The first step to Ceremonial Grade Matcha is to decide the appropriate Japanese Ceremonial style that you would like to achieve, and then start to select your tea leaves from a selection of about five key tea suppliers in the region of Japan that best suits your needs. Once you have chosen your tea suppliers, you will be able to select your required Ceremonial grade Matcha according to your personal taste. A few of the most popular and versatile grades available are Ume, Kaminari, Kinawa, Futomaki, and Asagi. The different grades of the tea include light, medium, and dark green shades depending on the amount of oxidation present, the leaf’s original color, as well as its stage of preparation. Depending on these factors, the tea leaves are prepared and packaged in differing quantities for use within the traditional Japanese ceremonies.
Ceremonial Grade Matcha Green Tea
Ceremonial grade matcha is essentially a similar thing to match green tea. As the name suggests, the matcha used for Ceremonial grade tea is completely prepared from the earliest tea leaves cultivated in Japan to these exacting ancient standards. Ceremonial grade matcho is produced from the earliest tea leaves only with the veins and stems removed to bring out a smooth texture and flavour.
The most popular Ceremonial grades in Japan are Kaminari, Ume, Kinawa, Futomaki and Asagi. They are all divided into three categories based on the amount of oxidation present within the leaves. The lightest grade is the least oxidized, and the most oxidized is the darkest green apple color. Kaminari and Ume are the lightest varieties of Ceremonial grade Matcha while the darkest green apple color belongs to the Asagi category. Based on their characteristics, you will be able to determine which one to choose.