This is a really long overdue review. I mean, really long. I was contacted by the company some months ago to do a review and well, life got in the way. Although I love matcha, I don’t use it often in baking or cooking and with a new baby, I just didn’t have a lot of time to experiment. And I forget. So here it is finally!
If you use matcha powder, you know that every brand is different and the prices range greatly. The last container I bought was a tiny little 40g canister for $7 and it was the Uji type from Japan. When Kiss Me Organics contacted me and see if I want to try their USDA organic matcha powder, I was pretty excited.
Here is the package. You also get an eBook with the purchase of this product that contains recipes and uses for the matcha powder. I like that it’s in a resealable pouch.
So first things first, here’s a closer look of the actual powder:
It’s a yellowish green hue, very fine texture and is fragrant.
Here’s some of the things I have done with it:
Simple tea test. Personally I prefer my green tea to be in the leaf form but I do have to try the powder this way as well. Not bad. Mildly fragrant. Smooth and not bitter. I have some super strong bitter matcha powder from Taiwan that is quite difficult to drink so this is a nice surprise!
Next, add it to my almond milk…
There is definitely still matcha flavor but not as strong, mainly because it is added to a cold drink. So yes to taste, no to smell.
I got a friend to incorporate it into buttercream icing for cupcakes, and it turned out really well! It’s a nice color and very good flavor.
I then incorporate them into my matcha cookies and mmmmm. Great flavor. Really fragrant. I only wish the color was a bit more vibrant on my cookies!
I thought I’d do something savoury so I tried a matcha butter sauce to be used with protein (I went with chicken). I noticed that the color turned into a really dark green once it was cooked but did not affect the taste.
Matcha butter – try it on bread or scones!
I will update this post as I continue to try more recipes. I didn’t want to do just smoothies (you can’t even see it in the smoothie once it’s blended in anyway) so I was looking for ways to actually showcase the matcha. Overall I think this matcha powder is great for baking (as it is culinary grade), and it taste pretty decent as a tea. I also learned that the company has a ceremonial grade matcha powder as well and I think I may give it a try after I’m done this pouch. I think for the price this is a great buy given that it is organic and it is quite a huge bag which will last you quite some time!