FAQ

Matcha

What is matcha?

Matcha is a fine powder that’s made from a special green tea leaf called tencha. You grind tencha leaves to make matcha.

How is matcha different from other green tea?

Unlike other green tea, matcha leaves are covered and grown in the shade for three weeks before harvest. Blocking the sunlight causes the leaves to produce more chlorophyl and L-theanine, giving matcha its rich umami flavor and relaxing qualities.

What’s L-theanine?

L-theanine is an amino acid found in matcha that calms people down.

It helps regulate cortisol (a stress hormone) and moderates the body’s caffeine uptake. Since matcha contains both L-theanine and caffeine, it provides a mellow, longer-lasting boost of energy.

Where are your matcha leaves from?

Our matcha leaves are grown on an organic tea farm in Kagoshima, Japan.

Are all your matcha leaves organic?

Yes, and it’s our goal to continue sourcing only organic matcha leaves.

At the moment, only a few Japanese tea farms are certified USDA Organic, so this can be a challenge.We continue doing everything we can to encourage more tea growers to transition to organic farming practices.

Are your matcha leaves ceremonial grade or culinary grade?

The terms “ceremonial” and “culinary” can only be judged by the integrity of the company. There’s currently very little regulation or standardization of matcha, so basically anybody can call their matcha "ceremonial" or "culinary" —even in Japan. But based on the observations of people who’ve tried our matcha before, our Premium is regarded as ceremonial grade or higher, while our Signature falls somewhere between ceremonial and culinary grade.

Do your matcha leaves have an expiration date?

Our matcha leaves are good until two years after production.

How much do your matcha leaves cost per drink? 

About $1 per cup of Signature and $1.50 per cup of Premium for a single shot. And even less per cup if you buy the larger 60 g packets or have a Matcha Leaf subscription (coming later in November).

Is the tea packet plastic?

In short, and unfortunately, yes. The quality of our tea is our first priority and we haven’t found a compostable bag that maintains the quality of our tea leaves over time. We hope to find a better packaging solution in the future so we can realize a more sustainable system without sacrificing the high-quality.

Can I use other tea leaves in my Matcha Maker? 

We don’t recommend using other tea leaves in the Matcha Maker. Not only would the taste be very different, but the varying size of leaves and moisture they contain may affect grind quality and even clog our ceramic mill.

How much caffeine does your matcha have?

The caffeine percentage for Premium is 2.7%, while Signature is 2.9%.

So in one cup (1 g) of Premium, there’s 27 mg of caffeine, and 54 mg in a double shot. For context, a cup of espresso contains around 70-80 mg and a cup of coffee contains around 200 mg.

Does matcha contain lead? How much do your matcha leaves contain?

Matcha naturally contains lead as the roots of the tea plant absorb it from the soil. We’ve conducted tests and found that Premium contains 0.06 mg/kg and Signature contains 0.009 mg/kg.

The Maximum Allowable Dose Level for lead is 0.5 μg/day. This means a person would need to drink more than 8 cups (8g) of Premium a day to approach the threshold.

Can I buy just the matcha leaves?

Yes, individual Matcha Leaf packets are for sale now.
We're working on a Matcha Leaf subscription feature that will allow people to customize recurring orders at a 15% discount.

Matcha Maker

What’s your warranty?

We offer one year warranty. We’ll repair or replace any defective parts or the whole machine at no charge. If key removable parts, like the whisking cup, are broken under regular usage, we’ll ship replacement parts for free during the warranty period no matter where you are.

The warranty doesn’t apply to any issues with appearance or damage to the exterior of the machine. Nor does it cover any malfunction or damage caused by misuse, like using other kinds of tea leaves (leaves with more moisture can clog the mill), or improper voltage.

Additionally, we’re developing a series of maintenance videos, which will allow Cuzen Matcha owners to keep their machine functioning at a high level for a long time.

How durable is the Matcha Maker? What if it breaks? 

