Premium Chinese Matcha Green Tea Powder
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: China
Best Before Date: July 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.
I am loving the matcha! I add it to my smoothies in the morning, it's awesome! I also really love the maca root!
Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder
240g Organic Matcha green tea powder
Nice quality and super fast shipping. Excellent value when on sale.
Great green tea powder for shakes!
Very quick delivery. Great Matcha powder
Couldn't give a review before as was in Australia when ordered and just came back yesterday. I find the tea excellent but would have liked the expiry date to be a little later.
Ordered on WagJag and was not sure about the delivery. When I contacted you, I received very clear information in a very timely manner. Impressed with your services.
240g Organic Matcha green tea powder
I am a regular customer and the product is very good quality.
240g Organic Matcha green tea powder
Smooth flavour. Quick delivery. Thank-you
480g Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder
480g Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder
Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder
I have ordered the Organic Matcha before and was very happy with the quality of this product.
I've ordered this product several times...have NEVER been let down! Sam is excellent to deal with, his customer service is top notch & he always gifts some extra goodies! Highly recommend this company on service alone! Thank you Sam!!
I received my organic matcha powder SO quickly (next day!) and am enjoying it!
Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder Clearance Sale!
I used to shop around for high quality matcha powder, thanks to Sam's I don't have to waste time or money. I'm thoroughly impressed
Excellent service! Came to my door within 2 days...thanks!
I love this stuff, I have a teaspoon every morning in water and I feel great since starting it. Like all of the products I have tried from Sams, it is superior quality and they are a great seller to deal with!
Always great deals and great quality products!
I have ordered from this company many times and have always been impressed with extras included in my order and the speed of delivery. My most recent purchase, however, seemed very slow in arriving. Perhaps it is because FedEx was the shipper this time? I ordered my matcha on July 26th and I received notice that it was shipped that same day. It has finally arrived, August 11th: 16 days later! Receiving the email from Sam's 2 days ago, asking for the review of my matcha, quoting "14 days ago we fulfilled your order", seemed silly as I prefer to review a product when I actually receive it. I suppose I am bothered especially when I am paying for shipping that takes longer than "free shipping" with other companies. Hurrah for Sam's but boo to slow delivery services!
No complications in ordering/purchasing and quick delivery. Thank you
If you haven't tired this matcha yet well you should start now! its amazingly good i love that it's organic so good! i love buying it from this website my order comes very rapidly and the quality of the matcha is just awesome!
Thanks for the fast delivery and once again great product!! Thanks Sam
Second time ordering Matcha tea and as always Sam's prices, service and quality are hard to beat!! The sales are my favourite time to buy!
I ordered Matcha tea and it came very quickly (2 days!) and the tea was delicious! I will definitely order from Sam's Teas again.
I bought a lot of Matcha Tea from samsteasandspices as well as Maca powder. My order arrived on time. The whole process was very effortless. I was also pleasantly surprised to see the bonus gifts!! Very happy with the quality of the Matcha Tea.;
This is not the first time I have ordered matcha from Sam's Teas. The tea is always delicious, delivery is fast and the service is great.
Thank you Sam!
I love Sam's Teas! Great customer service & top quality products for incredibly low prices!! Yes I love the blitz sales also!!
Once again, order was easy to place and received promptly. Fantastic Matcha tea! I always feel confident referring my friends and family to Sam's Teas.
Thanks Sam !!! As usual your Matcha tea is a superior product at a great price. Delivery was as promised and on time. It's always a pleasure to deal with a company such as yours. Thanks again.
Tea is wonderful ! Added to my smoothie or just a nice cups. I drink it daily and. My energy level is up not to mention all the great benefits of matcha tea.
I bought the matcha tea while on sale what a deal it gives me much needed energy and my thoughts are clearer. Great product thank you Sam's tea for the sale price to try this awesome tea.
Received my order very quickly. Love the tea. Great price. Thank you.
I love Sam's matcha and have been drinking it every morning for a few years. The quality is as good as the much pricier brands I've tried. Sam answered my emals promptly and my order arrived very quickly.
Not only is the pricing the best but that quality is excellent. I start my day with a heaping teaspoon of Matcha and a heaping teaspoon of Wheatgrass in my smoothie.....
