This excellent Matcha from Uji, Kyoto(Japan), is a premium 1st harvest Spring tea. The tea leaves are of Samidori cultivar. It brews a rich vegetative cup with sweet notes from full flavored spring Gyokuro green tea.
Matcha is special, and because of the way it is produced, it is also powerful. Consider these numbers: 2 cups of brewed matcha contains 7 times the antioxidants of orange juice, 20 times that of apple juice, and nearly 20 g of calcium - and that’s just the short list! On a gram per gram basis, Matcha also contains approximately 10 times the polyphenols of regular teas. The healthy qualitites of the tea have led to the its break from tradition. Matcha can now be found served cold, as an ingredient in health shakes, ice creams, and even baked goods.
Quality Matcha is made using pure Gyokuro leaves, a Japanese tea variety that is shaded beneath special mats for 3 weeks before plucking. The shading forces the plants to produce a higher than normal chlorophyll content which gives the leaves a rich green color. Once plucked, the leaves are steamed and dried. Tea at this stage of the process is known as Aracha. Next, the Aracha is stripped of all stems and veins resulting in a pure leaf known as Tencha. Tencha is then stone ground into its finely powdered form. Since it is powdered, no matter how you prepare Matcha, you are actually consuming the leaves - which contain high nutritional value - there is no other tea in the world consumed in this manner.
- Add 1 teaspoon of Matcha to a bowl.
- Put a few drops of hot water into bowl and use a whisk to whisk the Matcha into a paste.
- Pour 6 to 8 oz. of hot water (160-180F) into bowl. Then in a slow "m' motion, submerge any loose bits of Matcha that may be floating on the surface of the tea.
- Whisk the tea more briskly in a back and forth until the surface of the Matcha becomes frothy.
- Consume immediately.