Chatting about Ceremonial Matcha vs Culinary Matcha + A Recipe Using Each!
I’m breaking down the differences between ceremonial grade matcha and culinary grade matcha plus sharing two delicious recipes using each powder.
Ohhh matcha where do I even begin with you? I’ve been on SUCH a matcha kick lately (along with the rest of the world). Every time I scroll through Instagram I can almost guarantee I’ll find a photo of a trendy matcha latte as well as a creative recipe using matcha as the key ingredient. I totally understand why matcha is trending – it has amazing nutritional properties. Since matcha is made from grinding the entire tea leaf, you’re actually ingesting ALL the benefits – you’re getting a nice dose of chlorophyll and other phytonutrients, as well as antioxidants, vitamins and fiber. Matcha can help to increase focus, enhance energy levels, improve memory and boost metabolism.
There are two types of matcha that you can buy: ceremonial grade matcha and culinary grade matcha. Until a few months ago I’ll admit that I had no idea that different types of matcha existed. I thought matcha was matcha and that was that. However, after discovering these two different grades of matcha I dove head-first into researching the differences between the two so I would know how and when to properly use each. I would love to share my newfound knowledge with you!
Culinary grade matcha can be used for cooking and other various purposes. It is designed to be mixed with other ingredients like in a smoothie, ice cream and baking recipes. It is slightly more bitter than ceremonial grade matcha. Culinary grade matcha is less expensive than ceremonial grade matcha. I would NOT suggest using culinary grade matcha for a latte, because the taste is definitely bitter. However, when I cook with culinary grade matcha and mix it with other ingredients I can’t taste the bitterness and am still getting the health benefits of the matcha powder.
Ceremonial grade matcha is the premium grade of matcha and is meant to be enjoyed on its own (mixed with hot water and savored). This matcha has a more delicate, green tea flavor and is meant to be enjoyed plain. If you’re making a matcha latte or simply mixing matcha with just hot water I definitely recommend using ceremonial grade matcha over culinary grade matcha. It has a much less bitter flavor and I find that it’s more palatable in lattes. Ceremonial grade matcha is definitely more expensive, but if you’re a fan of drinking matcha tea then I definitely think it’s worth the splurge. Ceremonial grade matcha is typically about four times more expensive than culinary grade matcha.
My brand of choice for both grades of matcha is Kiss Me Organics. Their matcha is 100% organic, premium-quality matcha harvested from USDA certified organic tea plantations. Their nutrient-packed matcha is free from chemicals and preservatives. They’ve been generous enough to offer to GIVEAWAY a free shipment of culinary and ceremonial matcha to one of YOU! In addition, they’ll include their two recipe e-books! To enter to win simply comment in this blog post of how you would use the matcha 🙂Breaking down the differences between ceremonial matcha & culinary matcha + sharing 2 delicious recipes using each!Click To Tweet
For those of you wanting to cut back on coffee or just switch it up, a matcha latte is always a good idea! Matcha has less caffeine than coffee, but you’re still getting a little caffeine. Check out this DELICIOUS vegan bulletproof matcha latte recipe!
Vegan Bulletproof Matcha Latte
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tsp ceremonial grade matcha
- 1 tsp MCT oil
- 1 tbsp coconut butter
- Pinch of cinnamon
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- Heat the coconut milk and water in a small pot over the stovetop until almost at a boil.
- Pour the heated liquid into a blender with the remainder of the ingredients and blend until everything is well combined and frothy.
- Pour into 2 mugs and enjoy!
If you want to experiment with culinary grade matcha then you must make this energizing and refreshing vegan matcha smoothie!
Energizing Matcha Smoothie
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 tsp culinary grade matcha
- 1 tbsp coconut butter
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup steamed the frozen cauliflower
- Add all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy!
Don’t forget to enter my giveaway with Kiss Me Organics! They’ve giving away culinary and ceremonial matcha (one of each) to one of YOU + two recipe e-books! To enter to win simply comment in this blog post of how you would use the matcha 🙂
This post is in partnership with Kiss Me Organics. Thank you for supporting Leah’s Plate and the brands that help make this site possible!
