Matcha Madness

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MATCHA MADNESS

The world has gone mad over Matcha and more recently, South Africans have joined the party. Cafes are serving it in lattes and chefs are turning it into anything from ice cream to brownies. If you haven’t been moved by the previous tea blogs which detail all the health benefits of drinking tea, or just the goodness of tea in general, then this is my last shot at you. You haven’t tried this green power tea yet? What are you waiting for?

What is Matcha you ask?

image1-1Matcha literally means “powdered tea.” The finest Japanese Green tea is stone-grounded to a delicate green tea powder. With Matcha, you are drinking the actual whole leaf. The whole leaf? Yep, no strainer or infusers required when making Matcha, which is arguable the best green tea you will find in any market.

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Matcha, packs a powerful punch when it comes to the health benefits. Matcha contains small amounts of various vitamins and minerals, but is most prized for being rich in polyphenol compounds called catechins, a type of antioxidant. But like any other Green tea, Matcha contains caffeine. It also contains around 137 times more antioxidants than green tea and 70 times more antioxidants than orange juice.

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The preparation of Matcha is the focus of Japanese tea ceremonies and it has long been associated with Zen rituals. To prepare Matcha the traditional Japanese way you will need a Tea Bowl (think deep ceramic cereal bowl), bamboo spoon and a bamboo whisk. All of these accessories are available for sale at The Tea Merchant Retail Stores.

Firstly you add hot but not boiling water into the bowl, scoop about 2g (half a spoon) of the Matcha powder with the bamboo spoon into the bowl, then whisk to a froth using a bamboo whisk. Drink the Matcha directly from bowl.

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So now we drinking the whole leaf? What’s next? If it’s that good it must taste horrid is the usual follow up statement from customers. My answer … well not really. Matcha has a spinach, grassy, health, not anything the taste buds can’t get acquired too. You can make this drink more enjoyable. I scoop some Matcha into my smoothies to add that extra punch of antioxidants and to get the lovely green colour. If you were to Google Matcha recipes, you will be spoilt for choice with all the lovely recipes available online. Matcha quality is key and fresh pure high quality Matcha ranges between R400- R500 per 40g tin. A low price tag can be a red flag for a poor quality product.

I’m an advocate of taking time for oneself and spoiling myself ever so often. It’s Women’s Month in South Africa! Happy Women’s Month, spoil yourself with a tin of Matcha and your body will thank you for it!

Visit any of the stores at Clearwater Mall, Cresta Shopping Centre, Fourways Mall, Dainfern Square and Woodlands Boulevard in PTA East for your ultimate Tea experience. Invite us to your events or ask any Tea questions by sending email to dee@theteamerchant.co.za

Love & Tea

Dee

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