Matcha is a premium Japanese green tea powder made from the finest shade-grown tea leaves. For over 800 years, Matcha has been the focal point of Zen Buddhist monks as a revered form of art, an instrument for meditation, and a valued ingredient for health. Best known for its healthy superfood qualities, Matcha is extremely high in antioxidants, amino acids, and other nutrients. Enjoy it traditionally as a hot tea or add it to your favorite recipes as a nutritious addition of flavor.
Matcha is one of the most unique teas on the planet, obtaining its tremendous health properties through careful growing, cultivating, and processing. Unlike other teas, Matcha undergoes a number of additional steps in the production cycle, such as shade growing, hand picking, stem and vein removal, and stone grinding into a fine powder, before it makes its way into your cup.
Many outside factors can affect the quality of Matcha. Check for these element swhen evaluating your Matcha:
The flavor of a high-quality Matcha should be naturally smooth and sweet with just a hint of astringency. The sweetness comes from the L-theanine amino acids that are preserved during the shade growing process.
Matcha has a vibrant jade green color, due to the increased chlorophyll content that is retained during the shade-growing process. Lower quality green tea powders often have a yellow-brown hue.
At about 5-10 microns in size, a high-quality Matcha powder is very fine to the touch and feels similar to eye shadow. A low-quality Matcha has larger particle sizes, resulting in a coarser texture.
For a detailed breakdown of high and low-quality Matcha, visit our blog post.