🍃 Do You Love Matcha? 🍃

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Uptown Tea Shop - Premium Loose Leaf Teas and Accessories | Organic Matcha

A lot of people ask me about matcha - what it is, what it’s good for, how to drink it or use it, and what it tastes like.

The Organic Matcha I carry is a high-quality, single-origin green tea from Japan finely ground into a powdered form from shade-grown tea leaves.

Japanese farmers grow matcha by covering their tea plants 20–30 days before the harvest to avoid direct sunlight. Doing this increases chlorophyll production, boosts the amino acid content, and gives the plant a darker green color. It also increases the naturally occurring levels of antioxidants, l-theanine, caffeine, flavonols, and sugars. Yep, all the good stuff.

Only the young green tea leaves are picked, and within hours they are given a steaming treatment to stop the oxidation process. Once the stems and veins are removed, the rest of the leaf is ground into a fine, bright green powder.

So how do you make matcha? Yes, it’s a green tea, but it’s not steeped like traditional green tea. There are several ways to enjoy matcha.

Uptown Tea Shop | Organic Ceremonial Matcha

Organic Ceremonial Matcha is high-grade matcha with a pleasant, sweet, green flavor. The matcha powder is directly combined in hot water and then whisked into a froth, with no steeping involved. It is traditionally served in a bowl or guan.

Organic Ceremonial Matcha is meant to be consumed as a drink by itself.

If you are going to be drinking matcha by itself, be sure to get the ceremonial matcha, not the culinary matcha. There is a vast difference in flavors between the two varieties, and most people don’t enjoy the taste of culinary matcha by itself.

Uptown Tea Shop | Organic Everyday Matcha

Organic Everyday Matcha is bright green with a fresh and invigorating taste. It is harvested from the first and second harvests.

Organic Everyday Matcha is perfect for cooking, making lattes, and adding to your favorite smoothies. It has a pleasing and refreshing taste with very low astringency and bitterness.

I personally add Organic Everyday Matcha to my morning smoothies. It ups the health benefit of my drink by offering mental focus, clean energy with no spike, additional antioxidants, and amino acids.

Uptown Tea Shop | Organic Matcha Sticks

I love using the Organic Matcha Sticks when I travel. They’re pre-portioned and easy to use with no fuss or mess.

Matcha has numerous health benefits when you drink it regularly. Consuming matcha will give your body a natural source of potent antioxidants. It may also help alleviate anxiety and lower heart disease risk while stimulating healthy weight loss, relaxation, and alertness. Since matcha contains caffeine, you may want to enjoy it first thing in the morning.

If you’re not brave enough to try matcha all by itself, I offer two other teas that contain matcha and are brewed just like regular green tea. Yes, these are steeped.

Uptown Tea Shop | Organic Genmaicha Matcha

Organic Genmaicha Matcha contains organic green tea and toasted rice, giving the tea a slightly nutty flavor.

Uptown Tea Shop | Organic Fit Body Green Tea

Organic Fit Body Green Tea combines organic green tea, organic yerba mate, organic rooibos, organic lemongrass, organic matcha, and lemon myrtle for a fabulous lemon-flavored thirst-quenching drink. It is great, either hot or over ice.

Here’s to the vivid, clean energy of 100% pure and authentic Japanese Matcha.

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