What Is It?
We have all heard of, and probably tasted green tea. But for those of us who are fortunate enough to attend a formal Japanese tea creremony, we would know the green tea of green teas - Matcha. Matcha is the superfood of typical green teas. Used in formal tea ceremonies since ancient history in Japan, Matcha was consumed by Japanese royalty, monks and samurai warriors. Legend has it that ancient Samurai warriors drank Matcha tea as a pre-battle drink for increased energy and endurance for lengthy battles.
So, Matcha is NOT your typical green tea. Although both Matcha and green tea come from the same plant Camellia sinensis, Matcha tea is much more nutrient-dense than green tea. You will be able to recognize Matcha from its much brighter green color and better taste (almost no bitter after-taste). Comparing nutrients, 1 cup of Matcha tea = 10-15 cups of green tea, approximately.
The tea bushes for Matcha are grown in shade (sheltered from direct sunlight), thus leaving the leaves with a brighter shade of green and higher amounts of chlorophyll and L-theanine amino acid. L-theanine amino acid is known to reduce anxiety and stress, and when combined with caffeine, induces a calmer, yet more alert, state of mind.
The finest Matcha is produced from young and tender leaves hand-picked during the very first harvest of the season (first flush). The tea leaves are then steamed, dried and then milled into fine Matcha powder. First-flush Matcha is the Matcha of choice as it contains significantly more chlorophyll and amino acids (including L-theanine) than the leaves that are picked later in the season. The more chlorophyll, the more vibrant green the powder will be. And the more L-theanine amino acid, the sweeter (umami plant sweetness) the Matcha will taste. So, bitter-tasting Matcha is not first-flush high-quality Matcha.
Not all Matcha teas are the same. Nature’s Superfoods has sourced for the best-tasting and highest-quality Organic Matcha Powder from Kyoto - Ceremonial Matcha. Ceremonial Matcha is hard to find, and is not commonly used even in restaurants in Japan.. It uses the youngest, finest and most tender first-flush tea leaves, and is characterized by the subtle tones of “Umami” (plant sweetness), with almost no bitterness.
Ceremonial-grade Matcha is the highest-quality Matcha available and meant for those who just want to indulge themselves in the very best. Taken on its own, Matcha does not need added sweetener nor dairy products to make it palatable.
We also offer another quality of Matcha (premium grade), for those who love Matcha and must have it throughout their day. Our premium-grade Matcha has a slightly stronger hint of bitterness. Our Premium Matcha is also from first-flush tea leaves, just a grade lower (and more conveniently priced) than our ceremonial-grade tea leaves.
Both our Ceremonial Matcha and Premium Matcha are excellent nutrient-dense choices for tea drinkers.
Botanical name: Camellia sinensis
Organic certifications: JAS
Taste: subtle tones of “Umami” (plant sweetness), with almost no bitterness
Color/Texture : Vibrant green / fine powder
This superfood is now available in Singapore in elegant net 30g tin canister, providing 30 servings for 1 month.
How to Use
To make Matcha tea:
1. Add ½ tsp (1g) of matcha powder to a small cup or bowl
2. Add about 150ml of water at 80 °C
3. Stir well or whisk (with a bamboo whisk) until frothy. Serve immediately.
Storage: Best kept refrigerated in original packaging or in a cool place. After opening, consume within 2 - 3 months.
Should you wish to add MAtcha to recipes like Matcha Latte, Matcha cake, etc, we recommend using Organic Premium Matcha or Organic Culinary-Grade Matcha.
- Promotes Relaxation & Mental Alertness, A Healthy Alternative to Coffee
Matcha, being rich in amino acids, specifically L-Theanine, leads to a state of relaxed alertness and helps relieve stress. Matcha contains up to five times more L-Theanine than common black and green tea. Although Matcha does contain caffeine, the calming effect of L-theanine knocks off the “jittery” effects of caffeine, thus promoting clarity of mind without causing nervous energy typically associated with coffee.
- Improves Detoxification
Since Matcha is carefully shade-grown, it has significantly higher levels of chlorophyll than other common green teas. Chlorophyll is known to be a natural detoxifier; it clears the body of toxins and heavy metals, and promotes the blood's capacity to deliver oxygen and other nutrients to cells.
- Helps Increase Metabolism
According to a study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Matcha consumption helps to increase body thermogenesis (the body’s rate of burning calories) from a normal 8-10% daily energy expenditure to 35-45% of daily energy expenditure.
- Helps Prevent Cancer
The naturally occurring polyphenols known as catechins in Matcha are anti-carcinogenic and exhibits free-radical scavenging activity, thus inhibiting tumor cell development. One specific catechin called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a potent cancer fighter, makes up around 60% of the catechins in Matcha. Authentic Matcha provides a higher concentration of antioxidant catechins, including EGCG, than brew-able green teas.
- May Benefit Heart Health
Studies have suggested that green tea catechins may prevent cardiovascular diseases, and also lower the cardiovascular mortality rate.
- Strengthens Immune System
Matcha green tea powder is rich in antioxidants, particularly Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) which assists your body's production of T-Cells that reduce inflammation and fight pathogens.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended as medical advice. Nature's Superfoods encourages everyone to make their own health care decisions, with advice from qualified professionals.
Matcha contains good amounts of antioxidant polyphenols, which include flavanols, flavonoids and phenolic acid which are commonly known as catechins.
It is also loaded with amino acids, such as L-theanine and theophylline which makes it a nutrient-dense superfood. It is exceptionally high in chlorophyll which helps in detoxification.
Additionally, Matcha tea also provides substantial quantities of potassium, vitamin A & C, iron, protein and calcium!
Matcha is both a stimulant and a relaxant, providing 4-6 hours of steady energy. It is a healthy alternative to coffee, and is excellent for quick energy boosts, without jittery withdrawals.
Weight watchers would love the fact that Matcha is naturally sugar-free and almost calorie-free! (about 3 calorie per gram).