can.

    This product is also available for automatic monthly delivery!

    Score: 4.79 (votes: 34)
    Reviews: 31
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    • $28.83 USD
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  • Cooking Grade Uji Matcha

    Cooking Grade Uji Matcha

    After much consideration, O-Cha.com now offers a higher quality of cooking grade matcha than what is usually encountered on the market. Because we are based in Japan, we are also able to do so at a very reasonable price.  As will all of our products, it is freshly packaged and does not spend weeks in ocean transit or sit for months on a shelf in a warehouse. Unlike many of the cooking grade matcha you may see offered online which are actually grown in China and not Japan, our matcha originates from Uji Japan near Kyoto. Further, we offer this in a 300 gram package.

    Here’s a sad fact - Just because your matcha was produced by a Japanese company does not automatically mean it was actually grown in Japan. There are some Japanese companies who grow some of their matcha in China, import it into Japan, and then re-export it again.  This is particularly the case when it comes to cooking grades of matcha.

    Matcha comes in many quality levels but is basically separated into ceremonial grade and cooking grade matcha. While it’s true one could use any of our ceremonial grade matcha for cooking and as a food ingredient (and would in turn be especially magical), authentic, Japan-grown, ceremonial grade matcha is expensive and can make the price of a matcha based product prohibitively expensive. There is a reason why truly ceremonial grades of matcha are usually sold in 20 - 30 gram cans and not by the kilo. 

    To see what goes into product a high quality ceremonial grade of matcha, do check out this matcha leaf video

    We realize there is a real need for a matcha that while may not be suitable for the tea ceremony, is still needed to be of a sufficiently high enough quality to be used in lattes, smoothies, ice cream, baked goods, etc. Know that careful consideration went into our choice of cooking grade matcha because until we offered this product, we refused to sell anything less than ceremonial grade. We wanted real, authentic Japanese matcha.  Not powdered sencha, but matcha. Not grown in China, but grown in Japan. We wanted as high of quality as possible while still making the price reasoable. While this cooking grade matcha will not compete with the quality of our ceremonial grades of matcha, it's actually better than what many are offering online as supposed "ceremonial" matcha!

    As with all of our products, this product You cannot get this kind of fresh product from outside of Japan.

    Net weight 300 grams 

    Score: 5.00 (votes: 2)
    Reviews: 2
    2
    • $27.90 USD
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  • Kiku Mukashi Uji Matcha

    Kiku Mukashi Uji Matcha

    • Popular!

    An above average, high quality, regular consistency (usucha) matcha from Uji City, near Kyoto, Japan. The unsolicited customer reviews (see below) speak for themselves. We obtain this ceremonial grade matcha from a rather famous maker. Whether you use Uji Matcha "Kiku Mukashi" for the tea ceremony or as a source for antioxidants or mind relaxing theanine, know that this matcha, as with all of our products, is extremely fresh (we only order small quantities as we sell) and is a quality throughout. We keep this product under refrigeration until shipment.

    Net weight 30gm.

    This product is also available for automatic monthly delivery!

    Score: 4.80 (votes: 30)
    Reviews: 28
    28
    • $19.53 USD
    21
  • Kaoru Organic Matcha

    Kaoru Organic Matcha

    • Organic
    • High Theanine!
    • Popular!

    O-Cha.com's private label organic matcha "Kaoru" - This is our middle grade of organic matcha. Grown in Kirishima district of Japan's Kagoshima prefecture with only natural organic fertilizers and no agricultural chemicals, Organic Matcha Kaoru is certified by JONA (Japan Organic & Natural Foods Association), meets JAS certification requirements, and also carries the USDA & European IMO seals (certificates on file.)  Extremely fresh, our matcha are ordered shortly before shipped to our customers and are always stored under refrigeration until shipment. Try some today!

    Net weight 30gm, this product makes approximately 24 servings per can.

    This product is also available for automatic monthly delivery!

