Exploring Matcha Tea
Learn about the tea that has graced the cups of ancient royalty and health gurus alike.
Matcha tea is a unique tea for tea lovers and health enthusiasts alike. Originating in China and flourishing in Japan, Matcha tea has been a special tea often consumed during rituals and ceremonies by religious leaders and royalty. The potent powdered tea is the strongest type of green tea offered and is consumed today for its many believed health benefits. Matcha is estimated to be 10 to 15 times stronger than your average green tea, due to the tea being made of entire tea leaves that are powdered. It also contains tons of antioxidants and beta-carotene, even trumping blueberries in antioxidant power. Many other benefits claimed by Matcha drinkers are long periods of increased energy with no jitters or shakes, improved alertness, stress relief and a substantial metabolism boost. It is also believed that the powdered tea can act as an anti-aging beverage, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, boosts the immune system and acts as a strong body cleanser.
Preparation of Matcha Tea
Bamboo Whisk Method:
- Add the matcha tea powder to a small amount of hot liquid of choice, using a matcha tea bowl, cappuccino mug etc. Whisk briskly in a vertical up-and-down direction, not circular, to make a thick, green paste.
- Add remaining hot liquid to the paste, and stir thoroughly. The matcha powder will dissolve quickly and easily
- Sweeten with stevia (vanilla stevia tastes the best), honey, agave, or any sweetener of choice. A sprinkle of cinnamon is perfect with matcha!
Click the video link below for a visual guide through the process
-You can mix the drink without a whisk, however whisking the paste is the quickest and easiest way.
-Due to the “settling” of the fine matcha tea powder in the containers/bags, we recommend “dry” whisking each individual serving of the matcha tea powder in a bowl/cup before adding liquids. The matcha powder can also be sifted using a fine sifter. After dry whisking, the liquids are then added and the matcha drink can be whisked as per usual. This extra, quick and easy step of “dry whisking” will ensure a perfectly smooth, lump-free beverage!
Storage of Matcha Tea:
Matcha tea is extremely sensitive to light and heat. The tea leaves are flash frozen as soon as they are picked to preserve freshness, and then ground into a powder and vacuum packed in tins or foil bags Once opened and exposed to light/air/heat, the matcha tea powder will begin to oxidize and degrade rapidly. Try storing your tea in air-tight opaque container or sealed in a dark cool area like a refrigerator.