Love it to make almond milk lattes
Matcha and Sentcha are unbelievable good ,very healthy taste beautiful color and texture, please maintain the quality
I've purchased from this brand at least three to four times and sometimes order for friends.
I'm definitely a matcha connoisseur to an extent and don't care for the brands I find around the US at the grocers because they are low quality and often contain sugar, among other things. Even at the general Asian & Japanese markets I go to, I don't care for the products they sell (even if they are imported!) because they tend to be overpriced for a very, very, small amount.
Personally, as someone familiar with Japanese culture and language, I found that there are a lot of ways to trick customers who are unfamiliar with matcha into buying certain "types" or "grades" of matcha by making the industry here very exclusive and culturally confusing when it isn't exclusive like that in the first place, even in Japan. While Ocha & Co does provide several different types of matcha, I found that the differences are clearly shown in each product's description, making the selection process easier.
The most cost effective in terms of quality and quantity has been this bag of organic matcha because I use the powder to make drinks regularly and tend to use more than people typically do since I like a stronger flavor. You can use this to cook or make any sort of drink you'd like with your matcha. You really don't need "ceremonial" grade as the marketers of many brands like to convince you.
I always come back to this brand and may give the other teas and variations of matcha a try to see how their tastes differ. For now, I have a couple of bags of this organic matcha stocked up at my house, as usual. Definitely reccomend this one if you're confused on which to get based on quantity and price!
I'm fairly new to making matcha tea, so it might be helpful to share a few of my thoughts here:
When I first tried to make this tea, I found, to my disappointment, that it tasted bitter and astringent. I wondered, however, whether I needed to refine my technique. So, I examined my sifter, the warmth of the bowls, the bamboo whisk (now warmed up), the water temperature, the quantity of water (2 oz. is best), my method of whisking, and so on.
Here, my wife and I were very pleasantly surprised: as the days went on, we found this matcha to taste sweet (on the first note), smooth, and ultimately grassy and umami. It's quite delicious!
It's been an interesting journey--from the first time I made it until this review--and, during that time, our relationship with this tea has matured as our fondness has grown.
The matcha is excellent quality. It has a smooth, but very grassy taste. I prefer a sweet tea. When I contacted customer service to inquire about which Japanese green tea that may be, the response was, “this is an impossible task, as there are 1000’s of types of Japanese green teas”. I thought that response was rude. I had hoped to be given the names of a few of the sweetest, mildest, most popular teas. I would love to find the tea that a Japanese friend served me over 50 years ago. I lost touch with her over the years. All she told me was that it was Japanese green tea. It had a mild, but flavorful taste and was naturally sweet. She served it from a tiny kettle into tiny cups. I would greatly appreciate anyone who could tell me a few of the highest quality teas that may be what I’m looking for. I thought a reputable company would have been more helpful. I had planned on being a lifelong customer. Maybe another company will be helpful and want my business.