Matcha Green Tea

Matcha is a trendy new green tea which is finely powdered, and traditionally mixed with hot water, whisked and drunk.

The matcha tea is manufactured in a delicate manner to preserve their texture and flavour. They are dried and aged before being stone-ground into fine powder. It has about the same amount of caffeine as found in coffee, along with a natural substance called l-theanine, which induces an ‘alert calm’ in the body, a kind of relaxation without drowsiness.

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Health

  • Matcha Tea has long been associated with ancient Zen tea-drinking ceremonies performed by monks.
  • It is part of the Zen mindfulness meditation, where the entire process of preparing and drinking tea is a complete meditation.
  • The fine green tea offers minerals, vitamins, polyphenols (a form of antioxidants) and other nutrients that regulate blood sugar and protect against heart disease and cancer.
  • Drinking matcha tea using the ‘slow down’ technique of Zen monks has added benefits: lower inflammation, lower blood pressure, and reduced stress hormones.

The strong, umami taste of Matcha tea is like a mixture of grass and spinach and may need to be sweetened to taste, though milk is not recommended.

Lead consumption is a concern, as with all kinds of green teas. Matcha tea may have more lead content than other green teas.

Apart from tea, matcha powder can be used as an ingredient in various dishes like muffins, brownies and puddings.

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