- Serving Size: 1.5g /cup
- Steeping Temp: 78°C
- Steeping Time: 0 mins.
- Certification: Organic
- Origin: China
- Caffeine: High
Matcha tea is kind of like a super-powered green tea, since you're ingesting the whole leaf instead of just the brewed beverage, you get up to ten times the antioxidant effect and nutritional value of your standard green. Matcha's rich in antioxidants, as well as chlorophyll and fiber, and has been found to have natural mood enhancing effects. All in all, matcha's got no match when it comes to healthy teas.
Story, Folklore, History...
In the 7th or 9th century, records indicate that Japan's Emperor Kammu gave visiting monks an imperial gift of powdered green tea. Emperor Kammu created a government post, Supervisor of Tea and Tea Gardens, as Japan began to cultivate its own tea. That this post was part of the government's medical bureau indicated that there was great respect for the health aspects of tea. From 800 to 1200, Japan relied on China for its tea supply. Because it arrived in minimal quantities, tea became a luxury for medicinal and spiritual purposes. Zen Buddhist Eisai Myoan returned from China with tea seeds and planted them at his temple. He soon realized that the quality was superior to any tea currently grown in Japan. These seeds formed the basis of Japan's tea industry in the centuries to come. Further evidence of the correlation between good health and tea was found ina small book that Eisai wrote titles "Tea drinking is good for health". He wrote that tea drinking confers many benefits including curing lack of appetite, diseases caused by poor quality drinking water, and vitamin B deficiency. Around this time, another tea enthusiast in Japan developed "The Ten Virtues of Tea". Amongst the virtues listed are:
- Drives away the devil
- Banishes drowsiness
- Wards off disease
- Strengthens friendship
- Keeps the viscera in harmony
- Disciplines body and mind
- Destroys the passions
- Gives a peaceful death
Put about 1/2 tsp of matcha powder into a small bowl. Fill bowl with just enough hot (75C) water to cover the powder, then use a whisk to break up the clumps and make a smooth mix.
Add about 2/3 cup more hot water and whisk until you get a nice froth on the surface of the water. Best enjoyed with added honey, sugar or a sweet dessert.
Sift about 1 tsp to 1.5 tsp of matcha into your cup. (Sifting helps to get rid of any potential lumps in the matcha powder). Add hot (not boiling) water, up to a 1/4 cup and with a whisk, chasen or a frother, whisk briskly until all powder is dissolved and you get a smooth and foamy mix.
Add milk and sugar, if using, in a small saucepan. Heat the milk over medium heat until very hot but not fully boiling. Take off the heat and slowly pour the milk over the matcha mix. For a more foamy latte, you can froth the milk (cold or warm) with a frother if you have one. You can finish it off with added honey or agave nectar for a nice silky sweetness.
Another great way to enjoy the benefits of matcha is to add about 1 tsp up to 2 tsp to your morning protein shake, smoothie or yogurt. It blends really well and provides powerful antioxidants and a very beneficial to health and well-being chlorophyll.
Tasting NotesCertification: Organic
Grade or Quality: Powder
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From the Shanti Canada Tea Blog:
Matcha – a Superfood - by Shanti Tea
Matcha is certainly among the earth’s “Superfoods”. Matcha is a stone ground green tea, traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremony since about 2000 years ago. In the world of tea Matcha surpasses other kinds in its health promoting content. Why? When you drink steeped green tea, much of the antioxidants remain in the tea leaves, never to be consumed. While drinking Matcha, the whole leaf is being consumed so with it, all the antioxidants (catechin polyphenols), chlorophyll, vitamins, trace minerals and L-theanine is being consumed as well.
How is Matcha Produced?
Not any tea leaf can be ground, turn into powder and be called Matcha. It has to go through a specific process. The process starts with a selection of good green tea varieties. Most Matcha is made from Yabukita varietal, the most popular in Japan, although very good quality of Matcha also comes from samidori or okumidori varietals. The area where the tea is grown has a fundamental importance. Good green tea growing prefectures in Japan will produce the best...