MATCHA GREEN TEA
powdered green tea
VIP members enjoy 10% off our list prices for matcha purchased in-store only at this time. Climate change & concerns about radiation in Japan have resulted in a very small supply & price increases worldwide for radiation-free organic matcha. If you’re not a VIP member yet, it’s free to join in-store.
Our Heritage style Matcha is organic, shade-grown & stone-ground. Higher antioxidants are the result of authentic production methods.
Store away from light, heat & keep tightly sealed to maintain freshness. Consume within a few months for maximum benefits.
FACTS ABOUT MATCHA:
There’s a lot of confusion about different grades of matcha. Nowadays many sellers make up their own names for different grades, but the terms can be a sales pitch. Since matcha was originally produced primarily for the Japanese Tea Ceremony, the highest grade is usually known as a “ceremonial”. The problem with ceremonial matcha is that it can have less antioxidants than organically grown matcha. The reason for lower antioxidants is that ceremonial matcha is often grown with a lot of chemical fertilizers, because they make matcha taste sweeter. Sweetness in matcha became prized in the modern era of the Japanese Tea Ceremony. There are several concerns 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 - 1 tsp. 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 hidden additives in matcha as well - sweeteners, dyes/colourants and artificial flavours are often added to disguise low quality, stale matcha.
For these reasons, we only offer one matcha which is a high quality, fresh, unsweetened, organic grade - to ensure maximum antioxidants and to avoid pesticides. Our matcha is also stone ground, because it protects antioxidants in the tea. 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 in a bowl. Pour aprox 60 ml or 2 oz hot water (use water just before boiling) over Matcha. Using a bamboo whisk, rapidly whisk until frothy. Sip directly from bowl. For a finer froth, pre-sift Matcha immediately before placing in bowl.
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 many 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 (use water just before boiling) over the Matcha. Using a bamboo whisk, rapidly whisk until frothy. Separately heat dairy or non-dairy milk. Froth. Pour Matcha over milk. Stir.
CAFFEINE & MATCHA - 35-140 mg caffeine
Although Matcha is a green tea, which is normally lower in caffeine, it is highly concentrated because it is powdered. You’re getting many more cups of green tea in even a small serving, which means the caffeine content is much higher than other green teas. The caffeine level 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.
FRESH ORGANIC TEA = MORE ANTIOXIDANTS | NO ARTIFICIAL FLAVOURS, COLOURS, SWEETENERS, DAIRY OR SOY. GLUTEN-FREE.