Yes, YOU and…You will be happy you did…
There is a lot to know about Matcha, and most people who enjoy and benefit from Matcha don’t know anywhere near all that there is to know…they don’t need to.
Within the past 15 or so years, the average person walking into a teashop has gone from not really even having Matcha on their radar screen to knowing it’s exceptionally good for us and being intrigued or much more.
Let’s start with what Matcha is: Matcha is tealeaves called Tencha that have been stone-ground on granite grinding wheels into a fine brilliant green tea powder.
OK, so how is Matcha so good for us?
When we drink whole-leaf tea we steep-out the ingredients that create the aroma, taste, flavor, and that bring us the health benefits. We steep multiple times to deplete all the goodness we can from the leaves.
When we finally discard our depleted tea leaves, unknowingly we are also discarding unused vitamins and nutrients that we cannot get from the whole leaf. We cannot get them because they are non-water soluble…they will never come out, no mater how long we might steep them.
When we consume Matcha, we are consuming tiny particles of tea leaf which our body digests and breaks down. Not only do we obtain what would have been the water-soluble steeped-out ingredients, but we also gain the non-water-soluble ingredients that would normally be locked-into the tea leaf.
The world of Matcha is large and there IS a lot to know. Therefore, you rely on a Tea Purveyor to identify and select grades that will be good choices for how you will be using and benefiting from your Matcha. Searching online for Matcha is risky because you can’t be sure what you are going to get, or where it is from.
At Drink Great Tea, we have chosen Matcha grades to cover a range of uses. We air-freight our Japan teas including Matcha and store our bulk inventory in refrigeration until we package it for customers:
· Ceremonial, This Is Matcha used in Cha No Yu, The Japanese Tea Ceremony and is the Matcha that you would whisk in your Matcha bowl, The finer particles of Matcha are appropriate for creating the desirable foam resulting from the whisking process. This type of Matcha we refer to as Usucha Shop Ceremonial Matcha
· Thick Matcha, This type of Matcha is gently stirred with your whisk in the Matcha Bowl with less water until a honey-like consistency is reached before drinking. Wow, what an intense beverage! This is an especially wonderful variation for those that particularly have been enjoying Usucha. We refer to Thick Matcha as Koicha. Shop Thick Matcha
· Culinary Matcha, This Matcha, although not discernible by the naked eye has particle grains that are larger than the Ceremonial Usucha which make it preferable for culinary purposes like baking and beverages like smoothies or Matcha Lates. It is less expensive that Usucha because it takes less grinding time. Shop Culinary Matcha
· Imperial Jade, This tea is a blend of a high grade Genmaicha (rice tea) with Matcha added that we blend. This is done to provide a user-friendly way to routinely get your Matcha enjoyment every day without taking time to go through the whisking process. Imperial Jade pairs beautifully with seafood of many typed, but of course especially Japanese seafood. Shop Imperial Jade
· Matcha Smoothie Mix, We create a blend from Matcha which we find outstanding for blending our popular Matcha Smoothie beverage. You simply add ice and your choice of milks to create creamy Match rich Smoothies. Once you have one you become a fan! Shop Matcha Smoothie
Bringing Matcha or more Matcha into your life is a good thing. It will not only be ultra-pleasing, but it will bring a plethora of benefits that will help you build your program of wellness and longevity.
To get an even better understanding of Matcha Usucha and Matcha Koicha join our upcoming Discovering Legendary Teas Tasting that will feature these two outstanding Matcha selections. For this Tea Tasting You will need a Match Whisk and a Match bowl or another bowl you can use in place of a Matcha Bowl.