THE HOW, WHAT AND WHY OF MATCHA
Matcha is exotic and new to most of us, but it’s so chock full of antioxidant catechins and amino acid L-Theanine, that we cannot help but wonder about this vibrant superfood. If you want to get to know matcha, you’re in the right place.
What is Matcha?
Matcha is a type of green tea, but not just any green tea. Matcha comes from the young leaves of shade grown tea, that are then ground into a fine, bright green powder.
Why should you have Matcha?
Matcha has become somewhat of a fad, but the truth is that good, ceremonial grade Matcha is loaded with antioxidant catechins and amino acid L-Theanine. Catechins improve your immunity, cellular and heart health. And L-Theanine energizes your mind and helps you stay calm at the same time! This makes it a great caffeine alternative, with all of the energy and none of the caffeine crash.
How much Matcha should I have?
Our recommendation is ½ teaspoon once or twice a day. If you’re following a particular recipe, stick to the amount suggested by the recipe.
How can I consume Matcha?
Matcha is super diverse! You can have it as a tea, in your breakfast, in desserts, smoothie bowls and more. How? It’s simple. Take ½ tsp Matcha, add 4 tbsp water and whisk till frothy. You can add this to a cup of warm water, chilled milk, pancake batter, cake mix, smoothie bowl or any recipe that catches your fancy.
What does Matcha taste like?
Good quality Matcha has a sweet earthy flavor that blooms beautifully when added to milk. When you take a sip of Matcha, you can feel a smooth, silky finish that lasts about 30 seconds or so.
How do I test the quality of the Matcha?
Our Matcha comes all the way from the Shizouka district of Japan, where it is grown in the shade for a month, to retain its high nutrient profile. The vibrant green color indicates the purity of the Matcha, but if you’d like to test it yourself, here’s what you can do. Put a bit of Matcha on a clean white paper and smear it with your thumb. Pure ceremonial grade Matcha is ground fine and will leave clean lines with little to no breaks. Good Matcha also develops a good layer of froth after a proper whisking.
This is definitely all you need to know about Matcha, but to really appreciate it, you HAVE to try it! You can pick up a jar of our ceremonial grade Japanese Matcha.