Matcha Maiden Green Tea
WHAT IS MATCHA?
Matcha powder is relatively new to the mainstream market, so we won’t judge you for not knowing much about it. Even we were a bit late to the matcha party – matcha powder has been consumed for centuries throughout Asia for its powerful properties. It is traditionally consumed in Japan as part of the tea ceremony. Like most things that have stuck around for nearly 900 years, matcha has many potential benefits that Buddhist monks have been reaping since long before tea-toxes (tea detoxes, if you’re not up with the lingo) or even tea bags (yep, that long ago) were a thing… As we said, we’ve just been a bit slow on the uptake. But with the meditative, mind-focusing possibilities of matcha, slow we shall be no more!
To put it simply, matcha is green tea 2.0 – the hero of health in the tea world. It is 100% natural green tea leaves stone ground down into a fine powder. Matcha tea bushes are grown specially under cover which significantly increases the chlorophyll and amino acid levels in the leaves. Matcha Maiden’s Mix N Matcha blend is extra special as it is certified-Japanese organic unlike many other products on the market. Being essentially a concentrated form of green tea, matcha packs a concentrated punch of all of green tea’s goodness. Green tea is consumed worldwide for its vitamins, minerals and natural metabolism-enhancing, immune-boosting, detoxifying green goodness that your body will love you for. Matcha can have up to 137 x the antioxidants of regular green tea!!!
As matcha is stronger in its hit of health, it is also stronger to taste so less is needed per serve. Matcha Maiden’s matcha has been selected through extensive taste-testing to get that perfect matcha flavour with a delicate balance between bitter (which many powders can unfortunately be) and barely-there (which is equally disappointing). It can be added to taste depending on how matcha-mad you are (which, for Matcha Maiden, is particularly mad). While it may seem pricier than regular green tea, this makes sense given the care with which the leaves are grown and the much higher concentration of goodness that each serve contains (be wary of products with 1g servings keeping cost per serve very low – more than 1g should be consumed).
MAKING OF MATCHA
Our Mix N Matcha blend is sourced from the lush fields of Uji in Kyoto, Japan – the birthplace of Japanese tea. Uji is renowned in the tea industry, especially Ujitawara where our leaves are grown. Uji’s geographical features and nutrient-rich soil produce a very high grade of green tea. Matcha tea bushes are specially grown under cover which greatly increases the chlorophyll and amino acid levels in the leaves. They are then dried and ground into a fine powder. As it takes longer to prepare, matcha is a little bit more pricey than regular tea but also brings a whole lot more to your metaphorical health table. Matcha Maiden has kept prices as low as possible without sacrificing care or quality.
HOW TO USE MATCHA
Matcha is traditionally consumed on its own as part of the tea ceremony ritual. This uses ceremonial grade powder which is far more expensive than regular matcha and requires extra equipment such as a bamboo whisk and time-consuming efforts to prepare. Matcha Maiden knows that modern life is manic and the easier she can make it to squeeze a hit of health into your schedule, the better. Who has time for a daily sit-down tea ceremony? That’s why Matcha Maiden designed her blend to mix and matcha (bang!) easily and effortlessly into your existing health regime. It can be added on-the-go – no equipment or pre-preparation required. See our recipe page for ideas.
Green tea is consumed worldwide for its many health benefits. Being a concentrated form of green tea, matcha packs a concentrated punch of the vitamins, minerals and metabolism-enhancing, mind-focusing, immune-boosting, detoxifying goodness of green tea that your body loves. One serve is equivalent to up to 10 cups of green tea. With lower levels of caffeine and no jitters due to L-theanine, matcha is a natural alternative to coffee – a delicious and nutritious fuel for the mind, body and soul.