Whether you are looking to buy Matcha in Cyprus or abroad, there are some important factors to consider when selecting a top-quality product with the best taste and maximum health benefits.
Here are a few things to bear in mind when choosing a brand and product.
The most important consideration is the product’s country of origin. Originally developed in Japan, it comes as no surprise that you should choose authentic Matcha that is grown, hand-picked and ground there. While it is farmed in several regions throughout the country, Nishio and Uji Κyoto are renowned for their exceptionally high-quality Matcha due to local weather conditions and nutrient rich soil.
Organic or not?
Selecting an organic option ensures that no pesticides or harmful chemicals were used during the farming process. If you are planning to buy Matcha from Cyprus, or within the EU, it is crucial that the seller is a licensed and certified Organic Products Merchant with an EU Organic logo on the packaging.
Matcha is offered in different grades based on quality, from culinary to premium ceremony grade. The higher grades use young tea leaves which can be ground to a much finer power, making them perfect for traditional teas, while a culinary grade is ideal for use in Matcha recipes.
After you buy:
Ultimately, the only way to determine the true calibre of the product is to look for these key indicators of quality.
Colour: Top-quality Matcha is a bright, vibrant green, evidence of high chlorophyll levels. If it is dull, yellowish or khaki coloured, it means the powder is past its prime, made with un-shaded leaves or contains stems.
Smell: The powdered tea should have a strong, fresh, vegetal aroma and not smell stale, dusty or like hay.
Froth: With high-grade Matcha, it is quick and easy to create a frothy layer when whisking your tea. A low-quality product will have a thin froth with large bubbles.
Taste:Finally, your cup of Matcha should be sweet with an umami taste, indicating it is rich in amino acids. A truly excellent product will also have a long, pleasant finish. It should not be bitter as regular green tea. If you are trying Matcha for the first time, have in mind that it has a quite unusual taste and it will take some time to really appreciate all that it has to offer. Think of the first time you tasted beverages like coffee or wine, surely you have learned to enjoy them more and more, along the way.
When purchasing Matcha, you really do get what you pay for. For example, Chinese grown Matcha is a cheaper alternative, however, it often contains high levels of potentially harmful pesticides and is of a significantly lower quality, resulting in a lack of flavour and nutrients.
Trusted suppliers should be upfront about all of the above and use quality packaging that protects the powder from oxidation, moisture and sunlight.
At EvZin Bio, we keep our standards high by ensuring all of our Matcha is EU certified organic and is grown exclusively in Nisho or Uji, Japan’s best two Matcha production areas. We believe that our customers deserve the highest quality product. Furthermore, all of our products have been inspected and certified by all the local authorities.
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