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Matcha tea and how to keep it fresh

Matcha tea and how to keep it fresh

Matcha is a finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea leaves. The green tea plants for Matcha are shade-grown for three weeks before harvest and the stems and veins are removed. During shaded growth, the plant Camellia produces more theanine and caffeine accounting for the calm energy people feel from drinking it. Matcha has come to the forefront recently for its many health benefits and we thought we’d explore a few, so why not make yourself a delicious Matcha Laté.

Ingredients

For 1 serving

3/4 cup unsweetened milk of your choice

1 teaspoon matcha powder

Agave syrup

Preparation

Bring 3/4 cup unsweetened milk to a simmer in a small pot over medium-high heat.

Place 1 teaspoon matcha powder in a heatproof cup.

Slowly whisk in 1/4 cup boiling water, then what ever milk you decided to use.

Sweeten with agave syrup.

But why Matcha?

  1. It fortifies your immune system! The catechins in have been shown to have antibiotic properties which promote overall health. Just one bowl of Matcha provides Potassium, Vitamins A & C, Iron, Protein, and Calcium.
  2. It burns calories! What? No, really. Drinking Matcha has also been shown to increase metabolism and help the body burn fat faster; and unlike other diet aides currently on the market, Matcha causes no negative side-effects such as increased heart rate and high blood pressure.
  3. Helps improve cholesterol! Researchers aren’t entirely certain how Matcha has such a positive effect on cholesterol. . . but it does! Matcha is magic! However studies of different populations have shown that people who drink it on a regular basis have lower levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol while at the same time displaying higher levels of HDL (good) cholesterol. Men who drink Matcha are about 11% less likely to develop heart disease than those who don’t.
  4. It’s delicious! Drinking something just because it’s healthy can be a lot like taking medicine; unpleasant and dreadful. Wouldn’t you rather look forward to improving your overall well-being? Of course you would! Matcha just happens to be delicious on its own, so, try it. . . or make another laté!

Tea is second only to water in consumption worldwide meaning it can be found in any and every household everywhere, in the world. Though seemingly non perishable tea can lose its flavour and intensity over time and can also absorb the flavours of other things in its environment. That being said, the taste of your favourite tea can vary depending on the way it was stored. What we recommend is that you preserve your tea in one of our airtight vacuum containers and you’ll be all set for the tea o’clock moment of the day.

 

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