It is easy to deal with this merchant. Good products and fast delivry. Very satisfied.
I received my matcha tea in record time and love the product!. Even more I love the great service that I received in dealing with problem that I had regarding this purchase! I would do business this them anytime they were superb! Thanks so much!
I absolutely love this product and I was extremely pleased with the customer service you guys provided! Thanks so much for helping me out!
Great product. Makes great smoothies. I was not dissapointed with my purchase.
Fine powder and great taste.
Love the Matcha Tea and appreciated the bonus gift - nice surprise!!
Happy with my purchase!
Great deal, great product, and a taste I like (not too green tasting but a nice matcha flavour all the same).
Have tried a few Matcha Teas. Sam's is excellent!!
Very quick delivery and very good product at a great price. I use it in my smoothies almost daily. Very pleased with Sam's Tea Thank you so much.
Great product, great promotions & ships fast!
Very good!! I love it and will definitely order it again!! Gives me the energy instead of coffee!
You only need a small amount to make a soothing cup of tea, and it has such a nice taste. Also it was delivered in a timely manner.
I highly recommend your product I have encouraged my friends and family to purchase the especially the Matcha which helps with the hormonal balance.
My friends and family have been using Sam's Matcha and spices for a awhile now. The products are great. I am never disappointed with the service. Thank you.
Definitely feel the benefits of Matcha...More ENERGY>>>>>>
My order arrived promptly. The Matcha tea is great tasting. I am very pleased with the tea and the ordering/delivery process.
Superb matcha powder! Very strong flavour and nice colour!
The benefit of Matcha Green Tea is undisputed, staying alert without feeling jittery or crash. This product is best to be blended with a professional blender and the result is awesome. Highly recommended seller. Pleasure to purchase from the seller and will continue to do it again in future. Thank you!
The tea is very good, thank you very much....
Awesome matcha green tea!!
Great product for a great price!
Good tasting and mixes well with water.
Easy to use and flavourful.
I use matcha in all my green smoothies as well as making my own matcha lattes. I love the taste!
Excellent product at an amazing price!
Always a great product and a great price!
Love the Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder. I use it everyday.
great value.. happy with the product. thank you
Fast delivery, good quality Matcha.
It's great. I love it.
This matcha was bitter & didn't mix well.
If it hadn't been such a good deal I would have returned it.
Such great quality for the quantity received.
Thanks Sam's teas!
Sams teas is the only place I order from. They are consistently on time and the product is great!
I have not started to use the product but look forward to the benefits.
I think Sam's Teas is one of the best companies I have ever dealt with. Always on time and gives me random deals and then gifts too! They truly appreciate their customers. Highly recommend.
Really enjoy it - easily disolves
Great product and one of the best online customer services that I have encountered.
I add this to my morning green tea, and love the extra flavour that it gives. The Wag Jag deal is the best!
I very much enjoy using Matcha powder in my smoothies for breakfast every morning. I'm not a coffee or tea drinker. I notice the quality of that it wakes me up but is a slow release so I only need the one drink in the morning to feel awake all morning. However, I'm unsure of the differences between the Supreme Matcha they offer. I've ordered both from Sam Teas and I can't notice a difference between the Matcha products.
I am enjoying the tea plus all the health benefits
Love the tea! And fantastic customer support
I am very happy with the matcha I received from Sam's Spices & Teas...a great afternoon pick me up!
I love this kind of tea. I haven't had a chance to try yours yet but will soon.
Thanks for the order....Ann
This co. is excellent! i've ordered many times and the service is always great, fast accurate and the products are of the best quality at a very good price. I would recommend this site very highly.
It is my favourite tea, thank you so much
Everything is perfect. The tea, the service and the speed of delivery. Great company to deal with. Very happy.
Order came very promptly. Received 3 of 80grams pack and they are very fresh. Great product!
This was one heck of a great deal, and matcha has such amazing health benefits. Delivery was prompt. I am very happy with this deal and with my matcha!! Thanks Sam :)
Good quality - good price. Very happy.
You get a great quality product, shipped very quickly and it has a long expiry date which I like. Great price. Very happy with this company.