Matcha Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is matcha?
Matcha is finely ground green tea leaves. It is the highest grade of all variations of green tea and involves a lengthy growing and harvesting process. The main difference to regular green tea is that you are consuming the entire leaf itself through powder form.
Why is it so green?
There growing process includes shading the leaves from sunlight to increase the amount of chlorophyll in the leaves which gives the tea its distinct vibrant green colour.
What does it taste like?
Straight up high quality powder will have a umami flavour to it and a creamy texture. Lower qualities will be similar but are more bitter.
Why should I drink this over regular green tea?
The powder is a more concentrated form of green tea. Each cup of matcha is equivalent to 10 cups of green tea and has up to 137x more antioxidants. It’s a more efficient way of reaping the health benefits of green tea!
What can you do with it?
Drink it as a regular black green tea. Or make drinks and desserts with it such as lattes, lava cakes, chocolate, cream puffs, etc…
Am I going to like this if I am not a tea snob? What should it be served with?
You don’t know until you try! You taste and what you prefer will determine how you’d like to have it. I personally enjoy having it black (nothing added to it).
Does this make a good alternative to coffee?
Yes. If you are using coffee for the energy then this is a good substitute as it has a comparable amount of caffeine. Green tea also has an amino acid called L-Theanine which gives you a calming effect and causes energy to release more gradually over time.
What are the health benefits?
There are many which include: weight loss, lower cholesterol, anti-cancer properties, lower blood sugar, reduced risk of stroke, reduction in the risk of type-2 diabetes, and improved heart health.
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Are there different types?
Yes, they are usually referred to as grades. The main two grades are ceremonial or culinary grades.
How can you tell the different grades?
Based on where they are grown, the colour, consistency, and smell. You’ll find that lower grade (cheaper) tea is more yellowish in colour and clumpy. It is typically harder to dissolve in water and doesn’t go down “as smooth”.
Where did it originate from?
It originally came from China during the Tang Dynasty when tea leaves were steamed and formed into tea bricks for storage and trade. It then was also adopted by the Japanese who used it during traditional tea ceremonies with samurais.
Which grade of matcha should I get?
Higher grade matcha (ceremonial) is what we would recommend for “sipping” or drinking directly. Other grades of matcha (lower) are great for blending into smoothies or cooking with. Therefore, it will depend on what you wanted to use the matcha for.
Is it organic, vegan, gluten free, Halal?
This will depend on where you buy the matcha from. The matcha we sell at Matcha Shiba is all certified organic. Since this is green tea, it will be vegan and gluten free by default. This is also not meat and therefore cannot be Halal.
Will this impress my in-laws?
It will if you have the entire tea set and they like tea!