Matcha



Matcha has been a life-changer for me, and I get so excited to share it with others! Hope you enjoy the resource, and don't hesitate to ask any questions :) If you're just interested in checking out the brand I recommend, see Encha's website here!

What is matcha?
Matcha is a high quality green tea in which the whole leaves are crushed to become a fine-ground powder. Traditionally, it's whisked in a bowl with hot water to become a rich, frothy beverage (my favorite way to enjoy it!) Matcha is so special because it's the only form of green tea in which the entire leaf is consumed (as opposed to brewed tea bags which you steep then throw out the bag). Ingesting the entire leaf makes it an antioxidant powerhouse, providing amazing health benefits that far exceed other teas or beverages. What's also exclusive to matcha is "zenergy" - the feeling of being calm yet energized and focused at the same time (so amazing!) The zenergy feeling comes from the unique combination of caffeine and theanine. It provides a long-lasting mental calmness and clarity without the jitters or crashes that are often associated with coffee. Just pure, good, clean energy!


Health Benefits
Long ago in ancient civilizations, tea began as a medicine. Only later did it turn into the casual daytime beverage that we enjoy today. But modern studies continually reveal the enormous range of health benefits of matcha, confirming those early sought-after medicinal properties. It turns out they're pretty impressive. One study states a single cup of matcha contains 137 times more antioxidants than a cup of brewed tea bag! What's uniquely special is that matcha contains a certain kind of antioxidant called catechins (of all antioxidants, catechins are the most potent and beneficial). Matcha is especially high in one specific catechin, called EGCG, which is recognized for it's cancer fighting properties. To learn more incredible health benefits, check the graphic below and this resource.


How do you make pure whisked matcha?
Preparing ceremonial matcha is quick and easy - just 5 minutes! You'll need three simple tools shown below: a bowl, bamboo whisk, and measuring scoop (or teaspoon). Since you'll whisk vigorously to achieve the beautiful froth, it's best to use a wide and deep enough bowl - a soup bowl works great.


Start by measuring 1 flat teaspoon matcha powder in a bowl. If you're using a bamboo scoop, it's about two scoops. Heat 5 oz. (~2/3 cup) water, just under boiling (around 160-170 degrees) and add it to the bowl. Using a bamboo whisk, stir a few times to make sure all the clumps are off the bottom and side, then whisk very briskly back and forth in a straight line for about 20-30 seconds (trying not to scrape the bottom of the bowl with the delicate bamboo prongs). Then whisk in a zig-zag pattern to calm the waves and create delicate "microfoam". That's it - pure frothy bliss! I just rinse my whisk, and set it upright on the counter for next time. Check out the quick video below as well:


Whisking pure matcha is my favorite way to enjoy, but I also love lattes, smoothies, and iced matcha (see recipes below for a few ideas). Some people even cook/bake with it! One of the great things about matcha is it's versatility. You can enjoy it pure, creamy, or sweet - it's all about finding the best way it fits into your own daily routine :)


My matcha experience
Matcha is truly unlike anything I've ever experienced. It gives me laser-sharp focus and a happy, positive energy. (Zenergy!) My mind is so much more relaxed - dissolving negative energy and leaving my thoughts clear for positivity and production. Before matcha, I didn't really drink coffee because it didn't settle well and almost always caused a crash. I've been a long-time fan of regular green and black tea but it doesn't provide the unique zenergy like matcha. I drink matcha daily in the mornings, and often enjoy it in the afternoon as well if I'm needing a boost. It really helps with that late day slump, significantly reducing my stress and giving plenty of happy energy while I make dinner, clean up, chase a crazed toddler, etc. ;) I also noticed after a couple months of daily matcha that my skin tone improved. It's a lot smoother and more radiant (yay!)

My husband's experience (a coffee lover)
I never thought I'd be able to pry the coffee from my husband's hands long enough for him to try matcha. But he agreed to do a week-long experiment with me to test the effects. Surprisingly, he hasn't brought coffee back into his routine since! He makes matcha in the morning before work, and usually after lunch to give that calm, steady alertness throughout the day. One morning he drank matcha before studying, and said he couldn't remember the last time he studied that well. (How cool is that?) He loves how "clean" matcha feels over coffee.


