Matcha is powdered green tea. The powder is added into drinks and food, and it's consumed in full, as opposed to infusing tea leaves in water where you don’t drink the leaves.
Matcha is nowadays manufactured in various countries, however, Japan is the traditional country of origin. Matcha Samurai only provides Organic Japanese grown and manufactured Matcha.
Traditionally Matcha was used in Japanese Tea Ceremonies – a ceremony used to bind and solidify relationships together prior to discussing important meetings.
Nowadays, Matcha is used for both taste and as a health food.
It can be used in many ways, such as in smoothies and drinks, ice cream, baking and confectionery as it has a unique flavour.
Matcha has a long shelf life if kept in the right conditions. Keep your Matcha in a sealed pack (Matcha samurai packs are resealable), in a dry, cool and dark place.
On the Matcha Samurai pack is a best before date, if you use it before that date the quality of taste will be retained.
This depends on how strong you like to have the Matcha flavour in whatever you're using it in. In general however, if you're using it in smoothies or drinks, most people would use between half a gram to one gram (one teaspoon = approx. one gram, therefore a packet of 60g grams would be 60-120 servings.
The grades relate to the quality and the age of the leave that is powdered into Matcha. A “higher” grade is preferential to ceremonial use of Matcha. The generally the lower in grade you go, the stronger the taste but also the more bitter the flavour – which is better for use when mixing Matcha into other ingredients where the Matcha flavour needs to punch through, or if it's being cooked. Read more about our grades here.
Matcha helps to boost your metabolism, it is packed with antioxidants, vitamins and fiber, it helps to slow down signs of aging through a high level of an antioxidant called catechin which has been proven to reduce signs of aging. It also helps to lower your blood pressure, which reduces the risk of many other health concerns.
Matcha is 137 times more powerful than regular brewed tea. This is because matcha is made from finely ground whole tea leaves, so you are getting 100% of the nutrients compared to regular tea. Hot water can only extract a fraction of regular teas benefits.
Matcha gives you steady energy, which lasts up to 6-8 hours, with no crash afterwards. Coffee often gives you a quick burst of energy with a sudden crash, and sometimes jitters.
Matcha contains an amino acid called L-Theanine, which helps to promote a state of relaxation without feeling sedated. L-Theanine in matcha is also the production of dopamine and serotonin, two chemicals which enhance your mood and promote better concentration. Matcha contains up to 5 times more of this amino acid than regular teas.