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Rich & Lush

Kanza - 20g

Kanza is a brand-new addition to our lineup. Its beautifully strong fragrance, unwavering umami, clean aftertaste, and silky character are unparalleled in our collection.


Best before
Best before180 days
The best before date is 180 days days from when the tea is packaged in Japan.
Serving sizeUsucha: 2 g (1 tsp.)
Koicha: 4 g (2 tsp.)
Size 2.1" x 2.1" x 2"
Net weight0.7 oz (20 g)

Note: This new addition to our regular selection will be available year-round. It is produced in small quantities, and we may sell out occasionally.

Taste Notes

Mirui - a word used by tea professionals in Japan to describe the ultra-young, tender, and delicate character of certain high-class teas.

Kanza is a new matcha in our lineup exclusively available to our USA and Canadian customers. After hearing from passionate fans of our rich character matcha blends, our master blenders carefully prepared this blend to be the new highest grade matcha in our lineup. They have shared their personal tasting comments on this release below.

Blending Team

“In Kanza you can enjoy a strong and rich umami, with an aftertaste that has remarkable depth. It reminds me of an excellent full-bodied red wine. I will reach for Kanza when I want to have a silent moment alone with my thoughts. Its lush character deserves quiet attention and focus.”
President Watanabe, 7th generation

“Both Kanza’s fragrance and flavor are unequivocally powerful. From the first moment you take a sip to the end of the finish, it has a strong, unwavering umami, and no astringency. But make no mistake; it is not at all light-bodied.”
Chairman Watanabe, 6th generation

Tasting Team

“Typical of a top class matcha, Kanza has a tender, mirui character, which is balanced by its bright fragrance. I can tell it has been painstakingly, carefully shaded, from its umami, which is neither fluffy nor sharp-edged, and from its fragrance, which is in a class of its own.”
Mr. Yagi (Chief)

“Its color is deep blue and vivid. Its fragrance has a distinct sweet note, and I felt it represents the classic Ippodo character overall. Its sweetness and umami are strong, and it has a clean aftertaste, with the mirui character of a matcha of this caliber.

Kanza is a matcha I want to relax and take my time with. Prepare it by using a just-warm temperature water, to bring out its top class sweetness and umami. Or, choose to use a hotter temperature water to emphasize its remarkable fragrance. This will produce a cleaner, crisper taste that I can recommend just as well.”
Mr. Miyata

Ways to Prepare

Iced Matcha
Cold & Refreshing
1. Sift matcha
2 g (0.07 oz)
1.5 heaping tea ladles or 1 level teaspoon
2. Add hot water
80°C (176°F)
60 mL (2 oz)
First pour water into teacup to cool it to 80°C, then pour into tea bowl.
3. Whisk
15 seconds
Whisk vigorously 15 seconds, making an "M" shape.
4. Add ice
1-2 ice cubes
Add ice, mix slightly, and it's ready!
Thin Matcha
1. Sift matcha
2 g (0.07 oz)
1.5 heaping tea ladles or 1 level teaspoon
2. Add hot water
80°C (176°F)
60 mL (2 oz)
First pour water into teacup to cool it to 80°C, then pour into tea bowl.
3. Whisk
15 seconds
Whisk vigorously 15 seconds, making an "M" shape.
Thick Matcha
1. Sift matcha
4 g (0.14 oz)
3 heaping tea ladles or 2 level teaspoons
2. Add hot water
80°C (176°F)
30 mL (1 oz)
Cool boiling water in teacup, then pour into bowl, just covering matcha powder.
3. Whisk
15 seconds
Mix slowly for 15 seconds moving back and forth.
Add to bag - $72

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Xinyun Y. (United States)

It has a beautiful almost emerald color, even smells rich, and only has a slight bitterness to it. I wouldn't spring for this every time (Ummon is my usual), but as an occasional treat it's wonderful.

Caitlin T. (United States)

I’m a huge fan of the Kanza! I gave up coffee years ago because it would make me jittery and anxious, and started drinking matcha every morning about a year ago. The flavour is so smooth and rich, you can definitely taste the difference. Might seem a bit pricey, but so worth it!

mark m. (United States)
High Quality Matcha

I have been a customer for several years of IPPODO Tea as being one of the few sources where you can purchase high quality Matcha. My favorite is the Premium Select Matcha and this year's batch is exceptional. I didn't think it was possible to exceed the quality of the Premium Select blend so when Kanza arrived for purchase I was intrigued on how this would surpass my expectations. I waited several weeks before justifying spending so much for only 20 grams of Matcha, however if this was the pinnacle of best then I must try at least once. When I opened the package I literally could feel the soft featherweight powdery Matcha flow which did not require much if at all any sifting before preparing. It was extremely rich and vibrant in appearance. I used purified water boiled to a recommended temp of 175 degrees and whisked away. There was no bitterness or astringency but I wouldn't expect it to be at this price. To be very honest and fair, after finishing a cup I compared my experience to when I first had the Premium Select blend and it fell short for me. This is a subjective review so I'm relating my experience as compared to other Matcha products. I did not feel the energized tranquil feeling I first had with the Premium Select blend so perhaps I was expecting too much. Overall, this is premium product but for the price point I would stick with the Premium Select.

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