Ceremonial, Supreme, and Culinary Grade Matcha Tea: Understanding the Differences and Common Uses

Ceremonial, Supreme, and Culinary Grade Matcha Tea: Understanding the Differences and Common Uses

Matcha tea, a finely ground powder made from specially grown and processed green tea leaves, has gained popularity worldwide due to its numerous health benefits and unique flavor. There are three primary grades of matcha tea: ceremonial, supreme, and culinary. In this blog, we will explore the differences between these grades and discuss their common uses. Plus, stay tuned for a delicious supreme matcha green tea latte recipe using Divine Organic Ingredients.

Ceremonial Grade Matcha Tea

Ceremonial grade matcha is the highest quality matcha tea available. It is produced using the most tender, young leaves from the first harvest of the tea plant, and is typically shade-grown for three to four weeks before being harvested. This shading process increases the chlorophyll and amino acid content in the leaves, giving ceremonial matcha green tea its vibrant green color and unique flavor profile.

The leaves are then carefully steamed, dried, and ground into a fine powder using traditional stone mills. Ceremonial grade matcha tea has a bright, vivid green color, a smooth texture, and a naturally sweet, umami flavor with minimal bitterness.

Common uses: Ceremonial grade matcha tea is primarily used in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies, where it is prepared using a bamboo whisk and served in small quantities. However, it can also be enjoyed on its own as a simple, healthy beverage or in high-quality beverages like lattes or smoothies.

Supreme Grade Matcha Tea

Supreme grade matcha is a step below ceremonial grade but still offers an exceptional quality and taste. This grade is also made from the first harvest leaves but may include leaves from slightly older tea plants or those that are not shaded as long. The processing methods are similar to those used for ceremonial grade matcha tea, resulting in a fine powder with a vibrant green color.

Supreme grade matcha green tea has a slightly milder flavor than ceremonial grade, with a balance of sweetness, umami, and subtle bitterness. It is an excellent option for those looking to enjoy matcha tea in various beverages and dishes without the premium price of ceremonial grade.

Common uses: Supreme grade matcha is perfect for making matcha lattes, smoothies, and other beverages. It can also be used in baking and cooking, although its flavor might not be as pronounced as culinary grade matcha in some recipes.

Culinary Grade Matcha

Culinary grade matcha is specifically designed for use in recipes and food preparation. It is made from leaves harvested later in the season, which typically have a stronger flavor and more pronounced bitterness than those used for ceremonial and supreme grades. The leaves may also come from lower parts of the tea plant, resulting in a slightly duller green color.

Culinary grade matcha tea is more affordable than the other grades, making it a popular choice for those looking to incorporate matcha into their cooking and baking without breaking the bank. It has a robust, slightly bitter flavor that pairs well with sweet ingredients and helps the matcha green tea taste shine through in recipes.

Common uses: Culinary grade matcha is perfect for incorporating into a wide range of recipes, from baked goods like cookies, cakes, and muffins to savory dishes like sauces, soups, and salad dressings. It can also be used to make matcha-flavored ice cream, yogurt, or other desserts.

Divine Organic Ingredients Supreme Matcha Green Tea Latte Recipe (Non-dairy)



  1. Sift the Divine Organic Ingredients Supreme Grade Matcha Tea into a small bowl to remove any lumps.
  2. Add 2 ounces of hot water to the bowl and whisk the matcha green tea using a bamboo whisk or a small electric frother until the mixture is smooth and frothy, with no lumps remaining.
  3. In a saucepan, heat the oat or almond milk over medium heat until it reaches your desired temperature. Optionally, you can froth the milk using a milk frother for a creamier texture.
  4. Pour the heated milk into a mug, then gently pour the prepared matcha green tea mixture over the milk. If using a sweetener, stir it into the latte.
  5. For an iced matcha latte, fill a glass with ice and pour the milk and matcha green tea mixture over the ice. Stir well to combine, and enjoy!

Which Matcha is the best for me?

Understanding the differences between ceremonial, supreme, and culinary grade matcha tea is essential for choosing the right matcha to suit your needs and preferences. Each grade offers unique qualities and flavors, making them ideal for different uses, from traditional tea ceremonies to cooking and baking.

No matter your choice, incorporating matcha green tea into your daily routine can provide numerous health benefits and a delightful taste experience. And don't forget to try our Divine Organic Ingredients Supreme Matcha Latte Recipe to enjoy a delicious and dairy-free matcha treat!

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