What is matcha?
The hottest new health food trend is actually an ancient Buddhist secret.
Maybe you’ve heard of matcha, know a friend who’s an enthusiast, or have seen a green drink at Starbucks® and wondered: what is that?
What Is Matcha?
Matcha is green tea powder. It’s made up of premium green tea leaves that have been finely stone-ground into a bright green, talc-like powder.
But it’s not just any green tea. Matcha comes from the very best, shade-grown green tea leaves that are harvested by hand, dried in the sun, de-veined, de-stemmed – and then gently ground into powder.
So… Matcha Is the Same Thing as Green Tea?
No. Green tea is consumed after steeping, which means that you don’t actually ingest the plant itself. You just drink the water that the tea is marinated in. Matcha green tea powder is mixed with water, and you consume the entire leaf. This provides a distinct taste, texture and appearance – and MANY more nutrients. In fact, you’d have to drink 10-15 cups of green tea to equal the health benefits in one cup of matcha.
Why Is Matcha So Healthy?
One serving of matcha powder contains 1,384 ORAC units of antioxidants – more than almost any other food on the planet. Antioxidants are special nutrients that protect your body’s cells against damage from free radicals. These toxins make you susceptible to weight gain, inflammation, disease and chronic conditions.
Matcha is also rich in a unique type of antioxidants known as catechins, which have powerful cancer-fighting properties. Catechins can also help to increase your metabolism, promote physical endurance, and aid in weight loss efforts.
In addition to antioxidants, matcha also contains fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, chlorophyll, and polyphenols (naturally occurring micronutrients found in plants).
Does Matcha Contain Caffeine?
Yes, but your body processes the caffeine found in matcha differently than the caffeine found in other sources, such as coffee. That’s because matcha also contains a hefty dose of the amino acid L-Theanine. When caffeine and L-Theanine get together, they produce a sustainable source of energy that lasts 4-6 hours, along with a calm-yet-alert state of mind. Matcha promotes focus and concentration, without the jitters or crash of coffee.
L-Theanine? Never Heard of It. What Is It?
L-Theanine is an amino acid naturally found in plants, including green tea leaves. It has been studied for its ability to reduce stress and boost mood. L-theanine is also associated with enhanced mental focus, creativity, cognition and memory.
Can Matcha Help Me Lose Weight?
Because of its high content of catechins, matcha can boost your metabolism and help you lose weight – even while you sleep. Catechins help regulate your weight through thermogenesis and by oxidizing fat. Matcha can also improve your energy and stamina, and as a pre-workout drink it can help you enjoy exercise.
What Does Matcha Taste Like?
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.
You can also mix matcha into your favorite recipes to make them healthier. Here are some photos from our customers that showcase the drinks and desserts you can make with matcha.
Where Does Matcha Come From, Anyway?
Green tea was originally grown in the Huanshan Mountains of China, and was introduced to Japan in 1191 by a Zen monk, Eisai. The green tea seeds that he planted around Kyoto flourished, as did the concept of the tea ceremony and the use of matcha as a meditation aid. Matcha has been an integral part of Japanese ritual culture for centuries, and today the green tea powder is enjoyed all over the world.
How Can I Buy Matcha?
Epic Matcha is proud to offer 100% pure stoneground matcha powder. To make sure that the Epic Matcha you experience is remarkable, our own journey to create an EPIC matcha meant we first had to find a leaf that was epic. A leaf that could be stoneground into matcha worthy of the Epic name, and capable of helping people live an epic life. It all begins with the leaf. The better the leaf, the better the powder. We searched. We sipped. We shared steaming pots of tea. We rubbed leaves between our palms, raising our hands to our face to breathe deeply the fresh green aroma. We spoke with many farmers all in the quest to find the best of the best tea leaves.
We wound up sampling Matchas from more than 60 different green tea farms in Japan and China, so that we could bring you the finest matcha green tea powder on the planet: Epic Matcha.
Our matcha is 100% pure, USDA Certified Organic, and responsibly sourced from the very best farms in China and Japan.
First time to try this tea!
By D. Bergeson on September 19, 2015
Flavor: Japanese Culinary | Grade Size: 4oz | Verified Purchase
First time to try this tea! This was the first time we tried this green tea and we really enjoyed the taste! Have also noticed a boost in energy! Looking forward to using it in different ways and will purchase it again!
Impressed with the Company.
By T. L. Oksner on August 31, 2015
Flavor: Culinary | Grade Size: 4oz | Verified Purchase
Impressed with the Company. I don’t recall who initially pointed me to this product, but it was a health food guru (I follow many of them). I used to drink the Starbucks® matcha green tea Frappuccino and had been trying to re-create it at home. This is a much healthier option. The company is certainly one I am proud to support: they sent me a *thank you note* with my first order. That impressed me so much. I like to drink the tea powder in smoothies and as an afternoon pick-me-up. It isn’t at all sweet, so you do need to add Stevia or honey to whatever you make. I like that they included recipes. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to make anything yet beyond the usual hot tea or smoothie. But I will be buying the product again. Can’t hurt and certainly may help — and it supports a small business!
Tea for Energy!
By Terry on July 30, 2015
Flavor: Culinary | Grade Size: 4oz | Verified Purchase
Tea for Energy! This is my first time using Matcha tea and love it. It was recommended in the 17-Day Diet. I like to drink it cold, but can be served hot. This is an easy way to get your water intake requirements and to have more energy. The company I ordered this from appreciates business, sent a hand written thank you note for my business. That is true customer service with a special touch. I plan to buy more tea from this company.
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