Q&A about matcha tea.

What is matcha?

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Matcha is a special finely ground tea powder.

Only the tip of the finest tea buds are head picked from a special Japanese tea, gyokuro, after the plant is grown in shade for about three weeks.

The tea leaves are then slowly grounded to prevent flavor alteration from the heating up of the stone grinder.

Matcha has been enjoyed in China and Japan for thousands of year. Instead of brewing it like the other tea leaves, matcha tea is dissolved in water or milk for you to enjoy. It has also been used in bakery, Japanese wagashi confectionery and other food.

 

Any health benefits?

  • High content of theanine and caffeine, the combination of which provide a calming and relaxing effect.
  • Antioxidant powerhouse. 1 cup of matcha tea has as many of antioxidants as 10 cups of brewed green tea.
  • Loaded with EGCG, catechin and polyphenols and can help fight UV radiation damage and promotes overall immunity health.
  • Boost metabolism and help burn calories
  • Rich in vitamins, minerals and chlorophyll
  • Help blood sugar control and lower cholesterol.
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Melanie Gong