Frequently Asked Questions about Matcha Green Tea

Do you have questions about matcha green tea? We have answers.

As a small, family-owned business, we love it when people ask questions about Epic Matcha Green Tea. If you have any other questions not covered here, please contact us.

Contents of Epic Matcha

Matcha tastes fresh and green – similar to green tea, but more brothy and robust. The flavor strikes an appealing balance between mildly sweet and mildly bitter. The highest-quality matcha leans more towards the sweet side, while cut-rate matcha will taste more bitter. Like coffee and other teas, many people choose to add sweetener or some type of milk to their matcha. In fact, if you sweeten it up, it even tastes similar to iced black tea.

You can also mix matcha into your favorite recipes to make them healthier (here are some matcha recipes you might like to try)

Here’s our journey and process for finding the best tasting matcha (we walked away from any bitter tasting matcha) and we also have a tons of matcha reviews on our website.

All Epic Matcha products are 100% pure organic matcha powder. You may have seen other matcha-style products on the market that are blends of lower quality teas like tencha and gyokuro, with a little matcha thrown in. Epic Matcha is not a blend. Our culinary and ceremonial grade products are 100% pure organic matcha.

One serving (½ teaspoon) of Epic Matcha green tea contains less caffeine than a cup of coffee, but more caffeine than a cup of green tea. The exact caffeine content varies a little bit with every crop of leaves, but it is around 29 to 37 milligrams per serving. For reference, one cup (8 ounces) of brewed coffee contains 160 milligrams.

Yes, all Epic Matcha products are 100% USDA Certified Organic.

For every 1/2 tsp (2g) of Epic Matcha Green Tea Powder (Culinary) you are receiving approximately 1g of protein, .4mg of Iron, and 2% of your daily Vitamin A intake (based on a 2,000 calorie diet), all for approximately 6 calories.

Yes, all Epic Matcha products are kosher.

L-theanine is a naturally occurring chemical compound found in plants, including green tea leaves. It promotes the production of alpha waves in the brain, and is used to improve mental focus, stamina and cognition. L-theanine may also decrease high blood pressure, boost immunity, and help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

EGCG stands for Epigallocatechin gallate. EGCG is a type of catechin, a naturally occurring chemical compound known as a polyphenol that is found in green tea and other plants. EGCGs are powerful antioxidants with numerous health benefits, including increased metabolism and physical endurance. Antioxidants flush the body of free radicals and toxins, which make you susceptible to weight gain, illnesses, cancer and other chronic conditions.

Making Epic Matcha

Everyone is different, so listen to your body to determine what is best for you. It’s likely that you won’t need more than 2 to 3 servings per day. Many people like to drink one serving of Epic Matcha in the morning, and one in the early afternoon when the post-lunch slump sets in. Epic Matcha’s natural energy boost lasts from 4 to 6 hours.

Purists insist that the only way to mix matcha is with a traditional bamboo whisk. If you don’t have one of these on hand, feel free to use a spoon. To break up lumps, try using a small fork or metal whisk to stir your matcha. In a pinch, a shaker bottle will work as well.

Of course not! While the traditional Japanese tea ceremony uses hot water and a bamboo whisk, you can drink Epic Matcha however you would like. Blend matcha with milk for a morning latte, toss a scoop into your pre-workout smoothie, or mix it with cold water for a refreshing afternoon treat.

You can use either cold or hot water, whichever you prefer. To enjoy a basic matcha tea, mix ½ teaspoon of Epic Matcha Green Tea Powder (culinary or ceremonial) with 6-8 ounces (3/4 cup to 1 cup) of cold or hot water. If you choose hot water, just ensure that the hot water is below boiling, so you don’t lose any of the benefits of drinking matcha (between 160°F – 180° F).

If you like to experiment, you can get even more recipes for lattes, smoothies and desserts by looking on the back of the package and following the directions to download our free matcha recipe book.

Yes. We suggest using 1 teaspoon of organic honey or agave nectar to sweeten Epic Matcha, but you can use any sweetener that you like.

Epic Matcha culinary grade is perfectly fine for sipping, and you will find that it makes a much higher quality tea than other matcha green tea on the market. To create Epic Matcha, we visited over 60 organic green tea farms in Asia in search for the perfect leaf. We conducted double blind taste tests week after week, looking for matcha green tea that matched our high standards for flavor and texture.

While culinary grade Epic Matcha may not taste as sweet or delicate as our ceremonial grade Epic Matcha, we think that it will meet your standards for sipping. If for some reason you aren’t 100% satisfied with our product, we’ll be happy to give you a 100% refund.

Right here! Discover 16 delectable recipes for smoothies, lattes, sweets and more when you download Epic Matcha’s free recipe book.

If you would like to know how to prepare Epic Matcha the ancient traditional way, watch this video on how to make matcha (ceremonial grade).

Already a Customer? There’s a super secret link on the back of the package that will give you 37+ matcha recipes (giving you additional matcha sweets and breakfast recipes too).

