Okay. I might have a kind of obsession for green, but read carefully and you might get addicted too.
What is MATCHA
Matcha is the ultimate, essential form of green tea. Only Japan has the tradition and craftsmanship to produce real matcha and is traditionally used as part of the Japanese tea ceremony by Buddhist monks or as the tea the samurai turned to before battle, because of its long lasting energy boost and its ability to promote a state of relaxed awareness.
Though both matcha and regular loose leaf green tea are from the same plant, Camellia sinesis, matcha is the purest and most potent form of tea.
It is cultivated in a way to increase chlorophyll production, so it is more nutrient rich than almost all other teas. Then, only the youngest, best leaves are picked to become matcha unlike most teas, where leaves from any part of the plant can be used.
Matcha is consumed whole meaning the drinker gets 100% of the tea leaves goodness, rather than the 10-15% one normally consumes in loose leaf tea.
Kitchen grade, premium grade, ceremony grade
The higher the price the more of the youngest sweetest leaves have been included in the blending process. This means it will have a smoother mellower and sweeter taste than the lower grades. It also means a higher concentration of L-theanine.
Kitchen grade is good enough for cooking purposes, smoothies, cakes, cappuccino/latte.
Premium grade is the good way between that gives you excellent taste and properties.
Ceremony grade is the most expensive and elaborated to produce. Its taste and properties reach the maximum and its the one used during the tea ceremonies in Japan.
How to drink it:
Matcha is there to be enjoyed in whatever way you choose. There are no rules or limits to what you can do with it so experiment until you find your favorite ways of preparing it i.e. matcha latte, smoothies, martini!
- Relaxes the nervous sytem and increases focus and concentration
- Over 10 times the nutrients of your regular steeped green tea
- Contains 9 times the beta-carotene of spinach
- Full of vitamins, minerals and amino acids
- controls your hunger pangs, cause it regulates insulin and glucose levels. So unlike coffee, Matcha controls your food cravings rather than causes them.
- has almost no calories (about 3 calories)
- The synergistic effect between caffeine and catechin polyphenols prolongs thermogenesis (fat-burning)
-This synergistic effect increases metabolism over a 24 hour period as opposed to the immediate period after consumption as is the case with caffeine alone.
-Green tea polyphenols have been shown to markedly inhibit the process of fat digestion in humans, reducing the amount of energy being stored as fat in the body.
-Protection Against Type 2 Diabetes
-Lowers cholesterol levels, because green tea helps prevent lipid absorption in the digestive tract and encourages their excretion from the body.
-Liver protection against toxic substances such as alcohol.
-Improved Memory,drinking green tea helps maintain cognitive ability and may improve memory. Green tea contains a powerful antioxidants called EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), reducing the formation of plaque in the brain.
-Prevention of neurodegenerative diseases, due to the wide-ranging effects of its polyphenols.
-Lowers blood pressure and prevents hypertension, by increasing the production of nitric oxide, which dilates the arteries and reduces blood pressure.
-Protects Skin from UV damage,green tea boosts hydration, reduces skin inflammation and the risk of developing skin cancer thanks to its ingredients, including cell-protecting polyphenols.
-Protects from the negative effects of smoking, green tea may prevent oxidative damage among smokers as well as protecting against future cardiovascular disorders in chronic smokers.
-Increases bone mineral density and may prevent osteoporosis and bone loss. -Increases exercise endurance. Catechins increase the metabolic capacity and utilization of fatty acid as a source of energy in skeletal muscle during exercise.
-Prevents Tooth decay, it kills the bacteria that cause dental plaque and halitosis and increases the acid resistance of tooth enamel
What you need:
Little tip: mix the 1/4 tsp of matcha with 1tsp of water to make a smooth paste and then dilute further from there.
***As any tea It should never be prepared with boiling water
Matcha is cultivated and processed in a completely different way from regular green tea, also why its more expensive than regular green tea.
The steps involved are: