There is perhaps no tea on the market today that is as celebrated or as famous as Japanese Matcha. The powdered green tea has been used in the Japanese tea ceremony for centuries and as such is normally associated with the beautifully complex, and rigid procedure.
Well, these days, although the Japanese tea ceremony still holds a significant place in Japanese culture, the rules around drinking Matcha have loosened. The ancients were right about something though, Matcha is special, and because of the way it is produced, it is also powerful. Consider these numbers: 2 cups of brewed matcha contains 7 times the antioxidants of orange juice, 20 times that of apple juice, and nearly 20 g of calcium – and that‟s just the short list!
On a gram per gram basis, Matcha also contains approximately 10 times the polyphenols of regular teas a statistic taken from the Certificate of Analysis #021068-1 Japan Measure Certificator Constituent Breakdown: Standard tables of Food Composition in Japan. The healthy qualitites of the tea have led to the its break from tradition – Matcha can now be found served cold, as an ingredient in health shakes, ice creams, and even baked goods.
The Japan Izu Green Matcha that we offer you here is a fabulous example of a high quality Japanese Matcha grown in the Izu peninsula, not far from Tokyo. The tea has an emerald green color and when consumed on its own, frothed up with a whisk, has an almost jammy-smoothness belied by a somewhat sweetly astringent cup. The best thing to do with your matcha is experiment.