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All about the grading of matcha

MATCHA GRADES You'll often see matcha listed in English as "ceremonial grade", "latte grade", "culinary grade", etc. In Japan, you will find only "matcha" and "culinary matcha", the assumption being that matcha is for use in the tea ceremony. It's primarily a marketing tactic aimed at helping you to choose products based on your usage purpose. We've adopted the below terms and are attempting to classify the products from our various vendors. Ceremonial Grade - meant for drinking straight without sweetening, generally the highest quality and highest priced matcha products. Great aroma, great color, great taste, great texture. Production generally uses the best spring-harvested leaves and ground by a stone mill. Latte Grade - products that can be drunk straight...

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Breakdown of tea plant cultivars most commonly grown in Japan

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries publishes regular reports about the tea industry (in Japanese). And the May 2016 report had a breakdown of the tea plant cultivars most common grown in Japan as of 2014. Yabukita: 75% (31905ha) Yutaka Midori: 6% Saemidori: 3% Okumidori: 3% Sayama Kaori: 2% Kanaya Midori: 1% Asatsuyu: 1% Zairai: 2% Others: 7% (there are some 200 cultivars registered in Japan)

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What are cultivars?

Factors that determine the quality and type of Japanese tea > Cultivation > Cultivars Cultivar - A cultivar is a “cultivated variety”. When specific characteristics are recognized in a plant, that plant’s DNA maintained by propagating new trees from cuttings. There are over 200 cultivars registered in Japan alone, but the Yabukita variety dominates some 75% of Japanese tea production. Diversity has increased in recent years with other major types including Yutaka Midori (6%), Samidori (3%), Okumidori (3%), Sayama Kaori (2%), Kanaya Midori (1%), Asatsuyu (1%), Zairai (2%, considered a type in Japanese as the definition is slightly different. In English, strictly speaking these are plants grown from seed, and therefore a non-cultivar), and others (7%). There are many reasons...

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Japanese Tea Nutrition Chart

Please note that these standard values will vary from product to product depending on the harvest season, processing method, steeping method, etc. and are to be used only as a guideline. Japanese Sources: Tea Guide, National Federation of Agriculture Cooperative Associations "Chapter 2: Standard Value Tables, Beverages Chart", STANDARD TABLES OF FOOD COMPOSITION IN JAPAN Fifth Revised and Enlarged Edition. Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. 2005 Notes: 1) "Daily intake for adults" are standard values for a healthy diet of 18 - 29 year old adults according to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. 2) Tea nutrition values come from the Food Composition Database of the Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology....

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