Organic Matcha Green Tea Cooking Grade

Specially blended matcha ideal for cooking with or making matcha lattes

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Organic Matcha Green Tea Cooking Grade
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Organic Matcha Green Tea Cooking Grade


This organic green tea is an ingredient grade matcha which is best when used in recipes for matcha lattes, smoothies, shakes, ice cream, baking, etc. While it is specially blended to maintain its aroma and flavor even when mixed with other ingredients, it can also be consumed as a brewed drink with more bitterness than the ceremonial grade matcha.

Matcha is a variety of organic Japanese tea that is stone ground at the end of the manufacturing process, resulting in an ultra-fine tea powder that is typically whisked in hot water until a frothy consistency is reached, as in the traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony. The resulting brew has much more body and flavor than organic loose leaf tea brewed in a conventional fashion, with a thick, rich green taste and slight bitterness.

Please note: this product is not delivered in our backyard compostable packaging. This extremely sensitive item is packaged in a zip pouch (bulk size).

Ingredients: organic Japanese green tea

Origin: Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan


Located in central Japan, Shizuoka is known as the capital of Japanese green tea production. Though it is not the oldest producer of green tea, it is the largest: this prefecture alone accounts for 40 percent of all green tea production in Japan. However, much of the world never experiences organic tea from Shizuoka because tea is so popular in Japan that most tea grown in Japan is consumed in Japan; very little is exported. Shizuoka lines the Pacific, and runs into the Japan Alps and other mountains, including Mt. Fuji. For those concerned with the implications of the Fukushima-Daiichi disaster, we continue to have our organic teas from Japan independently tested for radiation.

Steeping Instructions

At Arbor Teas, we believe tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. We’re happy to make recommendations to get you started, but don’t hesitate to experiment! When brewing your tea, your main considerations are tea quantity, water temperature, and steeping time. Matcha is treated differently than other teas because of its powdered form. Typically matcha is prepared by whisking ½ to 1 teaspoon of matcha in a bowl with 3 oz of almost-boiling water, and drank directly from the bowl immediately. Steeping time is less of a concern with matcha, as the powdered leaves are in suspension in the water as soon as they are combined.

For more detailed instructions on how to prepare matcha, check out our How to Make Matcha Page.

Staff Perspectives

  • Chelsea

    "This is my choice when I want to add matcha to a morning smoothie. I also love our ceremonial matcha, but when cooking, adding to a mixture of flavors, or making a latte this is the way to go."

  • Trish

    "I love adding matcha to my oatmeal in the morning!"

  • Aubrey

    "Even though this ingredient grade matcha is recommended for cooking, it can be a perfect (and more cost effective!) introduction to drinking matcha. If you like it, you can look forward to a less bitter and more smooth alternative in the ceremonial grade matcha.

Health Benefits


Like all true tea, Matcha green tea offers many potential health benefits. Research has found that tea (Camellia sinensis) can have many positive effects on human health, including improved cardiovascular function, cancer risk reduction, improved immune function, improved oral health, and help with weight management. Tea is also full of polyphenols, which are a class of antioxidant that help your body maintain homeostasis and balance your stress levels. Matcha specifically has elevated levels of L-theanine, a beneficial amino acid that helps balance stress levels and promote a sense of calm and focus. This is a result of the shading the tea plants undergo for several weeks before harvest. The shading stresses the plant, and causes an increased production of certain nutrients including chlorophyll and L-theanine. Also, because matcha drinkers ingest the whole tea leaf, they’re getting an even higher dose of amino acids, antioxidants, and caffeine than drinking infused tea.

For more information about the health benefits of matcha and other types of tea, and for direct sources of the above information, check out our Tea Health Benefits page!