Oooo!! I def would make matcha ???? almond milk lattes. I’ve been looking for a good matcha- maybe I found it! 🙂
Sounds so good! Matcha lattes and matcha pancakes!
If I won I would make all the girls in my @chaarg small group a yummy bulletproof matcha after our workout!!
That matcha latte recipe sounds like heaven! I would definitely add that to my morning if I won some matcha 🙂 And I have been dying to try a recipe for matcha muffins that I could use the culinary grade for!
I drink matcha to help me through nursing school because of the caffeine and antioxidants that keep me going! I drink it the traditional way with just water and tea and also in almond milk lattes! I LOVE matcha everything! lol
I’ve only ever had matcha in latte form so have only bought ceremonial grade, but I am dying to try baking with it and adding it to my smoothies ! I’ve been thinking about with the idea of vegan matcha coconut macaroons ????
I would love to try making matcha lattes and a matcha ice cream!
I absolutely love matcha!! I drink a matcha almond milk latte every morning and I would use this matcha to experiment with new recipes (powder balls, cakes, smoothies and more!) Im always trying new matcha powders and would love to try kiss me organics! I’ve heard such great things. Thanks so much!
I love matcha, but my favorite way to use it is in a smoothie with mango!! I’ve also been dying to experiment with matcha in my go-to breakfast, chia seed pudding!
I’m loving all of the focus on matcha! I would love to try mixing it in with my favorite cocoa chia seed pudding recipe (my morning go-to). I would also love trying to add it into my mom’s amazing banana bread recipe 🙂
And P.S. Thanks for all of the yummy recipe ideas!!!
Mix it in chia pudding
I love matcha in tea and smoothies. I’m not vegan so I’d steam milk and mix in the matcha similar to your recipe! I love coconut milk as well so I’d mix the two
I loooove matcha! I’ve stayed in Japan for 1 year and a half but was an addict even before! I can’t live without!
So I would use the culinary one for pancakes, raw cakes, oatmeal, cookies, (chia) pudding,… and would probably combine it with anko or azuki bean paste.
I would use the ceremonial for just a good plain matcha ???????? and my matcha latte with soy milk (with kinako powder in it!) I’m really having matcha almost everyday without fail but yeah… my money will soon run out because of travelling????????????
I love matcha! I usually like to drink ceremonial latte style because I can taste it better and get to enjoy the flavor more. However I recently tried putting the culinary grade matcha in smoothies and even in my yogurt bowls! It was delicious
I love starting my mornings with matcha! It’s a great energy alternative to coffee because after just a few sips, I am a jittery mess. And the taste of a good quality matcha is incomparable. Thanks for the info on the different types of matcha! I would love to experiment with some matcha baking recipes.
Lattes would be my first use because I’m newly obsessed. I’ve never tried matcha for culinary purposes, so I am interested in giving that a try.
Awesome review! Love using matcha so thanks for the recipes 🙂
I got this matcha powder once and made the BEST matcha butter cookies!
Usually I am NOT a big matcha fan, but I think you’ve convinced me to give it another try with this post! Thanks so much for all the info AND the recipe!!
What a great post! I have heard so much about Matcha but haven’t made anything by myself. No way I may have to try it.
That smoothie looks amazing! I love adding cauliflower and matcha to mine too!
I didn’t even realize there was two! I’ll have to keep an eye out for the culinary version!
Ohh, I was so not aware there were 2 different types. I wonder which one I have! Lol
Those recipes look amazing!
Ooh, I have never tried matcha, but I’ve heard so many great things about it! I’m going back to school and would love to use matcha as a coffee replacement to give me that extra energy in the morning, along with all of the other health benefits!
This is a beautiful tutorial on Matcha!! Pinning!!
Thank you so much
I’m new to Matcha and want to try it. I had to stop drinking coffee for my health, but miss a comforting, hot drink in the morning. I have read about the health benefits and am excited to make it a part of my morning and afternoon breaks! Thank you for the opportunity to enter the giveaway! Debbie
Matcha is the perfect thing to replace coffee… a little caffeine and a warm, cozy drink in the morning. I think you’ll love it.