Coldbrew Original Matcha
peppy, herbaceous, exhilarating
Umami galore makes this remarkable tea taste sweet. Has a creaminess that almost tastes milky, and, when properly prepared, creates a crema not unlike a Guinness draft. Has a long, beautiful finish.
Produces a clean energy that leaves you feeling sated, your stomach feeling jubilant, and your brain feeling optimized. An incredible value for a really tasty matcha. From Uji, the Mecca of great matcha.
Our Matcha Packing Method
Keeps matcha freshest and most vibrant
Your tea arrives in a mylar bag that has been flushed with nitrogen (to eliminate all oxygen, an enemy of matcha) and sealed. We send them to you this way to maximize freshness and vibrancy. You simply snip off the end of the bag and transfer the matcha into the jar. Always store your matcha cold (in your fridge), in black glass.
Your tea arrives in a mylar bag that has been flushed with nitrogen (to eliminate all oxygen, an enemy of matcha) and sealed. We send them to you this way to maximize freshness and vibrancy. You simply snip off the end of the bag and transfer the matcha into the black pouch. Alternatively, and even better, transfer to a medium black glass jar. Always store your matcha cold (in your fridge), either in the black pouch or in black glass.
Your Questions Answered
Mainly because the farmers and processors care so much; their processes take longer, require more steps, and are just harder. They’re pretty obsessed with producing Japan’s tastiest and healthiest matcha, and we don’t mind paying them well for the extraordinary product they produce. Rarity comes into it as well -- some blends, especially the named blends (Rikyu, Jizo, Hikari, and Daphne) have extremely limited production. These teas are hard to produce.
No. No sugar, additives, or any other nonsense. It’s 100% extraordinary green tea leaves, ground up into a fine powder.
Location on the tea plant, mainly. Hyperpremium is the baby leaves; we only use the newest growth. Imagine baby vegetables, baby herbs, microgreens. They haven’t had much time to develop much molecular complexity, so there are no bitter or astringent notes, just clean, chlorophyll-packed umami.
Leaves used for coldbrew are slightly older, and have a little more biocomplexity to them. That complexity does add some bitterness and astringency, but it’s undetectable when prepared with ice water, so it tastes rich and creamy. Yields are tiny for the hyperpremium, and yields are bigger with coldbrew (the leaves themselves weigh more, and are larger, hence bigger yields).
Sure, coldbrew will have some bitterness and astringency if prepared hot. Some people like this, however! And if you’re adding dairy or alt-milks (almond, soy, etc), the coldbrew is fantastic prepared hot.
Moreover, many tea ceremonies in Japan notoriously serve sub-par matcha. In the end, many of the ceremonies aren’t really about tea at all, they’re about choreography and pedigree. Sometimes the teas are tasty, but more often they’re oxidized and bitter and astringent; hallmarks of culinary (or worse) matcha.
Some people insist on organic (generally for good reasons), so we searched hard for years and finally found what we feel is the tastiest and best organic matcha in the domestic Japanese market. However, our conventionally grown matcha is utterly safe, and it tends to taste better because its umami/amino acid structure is more pronounced.