Everything You Need To Know About Matcha
Introduction To Matcha
Matcha is made of young green tea leaves from the Camellia Sinensis plant and ground into a fine powder. Green tea plants are shade-grown for up to a month before harvest, and the leaves stems and veins are removed during processing. The shaded growth allows the plant to produce more theanine and caffeine than traditionally found in regular green tea. Additionally, by grinding the tea the consumer enjoys the entire leaf – leading to increased health benefits!
Over the past few years, Matcha has seen immense growth and popularity among tea drinkers. With uses including lattes, teas, and desserts as well as health benefits; including a boost of energy, focus, and immunity. Matcha is a superhero in the beverage world!
History of Matcha
Matcha dates back to the Tang Dynasty around 618 – 907 when tea leaves were steamed and formed into bricks for storage. Matcha didn’t start gaining traction in Asia until the Song dynasty around 960 – 1279 when the powdered tea was used in ritual. In 1191 Matcha was brought to Japan, later becoming an essential staple in monasteries from the 14th to 16th centuries.
Nutritional Perks of Matcha
In 2003, a study by the University of Colorado found Matcha contains 137 times as many catechins as traditional green tea. The higher concentration of catechins in Matcha vs. green tea comes from consuming the ground tea leaves versus the steeped tea leaves found in traditional Ceylon green tea. Other nutritional benefits include abundant antioxidants, chlorophyll, and L-Theanine. We’ve provided a graph below to illustrate how powerful Matcha is!
8 Reasons To Make Matcha Apart Of Your Life
Antioxidants: 137 times more than traditional green tea, 17 times more than blueberries, and six times more than goji berries.
Metabolism: Consuming Matcha can help your body burn calories four times faster than normal!
Energy: Boosts energy and aids in focus throughout the day.
Fights Cancer: Best source of Catechins which prevent cancer. It can cut the risk of breast cancer in half.
Anti Aging: Helps reduce inflammation and oxidation to help you look and feel younger.
Lowers Cholesterol: Matcha has been proven to lower bad (LDL) cholesterol.
Stress Relief: L-theanine, an amino acid in Matcha, helps calm your mind.
Detox: High concentration of chlorophyll, which helps eliminate chemicals in the body.
How much caffeine is in Matcha?
Matcha is green tea; which contains caffeine, though because the entire leaf is consumed and not steeped and disposed of, the caffeine content of Matcha is more than traditional green tea.
Compared to coffee, matcha tea's caffeine content is around 24% less - or 70mg of caffeine per 8 ounces of matcha vs 96mg of caffeine per 8 ounces of black coffee.
Compared to a shot of espresso, matcha has 5mg more caffeine in an 8 ounce serving (with a shot of espresso containing 65mg).
Green Tea Vs Matcha - What's the difference?
With typical green tea you steep the leaves and then pull them out of the water to drink it. However, with matcha you are actually consuming the ground down tea leaves. This multiplies the health benefits!
Color: Matcha tea has a much stronger and brighter green than green tea. The more vibrant green comes from the chlorophyll!
Taste: More premium grades of Matcha (such as our Ceremonial or Organic Premium) have an easily palatable taste. Matcha's frothy texture and mildly earthy taste lead to an enjoyable beverage. Some Matcha may lead to a more bitter side, and it's recommended you try complimenting it with sweetened cream or milk.
Texture: Matcha powder itself has a fine grain feel to it. Higher grades of Matcha won't feel as coarse as lower grades of Matcha (such as Culinary Matcha - meant for baking). When prepared, Matcha has a smooth texture and is thicker than traditional green tea as you're consuming the entire leaf.
Processing: The finer grade Matcha uses younger leaves that have the tiniest veins and produce the finest grind. Larger leaves are used for culinary matcha purposes.
Nutrition: Because Matcha uses the entire ground leaf, it retains all of its nutritional properties. Traditional green tea, on the other hand, is packed into a tea bag and disposed of after soaking in hot water, taking much of its nutritional value with it. Matcha contains: Antioxidants - Tannis - Amino Acids - Caffeine.
Preparation: Matcha can be served both hot or cold and is traditionally whisked in a bowl called a "chawan". You use a scoop called a "chashaku" to portion your servings. We have all sorts of Matcha accessories!
What is the difference between Ceremonial, Premium, and Culinary Matcha?
Premium & Organic Premium Matcha - Second Finest Grade
Both our Premium and Organic Premium Matcha's are the second finest grade of matcha. These are also great for whisking in hot water - but can additionally be used for lattes and smoothies!Shop Organic Premium Matcha
How to Enjoy Your Matcha
Now that you know the differences between ceremonial, premium, and culinary matcha, it’s essential to know how to prepare and consume your matcha. We’ve prepared a video on how to prepare your Matcha, which can be found below. But in case you would rather read, here are the instruction for making matcha tea!
- Scoop 1/2 tsp of matcha into a bowl (such as a Chawan).
- Add 4 ounces of filtered hot water
- Vigorously whisk in a zig-zag motion until frothy
Our favorite Matcha recipes
Now that you know how to prepare matcha traditionally, here are some of our favorite ways to use matcha powder:
- Learn how to make a whole 30 Matcha Smoothie
- Enjoy a Blended Blueberry Mint Matcha
- Having a night out? Enjoy a Spicy Matcha Margarita
If you're interested in cooking with matcha, some recipes include:
- A delicious Ginger Matcha Affogato
- Homemade Matcha pasta with spicy sesame sauce
Is all Matcha the same?
Not all matcha is created equal. Some companies appear as if they are offering high grade, pure matcha at a low price. However, they often add rice fillers to their matcha so you feel like you are getting a lot of product, but you are actually getting less matcha. Always make sure you check the ingredients!
Where is our Matcha from?
In order to get the best quality matcha, location is critical. This is why we choose to source our matcha from the Aichi Prefecture in Japan. Japan is the center of the matcha tradition as they have been making and drinking matcha for centuries.