Our 100% premium matcha green tea powder is imported from Shizuoka, Japan. Traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies, matcha green tea is prized for its rich source of health-promoting antioxidants. In fact, matcha contains more antioxidants than any other variety of green tea. Our ceremonial-grade matcha green tea has a deep earthy flavor with hints of sweetness. Perfect for making tea, or adding to baked goods, smoothies and more.
4 Health Benefits Of Matcha Green Tea
1) Antioxidant Powerhouse: Matcha green tea powder contains more antioxidants than virtually any other food, including acai berries and pomegranates. It is a uniquely rich source of catechins, a group of antioxidants that protect cells from disruption by free radicals. The oxidative damage caused to normal cells by free radicals has been linked to chronic conditions like cancer, heart disease, and degenerative diseases related to aging.
The most prominent catechin found in matcha tea is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), an even more potent form of antioxidant than Vitamin C or E. Matcha powder contains a more highly concentrated form of EGCG than its loose leaf tea counterpart.
2) Weight Loss: When it comes to losing weight, matcha green tea can help you in two ways. Firstly, its natural caffeine content promotes thermogenesis, the body’s production of heat, which helps burn more calories. Secondly, the EGCG in matcha green tea improves metabolism and promotes the breakdown of stored fat. One-two punch!
3) Reduces Stress: It also contains high levels of L-theanine, an amino acid which lowers stress levels but preserves alertness. Matcha green tea contains up to five times as much L-theanine as regular green tea. The L-theanine counteracts the caffeine in the tea, making matcha ideal for creating a mental state of relaxed alertness.
4) Detoxifying Properties: Since matcha leaves are grown in the shade and protected from sunlight, matcha boasts the richest source of chlorophyll compared to all other teas. Chlorophyll is a powerful cleansing and detoxifying agent that helps rid the body of heavy metals and other toxins. It is also responsible for the powder’s signature verdant color.
How To Make Matcha Green Tea
Using a spoon: To make matcha green tea, simply blend 0.5-1 teaspoon of 100% matcha powder and a small amount of hot water with a spoon to make a smooth paste. Add more water and sweetener as desired.
Using a traditional bamboo whisk: Put 0.5-1 teaspoon of 100% matcha powder in a large cup or drinking bowl and add a small amount of hot water. Whisk in a quick, light zig-zag motion until a layer of green froth appears on the surface. Add more water if desired. 100% matcha powder can be used for thin or thick matcha. The ideal water temperature for 100% matcha green tea is 150-180 degrees Fahrenheit.
Matcha Green Tea Recipe Ideas
Aside from a drinking tea, matcha can also be used for making green tea cakes, ice cream, and any other desserts or treats that call for the flavor of the tea. Whip up a deliciously energizing breakfast with our matcha green tea pancakes recipe. Or, turn your smoothie into an antioxidant powerhouse by adding 1-2 tablespoons of matcha powder – we love making this nourishing matcha green tea smoothie for an invigorating boost. Both of these healthy recipes were developed just for us by a Registered Dietitian so they’re packed with nutrition and flavor.
Caffeine In Matcha Green Tea
There are approximately 45mg of caffeine per gram of matcha green tea powder.
What Does Matcha Green Tea Taste Like?
Due to its high levels of amino acids, matcha green tea has a deep and complex taste, initially bitter but with a sweet aftertaste.
What Is Matcha And How Is It Produced?
Matcha is a high-quality green tea powder with a fine texture. Its tea leaves are grown only in Japan and are shielded from sunlight several weeks before harvest. This helps the leaves darken and produce higher levels of amino acids. After the best tea leaves are picked, they are dried out and ground manually to a fine powder on a stone mill to protect the nutrients in the leaves.
Although organically grown foods are often considered superior to non-organic foods, this is not the case with matcha green tea. Unlike other plants, matcha is protected from sunlight for most of its life, in order to develop its rich amino acid profile and unique flavor. As such, it requires fertilizers for energy to grow. The fertilizers used to grow our matcha are high-quality, natural fertilizers, although they are not certified organic. Organic matcha green tea powders may carry the organic label, but they tend to be lighter in color and have a weaker flavor and lower nutrient profile. That’s why many connoisseurs buy matcha green tea that is non-organic.
Our Registered Dietitian’s Top Pick
Our Registered Dietitian and Health Nut loves matcha green tea powder because of the ‘matcha difference.’ This means that drinking matcha is like drinking the actual green tea leaves and is more potent compared to traditionally steeped green tea. Additionally, matcha green tea powder has the amino acid L-theanine, which helps balance out the energy boost from caffeine with a natural relaxing effect.
A Tradition In Japan
Matcha green tea powder was first cultivated by Japanese Zen priests, who developed rituals incorporating matcha. During Japanese tea ceremonies, participants prepare matcha green tea in a series of choreographed steps to achieve beauty, tranquility, and enlightenment. Matcha is the only tea used in these ceremonies, which can range from formal to social. Our matcha green tea powder is ceremonial-grade like the kind served in this Japanese tradition.
Serving size 4g (~0.1 oz.)
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8oz bag, 5lb bag