What is Matcha?

What is Matcha?

One of the hottest new health trends. It is a “superfood,” rich in anti-oxidants and is reported to significantly improve clarity of mind, memory recall and retention. It has traditionally been used to bolster energy, clarity, focus and peace.

We invite you to stop by our tea room and retail area to try a matcha latte or buy some matcha supplies such as a whisk or matcha bowl. Or, check out our new MatchaGo™ cups (instructions are included).matcha

Antioxidants – 1 serving of Matcha has over 5 times as many antioxidants as any other food. Specifically epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) – known for its cancer fighting properties

Amino acid L-Theanine –helps to calm the nerves and increases memory and concentration

Strengthens the immune system – as it contains high concentrations of Potassium, Vitamins A & C, Iron, Protein, and Calcium.

Matcha is a powder made from pulverizing the luscious deep green top leaves of shaded tea plants (camellia sinensis) into a powder. Since the whole leaf is consumed it has more nutrients and health benefits than your typical cup of green tea.

Keep in mind, not all matcha is created equal; it has many grades, Ceremonial being the smoothest tasting and chocked full of nutrients. The Second Harvest grade is good too, but slightly more astringent. From there the grades become bitterer and more yellow in color, ideal for lattes or baking.

At TNHA®, we sell organic Grade A Chinese Tencha green tea made from fresh leaves stone ground into a fine powder.  We will also be selling 20g tins of Ippodo Ceremonial grade in the retail section of our tea room.

How is Matcha different from most teas?

Approximately 3 weeks before harvesting, the tea leaves are covered for 3 weeks. This helps the new shoots to grow bigger and thinner, enriching the flavour and texture. Then the tea is harvested by hand, choosing only the smallest leaves for the best quality. Once harvested the leaves are slightly steamed to stop the fermentation, then dried, packed and allowed to age for approximately 6 months in a cold storage facility.

These leaves are then ground into a fine powder called Matcha (Ma = powdered, Cha = tea). It is a rich source of antioxidants and phytochemicals that may be shown to reduce high blood pressure, and harmful cholesterol; improve the immunity system and regulate blood sugar levels and more.

How to serve Matcha

The traditional and ceremonial way is with a bamboo whisk in a matcha tea bowl. This can be a very meditative practice as well as an enjoyable way to slow down and take in the goodness of life.

In our Tea Room, our staff can serve you a delightful cup of Matcha Latte which is a favorite staff hot beverage drink. They will prepare it with warmed organic almond milk and froth it just for you!

Another way to enjoy matcha is the quick and easy MatchaGo™ way. Simply put 1-2 grams of matcha in a MatchaGo™ cup, add your liquid, put on the filter & lid, shake well, and go! The liquid can be cold or hot (though not boiling hot) and it can be water, almond milk, coconut milk or … you decide. Either way, shake it well – around 30 seconds. Shake extra carefully if your liquid is hot.

REMEMBER…

Temperature matters when making matcha. Heat brings out the bitter flavors in matcha. Where cold water will bring out its unique sweetness and the rich creamy feel. If you are using water instead of almond or coconut milk, the ideal temperature is 65 – 85 degrees Celsius (150 – 180 degrees Fahrenheit). That is below boiling, so watch your kettle!