10 BEST Places for Matcha in the SF Bay Area
The matcha scene in the Bay looked very different 5 years ago, there were a handful of cafes serving matcha lattes but it was extremely difficult to find other matcha treats. This was the main reason why I started my community page, Matcha SF in 2015. Today, there are a plethora of small businesses that serve creative and innovative matcha offerings. Here are the 10 BEST places for matcha in the Bay Area, curated by yours truly, Matcha Jules.
The World's First DIY Chasen (Bamboo Whisk) Halloween Costume
You saw it here first! Show off your love for matcha with our DIY Bamboo Matcha Whisk (Chasen) Halloween Costume. Some people may think you're a broom, but the cool people will know exactly what you are because MATCHA recognize MATCHA. We hope you enjoy crafting this costume, if you make it, be sure to tag @jadeleafmatcha and @matchajules on Instagram so we can show you some love!!
Ceremonial and Culinary Grade Matcha: Everything You Need to Know
The main difference between Ceremonial and Culinary Grade matcha is the period (or season) tea leaves are harvested, which yields different characteristics. Here are some things to keep in mind when determining which grade is best for you.
Matcha Grades
Much like wine, matcha is sold in a very wide range of quality levels (and a very wide range of price points to match). This quality is determined by where it is grown, how it is cultivated, when it is harvested, and how it is processed. Grade designation and pricing is entirely up to the brand selling the matcha - so please keep that in mind and always purchase matcha from a trusted source, with accurately assigned grades and fair pricing for the grade of matcha you receive.
How Matcha is Made
Matcha is green tea, but not all green tea is matcha. Specialized techniques are used in the farming and production of matcha to yield its wonderful taste, high nutrient content, and unique powdered form.
History of Matcha
The practice of making matcha is over 1000 years old, and it plays an especially integral role in Japanese culture.