Matcha drinks have something special… and it may be the color. All other green teas aren’t true to their name. In this case, that very special look is part of matcha culture. But does matcha have a green color? This bright color is given by a natural-present pigment called Chlorophyll. It is present in all plants, but the amount varies from one to another depending on the type of plant and the way matcha farms grow them. The pigment doesn’t add properties by itself, but it helps us identify the good matcha from the bad matcha.
Green is also the color we tend to relate to tranquillity, nature, and health: just as matcha provides calmness and several health benefits. In fact, the greener the matcha, the more nutrients it has. And here once again, matcha is one of the healthiest options. Just find the shiniest green.
What is the best green colored matcha?
We’ve been around matcha for quite some time now. By experience, we’ve learned that matcha is very delicate, but not only in taste. Matcha plants need a lot of control in soil fertility and lighting conditions to provide the best quality product. All these measures are to avoid the leaves protecting themselves from sunlight and turning themselves into other colors like yellow-ish or brown-ish.
As we get matcha from grinding the leaves: the brighter the plant, the brighter the matcha, the better the quality. Sometimes, Ceremonial Grade Matcha can be described as electric green. That also means that if the powder is dull or dark green, the quality will not be the best. Sometimes we even find yellow matcha, which is also a bad sign.