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Choose a grade of tea to match the way you like to drink it. For tea lovers who plan to whisk matcha tea powder in a bowl with a bamboo whisk, choose a tea grade matcha made from early harvest leaves. If smoothies, lattes and blending drinks are more your style, then choose a ingredient grade made from more mature leaves.
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Sift 1-2 tsp matcha tea into a matcha tea bowl. Add 3 oz hot, not boiling, water (about 180 degrees). Whisk vigorously in a zigzag motion until a light foam covers the tea. Matcha is ready to drink. Adjust proportions to taste.
Absolutely. There is no one right was to prepare matcha. For tea in a cup, add 2 oz hot water to 2 tsp powder in a cop. Blend well into a paste. Then fill your cup with more hot water. Add almond milk, honey, vanilla or any other flavors you like. Make it your own.
All matcha teas are rich in nutrients and antioxidants, especially the potent and renowned catechin, EGCg. The health benefits of matcha tea exceed those of green tea because when you drink matcha you ingest the whole leaf, not just the brewed water. One glass of matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea in terms of its nutritional value and antioxidant content. For maximum nutritional benefit, matcha tea is unparalleled.
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HEALTH BENEFITS OF MATCHA
Yes. Matcha is a type of green tea and all teas naturally contain caffeine. A cup of coffee yields about 80-200 mg of caffeine per serving while a cup of matcha has only 70 mg. Matcha also contains the amino acid L-theanine, which produces a calming and relaxing effect. So drinking matcha green tea is both a stimulant and relaxant, perfect for focusing on work, mediation, exercise or play without the jitters you can get from drinking coffee.
Matcha contains caffeine, which stimulates the body, and amino acids, which relax the mind. A serving provides 3 to 4 hours of mild steady energy. Perfect for focusing on work, meditation or play.
For the same reason bakers sift flour before using. The static electricity in the air encourages powders (be it flour, baking powder, cocoa, etc) to stick together and form clumps. The same is true with matcha green tea powder. Sifting matcha smoothes it out and lets it blend better into your drink or cooking recipe.
Water quality and temperature are important in making good tasting matcha. Begin with cool spring or filtered water and bring it to just under a boil (about 180 degrees). Boiling water will “scorch” the delicate matcha leaves and impart a bitter taste.
Store match in your refrigerator in an air-tight, light tight container. Matcha does not “spoil” but color, flavor and aroma will degrade over time.
Once opened, use within 2 to 4 weeks for maximum freshness and best taste.
Traditional utensils include a bamboo whisk, tea sifter, ceramic tea bowl and tea scoop. If you can choose only one, we recommend starting with the bamboo whisk, which froths the tea in the bowl and brings out the delicate flavor profiles of matcha. For making blended drinks, we recommend a hand-held milk frother or martini shaker for lattes or iced-tea.
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