Both of these terms are actually inventions of the western world’s marketing machine!
In our experience in the tea world, companies are very loose about calling their lower grade teas “ceremonial.”
The true rating system of matcha tea in Japan is graded A through D. A is the highest grade, and is picked on the first spring harvest. B is a blend of first and second harvest, and in The Way of The Tea in Japan, students of this process consume B as their daily drink of choice.
Our matcha is B graded, and this combined with our unique nitrogen flushing processes that ensures no oxygen is trapped in the package, we believe this produces one of the premier matcha teas.
C and D grade are reserved for baking and cooking. An analogy that may be helpful is this: baby spinach leaves are akin to the type of matcha we offer. They are younger, more delicate leaves that are great to eat straight (like our matcha). With older spinach (C and D grade matcha) is best reserved for cooking and masking it’s astringency in smoothies and lattes.