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Picture of Brand new tin can of Ippodo Tea Premium Select Matcha with turquoise floral label with Japanese writing in white circle Picture of Loose green finely ground milled Japanese Ippodo Organic Matcha tea powder on silver plate on white table Picture of Thin frothy usucha matcha in cream tea bowl and thick koicha matcha in dark tea bowl and chasen bamboo whisk on beige table Picture of Vivid green smooth thick koicha Ippodo Premium Select Matcha sticking to sides of tilted black artisan-made ceramic tea bowl
Rich & Round

Premium Select Matcha - 20g

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$50

This matcha is our exclusive blend from the most prestigious farms in Kyoto. High-class richness, delicate sweetness, and unique taste notes each year.

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

Note: Available while supplies last

Every year, the highest-regarded tencha* farmers in Japan enter the best of their harvest into tea competitions, hoping to earn prestige and recognition for their efforts.

Premium Select Matcha is our exclusive blend that selects from these farmers’ competition-level harvests. This blend is available once per year for a short period.

*Tencha is the name for shade-grown tea leaves ground to make matcha powder.

As a high-class Ippodo matcha, Premium Select Matcha has a rich, full-bodied character and a long finish. Our blending team crafts it to display the luscious umami typical of tea that comes from prestigious Kyoto fields. At the same time, they are careful to allow each year’s unique taste notes to shine through in the blend.

This year’s Premium Select Matcha has a round, sonorous umami. On first sip, we are greeted by richness that expands and blossoms, followed by a pleasantly clean and focused astringency. Its fragrance is sweet and lush, while its color is verdant like the spring undergrowth in the mountains south of Kyoto.

To make comparisons, at first it reminds us of the savory smells of broccoli sautéing in butter. In the finish, a juicy, bright taste like cacao resonates beautifully.

We recommend this year’s robust release of Premium Select Matcha to those who enjoy (or would like to try) full-forced Ippodo matcha blends. Try it as koicha for the most luscious experience, or serve it straight as usucha with a chocolate to nibble on the side.

Ways to Prepare

The standard matcha whisking method, made to be a normal, liquid consistency. We recommend drinking usucha at teatime for an energetic boost. It goes well with chocolate, cakes, and other confections, Western or Japanese.

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)
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 80C°, 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)
Thin Matcha
2. Add hot water
60 mL (2 oz) 80°C (176°F)
Pour boiling water into a teacup to cool it to 80C°, 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)
Thin Matcha
3. Whisk
15 seconds
Whisk vigorously 15 seconds, making an "M" shape.

Matcha made into a powerfully rich, thick paste using less water and more matcha powder per serving. Taking the time to sift the matcha powder produces thick and creamy koicha. Discover the amazing bounty of nature and the strength of the tea leaves.

1. Sift matcha
4 g (0.14 oz)
3 heaping tea ladles or 2 level teaspoons of matcha into a mug or bowl.
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)
Thick Matcha
1. Sift matcha
4 g (0.14 oz)
3 heaping tea ladles or 2 level teaspoons of matcha into a mug or bowl.
2. Add hot water
30 mL (1 oz) 80°C (176°F)
Cool boiling water to 80C° 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)
Thick Matcha
2. Add hot water
30 mL (1 oz) 80°C (176°F)
Cool boiling water to 80C° 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)
Thick Matcha
3. Whisk
15 seconds
Mix slowly for 15 seconds moving back and forth.
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