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Jun 9, 2015 10:51PM
ganzagirl and anyone else interested in matcha,
What I know is based upon taste, more than health benefits. I first went to Japan in 1979 and got hooked after a tea ceremony. I flew there regularly for several years. Matcha, good matcha, is sold in small quantities because it looses taste/potentcy rather quickly. 1oz. is a typical quantity. If you're going to be mixing it with other things, culinary quality is fine. I drink mine Japanese style so prefer universal quality or ceremonial, when I can afford it. $20.00 an ounce is nothing! Fine matcha can go for upwards of $50.00 an ounce. Again, this matcha is traditional ceremonial tea. I have no idea what quality/grade is used for health benefits. I will say that the more expensive stuff tastes much better IMO.
As for Maeda-en brand, it is available on Amazon.com. The ceremonial grade is close to 20.00, and the two lower grades less than 10.00. It is not organic as far as I know. I have access to several Japanese markets in my area, so, I've tried different brands. BTW, the best way to get the matcha to "dissolve " and not clump is by using a chasen, or traditional bamboo whisk.
Again, I have been a long time consumer of matcha because of my trips to Japan but am not too knowledgeable about the cancer fighting aspects of it.
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