Culinary matcha. Generally these two words elicit thoughts of low grade matcha with shades closer to olives and bitter in flavor. That is not the case with MMU04. While the color doesn’t stand out quite as much as the other MMU varieties it is still shades better than many other culinary matcha. Nay I would say it even looks more delightful than some premium matchas. The aroma isn’t on the same level as the others either, no surprise there. It is a bit grassy and comes off your nose quicker. The same with the taste. It doesn’t really linger in your mouth and there really is not much umami but it is not bitter like other culinary matcha that I have tried. Yes it is slightly astringent on it’s own which makes it prime for lattes and cooking. To be honest I wasn’t very keen of the flavor on it’s own so I have added a bit of almond milk. Much less astringent. Somewhat grassy and slightly creamy. This one is still in the prototype stage so it’s possible it may change.
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: Matcha
Where to Buy: Material Matcha Uji
Description: MMU04 is Material Matcha’s take on Culinary Matcha, ideal for Matcha Lattes & baking Cakes, Cookies, etc.
Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!
Kappa Matcha from Wendigo Tea Co. . .Heaven in a Cup!
It is no secret. I adore, love, and admire all things Wendigo Tea Co. From the moment I first saw their website, I was hooked. After trying their tea, I was in love. From the high quality teas to the crazy adorable tea names to the amazingly created art work for each of the teas, this company has always been one of my favorites from the start.
Recently, Wendigo Tea announced they would start selling a high grade ceremonial matcha. Once I saw the adorable artwork for Kappa Matcha, I was smitten. But I will be the first to admit, I have not always the best of luck with matcha. Maybe it was how I was prepping the matcha or maybe it was that I just didn’t have the right matcha. Regardless, I had high hopes this go around.
I prepped my water right around 180F, scooped half a teaspoon of matcha in my bowl, added in 6 oz of the prepped water and went to work whisking away. After whisking for a few moments, I was ready for my first sip.
Right away you notice this gorgeous smooth creaminess that flows right to the very end. There are notes of a very subtle vegetal tone here and there. I eagerly gulped the matcha down and set about to make another cup. Not something I’ve traditionally done in the past with matcha.
This go around, I wanted to try I topped my matcha with a froth french vanilla creamer and after taking a sip, I was in instant tea heaven. That rich smooth matcha became this incredible matcha latte. After having one sip, I guess I sighed and said “Heaven in a Cup”. My husband just looked at me and laughed.
Kappa Matcha is insanely good. No other way to really say it. I have drank so many variations of different matcha drinks over the last few days, I think I’ve lost count. This will be a staple in my tea cabinet going forward and part of my daily routine for sure.
So what I’m trying to say is that Sky (owner of Wendigo Tea Co.) has once again offered us another amazing tea to enjoy every day. I’m quite obsessed with Big Foot, Nessie and Yeti. Now I can add Kappa to that list!
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: Matcha
Where to Buy: Wendigo Tea
Welcome! I am the incredibly smooth Kappa Matcha.
This elegant beast is one of the highest quality Ceremonial Grade Matcha teas produced in Japan. I am organically grown close to the river, where the soil is very fertile giving me a mellow and deep taste, then am kept in shade the last 20-30 days until being stone ground and sealed with Nitrogen to give you the freshest and cleanest matcha possible. You can taste the difference. It is perfect for Koicha (thick and strong matcha) and Usucha (thin and weak matcha).
Compare me to any other matcha.