For this Encha Matcha review we tested Encha Organic Latte Grade First Harvest Matcha. Encha is the only company to offer a latte grade matcha that is first harvest, pure and organic young matcha leaves.
We usually prefer to review ceremonial grade matcha, however Encha is changing the game by offering a latte grade matcha that is essentially the same as other brands ceremonial grade.
Matcha is usually graded based on its intended use, so ceremonial grade is typically the highest grade, which is used for ceremonies, while latte grade is used to make latte. Encha is basically saying, why not use ceremonial grade matcha to make latte!
Encha Matcha was founded by Dr. Li Gong and focuses on bringing the best organic matcha green tea powder directly from their farm in Uji, Kyoto, Japan directly to the consumer.
Hence, their farm to cup slogan.
Here are some of the things that impressed us about Encha Matcha.
We were very excited to try Encha Matcha because we have heard a lot of buzz in the industry about this particular brand.
When we received the Encha Matcha for this review, the first thing that we noticed was that the packaging is markedly different than most other matchas that we prefer.
Encha comes in a resealable bag as opposed to the small metal tins that we are used to seeing.
We are not one to judge a book by its color, so on with the Encha Matcha Review!
We opened the bag of Encha Matcha and immediately noticed the wholesome, slightly grassy aroma of high quality matcha.
Encha Matcha Review Of Color and Grind
We poured some of the matcha out and we were very impressed with the crisp, vibrant green color of the Encha Matcha. The same color associated with high quality ceremonial grade matchas.
The grind of the Encha Matcha was also the ultra fine, powdery grind of a high quality matcha. Encha Matcha is ground using stone grinders, which is far superior to the ceramic grinders used by some matcha brands.
Next, we prepared the Encha Organic Latte Grade First Harvest matcha green tea powder into matcha green tea in the traditional manner with a bowl and matcha whisk.
We tasted the Encha Matcha green tea and evaluated its flavor and foaming characteristics for our tasting rating.
Encha Matcha Review - Taste
To say that we were impressed with the taste of the Encha Matcha green tea would be putting it lightly! We found the Encha Matcha green tea to have a very satisfyingly sweet, almost creamy flavor without even a hint of bitterness, when compared to other matcha green teas.
We were so impressed with the taste of the Encha Matcha green tea that we immediately decided to make a Matcha Green Tea Latte with it and see how that taste measured up!
We absolutely love the Encha Matcha Latte and it is our new favorite here at the Matcha Connection office.
Below you will find a great infographic for 3 ways to make Encha Matcha Latte!
We hope that you have enjoyed our Encha Matcha Review and that you have found it helpful!
Encha Matcha definitely tops our list of best brands of matcha green tea powder and we believe that once you have tried it, you will become a big fan as well!