Tealand Matcha

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Matcha is premium green tea powder used for drinking as tea or as an ingredient in recipes. Matcha is made of 100% natural organic premium green tea leaves which have been carefully ground down to form a fine powder. The tea leaves are grown under cover (shade-grown) to produce lots of chlorophyll that gives the leaves a deep green color. The health benefits of matcha exceed those of other green teas because matcha drinkers ingest the whole leaf, not just the brewed water.

One glass of matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea in terms of nutritional value and antioxidant content.

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What is Matcha

Japanese Matcha

Matcha is a 100% whole-leaf green tea from Japan, meticulously grown, gently dried and stone-ground into a bright green, unfermented powder. Because the entire unfermented leaf is ground and combined with hot water, consuming Matcha provides all the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids inherent in the plant itself, while delivering a richly organic, full-bodied and deeply satisfying flavor profile not found in steeped teas.
Matcha is made from the leaves of the tea plant Camellia Sinensis. What makes Matcha so special is the origin and production method of this green tea. The different ways in which green tea leaves are treated determine the quality of tea. There is only a small group of elite Japanese tea farmers that is capable of producing high-quality Matcha.
Tea plantations for Matcha look very different than other tea fields. Four weeks before harvest, Matcha plantations are covered with dark tarps. By doing this the tea plants receive 90% less sunlight. In order to compensate, tea plants intensively generate chlorophyll and the leaves produce large amounts of amino acids.
Matcha Tea has an impressive history that goes back over a thousand years. Japanese monks who considered meditation important also realized the benefit of staying alert. They learned that Matcha Tea allowed them to be focused. A unique Amino Acid called L-Theanine has been proven to promote relaxation while keeping brain function stimulated. This amino acid is also believed to help memory and learning. The great news is that Matcha Tea has up to 5 times more L-Theanine Amino Acid than common black and green teas. This helps buffer the caffeine content and deliver amazing concentration and focus without the jitters of other caffeinated beverages.



Korean Matcha (Garucha)
Korean Matcha like Japanese Matcha is made from shade-grown green tea leaves. The preparation of Matcha starts several weeks before harvest, when the tea bushes are covered to prevent direct sunlight, slowing down growth. This results in Matcha rich in Chlorophyll and Theanine, giving it a rich flavour. Only the finest tea buds are hand-picked. It is 100% Organic Green Tea Leaves.
The origin of this matcha is from the fertile land of Jeju Island in Korea. This organic green tea is produced with the modernized system with safety control system to ensure health of the green tea.

 

History
Matcha also known as maccha is a fine powder, it is the purest of green tea. Matcha became popular for the reason that it is used in Japanese tea ceremony, however, in modern times matcha became very famous because it is used to flavour different kind of foods and beverages such as ice cream, noodles and coffee.
In Japanese "cha" means tea, and "ma" means powder, for that reason the word matcha translates literally as powdered green tea. The history stated that the very first green tea seeds were brought to Japan from China by the Zen Monk named Eisai way back in 1191 A.D. He actually planted them on the temple grounds in Kyoto. Hence Zen and matcha became inseparably bound together, in the form of the exquisite tea ceremony.

Health Benefits

Best Slimming Product
Matcha is a healthy, natural, and nutrient-dense drink that is almost calorie free. Even better news is the fact that Matcha has been reported to help boost metabolism and thus help to burn fat. Research shows that this is accomplished in part through Matcha green tea’s ability to improve physical endurance by nearly 25%, creating additional calorie burning- a sure fire away to accelerate and compliment your weight-loss goals!

Consuming matcha green tea can increase thermogenesis (the body's own rate of burning calories) from a normal 8%-10% of daily energy expenditure, to between 35% and 43% of daily energy expenditure. Of critical importance is the fact that none of the research subjects reported any side effects and no significant differences in heart rates were noticed. Moreover, Matcha was voted as Best slimming and fitness product of 2011. (http://www.yourhealthyliving.co.uk/)

 

Best Antioxidant
Matcha powdered green tea is approximately 10X stronger than regular brewed green tea, and so has extremely powerful therapeutic effects on the body. The anti-oxidant activity of Matcha is higher than that of blueberries, 100 times more potent than Vitamin C, and 25 times more active than Vitamin E. Matcha contains over 70 times the anti-oxidants of fresh orange juice, and over 9 times the beta carotene of spinach.



Best Energy Booster
Drink matcha every day for increased energy, robust immune health and focused concentration. Matcha's unique combination of L-theanine and caffeine makes it both a stimulant and a relaxant, perfect for focusing on work, meditation, exercise or play. Matcha contains L-theanine, an amino acid known to relax the mind. For this reason, matcha is also known as a mood enhancer. Buddhist monks drank matcha to assist in meditation, as matcha's amino acids, combined with caffeine, offer a sustained calm alertness over time.
In addition, Matcha is really popular with Japanese students around universities where students take a shot of matcha before exam after a long night of studying or reading; it will help them enhance or promote Energy.

 Matcha FAQs

What does matcha taste like?  
Matcha has a nice rounded flavor with mouth-filling sweetness. Chlorophyll and amino acids give matcha its unique rich taste, an initial vegetal, astringent taste, followed by a lingering sweetness.

How many times a day can I take Matcha?
Matcha gives an energy boost of up to 6 hours for some people, once a day is fine for most people who wish to maintain their health.  For an instance, some condition such a chronic fatigue or to help with weight loss, we would recommend twice a day. Our Tealand Matcha sachet has 1.5 g per serving so it can be enjoyed 3 times a day.

Does Matcha contain caffeine?
Yes, Matcha Tea is a type of green tea and green tea contains caffeine. In fact one cup of matcha contains approximately the equivalent amount of caffeine as a cup of regular coffee which is 75 mg. 

However, the 'type' of caffeine in matcha is different to that of caffeine in coffee, called Theophylline, which gives you a much more sustainable release of energy throughout the day. 

When is the best time to take Matcha? 
We recommend Matcha to be taken or consumed in the morning and early afternoon.  It is not advisable to take the matcha before bed time due to caffeine amount.    

Can I drink Matcha during pregnancy?
Matcha does contain caffeine which is usually limited during pregnancy. For more information, please consult your doctor.

How do I store matcha?
Store matcha in your refrigerator in an airtight, light-tight tin container because it will be damaged by heat, humidity, light, air and smells from different substances.  Now, it is recommended to keep the tin container tea refrigerated. In case, the can is opened, it is highly advised to consume within a short period of time.

On the other hand, once stick or Sachet of matcha contains 1.5 grams that you could enjoy by mixing it either with hot or cold milk or water. It can be savored throughout the year regardless of the time.