There's So Matcha To Love About Matcha
We are matcha crazy at the moment and we just can't get enough of this ancient green tea powder, which is why we couldn't resist writing a whole blog on everything matcha.. But really, there's just so matcha to love about matcha!
What is Matcha?Matcha is a type of green tea but normally when you drink green tea, you are consuming an infusion where the constituents from the leaves are infused into the hot water, and the plant matter itself is discarded. With matcha, however, you are ingesting the actual green tea leaves which have been stone ground into a fine powder and made into a solution.
Matcha is grown In Uji, Japan, where the green tea plants have a scheduled growing and harvest time to optimise both colour and flavour. In the traditional preparation process with matcha, the tea plants are covered with shade cloths prior to harvest, promoting the growth of leaves with improved texture and flavor. The leaves are then hand selected, steamed, and then dried and aged under cold storage conditions to deepen the flavor prior to being finely ground into the powder you purchase. Matcha has been used in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies for centuries, but it has recently become popular worldwide because of its health benefits, and has now become one of the most powerful super foods today.
What is the difference between Matcha and Sencha?
Matcha on the other hand is green tea which has been stone-ground into a powder form, it is dissolved into water or a liquid so technically the whole tea leaves are consumed which means more health benefits!
The Benefits Of Matcha
If you drink coffee, you may notice the jittery feeling and anxiety that can come with too much caffeine consumption. Coffee contains a rather large and excessive amount of caffeine and while this 'coffee buzz' is one of the aspects that makes coffee so appealing, it also can have it's negative effects. Coffee can cause a spike in adrenaline that the body and internal system can sometimes have difficulty metabolizing properly. This is why so many people love Matcha, because it can actually create a calming type of alertness, but without the spikes, crashes, or adrenal overload.
Caffeine is known to help the process of stimulating and burning fat cells. Matcha does this and then some in ways that coffee simply cannot. Matcha contains almost five times the amount of L-Theanine which allows for the central nervous system to remain calm, level and still activate your metabolism to help maintain or even lose a healthy amount of weight. Green tea is one of the most popular drinks, aside from water, that many consume to jumpstart a slow or sluggish metabolism.
The antioxidant profile of matcha is impressive as it contains catechins which help to slow or prevent the damage of cells and provides potent anti-cancer properties. This is good news for many different aspects of overall health. Catechins help in the anti-aging process, making you look and feel much younger.Focus and mental clarity
The blood vessels in the brain are positively affected by the powerful antioxidants within matcha. Combined with a healthy amount of caffeine, the activity within the brain can be improved. Cognitive function, memory, and mental acuity are typically higher in those who drink matcha as opposed to coffee. This is because the huge spike and crash often present in consistent coffee consumption can cause fatigue and mental fogginess. Research also suggests that L-theanine (the main ingredient in matcha) is a cognitive enhancer, in that it increases the general state of mental alertness without the overstimulating effects.
L-theanine, an amino acid in green tea may also have antidepressive effects. In one open label trial, L-theanine administration over two months was shown to be safe and to elicit multiple beneficial effects on depressive symptoms, anxiety, impaired sleep and cognitive issues in patients with major depressive disorder. Animal studies have even suggested that matcha consumption may incite stress relieving effects.
What can you do with Matcha?
- Matcha bliss balls
- Matcha baked oatmeal
- Matcha jelly
- Matcha doughnuts
- Matcha brownie
- Matcha pancakes
- Matcha waffles Matcha smoothie bowls
What Matcha brand do we recommend?
There are 3 main grades of matcha which are ceremonial grade, premium grade and culinary grade. Ceremonial grade is usually used only for traditional Japanese tea ceremonies where the process is completed very thoroughly. A premium grade matcha is a great alternative that allows for optimum quality for both everyday drinking as well as cooking. Culinary matcha is mainly just for cooking and baking.
Matcha Maiden is an authentic Japanese powder made by stone grounding pure green tea leaves that is free of nasties and has a beautiful rich flavour. Our favourite feature of this matcha powder is just how versatile it is, as you can add it your desserts, smoothies, salad dressings and even your skin care! Matcha Maiden is also certified JAS organic by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries of Japan, and is grown with only natural organic fertilisers and no agricultural chemicals or pesticides. JAS certification standards are stringent and also accepted by the Australian organic certification bodies.
Teas can also be a concentrated source of heavy metals, which is why we love Matcha Maiden as it has been tested for heavy metals, pesticides, and toxic moulds.
This one is also one of our personal favourites and one that we can personally recommend. Love Tea certified organic Matcha Tea is superior grade matcha with an emerald green appearance and a sweet grassy taste, with a delicate and creamy texture.
We have so many beautiful matcha products in our online store. Check out our full range of matcha powders HERE.
Matcha Latte Recipe
Here is a Matcha Latte recipe for you to create!
1/2 - 1 tbsp matcha powder
Matcha whisk or electric whisk
1 tsp local honey or 2 drops of pure stevia
Frother/warmer (this can be optional and not a necessity to make matcha drink, its just good for frothing and warming the milk like a barista really)
1/2 tsp mesquite powder
- We like to use reishi as my choice of 'adaptogen' and mesquite as the 'superfood'. But you can also add 1/2 tsp maca powder or 1/2 tsp ashwagandha powder for extra power. You can also add collagen powder or other powders to create your own matcha elixir.
- If you prefer a sweeter matcha latte, feel free to add your choice of sugar or sweetener
1. Using your favourite mug, fill 1/4 of the cup with hot water.
2. Add matcha powder, honey or stevia, coconut butter, reishi powder, and mesquite powder
3. Now whisk the mixture until well combined into the water with a frothy surface
4. If you have a mylk frother/warmer you can use that, but if not you can warm your milk over the stove top in a small pot on medium heat
5. Pour in your mylk gently
7. Finish with a swirl/stir