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Aug 2, 2010 05:57 PM

Where can I find matcha green tea powder?

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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  1. 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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    1. re: saria

      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.

    2. 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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      1. re: sugartoof

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

        1. re: uwsister

          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.

          1. re: sugartoof

            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!

        2. re: sugartoof

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

          The NY Times article mentioned it:

          1. re: chocokitty

            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.

            1. re: chocokitty

              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 :(

              1. re: chocokitty

                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.


            2. 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. 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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                1. re: Ike

                  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?

                  1. re: uwsister

                    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.

                    1. re: Ike

                      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:


                      1. re: chocokitty

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

                  2. re: Ike

                    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. katagiri on 59th st between 2nd and 3rd