Matcha FAQ

Matcha FAQ

What is matcha tea?
Matcha tea is powdered green tea that is specially grown, harvested and processed. A single cup of high quality matcha contains the nutrient value of 10 cups of regular green tea. The best matcha is made in Japan from young, shade-grown tea leaves that are hand-picked, lightly steamed, air-dried and slowly stone-ground into an ultra-fine powder.

Why does the best matcha come from Japan?
Because Japanese producers use centuries old methods to make it. Their traditional hands-on approach is the big difference between high grade Japanese matcha and low grade knock-offs made by machines for a fast buck in China and Korea.

How is Japanese matcha actually made?
High quality Japanese matcha is made from very young, shade-grown tea leaves that are hand-picked, de-veined, lightly steamed, air-dried and slowly stone-ground into an ultra-fine powder.

What makes matcha so healthy?
Matcha drinkers consume the entire tea leaf not just an infusion of tea (teabag). With regular green tea, you steep the tea leaves in their little bag then throw them away. You lose all the valuable nutrients those leaves still contain. With matcha green tea, you consume the entire tea leaf (in powder form) along with all the abundant nutrients the tea plant has to offer.

Does matcha have caffeine?
Yes, all tea contains caffeine naturally. A cup of matcha has about 70 mg of caffeine compared to 100 – 200 mg of caffeine in a single cup of coffee. Matcha also contains the amino acid L-theanine, famous for its natural tendency to calm and relax. That’s why matcha is considered both a relaxant and a stimulant. And, unlike coffee, matcha produces no caffeine jitters.

What are the health benefits of matcha?
The health benefits of matcha are many. The big ones include increased energy (without crashing), enhanced mental focus and a sense of calm well-being. Matcha is also a tremendous source of the antioxidants essential for good overall health. Learn more about matcha’s many health benefits.

Matcha FAQ

How can I identify a good quality matcha?

  • Origin — Japan
  • Aroma — fresh, grassy
  • Color — rich vibrant green
  • Price — about $1 per gram
  • Label — 100% Japanese Matcha
  • Taste — smooth without a lingering bitterness

Why is Japanese matcha better than matcha from other countries?
The best matcha comes from Japan because it’s the only country with processing facilities that stone grind matcha tea leaves into an ultra fine powder with all those amazing nutrients intact. Other countries use cheaper methods that beat their leaves into a powder, like ball crushing and heat pulverisation, both of which produce a bitter tasting matcha with a reduced nutrient profile.

How do I make matcha tea?
Mix 1/2 to 3/4 tsp matcha powder with one (1) oz of hot, but not boiling, water (170 degrees F | 70 degrees C) in a large mug or matcha bowl and make it into a paste. Then add 2 more ounces of hot water and whisk the mixture in a zig-zag motion until frothy. You can add more water or other liquid as desired. We recommend you use a traditional matcha bowl and bamboo whisk.

Do I really need a whisk (chasen) to make matcha tea?
For a traditional style matcha we definitely recommend a bamboo whisk. But, if you don’t have one, simply make a paste with matcha powder and a small amount of water in the bottom of your mug, then fill it up with hot, but not boiling, water and stir.

How do I make a matcha latte?
Bring 3/4 cup unsweetened milk alternative (soy, rice, hemp) to a bare simmer over medium heat. Put 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon matcha powder into a mug. Slowly whisk in 1/4 cup hot but not boiling water, add the milk, and whisk to a bubbly foam. Sweeten with agave or honey.

Can I drink too much matcha?
Any good Matcha FAQ will tell you the amount of matcha you can or should drink depends on the individual. Nutritionists, however, recommend 1 or 2 cups of matcha per day using 1/2 to 3/4 tsp of matcha powder per cup.

Why does some matcha taste bad?
Some matcha tastes bad or bitter because not all matcha is created equal. Much of the matcha sold today is machine harvested by matcha producers using cheap processing methods like ball crushers and heat pulverisers. The best matcha is hand-picked and slowly stone-ground in Japan. However, even some Japanese processors produce cheap matcha. Learn how to identify good quality matcha tea.

Why is matcha so expensive?
This is one of our most common Matcha FAQ questions. Matcha costs more than regular green tea because of the extra resources needed to produce it. High quality matcha is shade grown, carefully hand-picked, de-veined and de-stemmed and slowly stone-ground to an ultra fine powder. Cheap matcha is machine harvested and ball crushed or heat pulverised. In fact, most tea (green or otherwise) is produced as cheaply as possible. Like most things in life, you get what you pay for.

When is the best time to drink matcha?
The best time to drink matcha tea is either first thing in the morning for energy or later in the afternoon when you might need to be more mentally alert, calm and focused. Athletes drink matcha before, during or even after training or a big event to enhance performance and aid recovery.

Should matcha be refrigerated?
Ideally, matcha should be stored in an air-tight container in a cool, dark place — like your refrigerator.

Where is your matcha grown?
Our Tea Lover’s matcha is grown in green mountain fields west of Kagoshima near the southern-most tip of Japan while our Foodies and Baristas matcha comes from lush tea fields east of Kyoto.

Where can I learn more about the way matcha tea is made?
High quality matcha is made from tea leaves that are grown, harvested and processed in a way very different from regular green tea. Learn more about the way My Matcha Life® processes high-quality matcha green tea.

Does My Matcha Life® address issues related to food safety and radiation?
Yes, we adhere to the FSSC 22000 Food Safety System Certification framework for managing food safety responsibilities. Additionally, My Matcha Life® is one of just three (3) companies whose matcha tea is independently tested by American authorities for radiation. We also do regular tests for traces of heavy metal and bacterial contamination.

Does matcha provide any unique benefits for men?
Yes. Along with regular exercise, matcha tea has been shown to help maintain and even elevate healthy levels of testosterone in men. Check out this interesting article by fitness blogger (and My Matcha Life® fan) “Gymless Steve.”

Does matcha help prevent hair loss or male pattern baldness?
Recent studies suggest matcha’s powerful catechin EGCG inhibits a compound that synthesizes DHT (dihydrotestosterone), the hormone that causes male pattern baldness. Additionally, the overall good health that matcha tea encourages may also help prevent hair loss. For more information you may want to look beyond a Matcha FAQ page like this. Check out from our friends at Hair Loss Revolution.

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