MMU04 / Material Matcha Uji

Culinary matcha. Generally these two words elicit thoughts of low grade matcha with shades closer to olives and bitter in flavor. That is not the case with MMU04. While the color doesn’t stand out quite as much as the other MMU varieties it is still shades better than many other culinary matcha. Nay I would say it even looks more delightful than some premium matchas. The aroma isn’t on the same level as the others either, no surprise there. It is a bit grassy and comes off your nose quicker. The same with the taste. It doesn’t really linger in your mouth and there really is not much umami but it is not bitter like other culinary matcha that I have tried. Yes it is slightly astringent on it’s own which makes it prime for lattes and cooking. To be honest I wasn’t very keen of the flavor on it’s own so I have added a bit of almond milk. Much less astringent. Somewhat grassy and slightly creamy. This one is still in the prototype stage so it’s possible it may change.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Matcha
Where to Buy: Material Matcha Uji
Description: MMU04 is Material Matcha’s take on Culinary Matcha, ideal for Matcha Lattes & baking Cakes, Cookies, etc.

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MMU03 from Material Matcha. . . .

This is quite possibly the most beautiful matcha I’ve beheld. Makes drinking some of the other brands harder. (Kinda like turning ketchup purple). It is a green of dynamic proportions. A chocolaty aroma emanates from the bag. The soup is a dark green color that looks like it could engulf your soul. Too deep? Let us chat about the flavor. Very sweet in umami is the main descriptor. Somewhat misleading in my opinion as umami (from what I understand) is more savory? I’m no food expert though so who am I to say. Regardless, smooth and grassy. But not grassy like a green tea. It’s so good and yet so hard to explain.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Matcha
Where to Buy:  Material Matcha
Description

MMU03 is a full bodied blend of Samidori and Gokou.

 

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DoMatcha-Ceremonial Grade

Today has been an incredibly fall like day and I’m loving it. Working from home, while listening to some classic horror movies, and listening to the rain-doesn’t get much better than this, especially since at the beginning of the week I was dealing with strep, ear infections, and a sinus infection all at once.

So today I decided I was going to treat myself to a delicious matcha latte after lunch. I was so excited! Especially since I’ve been dying to try Do Matcha for such a long time.

Per the instructions on the container, I scooped out 1/2 tsp into my bowl and added in 3 oz of 175F water.  Using my bamboo whisk, I went to town briskly whisking in the recommended W motion until there was froth.  I then added in more water- about 3 more ounces, and gave the beverage a few more whisks, because, whisking is fun.

Took a sip and I was in heaven. I love matcha and do drink a lot of it, but unless I’m drinking one of my favorite matchas from Wendigo Tea Co, you just never know what you are in for.  With Do Matcha’s Ceremonial Grade, you are in for quality.  This matcha is delicious. It hits every note perfectly and doesn’t have that awkward weird too vegetal flavor that sometimes you can get from other matchas I have had in the past.

Smooth is just the word I keep hearing in my head. Not too sweet, not too vegetal, just the right amount creating this delicious delight that I can see becoming super addicting.

I frothed up a bit of french vanilla creamer and added to the top of this delicious afternoon treat and was set for my afternoon.  I love how the sweet vanilla tones mingled with the bright matcha flavor.  Really delicious and I am already thinking about making this a thing with the weather getting cooler.

Sometimes your spirits just want something different and today they wanted matcha and I’m all to happy to oblige.  This matcha is delicious! And now I have my sights set on a few other varities DoMatcha has to offer. . . .


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Matcha
Where to Buy: DoMatcha
Description

With DōMatcha® Ceremonial grade only the finest leaves are selected to guarantee the highest nutritional value, as well as sweet and pleasant flavor. Can be used to make thick or thin Matcha.

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Thoughts on MMU01 / Material Matcha Uji. . . .

Once you taste matcha from Material Matcha Uji you’ll find it hard to drink any other matcha. The others are fine for smoothies and cooking leave MMU for drinking on it’s own. Anyway, MMU01, this is a weird place to start but I’m really enjoying the aftertaste. It’s sweet with a unique grassy umami. Kinda almost reminds me of the aftertaste in a ginseng oolong. It’s so good. It has a sharpness to it unlike the other two thanks to the higher intensity of grassy flavors. Still not grassy like a green tea though. Now that I’ve had all three I have to admit I’m surprised at how different, even though subtle, each can be. MMU03 is still my favorite but MMU01 is a very close second.

 


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Matcha
Where to Buy: Material Matcha
Description:

A sharp blend of Okumidori, Zairai, Samidori and Yabukita.

Sharpness is what characterizes MMU01 immediately, an intense blend of green tea varieties: we complemented native Uji “Zairai” leaves and the balanced Yabukita variety, with the confidence of Okumidori and the class of Samidori, one of Uji’s native and most exclusive variety used for “shaded” tea.

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Matcha Black Soybean Rice Tea / Lupicia. . . . . .

Well this is unique.

Genmaicha with black beans.

I’ve seen some interesting versions of genmaicha but this is the first I really want to cook with. Too bad it’s only a tea bag.

The aroma as you open the bag is both ‘ricey’ and nutty. Be careful of the steeping times with this one. The suggested high-end is 1 minute.

Luckily if you do go over a minute, as I did, it won’t be ruined with bitterness and astringent absurdness. The liquid color is a cloudy yellowish-green and has a very mellow flavor.

The soybeans/ black beans help the tea develop some unique, almost nutty characteristics. The grassy flavors are mostly undertones but they work so well with the rice.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Lupicia
Description:

MATCHA BLACK SOYBEAN RICE TEAis a blend of genmaicha (rice tea) with Matcha and high-quality black beans. Enjoy the harmony of sweet roasted black beans and mellow matcha. “Mame” is Japanese for “beans” but it also means “healthy.” This tea was created with a wish for everyone’s health.

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