MATCHA GREEN TEA
powdered green tea
Our Heritage style Matcha is organic, shade-grown & stone-ground. Higher antioxidants & a bold, hearty, yet smooth taste are the result of these authentic production methods.
Store away from light, heat & keep tightly sealed to maintain freshness. Consume within a few months for maximum benefits as Matcha is highly perishable & loses antioxidants rapidly.
FACTS ABOUT MATCHA:
There’s a lot of confusion around the different grades of matcha. Nowadays many sellers make up their own names for what they refer to as different grades of matcha - but those terms can be a sales pitch. Since matcha was originally produced primarily for the Japanese Tea Ceremony, the highest grade is usually referred to as a “ceremonial”. The problem with ceremonial matcha is that it has lower antioxidant levels than organically grown matcha.
The reason for lower antioxidants, is that ceremonial matcha is grown using a lot of chemical fertilizers, because they can make matcha taste sweeter. Sweetness in matcha became prized in the modern era of the Japanese Tea Ceremony. There are several problems with added fertilizers:
- they reduce the antioxidants in the tea
- they make the plant more susceptible to insects, so tea bushes need to be sprayed with added pesticides. Since matcha is powdered, it’s very concentrated - one teaspoon of powder contains very many servings of green tea & you're consuming the whole leaf. That can mean a dramatically higher level of chemical or pesticide residues.
Beware of additives in matcha as well - hidden sugar, sweeteners, dyes/colourants and artificial flavours are often added to disguise low quality, stale matcha.
For the above reasons, we only offer one type of matcha which is a high quality, fresh, unsweetened, organic grade - to ensure that you're maximizing the antioxidants in the tea, while avoiding pesticides. Our matcha is also stone ground in a carefully controlled process, because otherwise matcha overheats during grinding, and you the also lose antioxidants. For more info & health benefits watch our Tea Master’s Matcha video - in the video section of our site.
Traditional Bowl Method: Place 1-2 tsp Matcha into a bowl. Pour aprox 60 ml or 2 oz hot water (ideally water should be slightly cooler, or just before the boiling point) over the Matcha. Using a bamboo whisk, rapidly whisk using a side to side motion (unlike when whisking to the side in the usual western sense) until frothy. Sip directly from the bowl. For a finer froth & consistency, sift Matcha immediately before placing it the bowl. Inquire in-store about our sifters, tools & bowls.
Latte Method: Please note that while enjoying a Matcha latte is tasty, milk binds with the tea’s antioxidants so it prevents you from absorbing much of its benefits. For health benefits, it’s best to enjoy it plain. Place 1-2 tsp Matcha into a bowl. Pour 60 ml or 2 oz hot water (ideally water should be slightly cooler, or just before the boiling point) over the Matcha. Using a bamboo whisk, rapidly whisk using a side to side motion (unlike when whisking to the side in the usual western sense) until frothy.
Separately heat dairy or non-dairy milk. Froth. Pour Matcha over steamed milk. Stir to combine.
CAFFEINE & MATCHA - 35-140 mg caffeine
Although Matcha is a green tea, which is normally lower in caffeine than other teas, it is highly concentrated due to the fact that it is powdered. You’re getting many more cups of green tea per even a small serving, which means the caffeine content is much higher than green tea. The caffeine is similar to coffee, depending on how strong you make it. However, the caffeine in tea affects you differently than the caffeine in coffee, so you may not notice the after-effects as much. For more on Caffeine in Tea watch our Tea Master’s Tea & Caffeine video, in the videos section.
FRESH ORGANIC TEA = MORE ANTIOXIDANTS
NO ARTIFICIAL FLAVOURS, COLOURS, SWEETENERS, DAIRY OR SOY. GLUTEN-FREE.