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Green tea from Japan, Matcha is an elegant powdered tea made from the finest Japanese tencha and is commonly used in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Experience the Way of Tea or "Cha No Yu" as you whip up a frothy emerald green Matcha infusion. Matcha contains highly concentrated green tea vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll and the unique L-theanine amino acids found almost exclusively in green tea.  Thick and concentrated, this precious green tea inspires focus and calm.

Watch the video below or see the "Brew" tab above for more details on how to traditionally prepare matcha. Check out other matcha recipes including matcha ice cream, lattes and more at Tea Recipes. You can find classic matcha making tools under Matcha Ware .

4 oz. powdered green tea in tin

Ingredients
Powdered green tea

Character

Leaves
Ground and powdered Gyokuro leaves

Aroma
Fresh, oceanic

Color
Emerald liquor

Taste
Creamy body with a vegetal flavor and a hint of the sea

Preparing Matcha Green Tea

Matcha, a japanese green powdered tea is rich in nutrients. It's a versatile green tea that is used in tea ceremonies, lattes, frappes or in cooking. 

The classic method of preparing matcha may seem intimidating, but you can master the process by using the tools listed and folllowing the basic steps below.

Tools & Ingredients

Matcha Green Tea

Tea Bowl ("Chawan")

Bamboo Tea Scoop ("Chashaku")

Bamboo Whisk ("Chasen")

Preparation

Bring purified water to a boil and let cool down to 176 °F. If you have a programmable tea kettle you can also key in the correct temperature and heat water accordingly.

Add around 2 grams or 2 bamboo tea scoops of the matcha powder to your matcha bowl.  If you don't have a tea scoop, use 1 teaspoon of matcha. Often the matcha may have some lumps in it. Add a small amount of cold water and use your whisk to dissolve any lumps in to a smooth paste.

Add 2.5 oz.-3 oz. of hot water to the bowl.  Use the whisk to froth the matcha until all of the large bubbles are gone.  It usually take around 15-30 seconds to whisk. (Remember though you can of course whisk to personal preference). When ready to drink, the liquid should look thick and frothy with tiny bubbles.

You can make a thicker style matcha by adding more matcha powder to the bowl and adjust with water to taste.

Origin
Japan

Health Benefits
Both black and green tea originate from the same plant, the Camellia Sinensis. However, the final product differs in style, taste and caffeine content due to differences in processing. Green teas are not fermented or fully oxidized like black teas, but instead steamed or pan fired.

Like black teas though, green tea contains an abundant source of natural plant-derived compounds called polyphenols. Included within the broad polyphenol class are flavonoids and catechins. A kind of flavonoid, catechins are found in tea leaves and may provide protective action against harmful free radicals.

Research shows that these free radicals cause heart disease, some kinds of cancer and increase the risk of strokes. Drinking green tea may help protect the body by combating dangerous free radical activity.

Further health benefits of green tea may include lowering cholesterol, strengthening the immune system, promoting healthy blood vessel functionality and even protecting teeth and bones. In addition, green tea provides a source of nutrients including magnesium, Manganese, potassium, calcium, and the vitamins C and K all in trace amounts.
 

Use
Whisk Matcha into water to make a unusually green and oceanic tasting cup. Add Matcha powder to taste and whip up a delicious green tea milkshake or smoothie.

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