What is Matcha tea?
Matcha is a cherished and vibrant green tea powder that embodies a rich history of tradition and a wealth of health benefits. Originating in ancient Japan, Matcha is meticulously crafted from shade-grown green tea leaves, selected for their tenderness and vibrant color.
Unlike regular steeped tea, where the leaves are discarded after brewing, Matcha celebrates the essence of the whole leaf. After harvesting, the leaves are carefully ground into a fine, velvety powder, preserving their potent nutrients and antioxidants.
Matcha’s unique preparation and consumption invite a deeply immersive experience. The finely powdered tea is traditionally whisked into hot water with a bamboo brush, resulting in a frothy, emerald-hued elixir. Its distinct taste balances an earthy, slightly sweet flavor with a gentle bitterness, offering a sense of tranquility and connection to nature.
Health benefits of Matcha Tea backed by science :
- Helps weight loss : Matcha offers the same weight loss benefits than green tea ( R 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
- Cancer prevention : Matcha contains some compounds that have been linked to cancer prevention in test tubes and animal studies. ( R 1, 2)
- High in antioxidant: Matcha tea delivers produces 3 times more antioxidants than other green teas, which may help prevent cell damage and lower your risk of several chronic diseases ( R 1, 2, 3)
- Promotes heart health : Green tea consumption has been linked with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease( R 1, 2)
- Boosts brain function : consuming matcha improves attention, reaction time, and memory ( R 1, 2, 3)
- Help protect the liver : a review of 15 studies confirmed that drinking green tea was associated with a decreased risk of liver disease, and matcha may benefit people with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) by reducing liver enzymes ( R 1, 2)
How to use your Matcha Tea powder :
For a 250ml cup, use 1/4 teaspoon of Matcha powder (our Japanese Powder Spoon is perfect for this !)
- Heat the water to 80°C
- Sift the matcha powder into a mug or small bowl to remove any lumps.
- Add about 1/4 of the hot water and whisk briskly until the matcha is fully dispersed and there is a foamy layer on top.
- Add the remaining hot water and whisk again until foamy.
- Sweeten to taste, if desired.
Matcha contains more caffeine than green tea. While some caffeine may be beneficial, too much can have adverse effects, such as increasing the heart rate.