What is it?
Green tea leaves that are stone ground into a powder form. It has a natural sweet, umami flavor profile. Some people may find it to be bitter, especially when they first try it.
What’s it for?
🧭Because matcha is consumed wholely (as opposed to stepped in tea and then thrown out) you get the FULL benefits! Here are some of my favorite benefits and fun facts:
~ Incredible energy boost without crashing effects (this is because of the L-theanine – an amino acid that can cross the blood-brain barrier)
~ Immune-boosting (this is thanks to green tea catechins = detoxifying enzymes)
~ Because matcha is partially shade grown (this is one of the MAJOR differences between matcha and green tea), it requires the chlorophyll to work overtime. This not only gives matcha its vibrant green color but gives matcha all the amazing benefits of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll helps boost the blood’s capacity to deliver oxygen and other nutrients to the body, and also is a great detoxifier – particularly of heavy metals.
How to make it/consume it?
Traditionally, you will use a chosen (whisk) and chawan (bowl). Add about 1 – 2 tsp of quality, Japanese matcha to the bowl using a chashaku (scooper) and add a few tablespoons of hot water (no hotter than 175º F or you will burn the matcha!). Whisk in a W or M-shape until a paste forms. Add to mug of choice and then add more water to make a tea. Alternatively, you could use an electric whisk and mix matcha and warm water in a cup/mug. Also could happen in a blender! Lots of ways to get this amazing green tea to you! :] Option to sweeten or make it a latte by adding your favorite milk. Note: store your matcha in the fridge (bonus points for being in a dark container). This helps to keep the tea fresh, as it will go bad quickly in the pantry due to air exposure speeding up the oxidization process.
Where can I find it?
It’s difficult to find good, quality, Japanese matcha in stores (at least in my experience!). You want to be sure that it is grown and ground in Japan, first and foremost. My favorite brands are :
Mizuba Tea Co.
and Man Eating Tiger NYC
If you do try another, make sure that it is a bright green upon opening! If it’s brown or grey in any way, dump it.