    Score: 4.53 (votes: 17)
    Reviews: 15
    15
    • $18.60 USD
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  • Toyo Mukashi Uji Matcha

    Toyo Mukashi Uji Matcha

    • High Theanine!
    • Popular!

    A high quality normal consistency (usucha) matcha from Uji City near Kyoto, Japan. Whether you use matcha Toyo Mukashi for the tea ceremony or as a source for antioxidants, know that this matcha, as with all of our products, is extremely fresh (we only order as we sell them) and is a quality throughout. We keep this product under refrigeration until shipment.

    Net weight 30gm.

    Score: 4.84 (votes: 31)
    Reviews: 27
    27
    • $16.74 USD
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  • Kyō Mukashi Uji Matcha

    Kyō Mukashi Uji Matcha

    • Popular!

    Probably one of our most popular matcha green teas due to it's very high quality to price ratio, Matcha "Kyou Mukashi" is abhigh quality regular consistency (usucha) matcha from Uji City, near Kyoto, Japan. Whether you use this for the tea ceremony or as a source for antioxidants, know that this matcha, as with all of our products, is extremely fresh (we only order as we sell them) and is a quality throughout. We keep this product under refrigeration until shipment.

    Net weight 30gm.

    Score: 5.00 (votes: 23)
    Reviews: 23
    23
    • $14.88 USD
    16
  • Kiri no Mori Uji Matcha

    Kiri no Mori Uji Matcha

    • Popular!

    A high quality normal consistency (usucha) matcha, Matcha "Kiri no Mori" is defiinitely one of our most popular matcha green teas! This would be the perfect item if you are new to matcha and would like a economical, yet high quality introduction to matcha. Whether you use this for the tea ceremony or as a source for antioxidants, know that this matcha, as with all of our products, is extremely fresh (we only order as we sell them) and is a quality throughout. Grown in Uji, we keep this product under refrigeration until shipment.

    Net weight 30gm.

    This product is also available for automatic monthly delivery!

    Score: 4.92 (votes: 59)
    Reviews: 58
    58
    • $13.02 USD
    14
  • Uji Organic Matcha

    Uji Organic Matcha

    • Organic
    • High Theanine!

    Although this is the lowest priced matcha we carry, the quality is nonetheless quite good for the price, making Uji Organic Matcha a great bargain. From Uji, located near Kyoto, this matcha is grown with only natural organic fertilizers and no agricultural chemicals. It is certified by JONA (Japan Organic & Natural Foods Association) and carries the JAS mark. Try some today!

    Net weight 30gm, this product makes approximately 24 servings per can. 

    This product is also available for automatic monthly delivery!

    Score: 4.74 (votes: 31)
    Reviews: 25
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    • $11.16 USD
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  • Powdered Sencha

    Powdered Sencha

    • High Catechins!

    From Uji Japan, one of our most popular items. Not to be confused with the "Matcha" used for the tea ceremony, Powdered Sencha is a good sencha that is ground into a talcum-like fine green powder. 1/4 teaspoon in hot water will give you an immediate supply of the healthy ingredients in green tea. Many add this to their shake mixes. Try it today!

    Net weight 100gm

    Score: 5.00 (votes: 17)
    Reviews: 16
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    • $10.23 USD
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  • Powdered Sencha - Organic

    Powdered Sencha - Organic

    • Organic
    • High Catechins!

    From Uji. Although it may look similar to matcha, this product is sencha and has different taste characteristics - it's a bit more astringent. However, because Uji Organic Powdered Sencha is grown under full sun it is poplular with those seeking maximum antioxidant levels from their tea. From the first harvest, the leaves used to produce this green tea are grown under full sun and are then ground into a fine, talcum-like. 100% certified JAS/JONA organic. No teapot needed with this item! Mix 1/4 teaspoon (included with package) in hot water and you will have an immediate supply of the healthy ingredients in green tea. Many add this to their shake mixes. Try it today!

    Net weight 60gm.

    Score: 4.91 (votes: 11)
    Reviews: 10
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    • $9.30 USD
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