Saturday, 10 June 2017

What is Matcha

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What is matcha


Best matcha green tea
By Koumei Matcha (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Matcha a refined form of pulverized tea leaf which is fully grown and made in Japan. The tea leaf leaves shaded from the sun for a previous couple of weeks of their growth, increasing the photosynthesis effect and chlorophyll content and making a stunning greenish color. Then, the leaves rigorously ground with stone grinding wheels to provide a fine powder. The powder will then be added in hot water to form a brew full of rich antioxidant frothy tea or in recipes like smoothies or baking. In contrast to alternative types of teas, the tea powder not strained out before drinking, thus you're drinking the complete leaf, creating Matcha more potent than alternative tea varieties. In fact, a mere 1/2 tsp is sufficient to brew a standard cup of Matcha.

About Matcha


Matcha is prepared from the original plant where normally all teas come from i.e camellia sinensis, the leaves of which might be processed into green tea (unfermented tea; it’s merely steamed and dried), into oolong tea (the leaves part ferment), and into black tea (fully fermented). Camellia sinensis have varieties, and a few of them, it seems, produces higher quality matcha than others. The highest grade matcha is virtually invariably from one among 3 Japanese varieties (they’re referred to as sami Dori, Oku Midori, and yabukita in Japanese) These 3 varieties of the noble tea plant are explored, chosen for, and cultivated in Japan for over 900 years. Several Japanese growers/farmers know about this, and in several cases cultivated by family lineages for many many years. These families have the skills and expertise to cultivate these 3 varieties to get superior matcha.

Superior grade matcha possess the following key characteristics:

  •  Brilliant color intensity Texture, quality, and density 
  • The area where it is cultivated
  •  Rich froth ability
  •  Silky looks that contains crème to the final drop. 
  • Fineness of the powder 
  • Whether there has been any prolonged exposure to oxygen
  •  How it was ground 
  • Treatment prior to processing The combination of these characteristics is a very rare chance.

The combination of these characteristics is a very rare chance.

This miracle elixir has been consumed for over a millennium in the Far East, and is now considered to be one of the most powerful superfoods on the market today.

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