Matcha has grown increasingly popular recently, with matcha lattes, smoothies and even cakes popping up all over instagram. This green goodness has actually been around for hundreds and hundreds of years.
Powdered tea has been used ever since the Tang Dynasty of China (618-907) when tea was pulverised into a powder for storage purposes. During the 14th to the 16th centuries in Japan, matcha was reserved for the upper classes only. Today, matcha is a drink available world wide for everyone to enjoy. See below
1. When you drink matcha, you are actually ingesting the entire leaf and therefore receiving 100% of the nutrients and antioxidants, whereas with other green teas you are simply only infusing it into your cup.
2. Matcha promotes relaxation and general well being due to the presence of L-Theanine. This compound promotes the alpha wave in our brains and therefore can be used to help with anxiety, blood pressure, mood, memory and learning.
3. Matcha has 60 times the amount of antioxidants than spinach - eat that Popeye!
4. Matcha's caffeine is slow released over four hours, whereas your regular strong latte will give you a sudden burst of energy followed by a low. Drinking matcha encourages you to be alert for longer, without the low after drinking coffee.
5. Matcha was drunk by Chinese Daoists and Japanese Zen Buddhist monks as it enabled them to relax and meditate while remaining alert- don't we all want that!?
6. Matcha has high levels of chlorophyll and therefore is a great detox option, removing your body of toxins.
7. Matcha can be added to anything to give an extra kick of flavour or even a cool green colour! Try making a matcha smoothie in the mornings, or impress your friends with matcha brownie!
After you've invested in you matcha, make sure you know how to do it properly! Only use 1/4 of a teaspoon, it doesn't sound like much but its all you need! Make sure to whisk it with a nice bamboo whisk or something similar- you know you are doing it right if it starts to froth!