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Where can I find matcha green tea powder?

chocokitty Aug 2, 2010 05:57 PM

As of the recent years with the economic setbacks, I'm realizing a lot of respectable Japanese tea vendors are closing. First was Tafu (the one that used to sell Itzy Bitzy Patisserie's amazing macarons) on 51st St off Lexington and as of today when I was leaving work, Ito En on Madison.

Getting to the point, I'm on a roll this summer making a lot of homemade ice cream and I ran out of matcha green tea powder from Tafu (I stocked up before they closed down; I wanted to make green tea ice cream). Where the heck can I find a good store that sells this? I tried using Katagiri's green tea powder but it's not that good.

Any suggestions please. It'll greatly help.

Thanks in advance!

569 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022

224 E 59th St, New York, NY 10022

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    saria RE: chocokitty Aug 2, 2010 06:20 PM

    I get it in a store in Chinatown that sells a lot of Japanese goods. I can't remember the name right now though.

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      asiansupper RE: saria Aug 5, 2010 02:59 PM

      are you thinking of tokyo mart? there's also sunrise mart ... can't remember if they have matcha or not but i would be surprised if they don't.

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      sugartoof RE: chocokitty Aug 6, 2010 12:59 AM

      The Matcha Box , 33 Crosby Street near N wine bar.

      It started as a pop up shop, and they also serve Matcha flavored baked goods.

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        uwsister RE: sugartoof Aug 6, 2010 02:54 PM

        What kinds of baked goods do they have? I'm always interested in high-quality matcha-flavored baked goods!

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          sugartoof RE: uwsister Aug 6, 2010 09:46 PM

          short bread, mini bunt cakes,and i want to say scones too. i forget, but there's a selection of treats, and they also make iced matcha drinks. none of it is cheap, but the owner opened the place as a source of pure matcha to promote the medicinal benefits.

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            uwsister RE: sugartoof Aug 7, 2010 04:42 PM

            Sounds delicious! Good-quality matcha is, as we all know, expensive so I don't expect real matcha-flavored baked goods to be cheap anyway. Thank you!

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          chocokitty RE: sugartoof Aug 11, 2010 05:05 PM

          FYI, Matcha Box doesn't exist anymore, as they have closed on July 27th.

          The NY Times article mentioned it:

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            sugartoof RE: chocokitty Aug 11, 2010 08:37 PM

            If that's the case, there's talk about them reopening ....they also do mail order, and have their product in some boutiques around town, I believe.

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              uwsister RE: chocokitty Aug 12, 2010 03:20 PM

              Man, I'm still mourning after Amai's closing and this place is closed before I even get there?

              While we're at it - RIP Ito En :(

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                sugartoof RE: chocokitty Aug 26, 2010 09:09 AM

                A new Tea pop up has popped up at the same location, and they're serving Matcha tea and snacks. The number is listed on the write up so you can call and check if they're selling the powder directly.


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              FoodLovesBeer RE: chocokitty Aug 6, 2010 08:42 PM

              There is a store at 71 1/2 Mulberry St, called Asia Marketing that carries matcha at a great price. They have a huge selection of southeast Asian ingredients, including some fresh veggies and herbs outside, and they are some of the friendliest people anywhere in NYC.

              1. Ike RE: chocokitty Aug 7, 2010 01:26 PM

                To go off on a bit of a tangent, are there any decent green tea powders that aren't Japanese? What I mean, are there any that don't taste like they came out of somebody's lawnmower? I LOVE Chinese green tea, but I can't stand the grassy taste of most Japanese green tea, but most tea powder seems to be Japanese.

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                  uwsister RE: Ike Aug 7, 2010 04:41 PM

                  Green tea powder is really Japanese thing as far as I know, so I'm not sure if there's such thing as Chinese green tea powder. I'm not very familiar with Chinese tea though. However there probably are varieties of Japanese green tea that you will like if you like milder green tea - have you tried it roasted or with brown rice?

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                    Ike RE: uwsister Aug 28, 2010 12:36 PM

                    Unfortunately I am not a fan of green tea roasted or with brown rice. I guess the Japanese styles just don't work for me.

                    Judithuk, are you saying that TenRen has green tea *powder*? I was specifically asking about powder. That said, I've been meaning to try TenRen's spring tea. I'll have to remember to head over there next spring.

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                      chocokitty RE: Ike Aug 29, 2010 04:55 AM

                      No, TenRen doesn't sell green tea powder. Chinese teas tend to be leaf teas. (I do second uwsister that Japanese are the only ones that sell powdered tea.)

                      As for Judithuk's mention of the Spring Tea, it's not a powder either. It's made of oolong tea as seen/read from their site: http://www.tenren.com/sptea20l.html


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                        Ike RE: chocokitty Sep 4, 2010 04:52 PM

                        OK, thanks -- in that case I'll keep drinking loose leaf!

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                    judithuk RE: Ike Aug 11, 2010 06:43 PM

                    TenRen on Mott St, authentically Chinese, some of the teas are very expensive. I drink the spring tea ( the lowest and ergo the cheapest quality) but I am not sure if there would be any left you have to be there in spring. good website to look at before you go as very little English is spoken

                  3. thew RE: chocokitty Aug 7, 2010 01:50 PM

                    katagiri on 59th st between 2nd and 3rd

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                      littleneck12 RE: chocokitty Aug 11, 2010 10:11 PM

                      Any decent tea store, e.g. McNulty's, should have matcha.

                      McNulty's Tea & Coffee
                      109 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014

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