If you are looking for the most ethereal, surreally delicious matcha in Japan's domestic market, you have found it.
The 12 matcha below come directly from Japanese growers who are obsessed with quality in every stage of planting, pruning, feeding, harvesting, processing, and final delivery to us. All 12 drink more like fine wine than tea, and are extraordinary when consumed hot, especially if served in small, thicker quantities in ceramics you happen to love.
Differences between the 12 primarily reflect rarity and terroir (growing conditions of specific places). They become sweeter, have more umami, finish longer, and are more refined as the numbers go up, culminating in the named blends. They are all extraordinary in their own unique ways.
Just when you thought matcha couldn't possibly get any better, along comes a blend from yet another obsessive farmer that startles even us. It's remarkable that this stuff is legal. SHOP
Matcha of this extreme quality is exceedingly hard to both produce and to procure, yet here it is, thanks to an obsessed grower who offered it to us. This matcha is pure pleasure. SHOP
We've unearthed a dreamy and rare matcha that sets new records for extreme quality. If you ever want to know what pure umami tastes like, look no further. SHOP
This tea, whipped up thick, seems to send memory into overdrive, into a contemplative state. This is dreamy tea that tastes beautiful in any concentration. SHOP
Artisanal matcha doesn't get much better than this. The first thing you notice is the creamy body and smooth mouthfeel that resembles a perfectly pulled espresso. SHOP
It’s as if fresh cream, young grass, baby vegetables, and cacao were blended together to create an ambrosia unlike any other. This is the taste we’d like on our last breath. SHOP
Crazy umami. Make it thick and enjoy the lustrous whorls and creamy -- yet light! -- texture, mouthfeel, and drawn-out finish. Taste reminds one of just-picked asparagus... SHOP
Similar body and texture to Breakaway Blend 99, color is wildly vibrant. Mouth entry is wondrous and seamless. The tea is sweet, with no trace of bitterness (this is rare in the matcha world). Clean and harmonious. SHOP
It's rare to find a matcha this smooth, with this much umami, at this price. Lovely sweet notes emerge from this chlorophyll-rich blend of choice tencha leaves from a family coop in Uji. SHOP
A feisty, gorgeous matcha that's ready to slap you with its attitude. Racy. Fantastic color, heady aromas, intense "matcha" taste (think strong green tea ice cream), faint twinges of bitterness (which gives it its sass). SHOP
The perfect entry-level hyperpremium matcha; that is, it's got lovely umami, has a vibrant, emerald color, has very little bitterness or astringency, and has a nice, long finish that leaves a sweet and delicious aftertaste. SHOP
We've finally found it! For four years, we hunted all over Japan to find an organic matcha that merits inclusion into our hyperpremium lineup, and here it is, at long last. SHOP