Frequently Asked Questions - Kenko Tea Australia

What is Matcha?

Matcha is a powdered form of green tea, that is made from leaves of Camelia Sinensis (tea plant). Unlike regular green tea, with matcha you consume the entire tea plant, instead of discarding the leaves. So you get more of the potential benefits.  It is made from hand-picked green tea leaves that are stone ground. Leaves are shade grown, giving it high levels of amino acids and nutritional properties. You can use it with hot water and make matcha tea or combined in your favorite recipe.

Why Kenko Tea?

Kenko Tea is passionate to bring you the freshest matcha powder with the highest grades possible.  We order only in small batches to keep freshness a high priority. Our matcha is packed at the source in airtight containers. You are getting matcha that is vibrant green in color with a slight “grassy” fragrance.  Fresher matcha ensures low bitterness. Our matcha is shadegrown, handpicked, graded and assorting to quality, destemmed and deveined, and stone ground. This detailed process means matcha is of the highest quality.  Our matcha comes in two grades: Ceremonial and Culinary.

What grade is your matcha?

Kenko Tea sells matcha green tea in two grades - Ceremonial Matcha and Culinary (or Cooking) Grade.

If you plan to drink matcha as a tea just with water, then our Ceremonial Grade matcha would suit you better. It has a slightly sweeter, delicate flavour profile, very light astringency and whisks to produce a lovely crema, similar to an espresso coffee.

If you plan to be making matcha smoothies, green tea lattes or desserts with matcha - then our Culinary Grade is better suited.



Is Matcha healthy?

There are many health benefits of matcha. Matcha has high levels  of antioxidants, EGCG and chlorophylls. Matcha also has calming effects due to its combination of caffeine and L-theanine. Matcha is also known for its benefit in weight management as it boosts metabolism and fat burning. To learn more detailed health benefits of matcha, check out this blog post.

What is ECGG?

Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)  is a type of catechin  found abundantly in matcha green tea. It’s studied for the health benefits that it has, such as anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, or anti-microbial properties.

Does Matcha have caffeine?

Matcha is a green tea, and green tea contains caffeine.  Matcha is made from the whole of tea leaves giving you more caffeine than bagged tea, and also giving you the full nutritional benefits from drinking it. An 8 - ounce cup with 1 teaspoon of matcha has about 70mg of caffeine, while cutting the teaspoon in half has about 35-40 mg of caffeine.

How much Matcha should I consume daily?

There's no strict guidelines, however if you are sensitive to caffeine then you may need to limit your intake to 1-2 servings per day. As matcha raises energy levels for quite a long period (4-6 hours), keep that in mind if you have to sleep soon.

What is L-theanine?

L-theanine is an amino adic found most commonly in tea, and found abundantly in matcha. When combined with caffeine, produces feelings of alertness without sudden drops in mood.  The combined effect of this amino acid and caffeine found in matcha helps sustain energy levels, brings a sense of alertness, and gives you a calm state of mental clarity.  

Does Kenko Tea sell Organic Matcha?

Kenko Tea sells both Organic and Non Organic Matcha both in Ceremonial and Culinary Grades

How do I store matcha?

The most important thing is to keep matcha airtight, away from direct sunlight, and in a cool dark and dry environment. If you plan to keep your matcha for a longer period, the fridge or freezer will keep it fresher for longer. If you consume it regularly, then a cool cupboard would be fine also.

Does Matcha expire?

Matcha has a short lifetime. While the use by date is 18 months, the quality will start to decline within 2-3 months. It is best to consume as quickly as possible. If storing for longer periods of time store in the fridge to preserve it longer. While matcha isn't dangerous to eat after it's past its use by date, the freshness and flavour won't be the best.

How do you use matcha?

However you like! Matcha traditionally has been prepared with a whisk and drank simply with water.  Click here to see our traditional preparation. You can also use matcha in lattes, smoothies, baking, and other recipes.  Check out our other uses in our matcha recipes section.

Is matcha the same as green tea?

Matcha is essentially powdered green tea leaves that have been shade grown, so it is a form of green tea and made from the same plant. But unlike regular green tea which is steeped in water and then discarded, with matcha you are ingesting the powder and getting more of the potential benefits. 

I am a store, can I stock your products?

Yes, we'd love to hear from you. See our wholesale matcha page or email

How do I keep matcha from clumping?

To keep you matcha from clumping, we recommend sifting your matcha.  This is an extra step, but it creates a much better end result and aerates the powder to produce a lighter and creamier matcha once whisked. 

Do you offer free shipping?

Yes we do for orders over $100.  Flat rate shipping for all other orders is $7.  Express Post is available at $4.50, but note that next day delivery guarantee doesn't cover regional areas. Please see Auspost Website for details.

Do you have lead or radiation testing on your matcha?

Yes, we receive yearly reports for lead and radiation testing. This information can be given to you upon request.  Email for information. 

Can I drink Matcha while I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

It's generally recommended to limit caffeine consumption while pregnant and breastfeeding, so keep in mind matcha contains caffeine. If you can handle 1-2 glasses of coffee then you should be fine.  To be sure, please speak with your doctor or your healthcare provider.