Matcha FAQ

Matcha is a finely ground powder made from specially grown and processed green tea leaves. Unlike traditional green tea, matcha involves consuming the whole leaf in powdered form, which can provide more concentrated nutrients and antioxidants.

Matcha is made from green tea leaves that are shade-grown for about three weeks before harvest. This process increases the chlorophyll content and gives the tea a vibrant green color. The stems and veins are removed, and the leaves are ground into a fine powder.

Matcha is rich in antioxidants, particularly catechins, which can help reduce cell damage and prevent chronic diseases. It also contains L-theanine, an amino acid that can promote relaxation and improve focus and concentration. Additionally, matcha can boost metabolism and help in weight management.

To prepare matcha tea, sift 1-2 teaspoons of matcha powder into a cup using a fine mesh sieve. Add about 2 ounces of hot water (just under boiling), and whisk vigorously in a zigzag motion until the tea is frothy. You can adjust the amount of water to taste.

Yes, matcha can be used in a variety of recipes, from beverages like lattes and smoothies to desserts such as cakes, cookies, and ice cream. We offer a high-grade matcha which can be used in cooking, but we recommend getting a lower culinary grade to use in cooking.

Matcha should be stored in an airtight container away from direct sunlight, moisture, and strong odors. To preserve its freshness and vibrant color, it's best kept in the refrigerator and in our air-tight tin.

Yes, matcha contains caffeine. However, its effect is often described as more balanced compared to the caffeine in coffee. The presence of L-theanine in matcha can help moderate caffeine's effects, leading to a sustained energy boost without the jitters.

Matcha has a unique taste that is rich, earthy, and slightly sweet with a hint of bitterness. High-quality matcha tends to have a smoother flavor and is less bitter than lower grades.

Yes, matcha comes in various grades, including ceremonial, premium, and culinary grades. Ceremonial grade is the highest quality, intended for traditional tea ceremonies and drinking. Premium grade is suitable for daily consumption, and culinary grade is designed for cooking and baking.

Matcha originated in China but is most commonly associated with Japan, where it has been cultivated for centuries and plays a significant role in Japanese tea ceremonies. Japan is where we grow all our matcha.