Matcha Frequently Asked Questions
New to Matcha? Here are some answers that might match your questions.
What Is Matcha Green Tea?
Matcha tea is 100% natural green tea leaves ground to powder in the most gentle manner possible so not to lose any of it’s many nutrients. The Japanese have been drinking Matcha for almost 900 years and Japan is the only place where it is produced. Put simply, Matcha is the purest, greenest tea powder available in the world. It’s packed with all the goodness one needs to look glowing.
Is There Caffeine In Matcha Tea?
Yes there is about 15mg of caffeine per half teaspoon of Matcha powder. This is around half the caffeine of a cup of filter coffee. Note: Many people who are sensitive to caffeine find Matcha perfectly drinkable. This is because the l-theanine in Matcha (an amino acid which increases cognitive function) also creates a calm soothing effect on the mind.
Zen Buddhist monks have always drunk Matcha tea to help with extended meditation. The mild stimulation from the caffeine keeps the monks alert, while the amino acids from the l-theanine keeps them focused and calm. Matcha is an excellent substitute to coffee in the morning, rather than energy level spikes it provides long lasting energy into the afternoon.
Matcha is both a stimulant and a relaxant, which makes it perfect for focusing on work, meditation, exercise or play.Does The Caffeine In Matcha Have The Same Affect As Coffee?
Coffee and energy drinks provide you an energy peak and then a crash. The caffeine in Matcha, however, forms bonds with other nutrients so it enters the bloodstream slowly over time, resulting in a steady level of energy for up to 5 hrs. The unique makeup of Matcha caffeine leaves your adrenal glands untouched while at the same time regulating insulin and glucose levels making it ideal for diabetics, and for combating hunger pangs.
Can I get decaffeinated Matcha?
No. Matcha has a very slow-release of energy, which means its caffeine is actually very gentle and therefore, can be suitable for you, even if you are usually caffeine-sensitive
How Do You Prepare Matcha?
Matcha is a very versatile tea. It can be prepared in many ways. You can use water, and prepare it as a tea or use it as an ingredient in smoothies and lattes.
The traditional way of whisking Matcha with a bamboo whisk into a frothy drink in a ceramic bowl and drinking it directly from the bowl is not the only way of preparing it. You can drink it how you like, with a touch of milk or honey perhaps. If you are into baking, you can use Matcha tea powder for baking in cookies, muffins etc.
How is Matcha Grown?
About 3 weeks before harvest, the Matcha leaves are shaded from sunlight. This ensures that the leaves over-produce chlorophyll (the element that makes these leaves bright green). Then, only the youngest leaves and buds are carefully handpicked by dedicated growers. After that, they are dried slowly and ground gently to a very fine green powder.
Are There Different Grades Of Matcha?
See Here for a beautiful picture explaining the different grades of Matcha.
What Does Matcha Taste Like?
Matcha tea, has a creamy savory flavor, it’s not bitter, it’s smooth and comforting.
What Is The Shelf Life Of Matcha?
The shelf life of our Matcha is on the back label and is between 12 and 18 months. Remeber, it's a “Best Before” date, not a “Use By” date. Once opened, Matcha tea should stay fresh for 2-3 months if it’s kept sealed and in a dark cool place.
Matcha tea can be kept in the fridge if you want to extend the period of freshness once open.
Is Matcha Available In Tea Bags?
No. We don't sell Matcha in tea bags. In actual fact Matcha Tea bags only contain about 2% Matcha the rest is just marketing hype. To get the full nutritional benefits always choose the loose powdered form.
How Many Times A Day Should I Drink Matcha?
As it can give you an energy boost of up to 6 hours we recommend that you don’t drink more than three cups a day. It's also enough to drink it once a day for some people. To treat tiredness or help with losing weight, it's recommended to drink 2 cups a day.
When Is The Best Time To Drink Matcha?
