What is Matcha

What is matcha ?

Matcha is a Japanese green tea powder made from finely powdered dried tea leaves. It has a slightly bitter, vegetal taste and a vibrant green color that results from the leaves’ high chlorophyll levels. It’s been the cornerstone of traditional Japanese tea ceremonies for centuries, but it recently became popular all over the word because of its health benefits.Matcha offers the highest known value of cell-protecting antioxidants of any natural product, many times greater than goji berries, pomegranates or regular green tea. These antioxidants called catechins are believed to have powerful anticancerous properties. Matcha’s catechins have been found to increase thermogenesis, the body’s rate of burning calories by over 20% of daily energy expenditure. Caffeine contained within matcha provides a gentle energy boost that is balanced by L-theanine, an aminoacid proper to green tea with calming properties. The combination of both elements allows to reach a state of acute alertness and invigoration without a caffeine slump associated with coffee consumption.

What is the difference between matcha and regular green tea?

When drinking matcha, we consume whole leaves of green tea, and this way we supply our body with all the nutrients contained in tea (amino acids, minerals, vitamins, fibres and antioxidants). In the case of normally brewed tea, only 10-20% of these components are absorbed by the body (depending on the type of tea) because most of them are not soluble. This is the fundamental difference between matcha and all other teas.