The Origin of Matcha
Stretching all the way back to the 17th century, matcha was first enjoyed by the Tang Dynasty in China. They found that by steaming the leaves they could form bricks, which would make it easier for sellers to take on trade travels. The tea bricks were prepared by roasting and grounding the leaves then mixing the tea powder with water and salt.
Around the 10th century, a Japanese Buddhist monk, by the name of Eisai, returned to his home country after many years spent studying Buddhism in China. He brought with him the much revered matcha tea seeds and the Buddhist traditional method for preparing matcha tea.
Many centuries later, people around the world are still seeking out this fountain of youth elixir. In recent years, matcha has gone from a niche product used only in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies to a drink craze in the form of lattes, smoothies and even doughnuts! Needless to say, this superfood is one that will be around for years to come.
The Health Benefits of Matcha
- Detoxifies effectively and naturally
- Rich in fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins
- Packed with antioxidants and EGCg
- Calms the mind and relaxes the body
- Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
- Provides Vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc, and magnesium
- Enhances mood and aids in concentration
- Boost metabolism and burns calories
Matcha is unlike other teas in that it is the only one whose leaf you can actually ingest and receive 100% of the nutrients! Made up of 60% catechins, which offer protections against several different cancers, prevents heart disease, and slows the process of aging. About the only thing this powerful green powder can't do is your dishes!
About VMCT Matcha Powder
Imported directly from Kyoto, Japan, this ceremonial grade matcha powder is packed with everything you need to take on the day. Energizing without getting the jitters this green machine of antioxidants will leave you feeling calm and refreshed for whatever the world brings your way.
How To Prepare
- 1 tsp of matcha powder
- 2 oz filtered water, 180° is ideal
- 6 oz additional hot water or steamed milk of choice (ideal milk temp is 140°)
- Honey or maple syrup
- Matcha bamboo whisk or small wire whisk
- Bowl or large mug
1. Sift any clumps out of the powder into bowl or mug.
2. Pour in 2 oz of hot water.
3. If using a bamboo whisk allow the to steep for two minutes in order for the bamboo to relax.
4. Measure out 1 tsp of matcha powder into bowl or mug.
5. Pour in remaining 6 oz of hot water or steamed milk.
6. Using your whisk, in a zig zag motion whisk matcha briskly from side to side.
How to Properly Store
Choose a container with an airtight lid, preferably one that will not let light in and store in your fridge. You will want to choose a container that can securely keep the contents of your matcha free from any other odor that might be in the fridge. This will extend the life of your matcha and retains the oh so important chlorophyll. An element within matcha that not only gives it that gorgeous emerald green color but is a powerful detoxifier, eliminating chemicals and heavy metals from your body. Properly stored, matcha will last for up to one year.