Matcha 101

What is Matcha? 

Matcha is a special variety of green tea, stoneground into a fine powder. All the nutritional properties of the tea leaves are ingested, not letting any of the goodness go to waste. Matcha tea leaves are shade grown before harvest, significantly increasing the chlorophyll and amino acid content well above that of standard green teas.  After researching where to find the purest, highest quality, and finest flavoured matcha, we discovered the Yame district on the Southern Island of  Kyūshū. All our matcha comes from small family farms in this district. 

How to Make the Perfect Matcha Latte

Scoop and Sift 1/2 - 1tsp matcha into your cup
~ Add approx. 1/4 cup of hot water (80 degrees) and whisk vigorously with matcha chasen until frothy
~ Add your choice of hot milk and sweeten if desired (we like a dash of maple syrup)
Enjoy!

 

Health Benefits of Matcha 

Enhanced concentration and focus
Increase in energy
Bolstered immunity
Increase in metabolism
Elevated mood and an inner calm
High levels of vitamins and minerals
Improved skin complexion

    One cup of Matcha is reported to have the nutritional value of up to 10 cups of regular green tea & over 100 x the antioxidants!

      How do I Enjoy my Matcha? 

      Matcha is versatile! A little (1/2-1tsp or 1gram) goes a long way. Indulge in our Ceremonial Grade whisked with water until frothy. Enjoy our Premium Latte Grade blended with almond, coconut or soy milk for a satisfying creamy matcha latte. ​Or get creative with our Culinary Grade – perfect in smoothies, iced matcha, chia puddings, or to add a vibrant green and nutrient dose to your raw or baked treats.

      And what about caffeine? 

      Matcha has approximately 1/3 the caffeine of coffee, with very high levels of the amino acid, L-theanine. This perfect balance works to enhance mental alertness and increase energy without the jitters common with coffee consumption. Japanese monks were known to sip matcha tea to help ease their mind for meditation while the subtle caffeine content would create focus.

      Rich in antioxidants

      Matcha is well known for being extremely high in antioxidants. The best way of putting this into perspective is with the ORAC value of matcha. ORAC is an acronym that stands for oxygen radical absorbance capacity.  This test determines how readily available the antioxidants in a food or drink are and how effective those antioxidants are in the body. Matcha has one of the highest ORAC values of natural food products that we know of. Matcha Matcha's ORAC value on a per gram basis is 1384.