What is Matcha?
Matcha is a Japanese green tea. Made from specially grown and tea leaves, matcha is specially grounded in a smooth powder form.
While it is technically considered a “green tea,” it is a special form of green tea. This happens during the harvesting process where matcha leaves are covered in cloth for weeks before they are harvested. The covering of the leaves help them develop a more unique flavor and texture.
How Does Matcha Taste?
Green tea, and especially matcha are a more acquired taste in the world of tea. The taste of matcha can vary depending on its quality and purity. The ceremonial grade matcha used at META is 100% pure Japanese matcha.
The taste of matcha is rich, sweet, yet has a subtle sweet aftertaste. Many drinkers compare it to drinking red wine or trying dark chocolate. It is difficult to explain the complexity of matcha’s taste.
Matcha’s unique taste comes from the fact that it is filled with chlorophyll and amino acids, which give it a vegetal and sweet aftertaste. It takes time to get used to matcha, or even enjoy it. However like many tea drinkers before you, once you become accustom to this tea’s extraordinary flavor, you won’t be able to have enough.
Benefits of Matcha
Matcha is rich in antioxidants, amino acids, chlorophylls and other micro nutrients. Antioxidants help fight free radicals, and can help prevent cell damage and decrease the risk of certain chronic diseases.
Matcha also boosts brain function. It does so by boosting the drinkers alertness with its natural caffeine content. Caffeine has shown to help improve brain function, promoting alertness, and boosting productivity. Unlike caffeine from coffee, many matcha users say the caffeine buzz from matcha creates an “alert calm” rather than a jittery buzz.
Matcha also contains the compound L-theanine, which helps alter the effects of caffeine such as the crash in energy levels after caffeine consumption. L-theanine has also shown to increase brain wave activity, which may help with relaxation and decreasing stress levels.
Studies have also linked matcha (and other green teas) to helping protect people against heart disease. Matcha has shown to reduce levels of LDLs (low density lipids), also known as “bad” cholesterol, as well as triglycerides.
How to Make Matcha
Matcha can be brewed hot or cold depending on the weather. Traditionally, it has been made with boiling water and a Japanese whisk. Today, it can be made in any liquid of choice and just a quick shake or stir.
Step 1: Prepare Powder
Since our Matcha tea comes in a powder form, it is extremely easy to make. Just use 1/2 a tea spoon per 8 ounces of liquid.
Step 2: Prepare Liquid
Decide whether you are going to brew your Matcha hot or cold. You can also choose from a variety of liquids to brew it in such as milk, water, almond milk, and more! While our Matcha contains no added sugar, make sure to check what liquid you are using to ensure there is nothing you don’t want to consume.
Step 3: Mix Powder & Liquid
Put your tea spoon (or more) of Matcha into your glass or container. Shake or stir until the liquid takes on a beautiful light green color and there are no floating bits at the top. Now sip, enjoy, and attack the day.