Where To Buy
Finding high-quality organic matcha is very important. Many companies sell inferior powder, some of which is not even organic. As a result, taste and health benefits lack. Always look for organic matcha that is a bright, vibrant green color. My absolute favorite is Encha Organic Matcha. I LOVE this company! They work directly with the farm in Japan for quality assurance to provide us with the best organic matcha - truly "farm to cup". The Encha team has visibility into the entire process from growing to grinding. I encourage you to check out their farm page, complete with a beautiful video! Encha's founder, Dr. Li Gong, has a passion for matcha that absolutely radiates, and I really admire his focus on creating a matcha community (@MyEncha on instagram).




Matcha Recipes
Matcha is so versatile - here are a few recipes to get you started!

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46 comments:

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    1. Thanks! :) Are you a matcha drinker?

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  2. Hi! I just try matcha for the first time and I love the way it boost my energy and awareness without the negative effect of the coffee. Thank you for sharing your passion. Love your site!

    Ex-coffee addict.

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    1. Hooray! So wonderful to hear you're enjoying matcha! Did you order from Encha? Thanks so much for your kind words about the site - very appreciated :) Have a lovely week!!

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    2. Hi! No, I live in Quebec, Canada so I bought it closer to home at Davidstea.com. I hope it is the same quality. Have a great week-end!

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  3. I definitely want to try matcha! Just wondering, do you buy the ceremonial grade or the culinary grade? Thank you!

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    1. Awesome! I buy both, but ceremonial grade is the one I use in my daily routine for hot, whisked matcha :) Once in a while when I make smoothies, I use the culinary grade. And if you're into lattes, they have a latte grade as well! It all depends on your daily routine. Would love to hear if you try it - keep me updated!!

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    2. I only drink plain black coffee, so I think the ceremonial grade would be better for my needs. Encha is sold out right now, so I'm trying to decide if I should wait it out or try a different brand. I am super excited to try it. Anything that will help with energy, both physically and mentally, is worth a try in my book! Thank you for sharing your experience!

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    3. Yay, so fun to hear how excited you are to try it!! I just talked to Encha, and they said it should be back in stock later this week (or Monday at the latest). If you can wait it out, I highly recommend theirs!!

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    4. Okay I just heard back again - it becomes available Thursday evening!! :)

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  4. I am not a coffee drinker. I am an iced green tea drinker. What does Matcha taste like? Could I drink it iced if I don't like it hot?

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    1. Hi Kim! I looove the taste of matcha - it's smooth, slightly sweet, and tastes like a very pure green tea :) Delicious!! It's wonderful as an iced drink. You can prepare it two ways: either whisk it hot and serve over ice, or cold brew it by shaking the matcha with cold water and add ice. Let me know if you give it a try!!

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    2. Thanks... I will try it.

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  5. Hey my name is sandy, i am so excited to try matcha. Bt the thing is, i live in india these days, so can u pls help me ? I dnt know where to order online for matcha. Hv a gr8 dae, m waitimg for your reply

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    1. Hey Sandy! So wonderful to hear from you and I'm so glad you're excited about matcha!! Encha does ship worldwide ($15 is standard shipping). Just visit encha.life to order! Let me know if you have any other questions - can't wait to hear what you think!

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  6. hi thanks for your article, I'm wondering since I already take a vitamin supplement that contain B-6 and B-12, for energy and mental focus , would this Matcha really benefit me or would it be too much ??

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    1. Hi Lize :) I'll start off by saying I'm not a medical expert but the benefits of matcha are quite extensive!! From the Encha founder Dr. Li Gong, "B6 and B12 are different from theanine and catechins in matcha. Catechins in matcha is a flavonoid type of antioxidant, as B-vitamins are antioxidant, too. Catechins are accountable for the benefits of disease prevention, metabolism stimulation and skin protection." You can visit this page to read more about the health benefits from studies: http://encha.life/blogs/info/17148211-the-science-of-matcha-health-benefits

      Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any more questions or give it a try! :)

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  7. I just had my first cup of Matcha tea. It tasted fine. No sweetners added! I am anxious to see the effects. I am trying the one week Matcha vs coffee test. I will report back with my findings

    Thank you!

