Yunomi Matcha Grades

Yunomi Matcha Grades

May 12, 2018

Yunomi Matcha Grades

There is unfortunately no objective standard for grading matcha, and often you'll see the term "ceremonial grade" even though the quality of the matcha is not drinkable (in our opinion). This list below attempts to describe how we are grading the matcha sold on Yunomi.

  • Heritage Grade - Must follow all traditional cultivation and production methods. Made from the best quality spring-harvested tencha.
  • Modern Heritage Grade - Must follow all traditional cultivation and production methods, except the canopy shading material may be artificial material (usually plastic). Made from the best quality spring-harvested tencha.
  • Master Class Ceremonial Grade - Stone mill ground only, top quality umami strength, minimum astringency, beautiful green powder and liquor color, fresh aroma. Smooth, silky texture. Made from the best quality spring-harvested tencha.
  • Premium Ceremonial Grade - Strong umami, minimum astringency, beautiful green powder and liquor color, weaker aroma. Smooth, silky texture. Made from spring-harvested tencha.
  • Standard Ceremonial Grade - Balanced umami / astringency. Beautiful green powder and liquor color. Weak aroma. Texture is smooth. Made from spring-harvested tencha.
  • Basic Ceremonial Grade - More astringency than umami. Green powder and liquor color. Weak aroma. Slightly grainy texture. Made from tencha but may be a blend of spring/summer harvested leaves.
  • Premium Culinary Grade - Strong astringency, dull green powder / liquor color. No aroma. Slightly grainy texture. May be made using shaded leaf other than tencha.
  • Standard Culinary Grade - Strong astringency. Dull, more yellowish green powder / liquor color. No aroma. Grainy texture. May be made using shaded leaf other than tencha. (Anything below this in quality would be an industrial grade and available only on demand to wholesale buyers). 

Matcha Grades



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