Matcha is predominantly sold in two different grades
Ceremonial grade matcha is the highest quality matcha available and is ground from first-harvest leaves. Ceremonial grade is the smoothest type of matcha and is best enjoyed as a traditional tea (whisked with only hot water). This kind of matcha is renowned for its vibrant green color and a smooth delicate flavor.
Culinary grade matcha is known for its more robust flavor which makes it ideal for use in food and beverage recipes. Culinary grade matcha is typically second-harvest leaves which are slightly less vibrant but still a colorful addition to smoothies, lattes, and baked goods.