Make Mine a Matcha!
Matcha powder is very different from green tea. Although both come from the Camellia sinensis (tea) plant, Matcha is a premium Japanese green tea powder from tea plants grown under specific conditions to produce high-quality, nutrient-rich, delicately flavoured and sweet-scented tea. Matcha green tea differs, too, from green tea extract (powder) which is a substance prepared by soaking green tea leaves in an alcohol solution to isolate active components.
Matcha comes from the Japanese words 'cha', meaning tea, and 'ma', which means powder. Its use can be traced back to as early as 2700 B.C., when Chinese Emperor Shen Nong first popularized the custom of tea drinking. From there, green tea spread to Japan, where the practice evolved into a fascinating ritual and an integral part of health and wellness practices.
Today, green tea (and match specifically), is treasured over the world for its dynamic properties, many of which are now supported by science, as well as for its phenomenal taste. Matcha is nutrient and chlorophyll-rich. It is also high in catechins, particularly EGCG. Matcha Green Tea is 10 times more potent and contains 137 times more EGCGs than regular green tea. And it has a high ORAC score.
Matcha green tea is prized for its delicate flavour and sweet scent.
High quality Ceremonial-Grade Matcha is grown using traditional methods, protected from sunlight to boost the tea’s chlorophyll levels and picked by hand. Matcha tea, organically and traditionally grown and hand-picked in its native Japan, is specially cultivated to achieve a bright green colour, velvety soft texture, and the ultimate in both taste and aroma. The youngest and highest quality leaves are reserved and ground using a stone mill until a uniquely shaped powder molecule emerges. This results in a mild, smooth, refined product.
Matcha Tea powder provides 100% whole food nutrition—both water-soluble and water-insoluble nutrients are provided in each cup. Naturally-occurring mateine (caffeine) may provide a natural energy boost, plus naturally-occurring L-theanine may help calm and aid focus. Every cup of Matcha tea provides these alongside antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Why not try making your next hot drink a cup of Matcha!