Matcha 101

Pure Matcha Goodness

What is Matcha?

Matcha is the finest green tea in the world which is grown slowly from specialty shaded tree bushes. Only the finest leaves are picked by experts from the tea bush after 4 weeks of shade or more. After the leaves are harvested they are then steamed, not rolled and dried with all the stems, twigs and leaf veins are removed by machinery and the resulting leaves that are left over are known as Tencha. The Tencha (leaf) is ground with special granite grinding wheels resulting in a powder which is known as Matcha.

This process is very labour intensive and in Japan there is only high quality Matcha which is why it is so expensive. The grinding process allows for the full benefit the whole leaf for drinking. This ensures that Matcha drinkers are consuming higher concentrations of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and fibers than other teas. There is no other vegetable or fruit in the world that provides the amount that Matcha does. This is why Matcha is commonly referred to as the Mother of all Teas because it is literally the healthiest drink nature has to offer.

It is important to know that there are many grades of Matcha from ceremonial grades to food grades. Food grade, also known as ingredient Matcha, is used in baking and cooking or as an ingredient in such things as smoothies. The fine jade green powder is then whisked with a bamboo whisk and end result creates a beautiful creamy flavourful green tea drink which is truly a culinary delight, nature’s own energy drink and a luxury of love.

How much Matcha per day do we recommend?

If you are new to Matcha it is best to start by consuming 1 serving a day. Most people who consume Matcha on a daily basis drink 1-2 servings a day. There is no known Matcha overdose!

Does Matcha have caffeine?

Matcha has a relatively high caffeine content, however the impact of caffeine found in Matcha is quite different from that found in other drinks such as coffee. Matcha caffeine is absorbed much slower into the body (6-8 hours) and gives a slower release of energy while coffee caffeine tends to be absorbed very quickly into the body which is why coffee caffeine is well known for its quick energy spikes. Therefore, Matcha caffeine is not associated with the well known negative side effects that coffee caffeine is associated with.

  • 1 cup of Matcha is equivalent to 10 cups of regular green tea
  • Matcha contains 1384 ORAC units (per gram base) compared to Dark Chocolate which has 227 ORAC units
  • 3-6 hours long lasting energy boost with L-theanine
  • 139 times Catechins (EGCG) than regular green tea
  • 100 % Natural

What is ORAC value?

Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity. This assesses the antioxidant potency of foods and beverages. Higher numbers contain more antioxidant effects on our body.

Please NOTE: Green Tea has Interactions with Medication

  • EGCG has been found to inhibit collagen-induced platelet aggregation comparable to aspirin, suggesting an anticoagulant potential. Caution is warranted for those taking anticoagulant drugs.
  • Vitamin K in green tea may directly interfere with the blood-thinning action of the anticoagulant drug warfarin (Coumadin).
  • Drinking large amounts of green tea may decrease the therapeutic effects of the warfarin.

Information on the relationship between substances and medication is provided for general information and it is not intended to cure or prevent any disease.

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