The first time I tried matcha was a few months ago. I was going to this pretty new age-y café every morning. I ordered a matcha latte and I was hooked. I’ve been drinking matcha ever since, and I’ve become quite the matcha expert. So without any further ado, let’s get to the point.
What is matcha tea
The answer is: Matcha tea is a delicately powdered green tea that is served hot and has been around for centuries. Usually it’s a little less than 2 percent green tea and a little more than 98 percent matcha powder (again, everything you see online is based on poor quality matcha powder that is 100% not matcha). The powder is made from finely chopped green tea leaves. It is primarily grown in East Asia, and is grown and processed in a way that preserves the nutrients even better than regular green tea. The effect of the powder is a subtle but noticeable shimmery color that adds visual interest to a cup of tea.
Matcha tea, however it’s prepared, is packed with antioxidants, proteins, minerals, and flavonoids that can protect your body from free radicals. It also helps to reduce bad cholesterol and strengthen blood vessels.
Where to find matcha
Matcha is quite easy to find in Western countries. Several restaurants and cafés now carry it. My favorite matcha spot is New York-based Japanese café Gyokusen. It’s a really cool spot because, unlike most coffee shops, it’s a counter service spot. The first time I tried their matcha latte, it was divine. The quality is so high that this is a serious drink. I recommend making your own matcha! You can find a good recipe for that at Epicurious.com or your local food store. Use Matcha To Treat Your Appetite If you’re looking for a good way to decrease your appetite, you can always use matcha tea to curb your appetite.
Is matcha really healthy?
The green tea matcha well known in Japan, is rapidly gaining popularity worldwide because of its ability to help reduce stress, boost immunity and lower cholesterol. The Japanese have been using matcha for medicinal purposes for centuries. In fact, the ancient writings from Japan refer to matcha as “the green tea of Japan”. The name matcha comes from the words “mai” meaning green and “na” meaning leaves. Matcha is considered a powerful antioxidant that can fight numerous free radicals that can cause cancer, cardiovascular disease, and kidney disease. In addition to its numerous health benefits, research has shown that matcha can also stimulate the growth of hair and increase collagen production.
The research on the health benefits of matcha has been in the works for over forty years but it is only recently that clinical studies have been conducted on these catechins. These studies have determined that when catechins are taken in the form of matcha tea, they provide a combination of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are able to reverse and prevent the oxidation process in our bodies that causes aging. Oxidation is primarily caused by the excess consumption of toxins and pollution around us.
How to prepare matcha tea
Matcha is one of the most powerful ingredients around, so it’s important that you get it right. Here’s what you need to do to make your own batch of matcha and enjoy its benefits for yourself:
There are a lot of reasons to drink matcha. Here are some of my personal favorites:
- Matcha Teas are delicious. It is an incredibly creamy and satisfying tea. There is a lot of flavor and texture to matcha that is hard to reproduce with other teas. Even with the best tasting tea, it can taste a little flat when it is not matched with a good meal.
- Matcha Teas are highly nutritious. It has a lot of antioxidants. The antioxidants that matcha does have are from the leaves themselves and not the processing. This means that you get more antioxidants than you would get from, say, green tea, which has a lot of the antioxidants stripped away from the leaves.