Matcha FAQ - Teaologists

FAQ

What Is Matcha Green Tea?

Matcha tea is 100% natural green tea leaves ground to powder in the most careful manner possible. It has been around in Japan for almost 800-900 years and Japan is the only place in the world where it is produced now. Put simply, matcha is the purest green tea available in the world. It has all the goodness one needs to look glowing and feel healthy.

How Is Matcha Tea Grown?

A few weeks before harvest, the leaves of matcha tea are covered to prevent sunlight from reaching them. This ensures that the leaves produce lots of chlorophyll (the element that makes these leaves bright green). Then, only the young leaves and buds are carefully handpicked by highly skilled workers. After that, they are dried and ground slowly to a very fine green powder. To prevent the loss of nutrients, the leaves are grounded between two granite stones in a controlled environment. As soon as the grounding is done, matcha is packed in a vacuum-sealed tin so that all the nutrients are locked in.

Are There Different Grades Of Matcha?

Yes, we have three different grades of Matcha available here on http://teaologists.co.uk/collections/buy-matcha-green-tea-powder

The three grades are – Ceremonial, Premium, and Culinary.

How Does Matcha Taste?

Matcha tea, due to its high chlorophyll content, has a creamy vegetal taste. However, the flavor profile of your finished beverage may be influenced by water temperature and other ingredients that you use to make it.

How Long Is The Shelf-Life Of Matcha Tea?

The shelf life of our matcha is printed on the label. However, it's a “Best Before” date and not a “Use By” one. Once opened, matcha tea can stay fresh for a few months if you refrigerate it in an opaque container such as a tin. You need to keep it away from moisture, heat and light.

How To Prepare Matcha?

Matcha is a very versatile tea. It can be prepared in many ways. You can use water, and prepare it as a tea or use it as an ingredient in smoothies and lattes. The traditional method is to whisk matcha with a bamboo whisk into a frothy drink in a ceramic bowl and drink it directly from the bowl. If you are into baking, you can use matcha tea powder in cookies, muffins etc. Those who love salads, can use matcha to add an interesting tea flavour to their salads. For recipes, keep an eye on our recipe blog 

See the traditional method with pictures here

Is Matcha Available In Tea Bags?

No. We don't sell matcha in tea bags. Although they do exist. But they are of an inferior quality and come blended with other teas. They do not provide as much nutrition as pure matcha. To get the full nutrition of matcha, always choose the loose powdered form.

Is There Caffeine In Matcha Tea?

Yes. There is about 30 mg caffeine/teaspoon of matcha tea powder. In coffee, there is about 150 mg/8 ounces, based on how the coffee is brewed. However, matcha contains l-theanine, an amino acid which does wonders in boosting cognitive function and calming the mind.

Can I get a decaffeinated matcha?
No. But as we’ve mentioned before, matcha has a very slow-release of energy, which means its caffeine is actually very gentle and therefore, can be suitable for you if you can’t take caffeinated beverages.

How Many Times A Day Do You Recommend Drinking Matcha?

We recommend that you drink it not more than three times a day. As this tea can give you an energy boost of up to 6 hours, it's also okay to drink it once a day for some people. To treat chronic fatigue or to help with losing weight, it's recommended to drink twice a day.

When Is The Best Time To Drink Matcha?

We recommend matcha to be taken one hour after eating. So, the best times are mid-morning and mid-afternoons. We don't really recommend drinking matcha in an empty stomach because it may feel a little strong to some people.

Can Matcha Tea Keep Me Awake?
Yes. Matcha contains a different kind of caffeine than coffee. This caffeine releases into your bloodstream quite slowly and keeps you energised for long hours. After drinking matcha, you can stay awake and energised for up to 6 hours. Unlike coffee, matcha doesn’t pump up your energy and then bring it down suddenly. It contains L-theanine which calms your mind, soothes your stress and helps you stay focused. So you can expect a state of alert calmness when you drink Matcha.

I Want To Reduce My Coffee Intake. Can I Do That By Drinking Teaologists Matcha?
Yes. In fact, a Teaologists matcha smoothie for breakfast can be a great way to do this. Find out more.

Any Suggestions on How to Best Consume Matcha?
Our head tea taster Drew recommends drinking matcha the traditional way. To get more out of your matcha, add a dash of lemon juice or any citrus fruit juice to it. This will boost the health benefits of your matcha.

For lots of matcha recipes, click here.  

If you have a Nutribullet, here are some matcha smoothie and shake recipes that you can make in 5 minutes in your Nutribullet.

