Does your Matcha powder contain sugar or any other ingredients other than tea leaves?
Our matcha is 100% tea leaves. Absolutely nothing added. Matcha is made with tencha leaves, shaded for 4 weeks and grown in the spring from either Gokou plants or Uji Hikari plants (matcha-specific cultivars). Tencha, in addition for being shaded longer than gyokuro, is not rolled before drying and pulverization into powder. A stone mill is used to grind the leaves and the slow pace that it turns as well as the rolling nature of the way the powder is formed produces even, round, and very fine grains although in a very small quantity. Gokou is known for producing a more creamy taste, but as bitterness is highly valued in matcha tea, Uji Hikari is the king of matcha tea plants.
For our premium kitchen grade matcha, we use summer harvested Yabukita plant tea leaves — which we have more of — and therefore are able to offer 100g for $29.99 vs. 30g for $20.99 for the tea ceremony grade matcha. This produces a slightly more bitter matcha powder, but one that retains its flavor and color very well when mixed into drinks or used for baking.
Regular kitchen grade and industrial grade powders are also available in 500-gram bags for wholesale purchasing. These are summer and autumn harvested respectively and use a drum mill to pulverize the leaves faster and in greater quantity. You have a decrease in aroma quality though due to the heat produced in the process. See kitchen grade matchas
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