Our machine is UL certified, so you can be confident that it’s durable. If it stops working for some reason, our one year warranty covers key replaceable parts, and we’ll send you a new one for free. Beyond the warranty, you’ll be able to order replacement parts from our site in case something goes wrong.

How often does the ceramic mill need to be replaced? 

Our ceramic mill is quite strong and is built to produce a consistently fine grind through daily use over many years. To be specific, it can grind for up to 273 hours (not non-stop, the mill would heat up from overuse) or for 8,190 single shots. (8,190 * 2 min = 273 hours). Anyway, you’ve got a while.

Is the grinding loud?

Although it makes some noise, it’s still quieter than a coffee grinder. You can watch this video to hear how much noise it makes.

Can I grind different tea leaves or other ingredients in the Matcha Maker?

Our ceramic mill was developed to work exclusively with the unique size, shape, and condition of our leaves.

If you were to use regular green tea leaves, which contain more moisture than our matcha leaves, they may stick to and clog the mill, resulting in permanent damage.

How is your ceramic mill different from a regular blender?

Our mill produces a very fine grind, with particle size under 20 micrometers (one millionth of a meter). Our matcha powder has an average size is 6.1 microns, with more than 90% of particles under 10 microns. Other blenders may not be able to do so.

Why should I use cold water for a hot latté?

Using cold water preserves the umami flavor and smooth taste of freshly ground matcha. We recommend warming your milk a little hotter than usual before mixing.

Can I use hot water in the whisking cup?

We don’t recommend it. Besides affecting flavor, steam from hot water can make tea leaves to stick to the ceramic mill, and cause permanent damage.

What if I want to drink a straight matcha that’s warm? 

We recommend using room temperature (not cold) water in the whisking cup and then pouring the fresh matcha into hot water. Or, you can use grind-only mode and manually whisk the matcha into hot water.

Can I use milk instead of water in the whisking cup?

Matcha powder doesn’t blend well into milk. We recommend using room temperature water in the cup with freshly ground matcha. Once it’s properly whisked then you can pour the matcha shot into a cup of milk.

Where is your Matcha Maker made?

Our machine was designed in Northern California, engineered in Tokyo, Japan, and is manufactured in Shenzhen, China.

Getting Started

How do I add Matcha Leaf?

For a 20 g bag, cut with scissors and then pour the leaves into the tea leaf hopper.

For a 60 g bag, tear the strip with your fingers and then pour the leaves into the tea leaf hopper. Then, re-seal the bag.

How do I place the whisking cup?

Fill the whisking cup to its water line. Then, place the whisking cup on the platform, with its spout facing the back of the machine. The bottom of the cup should fit snugly over the platform’s notches. 

How do I pick my matcha strength?

Push the STRENGTH button once for Level 1 (a single shot). Twice for Level 2 (a 1.5 shot). Three times for Level 3 (a double shot). And once more to go back to Level 1.

How long does it take to make a drink?

It’s about two minutes for a single shot (Level 1), about three minutes for a 1.5 shot (Level 2), and four minutes for a double (Level 3).

How do I start, pause, and cancel the machine? 

After you’ve selected your strength, push START. Once it’s moving, push START again to pause the machine. If you want to cancel your matcha, push START to pause, then push and hold START for a few seconds to cancel. 

Please watch this video.

Can I make freshly ground matcha powder, like without mixing it in water?

Yup, this is what grind-only mode is for. It produces 1.5 g of fresh matcha powder. First, place a dry whisking cup or other container on the platform. Push the STRENGTH button once, so one light’s on. Then push and hold the STRENGTH button until all three lights blink. Then push START. In a few minutes, you’ll have 1.5 g of fresh matcha powder ready to be whisked traditional style.

Please watch this video.

How do I change Matcha Leaf?

First, lift the mill out by its handle. Gently pour the remaining leaves from the mill into a container. Turn the dial counter-clockwise to check the mill case for any additional leaves. Re-attach the dial, pushing it down and turning it clockwise. Reinsert the mill, with the bottom notched side facing to the right. Pour new leaves into the tea leaf hopper.

Please watch this video.

How do I clean the whisking cup?

