What is matcha tea?
Matcha tea is a type of powdered green tea that originated in Japan. It is made from shade-grown tea leaves that are ground into a fine powder, giving it a vibrant green colour and a distinct flavour. The tea is traditionally prepared by whisking the powder with hot water in a bowl until it becomes frothy. Matcha is popular for its high concentration of antioxidants and caffeine, which provides a sustained energy boost.
What's the difference between matcha and green tea?
Matcha and green tea come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis, but they are processed and prepared differently, resulting in different flavor profiles and health benefits. While both teas are high in antioxidants, matcha is more concentrated due to the fact that it is made from whole tea leaves that have been ground into a powder. In contrast, green tea is made by steeping the leaves in hot water and then discarding them. Additionally, matcha contains more caffeine than green tea, as it is consumed in its entirety.
The key differences 🌿
- Matcha and green tea come from the same plant, but they are processed and prepared differently.
- Matcha is made from whole tea leaves that have been ground into a powder, while green tea is made by steeping the leaves in hot water and then discarding them.
- Matcha is more concentrated in antioxidants and caffeine compared to green tea.
Read our blog on the difference between matcha and green tea for more information.
What is ceremonial matcha?
Ceremonial matcha is a high-quality, premium-grade matcha tea that is traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies. It is made from the youngest tea leaves, which are hand-picked and carefully processed to produce a vibrant green powder with a smooth, delicate flavour. Ceremonial matcha is known for its vibrant green colour, sweet aroma, and fine texture, which make it ideal for sipping on its own or for use in traditional Japanese ceremonies.
Ceremonial matcha is the highest grade of matcha used in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. It is produced from the finest tea leaves that are picked at the first harvest of Spring. This process creates a smooth, vibrant green matcha powder that has higher nutritional value and a natural hint of sweetness.
Sum up of ceremonial matcha 🍵
- Ceremonial matcha is a high-quality, premium-grade matcha tea that is traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies.
- It is made from the youngest tea leaves, which are hand-picked and carefully processed to produce a vibrant green powder with a smooth, delicate flavour.
- Ceremonial matcha is known for its vibrant colour, sweet aroma, and fine texture, which make it ideal for sipping on its own or for use in traditional Japanese ceremonies.
What are the health benefits of drinking matcha tea?
Matcha tea has a range of potential health benefits, including boosting metabolism, enhancing brain function, and reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. The tea is rich in antioxidants called catechins, which can help to protect against oxidative stress and inflammation in the body. Additionally, matcha tea contains L-theanine, an amino acid that can promote relaxation and reduce stress levels.
Three important facts about the health benefits of matcha tea 😌
- Matcha tea may boost metabolism and enhance brain function.
- Matcha tea is rich in antioxidants, which can help to protect against oxidative stress and inflammation in the body.
- Matcha tea contains L-theanine, an amino acid that can promote relaxation and reduce stress levels.
Read more on the health benefits of drinking matcha tea here.
How much caffeine does matcha tea contain?
Matcha tea contains caffeine, but the amount can vary depending on factors such as the quality of the tea and how it is prepared. On average, a cup of matcha tea contains around 35mg of caffeine, which is less than a cup of coffee but more than a cup of green tea. However, the caffeine in matcha is believed to provide a more sustained energy boost than coffee, as it is released more slowly over time.
Read more about caffeine in matcha here.
How long does the ceremonial matcha last?
Matcha tea has a shelf life of approximately one year, however, is best enjoyed within that first month of opening. All of our matcha tins are delivered completely sealed for optimum freshness.
How do I take the best care of my matcha?
Store your ceremonial matcha in the fridge and ensure to close your matcha tin properly so that it's airtight and maintains its freshness for as long as possible. Exposure to air, smells, heat and humidity can affect the flavour and health benefits of your matcha powder.
What matcha tools do I need to prepare Japanese matcha the traditional way?
Everything you need to prepare your matcha in the traditional way is in our Complete Matcha Tea Set! It includes:
Sipspa's ceremonial grade matcha is sourced directly from Kyushu and 100% certified organic. It's also vegan, gluten-free and dairy free, so that you can enjoy your matcha completely guilt-free.
The matcha bowl is large and deep, and allows you to comfortably mix your matcha in it.
The bamboo scoop (chashaku) is like a thin spoon and measures the perfect amount of matcha powder (generally 1.5g) for your 'Usucha' brew, the most traditional way of drinking matcha green tea.
The traditional 100 prong bamboo whisk (chasen) is used to blend the matcha to create a creamy froth. It helps eliminate all lumps, as well as gets rid of the bigger bubbles you might find at the top after the whisking.
The matcha tea whisk holder (chasen naoshi) is used to store your bamboo whisk after use. It has been functionally designed for storage and to maintain the shape of your bamboo whisk and its fine bristles.
- And lastly, the matcha sieve, used to remove clumps and aerate your matcha powder.
How do I prepare matcha tea?
Learn 3 different ways to prepare and savour matcha tea in our article here. Usucha, koicha and a matcha latte.
Can matcha tea be used in cooking?
Yes, matcha tea can be used in a variety of recipes, including desserts, smoothies, and savoury dishes. Some popular matcha-based recipes include matcha lattes, matcha ice cream, and matcha cheesecake. When using matcha in cooking, it is important to use high-quality matcha powder for the best flavour and colour.
Is matcha good for weight loss?
Matcha has gained popularity not only for its taste, but also for its incredible health benefits. One such benefit is its potential to aid in weight loss.
Matcha can aid in a person's weight loss journey through boosting metabolism, increasing thermogenesis, suppressing appetite, enhancing endurance and increasing the rate of fat burning during physical activity, and through regulating blood sugar.
For a detailed article on matcha for weight loss, read on here!
Is matcha safe for pregnant women?
Health professionals in Australia recommend a limit of 200mg per day. A standard cup of ceremonial grade matcha contains around 70mg of caffeine. If you are unsure, please consult your doctor before consuming.