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    1. Jan! I'm so excited to hear that - congrats on your first cup of matcha!! How did your whisking go? Did you use Encha matcha? Yes, please report back on your findings! I'm anxious to hear. Wishing you a lovely (zenergized) week!!! :)

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  8. I have been a diet coke addict for 30 years. The only time I've been able to stop was when I was pregnant (and the first thing I asked for after delivery was a diet coke!) I drink 4 -6 a day. I know.

    My daughter has been begging me to stop drinking it ever since she learned in school that it was bad for you. I always tell her I'll try..... but I can never make it more than a day without it. She tells me "mom you say you love me but if you loved me you'd stop because you want to be healthy for me" - this stabs me right in the heart!

    So I stumbled across your page in search of a cilantro dressing recipe and found your matcha post and figured I'd order some and maybe that would help me kick the DC habit. I am happy to report that today I am TEN DAYS without it. I can't believe how great I feel and how I don't even miss the other stuff! More importantly, my daughter is SO proud of me. Thanks for turning me onto such a great product!

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    1. Amazing - absolutely amazing! What an inspiring story, thanks so much for taking the time to share. What a sweet daughter you have :) Congrats on kicking your diet coke habit, and making the successful switch to matcha! Yay!!!! Matcha can be such a life changer in so many incredible ways.

      I have a couple questions for you! Can you email me at gardengrazerblog@gmail.com so we can chat? Thanks, have a great week!!!

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  9. We have yet to try matcha tea, although we have been wanting to for some time now! I think we are going to have to go out today and find some :) I think we will have to try adding it to our Super Green Smoothie http://thewellnesssoldier.com/super-green-smoothie/ !

    The Wellness Soldier

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    1. Hope you enjoy! The smoothie looks great - yum! I highly recommend Encha organic matcha. Not all matchas are created equal and Encha is the best I've found. Everyone I share it with loves it!!

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  10. Hi! I just had my first cup of Matcha tea using Encha ceremonial grade matcha. I done it in a traditional way using a whisk. I love the feeling after drinking the matcha, but does matcha has some hint of bitterness on its taste? Because based on my research before I buy matcha, there is a taste of sweetness in matcha.

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    1. Hi Edwin! Very excited to hear you enjoyed your first cup of Encha organic matcha!! Great to hear you experienced the calm energy, isn't it wonderful? Many matchas have quite a bitter taste, but Encha is smooth and delicate. Remember to use water that's not boiling (around 160-170 degrees if you have a kitchen thermometer to double check). It should taste pleasantly vegetal/grassy but Encha ceremonial shouldn't really be bitter :) Some people do add sweetener to theirs if needed, but I prefer mine just tea and water. Would love to hear how your whisking went!

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  11. could you tell me why Matcha gives you energy? I have stopped drinking anything caffeinated and do not want to get back into another addiction ;( I drink decaffeinated black and green teas and decaffeinated coffee. I would love to try Matcha if it does not work like the usual energy drinks though.

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    1. Hi! Matcha is a unique kind of energy from the combination of caffeine and theanine (though it only has about 2/3 the amount of caffeine as coffee). The theanine gives a calm feeling, while the caffeine energizes you - together creating the one-of-a-kind "zenergy" feeling of calm alertness. I love it as my daily morning routine because it gives me happy, mental clarity without the jitters or crash (plus plenty of antioxidants!) I'm certainly not a medical professional, so it's up to you and your doctor to decide what's best for you as an individual :)

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  12. Hi just wondering is Matcha the same as Maca I have some Maca and it is a powder and is light beige in color.....are they the same thing?

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    1. Hi! Nope, matcha and maca are two very different things :) Matcha is the green tea mentioned above, and maca is a root from the radish family, most often sold in powder form. (Here's an article on maca: http://www.vegkitchen.com/nutrition/7-top-health-benefits-of-maca/) I have yet to try it - thanks for the reminder!

