1. How do I prepare matcha in the traditional way?
Step 1: Sift 1-2 tsps of matcha into a bowl
Step 2: Add a few drops to cold water & make a paste using the traditional pronged whisk
Step 3: Add 60 ml of hot water. Use water that’s just under a boil
Step 4: Vigorously whisk in a zig zag motion until the tea is frothy. Sit back and enjoy your green bowl of goodness
2. Are there other ways to consume matcha besides making tea?
Yes, instead of just making a cup of matcha tea you can consume it in many different ways: lattes, smoothies, milkshakes, protein shakes, ice cream, cookies, waffles, soups, noodles, oats, plus more
3. What is the recommended amount of matcha to use per serving?
1-2 g per serving if you're having tea/latte. Otherwise follow your recipe guidelines.
4. Can I pre-make matcha like I would for an ice tea and keep in the fridge as a cold beverage or would that ruin the health benefits and/or taste?
You can definitely pre-make matcha tea and store it in the fridge.
5. Should Matcha be consumed hot or cold?
Matcha can be consumed hot or cold - a nice hot latte for the winter months and a cool, iced matcha latte in the summer!
6. What time of the day should I drink matcha?
Any time of day. Consume less in the evening as matcha contains caffeine and may affect your sleep.
7. What are the health benefits of matcha?
Firstly, matcha comes in powdered form as opposed to a tea bag. This means you are getting all of the nutritional benefits compared to when having tea in a tea bag and most of the nutrients are left behind. One cup of matcha is said to have 10x the nutritional value of one cup of normal green tea.
Secondly and most importantly, there are many health benefits that come with drinking Matcha, such as: a sustained release of energy, lower calories, may boost metabolism, keeps you clam yet alert and much more...
Skin: Full of antioxidants like the polyphenols and catechins defend against harmful UV radiation and free radicals protecting the skin from blemishes. HIGH Vitamin A content also moistens the skin.
Weight-loss: Matcha is packed with EGCGs (Epigallocatechin gallate) that greatly increase fat oxidation - the internal process that burns fat to create energy. They can also boost your metabolic rate by up to 40%.
Detoxification: Drinking matcha regularly is a great way to cleanse your body from toxins via the antioxidants in matcha. An overload of toxins in the body can lead to bloating, fatigue, and ill health (Source: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/what-detox-diet). The antioxidants in matcha help protect against free radical damage. Matcha tea boasts one of the highest Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) values in the superfood realm (1348 units per gram).
Natural Energy: If you've been looking for a healthier, cleaner alternative to coffee then you've finally found it. Matcha contains around 1/3 of the caffeine found in coffee but instead of the usual spike & crash, the caffeine undergoes a slow, gradual release over 4 - 6 hours. This is because the caffeine works in synergy with a rare amoino-acid called L-theanine which produces a calm, yet alert energy - that's right, calm AND alert - and does so by activating alpha brain waves in the body. That's why matcha gained such popularity amongst the Zen Buddhists as it was a great way to help them stay relaxed and focused during long periods of meditation. Fast forward 1,000 years and matcha is helping more people concentrate at work, boost energy levels for a gym session or help power the morning school run.
Full of Antioxidants: Matcha, being a concentrated form of green tea, is an antioxidant POWERHOUSE full of agents that defend the body against oxidative damage. This is why matcha has been touted as a potential benefit for anti-aging, detoxification, immunity and all-round good health. Think of a rusty copper coin - the rust is caused by oxygen. The antioxidants in matcha help protect against free radical damage. Matcha has an ORAC value (used to measure antioxidant capabilities) of 1,348 per serving - one of the HIGHEST amongst all superfoods. This is higher than your more well-known antioxidant sources like blueberries or pomegranates. These antioxidants include a potent class called catechins of which one in particular, Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) known for its possible cancer-fighting abilities, makes up 60% of the catechins found in matcha.
May Boost Metabolism: Being almost calorie-free as it is already a great addition to any weight-loss program. But it may also help boost metabolism and burn fat at the same time - extraordinary! The potent antioxidant, EGCg, has been shown to halt the growth of fat cells and boost metabolic rate in numerous studies. A 2005 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found participants who drank green tea with high levels of catechins lost almost double the wieght as those who didn't over a 12 week period. Green tea consumption has also been shown to increase thermogenesis - the rate at which the body burns calories. Matcha does this without putting any extra stress on the body, it doesn't raise blood pressure nor heart rate. We think this makes it a safe alternative to unproven quick fixes and pharmaceuticals plagued with side effects.