The whisking cup doesn’t need a thorough soapy wash after every use. Simply rinse the whisking cup with warm or cold water, lightly use a soft sponge, then let dry. A thorough wash is needed after about a week’s daily use. Remove the magnetic whisk from the whisking cup, then wash with soap using a soft sponge, then reattach the magnetic whisk, and let dry. Do NOT put the whisking cup in the dishwasher. And do NOT clean the whisking cup with kitchen cleansers, steel wool pads, or other abrasive materials.

How long can I keep the leaves in the Matcha Maker before it loses its quality? 

Usually within a month or two at most. Thanks to the tea leaf hopper and less surface area than pre-ground powder, our matcha leaves lose their freshness slowly.

How often should I clean the ceramic mill?

Usually within a month or two at most. Thanks to the tea leaf hopper and less surface area than pre-ground powder, our matcha leaves lose their freshness slowly.

The freshly ground matcha feels slightly coarser than what I get in matcha tins. Is this normal for the Matcha Maker?

We use the small ceramic mill to grind leaves into a fine powder with its average size of particle being 6.1 microns. Other matcha uses stone mill or larger commercial grinders to grind leaves into a fine powder, which is almost as fine as ours. Some people may feel that ours is slightly coarser and others may not.

The foam seems very large bubbles that disappear quickly. Is this normal?

There are a couple factors that determine the quality of the foam. For example, temperature of water (hotter is better), whisking speed (faster is better), and the amount of matcha used (more is better). For example, an experienced tea master uses 1.5 g to 2 g of pre-ground fine matcha powder and whisks it by hand in hot water (i.e., traditional ceremony style), the foam is going to be very beautiful. At Cuzen Matcha, we prioritize both fresh taste (which requires freshly matcha and cold water infusion) and accessibility (everyone can make easily) and use 1 g per cup. Therefore, as you mentioned, our bubbles are larger than what an experienced tea master can make by whisking.

My single shot matcha seems weak (or strong). Why?

The amount of matcha powder produced varies a little bit machine by machine. This is due to minuscule differences that emerge as the ceramics of the lower mill initially bakes. Please go to this link for the details, but the amount produced for Level 1 is ranging from 0.6g to 1.3g. If you don’t like how your Matcha Maker prepares your matcha (maybe too strong or too weak), please email us at hi@cuzenmatcha.com and we’ll send two spare lower mills so you can try three (including the original) and decide which one you like best.

I use Matcha Maker for the first time and the matcha was weak. Is there any problem? 

The amount of matcha ground for the first time is fewer than usual as it takes 30~40 seconds for the first leaves to be ground into a fine powder. So, you taste it a bit weak. But after the second cups, that won't happen again.

Shipping & Returns

What’s your return policy?

All sales are final. If your product arrives damaged or defective, contact us within 30 days and we’ll happily send you a replacement.

What’s your shipping policy?

We offer free shipping for the Starter Kit within the US. We don’t currently offer international shipping.

Which countries do you ship to?

As of now, we only ship our Matcha Maker to the U.S. We ship our Matcha Leaf to the following 10 countries (along with the site they can use for purchases). 

Japan: cuzenmatcha.jp

Canada, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan: cuzenmatcha.net

When will you start shipping the Matcha Maker outside of the US?

Although we’d like to ship to other countries in the future, at this moment we don’t have any set plans to do so.

What is the shipping policy for the Starter Kit in the U.S.?

We offer free shipping within the US. Expedited options are available at customer’s cost (Next Day is $49.99 and Expedited is $19.99). All orders received before noon in PST will be fulfilled on the same day. The rest will be fulfilled on the next day. No fulfillment during the weekend or on national holidays.

What’s the shipping policy for Matcha Leaf in the U.S.?

We offer free shipping within the U.S. for orders over $31 (Alaska and Hawaii $4.99). Expedited options are available at customer’s cost (Next Day is $29.99 and Expedited is $4.99). All orders received before noon in PST will be fulfilled on the same day. The rest will be fulfilled on the next day. No fulfillment during weekend or on national holidays.