Have you heard of Matcha tea before? If you were like me, say a year ago, you may not know what Matcha tea is. It is green tea in powder form. They finely grind it to powder form.
The health benefits are amazing. This is probably because it is made from high quality tea. In fact you are actually ingesting the whole tea leaf.
Matcha tea is high in antioxidants,
I have read several claims about this tea as well. Things like
I have been using Midori spring ceremonial matcha green tea. (gold) I think if someone told me they were drinking something that was healthy, the first thing I would want to know about would be the taste. Normally I will sip or try anything once, just to find out. I did the same with this tea.
I must admit the taste may really throw someone at first. Compare it to the stems of your favorite green vegetables. While I wouldn’t consider it a V8 type of taste, it does have a distinct flavor. But the amazing thing is, it will leave you with a sweet after taste. Depending on your taste, you can add honey, lemon or even milk to make a delicious drink.
Matcha is also different when preparing it. You do not need boiling water. Simply luke warm water (6-8 oz), with a a level teaspoon of the powder in a cup. I personally squeeze in a bit of honey and a dash of milk or my favorite flavor of international delight.
I also have a matcha set that I can make it traditionally in. That includes: a bowl, whisk, sifter and bamboo spoon. This involves pouring hot water in the bowl with the whisk in it.. let it sit for 1 minute, pour water out- dry bowl. put 2 scoops of the powder with the bamboo scoop- through the sifter and into the bowl. The sifter helps with clumping. Then you just need to add 2 oz of hot water and use your whisk (not touching bowl with the whisk at all) and making a W shape. There will be a foam and that is when it is ready to sip. This version is way stronger – and more work. I normally just do it the first way I described. I jus think it is nice to learn of different traditions.
The last thing I wanted to tell you about this tea, just in case you were wondering. It says gold class. I was wondering myself what the difference was. Gold does mean a higher quality of leaves that have been ground up. They find the darkest leaves and ground them.. The darker the leaf the more chlorophyll it has. Also with this gold class it means they only use from the first harvest and use baby leaves.
I really have enjoyed having a chance to learn more about this tea. I need to make myself drink this a couple times a week at least. While any claims for health benefits, cures or anything else has not been evaluated or proved by the FDA – this is a safe drink that can only be a positive.
Disclaimer: I was sent the product discussed in this post in exchange for my unbiased opinion of it.