What is Matcha?
Matcha tea is powdered green tea that is uniquely grown, harvested and processed. Just one cup of Matcha contains the nutrient value of 10 cups of regular green tea.
Does Matcha assist with weight loss?
Studies have shown that green tea extract helps increase metabolism and fat burning, both of which are constituents in aiding in weight loss.
Take a look at any weight loss supplement and there’s a good chance you’ll see “green tea extract” listed in the ingredients.
Studies have shown that Matcha can help speed up metabolism to increase energy expenditure and boost fat burning.
What is the difference in Ceremonial Matcha and Culinary Matcha?
There are currently two different grades of Matcha Tea:
Ceremonial Matcha, as the name suggests, is mostly used for traditional ceremonies. It has been grown in such a way that the pure, earthy flavour for which Matcha tea is known comes through with every sip, and hence any additives such as milk, sugar, or sweeteners are not needed.
Because of this however, Ceremonial Matcha is not ideal for baking or cooking, as the intense flavour will overpower all other ingredients.
There is also a significant price difference between the two, with ceremonial Matcha being almost 5x more expensive than culinary Matcha.
Culinary Matcha is grown to be mixed with other ingredients. Culinary Matcha is what you know Matcha to be, it is what you find at your local barista and in stores. It is best used in lattes, baked goods such as pancakes, cakes and more - this type of matcha can be incorporated into basically all dishes.
Is there a difference between the caffeine in Matcha and coffee?
Matcha is known for its calming crash free energy boost. It’s full of antioxidants and L-Theanine, which is a really important amino acid that helps you focus, without the jitters.
What’s the difference between Green tea and Matcha?
Both Matcha and green tea are derived from the same plant called Camellia Sinensis. While green tea leaves usually come in the form of a tea bag, Matcha is in powder form.
Matcha is 100% green tea leaves that have been ground into a fine powder. It is much more concentrated than regular green tea, so you only need ½ to 1 teaspoon per cup. In comparison to regular green tea, when drinking matcha, you consume the whole tea leaf!
Why does my at-home matcha taste different than what I get one at a coffee shop?
Many of the Matcha powders that you buy when you’re out and about utilize sweetener. They also have equipment to foam milk and add that extra bit of creaminess. By using the chasen whisk and chawan bowl (two traditional Japanese matcha-making tools) or a standard blender like a Vitamix, you can also get the Matcha to oxidize and froth.
Is it safe to consume during pregnancy?
Generally speaking if you are pregnant or trying to conceive, we recommend seeking medical advice before using Matcha or any of our other products.
That being said, there is no official advice that says you should stop drinking green tea during pregnancy. However, it has been found that drinking a large amount of green tea may prevent you from absorbing folic acid properly. Folic acid is an important nutrient, particularly during the first 12 weeks of your pregnancy.