Please note: the information above is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Japanese Tea Ceremony


The Japanese tea ceremony (cha-no-yu, chado, or sado) is a traditional ritual in which powdered green tea, called matcha, is ceremonially prepared by a skilled practitioner and served to a small group of guests in a peaceful setting. Cha-no-yu ("hot water for tea"), usually refers to a single ceremony or ritual, while sado or chado ("the way of tea") refer to the study or doctrine of tea ceremony. The Japanese tea ceremony has its roots in early Chinese tea ritual (approx. 800 AD), influenced greatly by Zen Buddhism. However, the exacting formula for the tea ceremony we know now evolved years later, in isolation from the Chinese practice of taking tea. Every element of the tea ceremony, from the greeting of guests to the arrangement of flowers, even the architecture, is rigidly prescribed, requiring the host to be knowledgeable in a broad range of arts and disciplines. Even the participants of the tea ceremony must be familiar with the proper gestures, phrases and actions required of them throughout the ceremony.

For even more information about this and other traditions, visit our Tea Traditions Page!

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  • 5
    Delicious stand alone~

    Posted by Amanda Robertson on 26th Jan 2024

    I am new to matcha. I bought a packet of this and went through it - I thought it was good and could drink it without any milk or honey easily. I bought a similar-grade product from a different matcha website for $50 and it is only drinkable with milk and honey - eck! I will definitely be coming back to this matcha for both the price and flavor!

  • 5
    Simply perfect!

    Posted by Ashleigh Schieber on 22nd Jul 2022

    I'll be honest and say I am not a matcha person. However, this stuff has changed my opinion on it! I've tried both the ceremonial grade and the cooking grade that Arbor teas offers. They are each very good, but I actually prefer the taste of the cooking grade for making daily lattes. Add a splash of whole milk, some local raw honey, and you've got yourself a yummy treat!

  • 5

    Posted by Haley on 30th Apr 2022

    I love making hot or iced lattes with this. With some milk and honey it is so good and the perfect creamy treat. I don't find it bitter at all. There are sometimes clumps, but I also don't sift it, so that would help. Definitely recommend!

  • 5
    Best Matcha!

    Posted by Maria F on 8th Jan 2022

    I drink this matcha every week day (and most weekend days too!). This is the best culinary grade I’ve tried. It tastes as good, and sometimes even better, than other ceremonial matchas. I would highly recommend this particular matcha! And if you’re new matcha in general, I would also highly recommend trying it as an alternative to coffee.

  • 5
    Wonderful matcha tea!

    Posted by Theresa on 27th May 2021

    This may be cooking grade but it makes an excellent matcha latte. Most afternoons I have been drinking it iced. When the weather is cooler I drink it hot. It’s like having a barista at home!

  • 5
    Matcha cooking grade--wonderful green tea

    Posted by CRH on 21st Apr 2021

    This may be "cooking grade" but it tastes wonderful and the bright green color is lovely. I enjoy it in homemade green tea lattes. I couldn't be happier with the product.

  • 5
    Match Tea

    Posted by Scott Ferril on 9th Jul 2019

    The culinary grade is actually my favorite, perfect for matcha tea lattes. I was immediately hooked, as the flavor was perfect. I stopped trying others, as my kitchen has become the best.

  • 5
    This is culinary grade done right!

    Posted by Amber Linn on 12th Sep 2018

    I am absolutely in love with this Matcha - perhaps too much because I recommend it to everyone, and now it's sold out on the site! I buy both the ceremonial and the culinary-grade from Arbor Teas, and they are both excellent. The culinary grade is far better quality than 90% of the other matchas of this grade that I have tried. It is a lovely deep grassy green, very fresh, finely powdered and achieves a lovely froth. Because I drink matcha almost daily, and frequently with nut milk - I find this grade to be much more manageable on my budget. When I have time to sip or want to introduce someone to traditional matcha for the first time, I go for the ceremonial grade. Either way, you will not be disappointed.

  • 5

    Posted by Jennie Shien on 16th Jun 2016

    SO, it is very rare that I take the time to write a review for anything. But as I sit here drinking my matcha tea (cooking grade, the ceremonial is way too expensive and I honestly like the taste of this one better) I am overwhelmed with good feelings. This is one of the best matcha teas I have ever had. I don't have to put anything in it, but sometimes I do blend it up with some raw cacao butter and a teensy teensy amount of honey, hardy any or you'll lose the flavor. Very good. I highly recommend

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