Your day in matcha

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debunix
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Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:32 pm

I found a huge difference in matcha from different sources, and I'm a bitterphobe too. I can't speak to many different varieties--I bought 3 samples from Whole Foods once upon a time and did not record their names, but when I went to Japan and tried matcha at a temple and at the tea farm, I loved it. I'm still using up the matcha I bought then (some was sealed in the fridge so long-stored and held up well), and now am enjoying a mid-priced matcha from Tsuen tea shop (bought at the original store in Uji by the famous bridge).

I stick to morning sencha most days, but love matcha now as a change of pace. I'm a little nervous about the next steps--I can't easily order directly from Tsuen and didn't get enough details from the other one, bought at a market stall, to begin to try to figure out which one it is--and how easy will it be to find one I like as much as these? But I'm confident I will find it.
Janice
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Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:52 pm

O-cha carries 2 Tsuen matchas, actually the 2 most expensive ones on their page. I wonder if one of those is what you brought back from Japan.
chofmann
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Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:23 pm

If you're sensitive to bitterness, sadly you won't find any matcha under $1/g that isn't bitter when prepared as Usucha (or Koicha). Interestingly, some people are more sensitive to bitterness than others. My wife and I recently did 23andMe, and it turns out that I am not sensitive to bitterness, but she is.

For those who are sensitive and still want to enjoy matcha in a relatively pure form on a budget, I recommend diluting it a bit more with water, going the matcha latte route, or even combining it with seltzer (the bubbles help to hide the bitterness, but it is still just water).

Unfortunately many cafes (such as Starbucks) use pre-mixed blends for their matcha lattes, which are mostly sugar, perhaps some powdered milk, and a bit of matcha powder. I've seen one from a vendor who sells it that was ~70%-80% sugar by weight, if memory serves correctly.
Janice
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Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:00 am

$1 per gram of matcha is still less than $2 per serving. I’m working my way up the matcha chain and maybe someday I’ll be ready for your Asahi Honzu Matcha.
t-curious
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Location: Omaha, Nebraska

Sat Jul 13, 2019 1:07 pm

@Janice

Take this with a grain of salt since I'm a matcha newbie, but Hibiki-an's 'Matcha Super Premium' is the least bitter matcha I've tried for under $1 per gram. I wouldn't classify it as bitter at all, but my taster may be different than yours. If you purchase 40g it works out to 0.85/g and if you buy 120g it's 0.71/g.

https://www.hibiki-an.com/index.php/cPath/26

Soon I'll be blind tasting 19 different matchas between a price point of $0.34-1.05/g. If I run into any other matchas on the low bitter side, I'll let you know.
Janice
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Sat Jul 13, 2019 1:36 pm

t-curious wrote:
Sat Jul 13, 2019 1:07 pm
Janice

Take this with a grain of salt since I'm a matcha newbie, but Hibiki-an's 'Matcha Super Premium' is the least bitter matcha I've tried for under $1 per gram. I wouldn't classify it as bitter at all, but my taster may be different than yours. If you purchase 40g it works out to 0.85/g and if you buy 120g it's 0.71/g.

https://www.hibiki-an.com/index.php/cPath/26

Soon I'll be blind tasting 19 different matchas between a price point of $0.34-1.05/g. If I run into any other matchas on the low bitter side, I'll let you know.
I’ll be following your taste testing reports. The Hibiki-an refills are interesting. I have several good containers to use so I can decant the whole bag and store most of it in the fridge.
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