Matcha tea is very popular today, you can see it in the menu of your favorite restaurant or in the coffee shop nearby. There are also a plenty of photos of the “green latte” in the instagram. Moreover, fans of healthy lifestyle are always telling about matcha benefits. So, we have prepared some facts about this tea that hopefully will be useful for you.
What is Matcha Tea?
Matcha is a tea made from powder of specially grown and processed green tea leaves. Actually, the process of tea cultivation is quite difficult, but because of that matcha has numerous health benefits. Leaves are always placed in the shade in order to avoid direct sunlight. This process helps to create special biochemical composition in the tea. Moreover, leaves are harvested by hand, so it stops fermentation. After that leaves are dried and made into powder.
Health Benefits of tea
- By drinking matcha person consumes whole tea leaves, so he/she receives more vitamins and antioxidants. Furthermore, it has much more antioxidant properties than vitamin C and E
- It allows you to relax the whole body, however, you still do not lose focus and concentration. That is why this tea is often used before the meditation
- Cup of matcha contains approximately as much caffeine as a cup of coffee. However, there is a difference; tea also contains L-theanine. Thus, caffeine and l-theanine together give energy, but do not increase nervousness
- Moreover, L-theanine increases the production of dopamine and serotonin. It helps to improve memory and concentration.
- Matcha tea can boost your metabolism and helps the body to burn fat about four times faster than usual. It does not cause any side effects (heart rate increasing and high blood pressure)
- One cup of tea is full of vitamins A and C, calcium and potassium
- Matcha prevents cancer development. Antioxidant components helps your organism to fight with free radicals.
Negative impact of tea
- Tea absorbs lead from the environment. After brewing tea 90% of lead remains in the leaves, so with usual tea we just throw it away, however matcha is a powder, thus we have to consume all the lead contained in the leaves.
- Despite the fact that matcha has a lot of useful properties you should try to avoid drinking it at least 4 hours before sleep. Tea contains caffeine and it may cause insomnia.
How to choose the best tea
- First of all, you should pay attention to the color: it should be bright green;
- It should not be too cheap. Very often ground leaves of sencha can be found on sale, instead of a real one
- Choose tea produced in Japan, and not in China. The Japanese matcha is considered the best in quality and it is grown in more favorable conditions.
What do you need to make it?
- Chawan (Tea Bowl) It has a wide range of sizes and styles. The most popular are shallow bowls and deeps bowls. First one allows tea to cool faster in the summer, second one keep the heat in winter.
- Chasen (Tea Whisk) is a bamboo whisk which is great for whisking matcha thoroughly to create nice rich foam.
- Chashaku is a traditional Japanese tea dish for measuring out a serving of powdered matcha.
How to prepare matcha tea?
- Put boiling water into chawan and whip it with a whisk. It is necessary to heat the dishes in which you will prepare your tea
- Dry the dishes
- Put two measuring spoons of the matcha. It is about 2 grams of tea.
- Put a hot water and start whipping with a whisk until all the powder will evaporate
- Pour more water and continue whipping
The matcha also tastes good with milk. Matcha latte is quite popular in Europe. So there are a lot of ways of its preparation. You can take soybean, coconut or regular milk as a basis for the drink or add sweetener