What is Matcha?
Matcha green tea is powdered green tea that has been specially grown, harvested and processed. High-quality matcha is made from young tea leaves that have been shade-grown, hand-picked, de-veined, lightly steamed, air-dried and stone-ground carefully into an ultra-fine powder.
What is the difference between Ceremonial and Culinary Matcha?
Ceremonial grade is stone-ground powder made from the youngest and most tender tea leaves. Ceremonial grade matcha is a finer powder in a more vibrant green color. Ceremonial grade matcha is best to be used for teas. It is meant to be enjoyed pure with hot water, to avoid masking its flavor. Culinary matcha is made from comparatively older leaves and less expensive in price. Culinary grade is best for adding to your recipes. Use culinary grade matcha when baking, cooking or making blended drinks.
How long will Matcha last?
Once you open a bag of matcha it is recommended to consume it within 3 months. You make it last longer by keeping your opened packaged in the fridge, away from heat and strong smells. As for an unopen bag, the shelf life is around a year.
What is the difference between regular green tea and Matcha?
Both matcha and regular loose leaf green tea are from the same plant, Camellia sinesi. However, matcha is the purest and most potent form of tea. About three weeks before harvesting, the tea leaves are shaded from sunlight, which in turn increases chlorophyll levels and the amino acid L-theanine, making it more nutrient rich. One cup of matcha contains the nutrients and health benefits equivalent to 10 cups of regular green tea.
Why take Matcha? What are the health benefits of Matcha?
• Not even elaborating on how great it tastes, Matcha has been set to offer a great variety of health benefits. Here are a few of them:
• Matcha is high in antioxidants. Antioxidants are the nutrients and enzymes that fight against negative effects of UV radiation. One cup of matcha green tea provides over five times as many antioxidants as any other food, hence its anti-aging properties.
• Matcha is high in catechins and EGCg. Among all other antioxidants, catechins are said to be the strongest and most beneficial. Catechins in Matcha have shown to have antibiotic properties and therefore help fortify the immune system and promote overall health. Matcha is also high in EGCg, a type of catechin that is most recognized for its cancer fighting properties.
• Matcha is high in L-Theanine. This amino acid is said to give you a higher state of consciousness and calm. It promotes the production of alpha waves in the brain that induce relaxation. L-theanine also produces dopamine and serotonin which can enhance mood and improve memory and concentration.
• Matcha is said to increase energy levels and endurance. Matcha naturally contains caffeine but the energy boost is also due to its nutrient components. Because of Matcha’s L-theanine and its effects, the energy boost with matcha does not come with the usual nervousness or hypertension side effects.
• Matcha green tea has also shown to increase metabolism and help the body burn fat faster.
• Matcha’s unique growing technique involve shading leaves from direct sunlight. This increases chlorophyll production which in turn make Matcha a great way to detoxify your body.
How should I consume Matcha?
Matcha’s great natural flavor make it so that you can consume with anything, or even on its own. From a pure hot tea (recommend Ceremonial for this) and lattes to adding it to your favorite baking and cooking recipes. People love to add it to smoothies, cookies, donuts, cupcakes, pancakes, yogurt, ice cream, facial masks, anything you can think of! Matcha use does not stop there, be creative, its uses are endless!
How do I make Matcha tea?
To make Matcha tea you simply mix about teaspoon (1g) of ceremonial matcha per 6oz of water. Make sure you mix well together with a whisk or spoon. if you like things sweeter then add a teaspoon of stevia or your choice of sweetener.
How do I make Matcha latte?
Homemade matcha lattes are really simple to make and saves you a lot of the calories from store bought. Add 1tsp of matcha powder and 1tsp of stevia to a cup. Add 3 tsp of hot water and mix well together to make it smooth. Then add 300ml of hot or cold milk (cold milk for an iced latte and hot milk for a regular latte) and mix well together. You can always make variations on the type of milk you use (coconut, almond, cashew) or use different sweetener options based on what you like.
How much caffeine does Matcha have?
½ TSP (1g) of Matcha has about 30mg of caffeine, which is about 1/3 the caffeine in an 8oz cup of coffee.