8. Is Matcha Gluten-Free?
9. Can I have matcha while on a weight loss plan?
As a matter of fact matcha is ideal for someone on a weight loss plan. Matcha is packed with EGCGs (Epigallocatechin gallate) that greatly increase fat oxidation - the internal process that burns fat to create energy. They can also boost your metabolic rate by up to 40%.
10. Will matcha interfere whilst taking my medication?
We cannot provide clinical advise so if in doubt consult with your doctor before consuming our product.
11. Can I drink matcha during my pregnancy?
Please consult with your doctor.
12. How much caffeine does matcha contain in a typical serving?
2g of our Matcha contains about 50mg of caffeine, whereas 2g of your average coffee contains about 0.8mg of caffeine. On top of that, your average tea contains 0.22mg of caffeine. (Source: USDA)
14. Why do matcha prices vary?
Unfortunately, not all Matcha are created equally, there are a number of reasons why the price varies. Here are the main factors that dictate the price:
A) Matcha is only grown in Japan, but certain regions have higher qualities of Matcha. For example, Kyoto is historically known to have the best Matcha in comparison to other provinces such as Shizuoka.
B) In terms of flavour, there are three grades, Ceremonial, Premium and Culinary. Ceremonial & Premium grade are the higher grades, it has a vibrant green colour and not bitter in taste. Whereas, Culinary grade comes in a darker green colour and has more bitter notes, therefore it's more suitable to add to baking mixtures or smoothies to help mask the bitterness.
Matcha and Taste
15. Why is your Kyoto Kaizen called Premium Grade Matcha?
Matcha comes in different grades: Ceremonial, Premium and Culinary. Premium grade is a high-grade matcha, it has a vibrant green colour and sweet taste. Our Kyoto Kaizen matcha is made of premium grade, hence the name premium matcha.
16. Is matcha only produced in Japan?
No...matcha's origins are rooted in Japan but it's cultivated in other countries as well. The best matcha is grown in Japan as there you find the best environmental conditions (rainfall, temperature, humidity) and superior techniques that have been handed down from generations previous. You can find matcha from countries like China but these will inevitably be inferior in quality.
17. What is Umami?
Umami is a unique type of taste, different in comparison to the four other senses: sweet, bitter, salty and sour. Glutamate, a naturally occurring amino acid, found abundantly in matcha is responsible for this taste. The name “umami” was given by professor Kikunae Ikeda in 1908.
Shipping & Returns
18. What is your refund policy?
If you’re unhappy with your product and want a refund, contact us via e-mail and we'll refund you within 3-5 working days.
19. If I make an order, how long will it take to arrive at my home address?
Standard delivery: 2- 3 days from order date
20. If my matcha product hasn't arrived after 4 days, what should I do?
If your product does not arrive after 4 days, then notify us so we can give you an update of where you’re product is and when it should arrive. If we find out that, during delivery, your product has been lost or damaged, then we will dispatch a new order to you.
21. Where is your matcha grown?
Our 'Kyoto Kaizen' matcha is grown in Kyoto, Japan.
22. What does your matcha taste like?
Well, our 'Kyoto Kaizen' has a rich, smooth, umami taste (see description above for more)
23. How should I store matcha at home?
Keep it refrigerated at all times. Once the matcha is opened, you should look to consume it within 4 - 8 weeks.
24. How long does matcha last before it expires?
Matcha typically lasts 6 months. If kept refrigerated the 1 year but always check expiry date on product label.
25. What is the maximum amount of matcha I can consume in a day?
The maximum amount of matcha you should be consuming is 8 servings. Each serving containing 1 - 2g of matcha.
26. How can you tell good matcha from bad matcha?
Not all matcha are created equally, some are bad and some are good. Good matcha has a vibrant green colour to it and the taste is smooth and slightly sweet. Bad matcha on the other hand has a dull green colour to it and the taste is unpleasantly bitter.