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March 20, 2016

Ceremonial Grade Matcha Green Tea Powder

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Ceremonial Grade Matcha Green Tea Powder

 

Matcha tea is a variety of green tea that the Japanese farmers extract from the Camellia sinensis plant, whose leaves are picked by hand and then converted into powder form through the use of stone mills. Thanks to this processing, the Matcha tea comes in very fine and fragrant powdered form with an intense emerald green colour and is particularly rich in vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll and carotene. The Matcha green tea powder is then stored away from direct sunlight and oxygen in order to preserve its bright green colour and its antioxidant properties.

 

This miraculous elixir has been consumed for more than a millennium in the Far East and is now regarded as one of the most powerful superfoods on the market. Matcha tea or Japanese green tea has higher antioxidant properties than any other green tea. Recent studies have shown that the Matcha tea contains 137 times the antioxidant content of normal green tea, along with polyphenols and various other amino acids, which reduce the physical and psychological stress, and glutamic acid which acts on the central nervous system.

 

Benefits

 

Besides having a high content of antioxidants, Matcha green tea has certain benefits that will make your body a solid base against diseases. Among its benefits stand out:
— Increases metabolism and burns calories
— Detoxifies the body naturally and very effectively
— It is a perfect relaxing agent, calming anxiety and lowering stress levels
— Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
— It is ideal for combating viruses and bacteria
— Actively reduces cholesterol and blood sugar
— It does not raise insulin levels, being great for people suffering from high blood sugar (diabetes) or hypoglycaemia
— Promotes healthy teeth and gums

 

Different Grades of Matcha Green Tea Powder

 

Matcha green tea powder is available in different grades, which are determined by the ingredients used, processing method and by the quality of appearance. More specifically, the following qualities are considered while grading the Matcha tea powder.
— Colour / appearance of the tea
— The density, quality and texture of the powder
— The fineness of the powdered Matcha tea
— Whether it has been exposed to oxygen
— Whether stem or leaves used to prepare them
— The method used to ground up the Matcha leaves
— The process of treatment before final processing

 

All the above-mentioned qualities assist in the gradation of the Matcha tea powder. They can be broadly classified into two categories: The culinary grade and the ceremonial grade.

 

CEREMONIAL GRADE MATCHA GREEN TEA

 

Ceremonial grade Matcha, which has been used in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony for centuries, is the best quality premium green tea powder currently available in the market. This premium grade comes with a delicate taste with a fine texture and possessing a vibrant green appearance. The youngest tea leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant are used to prepare this premium ceremonial grade Matcha. Even the veins and stem portion is removed before processing the leaves. The bright green colour of this grade differentiates this from other commonly available green tea in the market and the stone-ground leaves provide the unique taste to this variety.

 

Flavour

 

This premium ceremonial grade Matcha comes loaded with a mild and naturally sweet flavour which might be smothered by adding cream, milk or sugar.

 

Smell Texture and Colour

 

This talc-like, bright green Match powder smells slightly grassy and fresh. The texture of this ceremonial grade is never gritty or coarse and it is always bright green in colour.

 

Uses of Ceremonial grade Matcha

 

A cup of hot water (around 8 ounces) might require around one-half tsp of Matcha powder. Try avoiding this premium grade product for baking or cooking purpose. This is because some of the refined qualities of this grade might be lost when blended with other ingredients while cooking.

 

CULINARY GRADE MATCHA GREEN TEA

 

This comes in the second spot, considering the fineness and taste, which might differ slightly from the premium ceremonial grade Matcha. It is generally used for baking and cooking purposes, though drinking as tea is not prohibited.

 

Flavour and Purpose

 

This culinary-grade is specifically prepared for mixing it with other ingredients while preparing food. It is less sweet than the ceremonial grade and comes with a more robust flavour which effortlessly blends in with other ingredients while cooking or baking.

 

The Culinary grade Match is further subdivided into five main sub-types:
— Premium grade,
— Café grade,
— Ingredient grade,
— Kitchen grade and
— Classic grade.

When it comes to buying Matcha, the Ceremonial grade is preferred in making tea against other grades as it comes loaded with a great colour and taste. Other lower grades are better for cooking and lattes, etc.

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