Rooted in the centuries-old Japanese tea ceremony and lauded today for its many health benefits, matcha tea is a unique form of green tea that is specially grown and prepared. Unlike regular green tea, the tea bushes for matcha are shade grown for several weeks before harvest which increases the production of amino acids and produces slightly higher caffeine levels. The whole leaves are then ground into a dazzling bright green powder packed with a plethora of health benefits. Matcha with its high levels of antioxidants is said to boost metabolism, increase energy levels, improve concentration, and may help with weight loss. Drink as a hot tea (see recipe below) or add to lattes, smoothies, and baked goods. Any green tea-lover will be won over by matcha’s pleasant, full-bodied, slightly grassy taste. To maintain freshness, store in a cool, dry airtight environment. Refrigeration is best. Sourced from Japan. 3 oz.
HOW TO PREPARE MATCHA TEA
- Sift 1 teaspoon of matcha powder into a large mug or bowl
- Add 6 oz of nearly boiling water to the powder
- Use a whisk in a “W”-shape pattern until a fine froth appears