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  13. Matcha changed my life, I really like this brand int particular: https://zendorimatcha.com

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    1. Awesome Virginia! Always happy to hear from a fellow matcha-lover :)

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  14. I also love your site and your blog. It's very informative. I want to try Matcha. My question is whether a bamboo whisks is really necessary. Could I use a blender instead? Many thanks for sharing your ideas, recipes and story with us!

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    1. Hi Lee! Thanks so much for the kind words :) How are you looking to prepare your matcha? For lattes and smoothies, many people use a blender. For mixing it with water you can try a cold shake (I have a link for iced matcha - basically you just shake it in a sealed container with water, ice, and matcha. Great and refreshing in the summer!)
      However if you're looking to prepare it in the traditional way with hot water, the whisk is really great to have (plus it's fun) ;) I'd love to hear if you give it a try and which methods you choose! It's such a versatile ingredient!

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  15. I have yet to try drinking matcha, we are using it for our home made ice cream. They are delicious.

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    1. That sounds awesome! I've never tried matcha ice cream but will have to!

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    1. Hi Melissa! Great question - I'd recommend doing research first and talking to your health care professional to see what the best choice would be for your family. (Matcha does have some caffeine so be aware of that.) Take care and have a great weekend! :)

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  17. Hi, Great post. I like the way of your writing. After read this blog, I am planning to start taking Green Tea. Let me know how to find difference between organic and conventional green tea. Thanks for sharing useful information. Keep blogging.

    Sathish from Organic India Green Tea

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    1. Hi! I'm ordering some of the matcha and was wondering do you prefer the ENCHA Latte Grade Pure Organic Matcha, or do you usually get the ENCHA Ceremonial-Grade Pure Organic Matcha. TIA

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    2. Hi Heather! Sorry for the delay :) I actually get both grades! Most often, I use the ceremonial because I whisk mine with hot water every morning. Although I've used latte grade for this and Encha's is great! They use 1st harvest for their latte grade (I think every other company uses 2nd harvest for their latte grade) so Encha is awesome quality! If you're planning on making mostly lattes, I'd go with the latte grade as it's more budget-friendly. Otherwise, ceremonial is the best and smoothest tasting for pure matcha tea with just some water. Would love to hear how it goes! Let me know if you have any other questions! <3

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  18. Hello!

    I wanted to thank you for this post. After reading your blog, I decided to purchase a set from Encha.

    I just received my Encha set today and made my first Matcha latte. It was delicious! Nothing at all like the ones I've purchased at cafes. I used Encha ceremonial grade, whisked and then added heated and frothed almond milk. So good and no bitterness nor sweetener needed. I have a sample of the latte grade to try, so I'll see how that goes.

    I'm excited to wean off coffee. I love it but it doesn't feel good these days. I definitely feel alert and clear, I guess I'll see what happens as I continue to incorporate Matcha into my life. Again, many thanks!

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    1. Hi!! Sorry for the delay :) I'm SO excited you ordered from Encha!! Your latte sounds amazing. They really do taste better homemade, and Encha is such incredible quality! Have you been drinking it daily for the past month now? How's it going with your wean off coffee? Wishing you a beautiful weekend! <3

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  19. First timer for match a tea this morning. Seems like I got a slight headache after drinking it. I normally do my morning walk now, but I must wait for it to let up. I did eat some cereal in hopes it helps. I didn't read whether or not you drink the tea before or after breakfast or even during. What do you think?

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    1. Hi! Great question (and sorry for the delay in my response!) I heard of someone getting a slight upset stomach once but they drank it really fast first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. I haven't heard of anyone getting a headache though. I always drink mine after I have a bit of breakfast, so I've never run into any issues. Have you tried it again since then? How are you enjoying it?

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    2. Enjoying it to the max. Got my oldest sister hooked as well. Took some to her house one morning and made us both a cup,and she enjoyed it so much, she order some from online. I drink with my breakfast or after breakfast. No more headaches. I think drinking it on an empty stomach is what gave me the headache. Thank you.

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    3. Fantastic!!! So sweet you shared a matcha moment with your sister, I love that! It's fun introducing it to friends/family :) Have you found your favorite way to prepare it? Lattes, pure whisked, etc? Keep enjoying and have a beautiful week! <3

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