About Matcha

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What is it?

Matcha is pure stone ground green tea, and the very specific and unique way it is grown is what makes this tea so special. When drinking matcha, apart from the few moments of pure mindfulness that one gains from the very unique technique in preparing it, the whole ground leaves are ingested and so are all the nutrients and goodness that this amazing plant known as “Camellia Sinensis” has to offer.

It is superior to other food in terms of antioxidants content per gram and has the ability to provide sustained energy to our body for up to 4-6 hours. These are only a few of the many reasons for which we should all incorporate matcha into our lives.

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Where does it come from?

The finest, ceremonial grade matcha comes from Japan. The origins of matcha tea stretch back to the early 8th century when traveling Zen monks from Japan began to bring tea seeds back with them from China. They soon developed their own tradition of cultivating, processing and preparing powdered green tea, which became known as matcha.

Although cultivated throughout Japan, there is one region with a misty climate, sloping hills, rich soil and a wide range of temperature between day and night that is especially known for having the perfect conditions for tea plants. That region is called Uji, and we select and source our high quality organic Matcha from this incredible region of Japan in order to deliver only the best for our customers.

Macha (Japanese green tea) being stirred.

How do I prepare it?

To brew a perfect cup of matcha it only takes a few easy steps, and is a process that is as exciting and enjoyable as drinking the tea itself.

1) Carefully place 1-1.5 grams of matcha into a small bowl (we recommend to sift the matcha as it will produce a better froth and no lumps).

2) Gently pour a very small amount of hot water (NOT BOILING WATER) in your bowl and start mixing using your bamboo whisk (Chasen) until you obtain a thick green paste.

3) Add some more hot water (for a total amount of about 70ml) and now whip vigorously back and forth with the wrist and avoid swivelling the tea around.

4) When the tea is sufficiently aired and turned into a fine creamy froth, slow down and remove larger bubbles with the tip of your whisk.

We now suggest to “Zen Out”, appreciate your hard work, and slowly sip your Matcha.

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How much should I consume per day?

When it comes to working out what is the right amount of matcha that you can have in a day, we suggest you to judge from your own body’s reaction to it. While some people, being quite sensitive to caffeine, might report a full day effect from only one cup in the morning, other people can easily tolerate two or more cups per day.

If you wish to go on a detox or weight loss regime, or are lacking in energy, at least two cups a day is recommended. You can also vary the amount of matcha used per cup by making it a bit weaker or stronger.

Normally 1-1.5g (half teaspoon) is the amount of matcha recommended per single serve. Three or more cups a day is only recommended if you are severely run down or battling a serious illness such as cancer.

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Matcha and caffeine content.

Although matcha contains caffeine, its effect on the body is entirely different from the effect of caffeine contained in coffee. Caffeine in coffee impacts on the adrenal glands, which leads to increases in levels of adrenaline, glucose and insulin, which in turn causes jitters, nervousness and difficulty sleeping. In contrast, the caffeine in matcha works in conjunction with numerous nutrients, entering the bloodstream in a time-release way. It helps the body maintain a steady level energy over 3-6 hours, rather than a short burst followed by a crash that occurs with coffee. Also, it is ideal for diabetics and combating hunger pangs because the unique make-up of matcha means that the caffeine leaves your adrenal glands untouched, while at the same time regulating insulin and glucose levels.

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Matcha as a Coffee alternative?

As matcha provides an energy release 4-6 times longer than coffee, it is a fantastic alternative for coffee addicts. It regulates blood sugar, helping you feel both energised and content. Rather than overstimulating it, the L-Theanine effect relaxes and calms the nervous system.

After switching to matcha, many coffee drinkers have noticed their coffee consumption falling or have banished coffee from their diet altogether with no withdrawal symptoms. While we can’t stop you from enjoying the taste of coffee, we can guarantee you will no longer need it to get you through your day.

Buddhist Monks meditate during The Kathina Robe Offering ceremony at the Buddhist Temple, Wat Charoenbhavana, SalfordPicture by Julian Brown

How can Matcha be a stimulant and relaxant at the same time?

We love matcha for its effect on the body and state of mind. Matcha has long been used by monks, warriors and martial artists because of the seemingly contradictory qualities of being both a stimulant and a relaxant.

The time release of energy by the energy-drivers caffeine and theophylline is at a rate that your body can deal with naturally, while the powerful amino acid effect of the L-Theanine relaxes you and gives you focus/alertness.

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