Kanza - 20g
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.
Koicha: 4 g (2 tsp.)
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 exclusively available to our USA and Canadian customers. After hearing from passionate fans of our rich character matcha blends, our master blenders have carefully prepared this blend to be the highest grade 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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
Ways to Prepare
Vibrant green with a creamy and rich flavor. Perfect for a nice morning treat on a cold winter day.
I very much enjoyed Kanza! It has a robust taste that lingers after you finish the bowl. I would definitely buy this matcha again!
I’ve always been a fan of green tea, but it has taken me so long to get into drinking matcha. However, I am so pleased with Kanza matcha! This was my first round of Ippodo matcha, and I have to say- I am very impressed. The texture of the matcha is so smooth, and lush like the description says. It’s beautifully green and very high in quality. Yes, it is expensive, but to any daily green tea drinkers out there, this is a perfect way to start your morning! I highly recommend Kanza.
This matcha is the most expensive I have ever tried but I figured it would be worth the splurge (and I wasn't wrong). It is smooth and creamy with a subtle sweetness and a beautiful fragrance. I've only tried it as Usucha but I'm sure it would make a great Koicha. I like making my tea at 70C and I use three heaping scoops and it comes out perfect with a luscious thick foam. There is no way to get any kind of bitterness out of Kanza. It's an absolutely delicious treat all the way around: whether it's in the can, or in the bowl, you'll experience a complete sensory nirvana.
The Kanza blend is an excellent matcha. The fragrance of the powder is bright and fruity — almost tropical and floral. When whisked, the smoothness is unmistakable: the mouthfeel is creamy and buttery indicative of the highest grade of matcha. The tea envelops your tongue in a starchy, slightly sweet taste without any hint of bitterness. I personally recommend trying once to use water brewed below the recommend temperature (I usually do 160°F) to bring out a more mellow and creamier character of the tea. While Ippodo’s Ummon blend packs a bit more flavor (and I'd say complexity), the Kanza is the matcha you want to reach for to embrace the subtler, smoother quality of top-tier matchas.