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Nov 12, 2002 10:44 AM

Where can I buy matcha green tea?

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I came across this recipe for Green Tea Pound Cake and I need to find matcha green tea. I have no idea where to even begin looking for this.

Any suggestions?

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  1. Leaf Storm on 84th St. and Amsterdam has an impressive collection of teas. I don't know if they have it, but they might at least point you in the right direction. The folks are really nice.

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    1. re: Meia Lua

      Sam Bok on 43rd Street between 6th & Broadway, about mid-block on the north side of the street is an Asian supermarket with an array of teas.

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      Caitlin McGrath

      Matcha is powdered Japanese green tea. Any Japanese grocery will carry it. If you don't know of any, say whether you're interested in midtown or east village, and we can tell where to find 'em.

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      1. re: Caitlin McGrath

        Awesome! Midtown, please! Would they sell this loose? I only need 2 tablespoons.

        1. re: chessbess

          You aren't going to find this loose anywhere, but keep in mind that you don't need the super-expensive ceremonial tea for cooking. Matcha is lovely stuff, though. Personally, I always double the amount called for in most green tea cake recipes, too. It's also really delicious sprinkled over vanilla ice cream. And, of course, you can make it into tea, too.

      2. sunrise mart on stuyvesant has a few kinds (about $5-6 for an ounce) but you could probably also check m2m on 3rd ave.

        1. Ito En will probably have it. It's a Japanese tea store on Madison at 69th Street.


          1. Obviously not appropriate for your needs, just wanted to get a word in for a fine, small company:

            My favorite green tea purveyor is Japanese Green Tea Online, found, conveniently, at

            They have really fine tea and teapots, shipped surprisingly quickly from Japan; run by an American who responds helpfully to e-mail inquiries.

            Every spring they sell the green tea equivalent of Beaujolais Nouveau, freshly harvested first flush green tea, quickly vacuum packed and sealed. It is absolutely delicious, like no other tea I've had.

            Their regular selection includes a sencha from the Uji prefecture that I particularly like.