Which matcha to choose?


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Which matcha to choose?

Postby al_pacino » Apr 2nd, '11, 10:33

I have 5 options on my list.

1.) Matcha Pinnacle from hibiki-an ->> http://www.hibiki-an.com/product_info.p ... cts_id/432

2.) Matcha Super Premium from hibiki-an ->> http://www.hibiki-an.com/product_info.p ... cts_id/349

3.) Matcha Ummon-no-mukashi Ultra-Premium from ippodo ->> https://shop.ippodo-tea.co.jp/shop/en/g ... sSeq=10000

4.) Domatcha Master's Choice from domatcha ->> http://shop.domatcha.com/products/matcha-masters-choice

5.) Matcha Miyabi from den's tea ->> http://www.denstea.com/index-main_page- ... 2_123.html

From your own experience, who is the best money can buy, from these 5 different kinds of matcha? And how many teas can you make from a 30-40 grams matcha can?
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Re: Which matcha to choose?

Postby olivierco » Apr 2nd, '11, 12:29

I actually have tasted 1, 2 and 3.
I would go for Ippodo but if you really want the best, Manten matcha http://www.o-cha.com/green-tea/koicha-matcha-manten.html from O-cha would be my choice.


If you drink your matcha as usacha you need 2g per bowl, if you drink it as koicha, 4g per bowl.
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Re: Which matcha to choose?

Postby Ambrose » Apr 2nd, '11, 18:04

super premium is a long time favorite matcha of mine. Never tried the pinnacle but Ive always wanted to. :D
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Re: Which matcha to choose?

Postby Oni » Apr 6th, '11, 03:55

I would recomend first ordering some usucha too, and an entry level koicha, if you are a beginner, if you are advanced I would choose Ippodo, or o-cha`s Manten, or Horaidos Myiako no Mukashi.
But if you want the best Japan has to offer, the matcha`s that are made for the Urasenke or Omotesenke, and the matcha`s that are competing and wining the All Japan tea competition for years in a row, there is only Marukyu-koyamaen brothers from Uji, they sell the widest range of matcha.
http://marukyu-koyamaen.co.jp/english/index.html
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Re: Which matcha to choose?

Postby Buzz fledderjoh... » Apr 6th, '11, 16:09

Oni wrote:I would recomend first ordering some usucha too, and an entry level koicha, if you are a beginner, if you are advanced I would choose Ippodo, or o-cha`s Manten, or Horaidos Myiako no Mukashi.
But if you want the best Japan has to offer, the matcha`s that are made for the Urasenke or Omotesenke, and the matcha`s that are competing and wining the All Japan tea competition for years in a row, there is only Marukyu-koyamaen brothers from Uji, they sell the widest range of matcha.
http://marukyu-koyamaen.co.jp/english/index.html


+1 on Marukyu-Koyamaen
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Re: Which matcha to choose?

Postby Kevangogh » Apr 7th, '11, 03:28

I'm sure they have great teas. However, they are only winning competitions against other firms that enter contests, which most of the more famous companies do not bother to do.
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Re: Which matcha to choose?

Postby Chasm » Apr 8th, '11, 08:57

Kevangogh wrote:I'm sure they have great teas. However, they are only winning competitions against other firms that enter contests, which most of the more famous companies do not bother to do.


That makes sense.
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Re: Which matcha to choose?

Postby futurebird » Mar 17th, '13, 16:01

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http://www.hibiki-an.com/product_info.p ... cts_id/349

This is my first-ever matcha and I like it a lot! It's bright green, and easy to froth up even for a novice at making matcha. Above you see my fifth time making it.

I have a $50 amazon gift card and I'm thinking of getting some matcha with it in about a month when I will very likely run out of "Hibiki-an Matcha Super Premium" ...

Are there any comprable quality matcha on Amazon.com? (here are the options: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_ ... rds=matcha )

I get the feeling domatcha might feel like a big step down. What do you think?


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Re: Which matcha to choose?

Postby Chip » Mar 17th, '13, 17:14

Looks like a lot of the domatcha is second harvest ... why bother when you can get much better for around the same price??? Plus buying through amazon ... might be good for books ... but NOT perishable items where freshness is uber critical such as Matcha!!!

I would stick with vendors such as Zencha, Ippodo, O-Cha, Maiko.

There are other good ones as well.
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Re: Which matcha to choose?

Postby edkrueger » Mar 17th, '13, 18:09

I see that most of DoMatcha's offerings are from Kagoshima, which is reason enough to avoid them. Their "Master's Choice" appears to be made by Koyama-en which is a respected company, but I think you are going to pay a lot for it being American market.
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Re: Which matcha to choose?

Postby brandon » Mar 17th, '13, 20:16

The ippodo. For contrast, I would add the Nodaka, much different texture. It is a much better tea than its price would suggest.
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Re: Which matcha to choose?

Postby minor_glitch » Mar 18th, '13, 02:55

brandon wrote:The ippodo. For contrast, I would add the Nodaka, much different texture. It is a much better tea than its price would suggest.
+1
I've been enjoying Nodoka for the last 2 weeks now. Highly recommend it.
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Re: Which matcha to choose?

Postby Tead Off » Mar 28th, '13, 03:16

Kevangogh wrote:I'm sure they have great teas. However, they are only winning competitions against other firms that enter contests, which most of the more famous companies do not bother to do.

+1.
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Re: Which matcha to choose?

Postby Andy S. » Oct 13th, '14, 06:39

I have tried KissMeOrganic, must say its a nice latte matcha almost like they have creamers in it though it's 100% matcha. Compare to the rest I drank in japan which is more grassy and strong but less milky.

I like enzo's private selection matcha, it's not as milky as KissMeOrganic. according to the matcha color, smell, taste test. This is by far the best, with electric color, nice grassy smell and creamy yet authentic

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Re: Which matcha to choose?

Postby Chip » Oct 13th, '14, 10:31

... but of course you would say that since you are "enzo matcha" ... :roll:

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