What is matcha?
Matcha is a traditional Japanese tea used in tea ceremony. High quality matcha (from the best leaves), due to the high content of amino acids, has a sweetish silky flavor. Lower quality matcha also called culinary matcha, is used in the kitchen in cakes, ice cream, desserts or beverages.
Matcha is not an ordinary green tea. Matcha is unique both in its cultivation and processing. To make matcha, tea bushes must be shaded with special mats for about 3 weeks before the harvest so that the plant slows down its growth. In the period of slower growth, tea bushes produce and accumulate more chlorophyll in the leaves (responsible for this amazingly green color), and above all amino acids (including L-theanine), caffeine and many valuable vitamins and minerals. The tea collection is manual, the leaves are dried flat, and after drying and removing the stalks /stems are ground into powder. Grinding takes place in special stone mills and lasts a long time, because the stones in the mills can not warm up too much, which would change the taste of tea. In the case of matcha tea, we consume whole leaves (in powdered form) together with their valuable ingredients, so we consume all these ingredients. The stimulant effect of caffeine contained in matcha is supplemented by the relaxing properties of L-theanine, which gives us a calmer stream of energy. We recommend matcha as a great alternative to coffee.
A labor-intensive, time-consuming and manual way of producing tea, in which only the highest-quality leaves are harvested, unfortunately affects its price. In the case of matcha tea, the principle is that the more expensive the better.
How to recognize high quality matcha?
- Origin: the best quality matcha comes from Japan.
- Price: high quality matcha tea costs at least PLN 70 for 30g. Or more.
- Color: high chlorophyll content gives the tea a beautiful, intense, light green color. The low-grade matcha has a dark, brown-yellow color.
- Taste: the high content of L-theanine gives the tea delicate, sweet, vegetable flavor and creamy consistency. The low quality matcha has a bitter taste.
You also need to distinguish matcha tea from ordinary powdered green tea. Not every green tea powder is matcha !!!
Matcha must be grown and processed in the manner described above. Only then does it contain all the valuable ingredients for which we drink it. Green tea powder can be made from any green tea that will be powdered. Such tea is usually used for culinary purposes.