All your questions? Answered.
1. What is matcha?
Matcha is a powdered green tea from the Camellia Sinensis plant. Matcha is produced by grinding down the most delicate green tea leaves into a super fine powder. This powder can be whisked with water to make a cup of tea, or blended into smoothies and recipes for a health boost!
2. What makes matcha different from regular green tea?
The process tea leaves go through to become matcha is a bit different from traditional green tea. Tea leaves are temporarily grown in the shade to trick the plants into overproducing chlorophyll. This additional chlorophyll gives matcha its vibrant green color and accounts for some of its unique health benefits.
3. What are the health benefits of drinking matcha?
Remember how the camellia sinensis plant is grown to produce extra chlorophyll? This extra step in the plants' production means powdered matcha is an excellent overall health booster. When it comes to health, matcha benefits more than regular green tea. This additional benefit is that you are actually consuming the entire tea leaf rather than steeping and subsequently removing the leaf.
Matcha is one of the highest sources of antioxidants available. One cup of matcha has the same amount of antioxidants as 10 cups of regular green tea!
Matcha is also great for helping boost metabolism. It can help you burn calories up to four times faster than usual!
Perhaps one of the most intriguing things about matcha is the fantastic energy boost it provides. Matcha is often used as a substitute for coffee because it helps increase energy and focus. However, people usually prefer it over coffee because when you drink matcha, there is no caffeine crash.
Some of the other health benefits of matcha include reducing cancer risk, lowering cholesterol, decreasing stress, and detoxing the body.
4. What are the differences between the different grades of matcha?
We carry three different grades of matcha: Ceremonial, Premium, and Culinary. First off, it is important to know that all of the grades of matcha have the same health benefits, the difference between the grades is taste.
Ceremonial Matcha is our highest grade of matcha. It is made with the youngest green tea leaves which gives it a smoother and slightly sweeter taste. Young tea leaves are ideal for matcha because they contain fewer veins. This makes it easier for the leaves to be ground down into a super fine powder.
Premium matcha is our second highest grade of matcha. It is made using the leaves that aren't selected for Ceremonial. It has a smooth grassy taste. We have two different grades of premium matcha available, Premium Matcha and Organic Premium Matcha.
Culinary matcha is our third highest grade of matcha. It is made with the leaves that aren't selected for Ceremonial or Premium matcha. Culinary matcha has a low price point, making it ideal for use in recipes and smoothies. We have two different grades of culinary matcha available, Culinary Matcha and Organic Culinary Matcha.
5. Why do the prices of ceremonial matcha vary so much between different companies?
There is no standardized grading system for matcha. This means that any company can call their matcha "ceremonial grade", but it might be the equivalent of another company's culinary grade. So how do you know what matcha is of good quality? Check for five things: Color, texture, origin, ingredients, and price.
High quality matcha is a vibrant, bright green color. Avoid matcha teas that look dusty, gray, or yellow in color.
The texture of ceremonial matcha is super fine. If matcha looks grainy or very clumpy it is of lower quality.
Always look for matcha that comes from Japan. Cheaper matcha tea is available from China, but it is often polluted and blended with fillers like rice or corn starch.
If you are looking for pure matcha green tea, always make sure to look at the ingredients list. Sometimes it will appear as if you are getting a large amount of matcha for a great price, but then you find that the matcha has been diluted with rice filler or corn starch.
The final indicator of true ceremonial matcha is the price. Most ceremonial matcha teas are priced from $25 to $30 for 30 grams of matcha. Any cheaper and it is probably a lower grade of matcha with a more bitter taste. On our site, our tins come in 1.5 ounces which is approximately 40 grams of matcha.
6. How do you make matcha?
There are so many ways to make matcha! The traditional method involves using a bamboo whisk. Simply add 1/2 tsp of matcha to a bowl, add 4 ounces of nearly boiling filtered water, and whisk back and forth in a zig zag motion until a froth forms on the surface of the matcha. The result is a creamy, broth-like cup of green tea.
Another easy way to make matcha is by shaking it up with water in a bottle. You can make hot matcha this way, or you can make iced matcha! For iced matcha, add 1/2 tsp of matcha, 4 ounces of cold water, and some ice to the bottle. Close the lid and shake the bottle vigorously for about 30 seconds. Enjoy!
Lastly, you can experiment with matcha by adding it to your smoothies, lattes, cookies, ice cream, and more! Matcha powder blends in easily to any recipe.
7. Where is Full Leaf's matcha from?
All of our matcha comes from the Aichi Prefecture in Japan. This is located in the Nishio region which is one of the most renowned matcha regions in the world.
8. What is sweet matcha?
Sweet matcha is premium matcha powder that has been blended with organic cane sugar. This makes it perfect for lattes and smoothies! If you prefer sweeter tasting drinks, like most matcha drinks that you get from cafes or coffee chains, this is the matcha for you. Just stir the sweet matcha with hot water, and then add frothed milk of your choice to make a perfect matcha latte!
9. How much matcha should you drink in a day?
How much matcha you drink in a day mostly depends on your caffeine tolerance. 1/2 teaspoon of matcha (1 serving) contains about 35 mg of caffeine. For comparison, the average cup of coffee contains about 100 mg of caffeine. Most people find that they enjoy drinking 1-3 servings of matcha a day.
10. What happens if I try matcha and I don't like it?
If you order matcha from us and decide that it isn't quite your cup of tea, just shoot us an email at Customers@FullLeafTeaCompany.com and we will be happy to give your money back or send you something new.