What is Matcha?
Matcha is a unique tasting powdered Japanese green tea. It differs greatly from other teas as its cultivation from plant to cup includes finer intricacies such as hand picking, shade growing and granite milling it into a fine powder.
Matcha is said to have been brought about by Buddhist monks who roasted the leaves, ground them to a powder and whisked it with hot water to make a tea. The L-Theanine (a mind-energizing amino acid) and caffeine combination found in Matcha produced a relaxed yet focused effect which assisted them in their long periods of meditation. Matcha is well known for it’s health benefits and is regarded as the superior tea of Japan.
As the entire leaf has been ground down into a fine powder, the benefits of consuming the whole leaf in beverages or food is also at an optimum.
Matcha is full of antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and fibers.
Drink to good health
Matcha out ranks any other natural fruit or vegetable in terms of antioxidants. An ORAC test (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) tests the total antioxidant capacity of food and found that per gram, Matcha is far higher than any other food source.
One gram of Ceremonial Matcha green tea = 15x the antioxidants of wild blueberries.
One of the most outstanding attributes of Matcha is the amino acid L-Theanine. This distinct quality is found in green teas which are shade grown like Matcha.
When the natural caffeine from tea is combined with L-Theanine, a slow release of energy is produced over a three to six hours (unlike coffee which lasts an hour to an hour and a half). Matcha picks you up and ensures a rise in energy whilst still maintaining a relaxed and calm demeanour.