Kanza - 20g
Kanza - 20g Vivid green matcha powder on artisan silver tin plate beside ornate Japanese can of Ippodo Kanza on grey background Verdant deep green thick Kanza premium koicha Japanese matcha in dark speckled bowl held with two hands above wooden table Vivid green smooth thick koicha Ippodo premium Kanza Matcha sticking to sides of tilted black artisan-made ceramic tea bowl
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Kanza - 20g

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Kanza is the highest-ranking matcha in our lineup. Its beautifully strong fragrance, unwavering umami, clean aftertaste, and silky character are unparalleled in our collection.

Shelf lifeConsume quickly
The best before date is 180 days from when it is freshly packaged in Japan. For the best experience, consume within around one month of opening.
Serving sizeUsucha: 2 g (1 tsp.)
Koicha: 4 g (2 tsp.)
Size 2.1" × 2.1" × 2"
Net weight0.7 oz (20 g)

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

Kanza is the newest addition to our matcha offering. After receiving feedback from fans of our full-bodied matcha blends, our master blenders prepared this blend to be the most luscious matcha in our lineup. They have shared their personal tasting comments on this tea below.

“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

“Typical of a top class matcha, Kanza has a tender, mirume 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 mirume 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

The standard matcha whisking method, made to be a normal, liquid consistency.

1. Sift matcha
2 g (0.07 oz)
1.5 heaping tea ladles or 1 level teaspoon.
Sifting matcha through Ippodo Chakoshi tea strainer into cream ceramic tea bowl using Chashaku bamboo tea ladle
Sifting matcha through Ippodo Chakoshi tea strainer into cream ceramic tea bowl using Chashaku bamboo tea ladle
Usucha (Thin Matcha)
1. Sift matcha
2 g (0.07 oz)
1.5 heaping tea ladles or 1 level teaspoon.
2. Add hot water
60 mL (2 oz) 80°C (176°F)
Pour boiling water into a teacup to cool it to 80°C, then pour into tea bowl.
Pouring hot water from white porcelain teacup into cream ceramic tea bowl containing vibrant green sifted matcha
Pouring hot water from white porcelain teacup into cream ceramic tea bowl containing vibrant green sifted matcha
Usucha (Thin Matcha)
2. Add hot water
60 mL (2 oz) 80°C (176°F)
Pour boiling water into a teacup to cool it to 80°C, then pour into tea bowl.
3. Whisk
15 seconds
Whisk vigorously 15 seconds, making an "M" shape.
Whisking vibrant green matcha tea in ceramic tea bowl using Chasen bamboo whisk with zigzag
Whisking vibrant green matcha tea in ceramic tea bowl using Chasen bamboo whisk with zigzag
Usucha (Thin Matcha)
3. Whisk
15 seconds
Whisk vigorously 15 seconds, making an "M" shape.

Matcha made into a rich, thick paste by using less water and more matcha powder per serving.

1. Sift matcha
4 g (0.14 oz)
3 heaping tea ladles or 2 level teaspoons.
Sifting matcha through Ippodo Chakoshi tea strainer into cream ceramic tea bowl using Chashaku bamboo tea ladle
Sifting matcha through Ippodo Chakoshi tea strainer into cream ceramic tea bowl using Chashaku bamboo tea ladle
Koicha (Thick Matcha)
1. Sift matcha
4 g (0.14 oz)
3 heaping tea ladles or 2 level teaspoons.
2. Add hot water
30 mL (1 oz) 80°C (176°F)
Cool boiling water to 80°C in teacup, then pour into bowl, just covering matcha powder.
Pouring hot water from white porcelain teacup into cream ceramic tea bowl containing vibrant green sifted matcha
Pouring hot water from white porcelain teacup into cream ceramic tea bowl containing vibrant green sifted matcha
Koicha (Thick Matcha)
2. Add hot water
30 mL (1 oz) 80°C (176°F)
Cool boiling water to 80°C in teacup, then pour into bowl, just covering matcha powder.
3. Whisk
15 seconds
Mix slowly for 15 seconds moving back and forth.
Whisking dark green thick matcha in tea bowl using Chasen bamboo whisk and overlaid directions arrows along sides of bowl
Whisking dark green thick matcha in tea bowl using Chasen bamboo whisk and overlaid directions arrows along sides of bowl
Koicha (Thick Matcha)
3. Whisk
15 seconds
Mix slowly for 15 seconds moving back and forth.

Whisking matcha with cold or chilled water brings out a strong sweetness.

1. Sift matcha
2 g (0.07 oz)
1.5 heaping tea ladles or 1 level teaspoon.
Sifting green Ippodo matcha powder through stainless steel tea strainer with bamboo tea ladel into glass bowl on white table
Sifting green Ippodo matcha powder through stainless steel tea strainer with bamboo tea ladel into glass bowl on white table
Cold-Whisked Matcha
1. Sift matcha
2 g (0.07 oz)
1.5 heaping tea ladles or 1 level teaspoon.
2. Add cold water
60 mL (2 oz) 5°C (40°F)
Chill water with ice and strain before use.
Pouring water from glass carafe into glass bowl of ultra fine powder sifted Ippodo Tea Co. matcha green tea powder
Pouring water from glass carafe into glass bowl of ultra fine powder sifted Ippodo Tea Co. matcha green tea powder
Cold-Whisked Matcha
2. Add cold water
60 mL (2 oz) 5°C (40°F)
Chill water with ice and strain before use.
3. Whisk
15 seconds
Whisk vigorously 15 seconds, making an "M" shape.
Whisking Japanese matcha green tea in glass bowl on white table with 80-tip bamboo chasen whisk by Ippodo Tea
Whisking Japanese matcha green tea in glass bowl on white table with 80-tip bamboo chasen whisk by Ippodo Tea
Cold-Whisked Matcha
3. Whisk
15 seconds
Whisk vigorously 15 seconds, making an "M" shape.
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