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Organic Ceremonial Matcha

Caffeine Level: Medium

A finely-ground green tea used in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies, our Ceremonial Matcha is shade grown and slowly milled to retain its distinct emerald color and fresh, creamy taste. Our finest grade of Japanese Matcha.

1.5 oz. powdered green tea in tin

Ingredients
Powdered green tea

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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