Japanese Ceremonial Matcha
Ceremonial Japanese Matcha
Ceremonial Grade matcha represents the finest quality of matcha available to the world. Only the youngest, most delicate leaves from the top of the tea plant are carefully hand-picked to be used for ceremonial matcha. The process of shading and the careful selection of leaves gives ceremonial matcha the delicious umami flavor that it is known for. Unlike ingredient grade matcha, ceremonial matcha is meant to be served pure as usucha (“thin tea”) or koicha (“thick tea”). Ceremonial matcha was traditionally used by Buddhist monks, samurais, and emperors to help with meditation and focus.
Matcha does not get any better than this.
Ceremonial matcha, you will feel more energized, focused and refreshed.
-Bright green color
-Full of flavor and aroma
-Smooth and sweet tasting
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 2018
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.
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Not a day passes without a cup of matcha. I'm hooked and have shared with colleagues and relatives. Now everyone is hooked. Such a wonderful, healthy alternative to coffee.
It just keeps getting better and better. Your service is awesome, quick and correct - and the products are top of the line. I've been enjoying the matcha for about a year now, and just started the wheat grass powder. Loving them both!!
This is a great product and does exactly what it promises. I've switched from coffee to matcha and feel much better with the type of energy I get from using this matcha. Mixing it into my breakfast shakes is great!
It's a very good quality tea. I find it tastier than the matcha from a couple of other brands that I've tried. It is mild and very pleasant on palate.
I've been drinking it for years and it's the best out there! In the fridge it last forever and there's nothing better in the morning than a hot cup of matcha and wheatgrass with a lemon slice or a peppermint leave.
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