First thing in the morning, or with your breakfast is best. The energy from Matcha lasts for about 6 hours, so you might want a cup just after your lunch as well. As with all caffeinated drinks, best not to drink Matcha after 5pm if you find that caffeine affects the quality of your sleep.
Can Matcha Keep Me Awake?
Yes, but remember Matcha contains a different kind of caffeine than coffee. This caffeine releases into your bloodstream slowly and keeps you energised for longer. It contains L-theanine which calms your mind, soothes your stress and helps you stay focused. So you can expect a state of calm focus when you drink Matcha.
I Want To Reduce My Coffee Intake, Can I Do That Drinking Matcha?
Yes. In fact, making a Matcha tea or a Matcha smoothie for breakfast can be a great way to do this.
What Is The Recommended Way To Store Matcha?
The best way to store Matcha is to refrigerate it. Keep it in an airtight container and store it in the fridge away from any strong smell.
What Is The Difference Between Matcha And Regular Green Tea?
Lots! But the main one is that Matcha is a powder and you get the benefits of consuming the whole leaf when you drink it, nothing is thrown away.
Is There Anything I Should Avoid Mixing With My Matcha?
We recommend you don’t mix Matcha with these things:
- Boiling water – will ruin the taste as well as the efficacy of the nutrients
- Ginseng – Matcha is a very efficient energy booster on it's own, it doesn't need help from an additional herb.
- Wheatgrass – The same reason as above
Are Special Utensils Needed To Make Traditional Matcha?
Yes. The traditional Matcha-making method suggests that you use a bamboo spoon (known as Chashaku) to scoop out the Matcha, a sifter or sieve to sift the Matcha, a bamboo whisk (Chasen) to mix the Matcha with water, and a ceramic bowl (Chawan) to mix the Matcha in and drink it from.
Where Does The Matcha Tea Company Source It's Matcha?
Our Matcha comes directly from Kyoto, the region that grows the finest quality Matcha in Japan. We source it from a private family tea estate in Uji, Kyoto.
There's Lots Of Cheap Matcha Available Online, Isn't That Matcha As Good?
Sadly, no. Here’s an easy way to determine the quality of Matcha. Pay attention to its colour. Good Matcha is always of dark green colour. We’re talking Forest Green. Lighter shades of green indicate poor quality. Cheap Matcha found in local shops or online is often lighter green and thus, not high qualit and will not be as good in terms of taste, flavour and health benefits.
Why Is Matcha More Expensive Than Other Tea's?
Matcha is grown in only one place in the world - Japan. And Japan exports only 1% of its Matcha. Naturally, the supply is limited. In addition, the process of Matcha production is very elaborate. It demands intense labour and takes a lot of time to complete. To give you an idea, just learning to maintain the grinding stones that are used for milling the tea leaves into powder takes a decade!
The price of Matcha has a close association with the field where it was grown, the experience level of the farmers who cultivated it, and the leaves that were used. Not all tea leaves are fit to be ground into quality Matcha. Only the finest and youngest leaves are because quality Matcha is always the greenest in colour and the softest to the touch. Cheaper grades of Matcha are usually made from older tea leaves and thereby, not as green and coarse to the touch. It goes without saying that they offer little to no health benefits.
To make high quality Matcha, the veins and stems are removed from the tea leaves which is a complicated process. Cheap grades are often made by grinding leaves with the stems and veins. This leads to reduced nutritional benefit.
How Long Will My Pack Of Matcha Last?
It depends on what you’ve bought. If you take half a teaspoon once a day, the 40g pack should last up to a month.
The Matcha Tea Company Matcha is cultivated under the diligent supervision of our legendary tea master who ensures the finest flavour, brightest colour and the best health benefits of Matcha by covering the tea plants for as long as possible. Our matcha –
- Contains more antioxidants than Kale, Spinach and Acai Berries
- Contains 15 times more weight loss catechins than regular green tea
- Boosts your metabolism by up to 40%