Side Effects of Epic Matcha

Because of its high content of EGCGs, matcha boosts fat metabolism and can burn up to 25% more calories (see studies noted here). It can improve your energy and stamina, and many people enjoy matcha as a pre-workout drink.

Many people find that matcha increases their level of sustained energy for four to six hours. Matcha provides a calm, steady energy that comes from its unique combination of caffeine and L-theanine.

Caffeine affects different people in different ways. The general consensus in the medical community is that a small amount of caffeine (up to 200 milligrams per day) is fine for pregnant women. As with any product that contains caffeine, you should consult your doctor before consuming matcha during your pregnancy.

No. Unlike strong espresso drinks and other energy boosters, matcha has no side effects (just positive ones). Matcha enhances your energy naturally at a sustainable level, without jitters or any kind of “crash.” However, we don’t recommend drinking matcha on an empty stomach. Like other products with caffeine, this could cause your stomach to feel a bit unsettled.

Buying Epic Matcha

Try our Epic Matcha green tea powder for 30 days. If it isn’t every bit as fantastic as we say it is, simply return it to us within 30 days for a full refund, no questions asked.

You’re protected by this guarantee if you used a ½ teaspoon or the whole thing! That’s how confident we are you’ll be happy and keep coming back for more!

You can count on us to give you hands-on personal attention. We’ll do everything possible to make you happy. Please send your feedback to Epic Matcha Support.

**Accessories sold are non-refundable as stated on the product pages.

This is a common question and we sell both kinds.

It depends on how you plan on drinking matcha.

Culinary

Culinary grade matcha is specifically blended for use with other ingredients in recipes for food and beverages. Its enhanced flavor profile pairs perfectly with other flavors, creating delicious green tea lattes, matcha smoothies and green tea based baked goods.

Ceremonial

Sipped for centuries in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, ceremonial grade matcha is the highest quality green tea powder available. This premium grade is vibrant green in color, with a very delicate taste and extremely fine texture.

Just as in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies, it’s not recommended to add other ingredients because they can mask its sweeter and more delicate flavor. Because of this and its higher grade (and therefore price), for most people it’s NOT ideal as an everyday tea or as an ingredient in lattes, smoothies or desserts (the culinary grade is better for this).

In summary…

While culinary grade Epic Matcha may not taste as sweet or delicate as our ceremonial grade Epic Matcha, we think that it will meet your standards for sipping as well. If for some reason you aren’t 100% satisfied with our product, we’ll be happy to give you a 100% refund.

The price of matcha depends on the quality and origin of the tea leaves, along with various market factors. Low-priced matcha is often blended with other types of green teas. Epic Matcha is guaranteed to be the best matcha green tea powder that you have ever sipped.

The brightness and tone of matcha’s memorable green color depends on the quality of the tea leaves that it is made of. The highest quality green tea leaves produce the brightest, most vibrant green color – like Epic Matcha. Brands of lower quality matcha tea will appear dull green or pale in color.

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Keeping Epic Matcha Fresh

Epic Matcha is hand-plucked from the finest green tea farms in China and Japan, dried, prepared, and delivered to you as soon as possible. The entire process takes less than 4 to 6 WEEKS to go from the farm fields to the cup in your hand.

Matcha green tea powder should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry, dark place. Epic Matcha is easy to store, because it comes in a resealable plastic pouch (culinary grade) or a metal tin (ceremonial grade).

Once it has been ground, matcha will stay fresh for about one year under optimal conditions.

When stored properly, an opened container of matcha will stay fresh for six to twelve weeks. If stored incorrectly and left open to the elements, the nutrients in the tea will degrade. Always store your matcha in an airtight container.

Curiosities

Epic Matcha offers three types of organic matcha: Culinary grade Epic Matcha from China (green pouch), Culinary grade Epic Matcha from Japan (red pouch), and Ceremonial grade Epic Matcha from Japan (black and teal tin).

First, let’s talk about what the similarities are — all three versions are organic. The two 4 oz pouches (the green and red pouches) are both culinary grade for smoothies, lattes and baking.

The matcha in the green pouch is grown in China while the matcha in the red pouch is grown in Japan. Why is this? We found that some customers prefer their matcha from China while others prefer theirs from Japan. There is great debate in global tea drinking community about which is preferred. Matcha originated in China, and was soon adopted in Japan where it became an integral part of their culture and rituals.

Epic Matcha guarantees that all of our organic matcha products are of the very highest quality, no matter where they originate. All of our matcha powders come from premium farms, and are made with the very finest handpicked tea leaves available.

Matcha originated in the Huanshan Mountains of China in the late 12th century, and shortly thereafter was brought to Japan by the Zen master Eisai. Drinking the verdant green tea soon became intertwined with Buddhist meditation practices. For centuries, it has been an important part of Japanese ritual culture and now – Epic Matcha brings this traditional elixir to you.

Read more about the story of matcha here.

Epic Matcha is definitely open to cross-promotional collaboration if our brands are in line. Please contact us here.

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