Discover Matcha Tea

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Matcha is a finely ground green tea powder. It is of very high quality and can be used in confectionery aswell as just a beverage. Matcha Tea is being used more and more in our Western culture, discover what it has to offer.

What is it?

Matcha is a high quality fine green tea powder. It is milled to the best quality in granite stone mills. It's grade depends on how it is produced.For example, it can't be oxidized or it will give a dull brown colour to the powder and produce a hay-ish smell, which it shouldn't.

In Food

Matcha has become apart of our western culture and has been introduced to Starbucks with their green tea latte.
The green powder is very vibrant in colour because it absorbs the chlorophyll which comes from thicker leaves and could be used in food as a garnish or as part of the ingredients because of it's concentration in flavour.
Castella Japanese sponge cake.
Mochi
Green tea ice cream/ tempura
Main dishes like noodles, scrambled tofu omelete

It can really be used in everything; smoothies, porridge/cereal and as a replacement. When a food is too sweet you can add matcha to neutralise or balance flavours nicely.

Benefits of Matcha

Full of Antioxidants
It's an amazing superfood which cleanses the body of toxins, harmful chemicals and metals. High in nutritious value as a single cup of matcha is ten times the equivalent of green tea.
Calms & Relaxes
Rich in L-Theanine, an amino acid that promotes relaxation by acting upon the brain waves. Common in all tea, matcha contains up to 5x more of this amino acid than common black and green teas.
Boosts Memory & Concentration

Raises your Energy Levels
People who consume this tea get raised energy levels throughout the day when they need it most. A good replacement to caffeine. As matcha contains all of its own natural properties.
Endures Concentration

Boosts Metabolism
A healthy alternative to burn calories by 4x.

History

Matcha originated from China but was adopted by Japan soon after and gained huge popularity and is used in most japanese food. Now its influence is being introduced and spread across cultures which is embraced by this benefical daily detox product.

Although green tea is recognized and grown around the world. Matcha is exclusive to Japan, it is only grown there. Tea is celebrated in Japan for hundreds of years, it's a tradition.

Monks drank this tea whenever lacking in energy when meditating.



How is the tea prepared?
Traditional utensils like the bamboo whisk is used to prepare the tea, aswell as a bamboo scoop, Furui filter, Chawan bowl.

Step One: Preheat the matcha bowl by filling it about 1/3 full with hot water. Once the bowl has thoroughly preheated, empty out the water and dry the bowl out preferably with a cloth. Then pour 3/4 full of hot water onto a measuring cup.
Step Two: Use the bamboo scoop to measure the matcha powder, about 3 scoops, and place it into the bowl. Note: sifting the matcha prior to measuring it is necessary to remove any clumps that will form when hot water is added.
Step Three: Once the water that was measured out in *step one* drops to 70°C/80°C-158°F/176°F pour it into the matcha bowl.
Step Four: Take the whisk in one hand and hold the rim of the matcha bowl with your other hand. Then whisk the matcha briskly in a W motion using your wrist (not arm) until the matcha has a thick froth with many tiny bubbles on the surface.

Tags

Green, Matcha, Powder, Tea

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
16th Jan 2015 (#)

To beat green tea by ten times in nutritional value is amazing - siva

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
16th Jan 2015 (#)

Thanks for the great tips with this tea. I'm going to try it. Can I buy this at the grocery store or online?

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author avatar Delicia Powers
17th Jan 2015 (#)

Wonderful...like Nancy- I want to try it..
many thanks!

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