What is Matcha?
Green tea leaves grown for Matcha are gradually shaded for 3 weeks until about 90% of light is blocked, leaving the plant growing in almost complete darkness. Shielding the plant from direct sunlight incites an overproduction of chlorophyll, increasing the nutrient and antioxidant content and contributing to Matcha’s distinctive bright green colour. Shading the plant also yields an increase in the amino acid L-theanine, which gives the drink its deep umami flavour and calming effect.
When the plants are ready for harvest, only the youngest most tender, emerald green leaves are hand-picked. Every batch of Supertea Matcha is tested and analysed for quality control purposes before processing.
The leaves are then steamed, dried, destemmed and deveined. The pure leaves, known as “tencha”, are then stone-ground into a fine powder.
This very fine powder is mixed with hot water rather than being steeped in water. This means that you get all the benefits of the Matcha tea in every cup you drink.
Matcha contains 10 times more nutrients and antioxidants than regular green tea. Some of the health benefits of Matcha include:
- Incredibly high antioxidant levels
- Boosts metabolism and burns calories
- Boosts energy without the jittery feeling of caffeine
- High levels of L-theanine to promote Alpha brain wave activity
- Calms the mind and relaxes the body
- Aids in concentration and mental alertness
- Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
- Strengthens the immune system
- Improves cardiovascular health
- Can aid in reducing stress
Nutritional Content (per 2g serving):
- Sugar: 0
- Fat: 0
- Calories: 6
- Carbohydrates: 770mg
- Protein: 612mg
- Fiber: 636mg
- Caffeine: 50mg
- L-theanine: 29mg
- Potassium: 54g
- Total Catechins: 210mg
- EGCG: 122mg
- Amino Acids: 68mg
- Vitamin C: 3.5mg
- Vitamin A: 0.2mg
Storage: Store your Supertea tin in the refrigerator or in a dry, cool, dark place. Ensure that tin is closed tightly after each use to prevent any moisture from entering.
Expiration: One year after grinding. It’s best to consume Matcha within 3 months after opening the tin.
Serving Size: Use half a teaspoon or 1 bamboo scoop (about 2 grams – adjust to suit your need) per bowl or cup of Matcha tea.
Recommended Use: Enjoy 1 serving each morning and 1 serving after lunch.
Serve hot for a warm, comforting and rich-bodied taste. Serve iced for a silky-smooth and super-refreshing taste. You can simply shake it with cold water and ice in a bottle.
Matcha Tea Preparation (Single Serving):
- Sift half a teaspoon or one bamboo scoop of Matcha to a warm bowl or cup using a small sifter
- Pour over 60ml of hot water (not boiling)
- Using your bamboo whisk or electric frother, quickly whisk the tea until foam forms on the surface
- Add more water to taste and enjoy!
Matcha tea is also delicious with a splash of milk or served as a latte.