August 27th, 2012 by batrachoidboggle
DoMatcha’s was the first matcha I bought and still one of the quality ones available in North America. I haven’t bought their ceremonial since that first purchase as my view on tea is usually to not purchase if it’s not organic. Especially matcha, which is lauded for the concentrated amount of nutrients one gets from consuming the whole leaf. So I abstained from buying DoMatcha-until they released their organic version. But at double the price I immediately looked for a cheaper daily drink.
Now they offer a 2nd Harvest Organic!
Description from DoMatcha.com
People have been asking for a larger organic option for their matcha. We’ve found a way to make it affordable and organic. Introducing the new 2nd Harvest Matcha in a 2.8 oz size. Approximately 75 servings per tin. The leaves are harvested later in the year and as a result the taste is slightly astringent (bitter). But at 40 or 50 cents a serving, the 2nd Harvest offers great value and good taste. Best used in lattes or smoothies. Certified Organic by JAS/JONA, our DōMatcha™ 2nd Harvest Organic Matcha is grown in Kagoshima, Japan. Each 1oz tin makes about 75 servings.
I had one chawan of their Organic Ceremonial saved to compare, to gauge the cost to quality ratio. Prepared traditional style, they looked identical and smell the same, like clipped grass and alfalfa.
Taste wise it’s much like cooked spinach. As usucha the mouth feel is thin and refreshing, creamy and lightly sweet, not much umami. As koicha, it doesn’t have the variation in flavor one would want but doesn’t develop an ashen taste like Scrooge like attempts to use cooking matcha for tea.
The only difference between the two is that the 2nd harvest is more tempermental to brew. The first time I prepared the 2nd harvest it was quite bitter. After a few more tries I found the water needs to be 175F spot on or it will seperate. One has to be mindful to make a bowl of simple daily matcha, to appreciate that one even has matcha. I like that.
As a single daily usucha this succeeds, it allows me to focus on the ritual and pay attention to the mental state, not self-indugent Epicurean delight, while still tasting plesant enough. I’ve had this often for a month and haven’t tired of it. I’m quite satisfied with Domatcha’s 2nd Harvest Organic.