WHAT IS MATCHA?

Matcha is a type of Green Tea that is stone ground into a micro-fine powder.

Uji Matcha powder in a wooden scoop

A MORE POTENT TYPE OF GREEN TEA: MICRO-FINE POWDERED TENCHA GREEN TEA LEAVES; UNIQUELY ABUNDANT IN HEALTHY ANTIOXIDANTS AND AMINO ACIDS

Camellia Sinensis - Green Tea Plant
Camellia Sinensis – Tea Plant
Matcha is made from the Camellia Sinensis (Tea) plant.
 
The Tea plant is turned into Tencha (a unique type of Green Tea) and then ground into a micro-fine powder.
 
What makes Matcha so special is that unlike regular Tea, when it is consumed, the whole goodness of the plant is ingested. This is because of its powdered form.
 
The quality and potency of Matcha is based on many variables including:
 
  • The region and conditions it is grown
  • The production/process  
  • Age of Tea leaves
  • Freshness

HOW TO TAKE MATCHA

TRADITIONAL

uji-matcha-bowl
  1. Place 1/2 tsp of matcha in bowl
  2. Add hot but not boiling (about 80°C) water
  3. Whisk until frothy
  4. Enjoy

ON THE MOVE

uji-flask
  1. Place 1/2 tsp of matcha in flask
  2. Add hot but not boiling (about 80°C) water. Alternatively use cold water if you enjoy a cold brew.
  3. Shake until frothy
  4. Enjoy

SMOOTHIE

uji-blender
  1. Place 1/2 tsp of matcha to your favourite smoothie blend.
  2. Enjoy

HISTORY OF MATCHA: ORIGINATING IN CHINA, MASTERED BY THE JAPANESE

Japanese monk Eisai
Japanese monk Eisai

In the 12th century, Japanese monk Myōan Eisai, returned back from China and introduced Zen Buddhism to Japanese culture.

While Eisai was in China, he was also fascinated with a bright Green drink that accompanied the practices of Chinese Zen Buddhists. This drink that was discovered is now known today as Matcha.

Eisai became eager to introduce both the practice of Zen Buddhism and Matcha to Japanese culture. He realised that the Zen monks in China benefited from Matcha; it kept them alert and focused during meditation and it was associated with a multitude of health benefits that we now have scientific evidence on.

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