The attractiveness of matcha lies not only in its unique flavor and aroma but also in the intricate techniques and fervent passion behind its production and processing.
In this article, we spotlight 'Blend' and 'Single Origin', two key elements that shape the flavor and characteristics of matcha.
Please note, while 'blend' in the context of matcha can sometimes refer to products where herbs or spices are pre-mixed, in this case, we are using 'blend' to denote the combination of different green tea leaves, much like in coffee or black tea..
What is Blend Matcha?
Blending is the most critical process in tea production. It involves identifying various characteristics of tea leaves, such as their origin and cultivar, and harmoniously blending them to create a matcha with a balanced flavor, aroma, and color.
Each single-origin matcha possesses unique characteristics - strong umami, delightful aroma, or vibrant color. By blending different types of single-origin matcha, we can bring out the best qualities of each, thus creating a matcha with enhanced value.
Blending techniques also allow us to maintain the consistent flavor of our matcha across different harvests.
In the Japanese tea industry, blending is referred to as 'Gogumi', and it's one of the critical roles of a Tea Company.
The Ceremonial series from Matcha Direct is essentially available for stable supply, allowing you to purchase the same product throughout the year.
What is Single Origin Matcha?
Single-Origin Matcha is a type of tea produced from the same cultivar of tea leaves, grown by the same producer - a concept similar to that of single-origin coffee or black tea.
Every tea field yields Matcha with unique characteristics. Not only will you appreciate the variety of types but also the unique attributes reflective of the producer's dedication and the tea field's terroir.
Unlike blends, single-origin matcha may not be able to replicate the same taste in the next harvest season. However, this variability is part of the charm of single-origin matcha.
At Matcha Direct, products labeled with a number starting from #100 and a cultivar name denote our single-origin matcha. They are essentially limited editions, typically available only for that specific year.
Understanding these distinctions will certainly deepen and expand your appreciation for the world of matcha. At Matcha Direct, we use these different approaches to deliver the optimal matcha experience to our customers.