5 Things You Should Know About Matcha
Matcha has been a bit of a buzzword for a few years now. You’ve probably heard people talking about ditching coffee in favor of matcha. If you’ve been curious about this trendy beverage that’s been taking America by storm, here are a few things you should know.
It’s green tea
Matcha means “powdered tea”. With regular steeped green tea, leaves are infused into hot water then discarded. When you drink matcha, you’re drinking the actual leaves. The leaves are ground into a fine powder which is then mixed with hot water and whisked with a bamboo brush until it starts to froth.
It actually does contain caffeine
When you drink matcha, you’re getting 3 times the amount of caffeine that’s in a regular cup of green tea. It’s not a lot but it is about the same amount that’s in a cup of brewed coffee. Matcha lovers claim that the caffeine buzz received from matcha causes a more alert calm. A substance in matcha called l-theanine causes relaxation without drowsiness.
It offers many health benefits
Matcha is made from high-quality tea and whole leaves are ingested. This means that matcha provides a stronger source for the nutrients that are regularly found in steeped green tea. In addition to vitamins and minerals, matcha is incredibly rich in antioxidants that have been shown to protect your body against heart disease and cancer. These antioxidants can also help regulate your blood sugar levels, reduce your blood pressure, and may have anti-aging benefits.
Powder may or may not be sweetened
The taste of matcha is noticeable. It’s often described as spinach or grass like. Because of this, many people choose to sweeten their matcha. Note that traditional matcha powder isn’t sweetened. If it’s sweet, your matcha powder is actually a matcha powdered mix - likely containing sugar and powdered milk.
Quality Can Significantly Vary
High quality, organic matcha is key. Unfortunately, that does mean that there are costs. A high quality, fresh, and pure matcha can be expensive. Low cost matcha can indicate a poor quality product that should be approached with caution.