Izu Matcha Green Tea 200g
Finally, matcha tea the way it was meant to be enjoyed! This 100% pure Japan Izu Matcha is what matcha connoisseurs enjoy as their daily drinker.
Just a 1-g serving flavours and adds all the health benefits of premium matcha green tea. Finely ground to dissolve perfectly into your drink, you can control how much sweetness you want to add, using your own personal favourite (sugar, honey, maple syrup, splenda, stevia, etc).
Approximately 200 servings x 1 gram
- No Sugar or Sweeteners Added
- Country of Origin: Japan
- Region: Izu
- Grade: Fine Matcha
- Altitude: 500 ft - 1500 ft above sea level
- Manufacture Type: Matcha
- Cup Characteristics: Has a jammy-like smoothness with a very satisfying full cup. Luxury grade Japanese green tea and Gyokuro gives a light astringent finish.
- Infusion: Thick, bright emerald green infusion. Luxury
Ingredients: Green tea
There is perhaps no tea on the market today that is as celebrated or as famous as Japanese Matcha. The powdered green tea has been used in the Japanese tea ceremony for centuries and as such is normally associated with the beautifully complex, and rigid procedure.
It was believed by the ancient Japanese that tea was a gift of the heavens and as such held great restorative and spiritual power here on earth.
In fact, an ancient Japanese poet named Sen no Rikyu, considered to be the most important influence on the development of the tea ceremony, or Chanoyu, penned this line during the 1500's, 'Though many people drink tea, if you do not know the Way of Tea (Chanoyu), tea will drink you up.' The development of the Chanoyu, began as a way for human beings to appreciate and show reverence to this power.'
These days, although the Japanese tea ceremony still holds a significant place in Japanese culture, the rules around drinking Matcha have loosened. The ancients were right about something though, Matcha is special, and because of the way it is produced, it is also powerful.
Consider these numbers: 2 cups of brewed matcha contains 7 times the antioxidants of orange juice, 20 times that of apple juice, and nearly 20 g of calcium - and that's just the short list! On a gram per gram basis, Matcha also contains approximately 10 times the polyphenols of regular teas. The healthy qualities of the tea have led to the its break from tradition - Matcha can now be found served cold, as an ingredient in health shakes, ice creams, and even baked goods. So what is it about Matcha that makes it so good for you? The answer can be found in the way it is produced and consumed.
First, Izu Matcha is made using pure luxury grade Japanese green tea and Gyokuro leaves, a Japanese tea variety that is shaded beneath special shade covers for 3 weeks before plucking. The shading forces the plants to produce a higher than normal chlorophyll content which gives the leaves a rich green color. Once plucked, the leaves are steamed and dried. Tea at this stage of the process is known as Aracha.
Next, the Aracha is stripped of all stems and veins resulting in a pure leaf known as Tencha.
Tencha is then stone ground into its finely powdered form. Since it is powdered, no matter how you prepare Matcha, you are actually consuming the leaves - which contain high nutritional value - there is no other tea in the world consumed in this manner.
It is said in Japan that because of this characteristic, Matcha is the healthiest natural beverage in the world to this day!
Taken from the Certificate of Analysis #021068-1 Japan Measure Certificator Constituent Breakdown: Standard tables of Food Composition in Japan 5th
Uses 1/2 teaspoon. (1g) Matcha per 8oz. (225ml) serving
- Add 1/2 teaspoon. (1g) to base of cup and add 2oz. of hot water and mix vigorously to make a smooth paste-like liquid
- Top with 6oz freshly steamed milk (or dairy alternative)
- Sweeten to taste (honey, simple syrup)
- Matcha measure or tea spoon
- Long stir spoon