Many of you may have heard the term matcha before but aren't sure what it is. In this newsletter, I will explain how matcha is made and why I drink it daily.
Matcha is a type of green tea that has gained much popularity over the last few years. It looks very different from traditional green tea; it is grown and harvested differently, too.
Tea that will be made into matcha is shaded from direct sunlight during the growing season. This produces much darker, greener tea leaves than those receiving more sunlight. The lack of sunlight increases chlorophyll and amino acids, which leads to higher levels of antioxidants — you know, the good stuff that helps support our immune system and keep us healthy. Matcha has antioxidants in abundance.
After harvesting the leaves, the stems and veins are removed. What's left of the leaf is ground into a fine, bright green powder called matcha. It is unmistakable once you've seen it.
Typically, you drink Ceremonial Matcha on its own when whisked with hot or cold water; it has a sweeter, smoother flavor.
In contrast, you cook with Culinary Matcha and add it to lattes, baked goods, smoothies, and more.
Since matcha has more caffeine than typical green tea, I suggest enjoying it in the morning or early afternoon if caffeine bothers you.
So how do I drink my matcha?
Mostly I enjoy matcha in my morning smoothie. In a high-speed blender, I add protein powder, chia seeds, collagen powder, cacao powder, Culinary Matcha, almond butter, and frozen mixed berries. I blend this all together and then add ice. Yum!!!!
This smoothie is a powerhouse to start my day.
I use my Organic Matcha Sticks for my smoothies since these single-serve sticks are perfectly sized for a teaspoon. I clip the top and pour the matcha into my blender with all the other ingredients: easy peasy and no need for a measuring spoon.
These Organic Matcha Sticks are also ideal to take with you when traveling. They're so convenient because they are pre-portioned in single-serve packets. Each single-serve packet contains 2 grams of premium stone-milled Organic Japanese Matcha sourced from the volcanic region of Kirishima, Japan, and blended for balance and energy.
I've also added matcha to my scone mixes. I will say the finished product had a very pretty green hue and was delicious with butter, jelly, or lemon curd.
You could also use these single-serve matcha sticks with cold water to make a cold brew. Add a packet to a bottle of cold water (my Cold Brew Sport Bottle is perfect for this) and shake vigorously. No need to wait; just drink and enjoy.
I also sell Organic Ceremonial Matcha and Organic Everyday Matcha in a tin. Both are organic single-origin Japanese green tea.
The Organic Ceremonial Matcha has a pleasing and refreshing taste with very low astringency and bitterness and comes from Saemidori, Okumidori, and Tsuyuhikari cultivars.
The Organic Everyday Matcha is a premium matcha sourced from the volcanic region of Kirishima, Japan. It has a refreshing taste with low astringency and bitterness.
Here's to your antioxidant health by adding matcha into your tea world,