Also known as “powdered green tea” and traditionally used in Chanoyu – the Japanese Tea Ceremony, Matcha has a special spiritual significance in Japan. It is said that a person operating within the rules of Chanoyu finds the five senses working at their fullest. Matcha is essential to Japan’s traditional art of the tea ceremony, bringing about with each cup mental concentration, emotional stability, and composure of the mind. Unlike black tea and green tea whose ingredients are infused in water and discarded, Matcha has ingredients that can be utilized fully to activate the organic functions of the human body. It is a beverage good for both the mind and the body. Matcha contains essential vitamins and minerals and has shown long term health benefits due to its many disease fighting nutrients. Matcha has 9 times the beta carotene of spinach, 4 times that of carrots, and approximately 10 times the polyphenols and antioxidants of regular teas.
In making this tea, the tea plants are covered with bamboo mats in the last few weeks of their growing season to promote full flavor. After the leaves are plucked, they are immediately steamed to spread the chlorophyll throughout the leaves and stop any oxidation. The leaves are then dried and rapidly cooled. The resulting dried product is called rough tea, or Aracha. Aracha is then cut into small pieces and the twigs, veins and stems are removed. The leaves are dried again and the resulting product is known as Tencha. Tencha is then ground by stone mills in a climate-controlled, clean room to produce Matcha. A single mill can only process 40 grams of leaves per hour.
Matcha has a sweet, buttery and rich oceanic taste. It is ideally prepared with a bamboo whisk in a bowl. However, it can also be prepared in a variety of drinks, shakes and smoothies.
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- Creamy, sweet and rich oceanic taste.
Matcha powdered green tea is not steeped but whisked with hot water and drunk immediately. It is traditionally used in the Japanese Tea Ceremony, Chanoyu, but can also be prepared simply at home for a refreshing, healthful beverage.
While your water is heating, soak the bristles of your bamboo tea whisk (Chasen) in water to moisten them and prevent them from any breakage. Place a teaspoon or two of Matcha in the bottom of a previously warmed bowl (Chawan) or wide, shallow cup. Add 6 to 8 ounces of hot water (temperature can be adjusted to your preference, but generally 150 to 170 F). Quickly whisk the tea to a froth using your Chasen. Drink immediately, enjoying the rich fragrance of the tea with each sip.
If you do not have a bamboo tea whisk, the beverage can be prepared by shaking the Matcha in a lidded vessel and then pouring into a bowl. Metal whisks and other utensils do not mix the tea thoroughly enough or create enough froth to give the beverage smoothness.
100% Organic Powdered Green Tea Leaves.
3 oz. / 85g
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