What are the differences between “culinary” and “ceremonial matcha”? 

"Ceremonial" or "premium" matcha is typically produced during the first matcha harvest in May, and has a sweeter, more delicate flavor, perfect for tea. Because "Ceremonial" tea uses only the youngest tea leaves, its color also tends to be brighter and more electric than culinary matcha. 

"Culinary" matcha, meanwhile, tends to be harvested later in the summer (usually in August), which gives it a stronger and more astringent flavor, helping it to stand out in baking and cooking. 

What are the trademarks of a high-quality matcha green tea powder?

Matcha is a uniquely Japanese product, and the very best matcha green tea powder is produced just as it has been for several centuries in Japan - particularly in regions such as Uji, near Kyoto. High quality matcha is bright green in color - like a leaf held up to the sun. Matcha is never dull green or brown in color.

Matcha should smell fresh and vegetal; if your matcha smells dusty, it has likely oxidized and is no longer fresh. For this reason, it's important to always store your matcha in a sealed container, safe from light, heat, and moisture.

Maru Matcha is 100% grown in Japan, at family-run tea estates in Uji and Ise. Our tea is harvested and produced traditionally, but our suppliers use the latest storage and packaging technology to ensure that our tea arrives at your door fresh and ready to use. 

How much matcha can I consume per day?

400mg of caffeine is considered a safe daily intake of caffeine for healthy adults. There are about 40-60mg of caffeine in the average cup of matcha (the average cup of coffee contains about 163mg). As a result, most matcha lovers enjoy between 1 and 5 cups of matcha green tea per day, and/or between 1 and 5 teaspoons in smoothies, baking, and cooking.

Who should avoid consuming matcha?

Matcha poses no health risks, and healthy adults can consume it with no side effects. Moreover, numerous in-vivo scientific studies have showed unique potential health benefits of matcha green tea powder.

However, those with caffeine sensitivity, including young children and pregnant women, should limit their matcha consumption. If you have any concerns whatsoever about drinking matcha or adding it to baking and cooking, please consult your physician or health care provider.

Does Maru Matcha test its matcha for pesticides and chemical residues?

Absolutely! Each batch of each variety of Maru Matcha is rigorously tested by a leading food analysis laboratory in Germany. Our organic matcha also adheres to the strict industry-leading standards of EU, Japanese, and American organic standards; this means that every aspect of our matcha production process, from soil quality to shipping, is closely monitored and checked regularly.