Japanese Culinary Matcha
Organic Japanese Culinary Matcha
-Bright green color
-Full of flavor and aroma
-Smooth and sweet tasting
Matcha is the result of finely milling high quality green tea, and not to be confused with the fannings found in low grade bagged tea. The processes of harvesting, drying, grinding, and oxidation are all very important in producing a quality matcha powder. The tea leaves are strictly shade grown prior to harvesting. This results in an increase in chlorophyll production, resulting in matcha's bright green color. It is always harvested by hand, gently steamed to stop oxidation, and laid flat to dry. After the leaves are dried, veins, stems, and other impurities are removed to prevent any bitterness from developing; the resulting substance is called "tencha". The tencha is then slowly ground to produce a fine powder — matcha. Only tencha can be used to make authentic matcha.
Matcha originated in China during the Song Dynasty (960-1279 CE), where its preparation and consumption was ritualized by Zen Buddhists. Near the end of the 12th century it began to lose favour in China, but was brought to Japan where its popularity continues to this day. This is largely attributed to its role in the Japanese Tea Ceremony. The Japanese Tea Ceremony is dedicated to the preparation, serving, and enjoyment of matcha, and typically calls for only the highest grades available. The best matcha is usually kept in Japan specifically for the tea ceremony, and always stone ground. This can take up to an hour to produce 40 grams, in addition to its expensive cost of hundreds of dollars. Matcha intended for export is likely to be machine ground in order to keep it affordable for those who drink it casually. Sam's Teas and Spices regular authentic Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder is the product of the standard creation method, but we also carry Ceremonial Organic Japanese Matcha for retail purchase.
Matcha is renowned for its astounding health benefits. It is superior to all other teas, in part from the processing it undergoes, but additionally due to the consumption of the whole leaf, rather than just an infusion. In fact, one cup of matcha is the nutritional equivalent of 10-15 cups of regular green tea. It even surpasses the antioxidant count of many superfoods (named so for their high nutritional contents). By weight, matcha contains more antioxidants than blueberries, orange juice, and spinach!
More than just one of the best sources of antioxidants, matcha possesses many other health benefits as well. These include, but are not limited to;
- Increased metabolism (burns calories, aids in weight loss)
- Reduces cholesterol (an affect of catechins)
- Lowers blood pressure (catechins again)
- Prevents diabetes (aren't catechins great?)
- Slows the aging process (thank you, catechins!)
- Boosts the immune system (contains an abundance of vitamins)
- Detoxifies the body (due to the high amount of chlorophyll, a natural detoxifier)
- Great for expectant mothers (high in zinc)
Matcha does contain caffeine, and quite a bit compared to other teas. Remember, it's the whole leaf, not just an infusion! Despite this, green tea contains an amino acid called L-theanine, which slows down the release of caffeine, and mitigates the negative effects of caffeine. Essentially, L-theanine increases focus and concentration, produces a calm, relaxing effect, and results in an over-all increase in energy, without agitating the nervous system. Consider this: many Buddhist monks, the epitome of calm and focus, drink matcha regularly.
Matcha can be prepared two ways: thick, called koicha in Japan, or thin, called usucha. While the method for both is similar, the difference lies in the ratio of matcha to water.
For thin matcha, which is light and slightly bitter, use about 1 grams of matcha (approximately 1/2 teaspoon) and around 75 ml of water per serving. For thick matcha, use twice as much tea (approximately 1 teaspoon) and half as much water (approximately 40 ml).
Koicha is much thicker, and requires a much slower stirring motion. It is normally made with ceremonial grade matcha, and produces a milder, sweeter tea than usucha; it is most commonly served as part of the Japanese tea ceremony.
- Matcha scoop (chashaku) — used to measure the matcha
- Sifter (furui) — used to remove any clumps from the matcha
- Matcha bowl (chawan) — used to mix and hold the matcha
- Matcha whisk (chasen) — a bamboo whisk used to mix the matcha and water
- Linen tea cloth (chakin) — used to clean the tea ware (ceremonial)
Matcha is more than just great tea; it can be used to flavor or add color to many different foods and beverages. It blends great with dairy, try it in (or over) ice cream, use it in your favorite smoothies, or add steamed milk for a delicious matcha latte… the list is endless. Be sure to share your recipes own with us for a chance for them to become published on our website!