What’s the Recommended Way to Store My Matcha?
The best way to store matcha is to refrigerate it. Keep it in an airtight container and store it in the fridge away from any strong smell.

What Is The Difference Between Matcha And Regular Green Tea?
Lots! We’ve written a few things on the differences between matcha and regular green tea. Please read:

Green Tea Vs. Matcha Tea – The Differences Explained (In Pictures)

Is Matcha Tea Healthier Than Green Tea? – Teaologists Answer

And

Why Losing Weight With Matcha Tea is better than with Green Tea

Where Do You Deliver To?

We deliver to all over the world for free except Asia and Africa.

Is There Anything I Should Avoid Adding To My Matcha?
We recommend you don’t mix Matcha with these things:

Boiling water – Will ruin the taste as well as the efficacy of the nutrients

Ginseng – Matcha is quite an efficient energy booster. It doesn’t need help from an external source

Wheatgrass – For the same reason as above.

Are Special Utensils Needed To Make Matcha?
Yes. The traditional matcha-making method suggests that you use a bamboo spoon (known as Chashaku) to scoop out the matcha, a sifter or sieve to sift the matcha (learn why) a bamboo whisk (Chasen) to mix the matcha with water, and a ceramic bowl (Chawan) to mix the matcha in and drink it from. The bamboo whisk tends to get brittle and eventually breaks if not stored properly. But if stored properly, it lasts a long time. To store it, you need a whisk holder. We house some of the best matcha teaware in the entire UK.

Where Do You Source Your Matcha From?

Our matcha comes directly from Kyoto, the region that grows the finest quality matcha in Japan. We source it from a private family tea estate in Uji, Kyoto.

There is Cheap Matcha Available in Shops around My Area. Isn't That Other Matcha Just As Good?

Sadly, no. Here’s an easy way to determine the quality of matcha. Pay attention to its colour. Good matcha is always of dark green colour. We’re talking Forest Green. Lighter shades of green do not indicate high quality. The lighter the colour of matcha, the poorer its quality. Cheap matcha found in local shops is often of lighter shades of green and thus, is not high quality matcha and will not be as good in terms of taste, flavour and health benefits.

Why Is Matcha Relatively Expensive Than Other Green Teas?
Matcha is grown in only one place in the world - Japan. And Japan exports only 1% of its matcha. Naturally, the supply is limited. In addition, the process of matcha production is very elaborate. It demands intense labour and takes a lot of time to complete. To give you an idea, just learning to maintain the grinding stones that are used for milling the tea leaves into powder takes a decade!

The price of matcha has a close association with the field where it was grown, the experience level of the farmers who cultivated it, and the leaves that were used. Not all tea leaves are fit to be ground into quality matcha. Only the finest and youngest leaves are because quality matcha is always the greenest in colour and the softest to the touch. Cheaper grades of matcha are usually made from older tea leaves and thereby, not as green and coarse to the touch. It goes without saying that they offer little to no health benefits.

To make high quality matcha, the veins and stems are removed from the tea leaves which is a complicated process. Cheap grades are often made by grinding leaves with the stems and veins. This leads to reduced nutritional benefit.

To produce matcha, the tea plantation needs to be covered for weeks with bamboo mats or tarps, something heavy that does now allow sunlight in so as to increase the chlorophyll production in the leaves. The high amount of chlorophyll gives the leaves the bright green colour and boosts the benefits of matcha’s antioxidants, helps detoxify the body, and boosts digestive health. However, the covering of the tea plants results in the tea plants being weak and they take time to recover before they are ready to be harvested once again.

How Long Will My Pack Of Matcha Last?
It depends on what you’ve bought. If you take half a teaspoon once a day, the 40g pack should last up to a month. However, if you’ve bought the 5g sample pack, that should last between 3 and 7 days. Once a pack is opened, it is recommended to consume it within 2 to 3 months.

Is Teaologists Matcha Organic?

Yes, 100%. Teaologists matcha is cultivated under the diligent supervision of our legendary tea master who ensures the finest flavour, brightest colour and the best health benefits of matcha by covering the tea plants for as long as possible. Our matcha –

  • Contains more antioxidants than Kale, Spinach and Acai Berries
  • Contains 15 times more weight loss catechins than regular green tea
  • Boosts your metabolism by up to 40%

I am a business owner and I’d like to stock or promote Teaologists Matcha. Is that possible? If yes, then how should I go about it?
We always welcome conversations with business owners and bloggers. You can get in touch anytime with ideas, requests or suggestions at admin@teaologists.co.uk.

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