What is Matcha?
Matcha is one of Japan’s oldest and most precious green teas. Matcha is high in antioxidants, amino acids and other nutrients. For more than 800 years, matcha green tea has been used by Buddhist monks and Samurai warriors as an instrument for energy, focus and meditation. Unlike conventional loose leaf green tea, matcha allows for consumption of the entire tea leaf. This means matcha drinkers receive 100% of the benefits of the whole tea leaf. Matcha gives a natural, focused and relaxed energy, as well as many other health benefits. Read on to learn more about matcha's many benefits!
Long Lasting Energy
The sustainable, long lasting energy that matcha provides is a result of the dynamic duo between the amino acid called L-theanine and the naturally-occuring caffeine. The duo creates a smooth ride of energy that lasts up to six hours. As a result, this is a much better option than the quick burst of energy that leads up to the usual jitters, crash, and even anxiety that you would typically get from coffee, pre-workout, or energy drinks.
The vibrant green color of matcha is the result of the large amount of chlorophyll levels in the matcha tea leaves. Chlorophyll is a detoxifier that helps maintain our body’s health. It has the capacity to cleanse and disinfect the bodily functions and supports our immune system; this includes rebalancing the shifted acidity level in our body back to its normal state. Chorophyll also facilitates the transportation of oxygen through our blood which acts to cleanse and rebuild blood cells.
L-Theanine is an amino acid found in matcha that provides many brain benefits. It is known to play a key role in supporting cognitive function, which affects reaction time, memory, and comprehension. In addition, L-theanine is also known to naturally increase dopamine production, which is know as that ‘feel good’ chemical in our brain and helps enhance mood and reduce anxiety by stimulating the alpha wave activity in our brain. This natural mental focus and alertness from matcha is a great solution to aid on your studies, work or any day to day tasks.
Matcha consist of a high content of EGCG, or epigallocatechin-gallate (try saying that three times fast!). This type of natural polyphenol antioxidant is known to boost metabolism and increase the body's use of fat. The potency of EGCG in matcha is 137 times higher than the average loose leaf green tea that everyone is familiar with. In combination with caffeine, catechin's further promote thermogenic effect, which leads to weight loss by increasing energy expenditure throughout the body. Antioxidants are also known to control blood sugar which helps with those pesky sugar cravings!
Matcha is an antioxidant powerhouse! The antioxidants in matcha are mostly made up of catechins. The most abundant catechin in matcha is EGCG (mentioned above) which is linked to the prevention of cancer, heart disease, inflammatory disease, and impaired immune function.
Tea leaves, that will later turn into matcha, grow in shaded tea plantations blocking 90% of the sunlight to yield a higher content of natural amino acids, nutritional value and chlorophyll.
Hand Picked Harvest
Matcha is harvested in early May, when the green tea leaves are picked by hand, steamed and dried. At this stage the leaves are now called “aracha”.
During the refining process, many of the unwanted particles are removed, resulting in only the purest content of the leaves. At this stage the leaves are called “tencha”.
Tea sommeliers ensure consistent quality and flavors in the various grades and taste profiles while mixing and creating the perfect blends.
The leaves are then ground by low-friction granite stone mills into an ultra-fine green powder, called "matcha".