EGCg: Matcha's Powerful Catechin
Unique to Matcha is a particularly potent class of antioxidant known as "catechins". In particular, the catechin epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) is believed to be responsible for the majority of matcha's tremendous health benefits. EGCg counteracts the effects of free radicals from pollution, UV rays, radiation, and chemicals, which may lead to cellular and genetic deterioration. Over 60% of the catechins in matcha are EGCg. Enjoying matcha regularly is a great way to take advantage of this potent catechin — to restore and maintain a healthy body, and promote general well-being.
L-Theanine: Matcha's Unique Amino Acid
Scientists have recently confirmed that Matcha contains L-Theanine, a rare amino acid that induces a state of relaxation by stimulation of the brain's functioning. Stress can be attributed to beta wave production in the brain, but L-Theanine promotes the generation of alpha waves, which create a state of relaxed alertness. Although L-Theanine is common in all teas, matcha may contain up to five times more of this amino acid than other teas. Additionally, L-Theanine inhibits the side-effects of caffeine, a natural component of green tea. Try a cup of matcha anytime you need extra energy or focus.
Country of Origin: Japan
Best Before Date: November 2017
Note: This is not a day of expiry, but instead a best before date. It is still safe and enjoyable to consume following the best before date, the date is only a recommendation. Matcha is light and heat sensitive, but if stored in a cool environment away from a direct heat source, will last for quite some time.
I recently received my 2nd order of Sam's organic ceremonial matcha and am confidant of its quality that I'm gifting part of my 2nd order to my daughter. His prices and customer service are just excellent, although living on the west coast puts us somewhat at a disadvantage because of postage costs. Lucky folks back east can now purchase from his retail store! Alice
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I drink matcha almost every day and I also make facials out of it (mix with honey or yogurt) - great for your skin, especially any sun damage, like brown spots. Sam's matcha has a great flavour and is also affordable!
This is a superb product! I having been ordering it for many years now. Best price going & best customer service. I'm a customer for life! Thank you for offering such a great products!
After a daily morning dose of matcha tea for just over a week, I showed up at my acupuncture appointment and my doc said, "wow, what have you been doing?" I said, "why?" She said, "your chi is abundant and vibrant, you are glowing with energy." I hadn't realized until that moment how much better I had been feeling. My matcha is part of my morning routine now, right after my warm lemon water. I can feel the difference and I love it. I now have my 86 year old mother drinking this matcha. Thanks Sam! Wonderful service and great prices. Lovin it in BC
I have been ordering from Sams Teas for several years now and this is a top notch company that provides excellent product, prices and customer service! I highly recommend this company.
'So glad I found you!
VERY quick delivery and excellent product. Thanks!!!
Have it every morning and gives me a solid energy boost
I've always eaten Sam's matcha for the Superfood that it is, rather than the slightly astringent taste, blending it with Maca Root & Wheatgrass Juice Powder for added sweetness. As a cancer preventative/killer it is unequalled; I've seen the results personally. The sweetness of the Culinary Matcha is such that I can use it to blend the harsher taste of the Boswellia (also a great tumour fighter) right out of it. Add to all those, a little of Sam's cocoa & a piece of ripe banana and you've got a powerhouse of a delicious smoothie...easy and effective. Yum. Thanks, Sam. Your products are the best!!
Great, smooth and perfectly grounded into a fine powder. Absolutely perfect in my chocolate matcha milk teavana copycat drink. (1/4 of a cup of boiled water whisked with approx a teaspooon of matcha, mixed with chocolate almond milk-or vanilla soy with Amoretti or Torani chocolate syrup and ice cubes) Love this company as well. Great, quick communication, great customer service! Quick shipping.