Matcha Green Tea Powder – Frequently Asked Questions
Since 2012, Zen Green Tea has been sourcing the finest matcha from Japanese tea farms. Our matcha is bursting with flavour, packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Our tea has even featured on My Kitchen Rules as "The best Matcha in Australia".About Matcha
There are broadly three grades of matcha:
- Ceremonial - very expensive, for use in Japanese ceremonies
- Premium Grade - affordable and very high quality
- Culinary Grade - cooking, low quality
Our matcha is Premium Grade. It has a light fresh taste and a vibrant green colour and contains the full health benefits of the green tea leaf. Perfect for everyday drinking.Matcha Buyer's Guide
Yes, matcha and standard tea contain caffeine. However a typical cup of matcha contains 1/5 the caffeine of a coffee. Matcha also delivers this caffeine very differently to coffee.
With matcha the caffeine is absorbed and released slowly by the body over a period of 6-8 hour. This means that, unlike coffee, matcha provides a sustainable energy boost with no more rapid 30 minute spike, slump or “jitters”.
The L-theanine amino acid in matcha is known for its ability to increase alpha waves in the brain and promote calmness and concentration giving matcha users a great “Zen” state.Matcha and Caffeine
We usually recommend 1-3 serves per day which helps you reach the USDA’s antioxidant target for good health.
We probably wouldn't recommend drinking more than 21 cups per day of anything. But if you drink more matcha than this you may exceed some daily recommended nutrient levels. Any more will just be passed through and not absorbed by your body.
Our matcha is herbicide and pesticide free but is not certified organic and for a good reason! To produce high-quality matcha with the full health benefits tea farmers need to add a small amount of fertiliser to the soil before the tea plantation is shaded. This gives the tea plants the nutrients they need to be able to produce incredibly high levels of antioxidants, nutrients and chlorophyll. Without this nutritional support, the tea leaves will produce matcha which is bitter, low quality and will not contain the full antioxidant level. Most Japanese matcha drinkers do not drink organic matcha and they consider it to be low quality. Our matcha is herbicides and pesticide free, sourced sustainably from family-run tea farms and is a premium, high quality.
Using a bamboo whisk enhances the matcha experience as the prongs work to properly suspend the matcha particles throughout the tea.
We highly recommend the bamboo whisk for the best tasting matcha!
If you do not wish to invest in a whisk straight away you can simply dissolve the matcha in a small amount of water and mix thoroughly before topping up with more water.How to make Matcha
Matcha stores best in the fridge in it’s original packaging which is air tight and not exposed to light.
It can also help to place the entire packet in an air tight container to keep it protected from moisture.
When stored in a cool, dark environment like your fridge matcha tea will last in good condition for over 18 months.
Out of the fridge you will notice that over time the matcha will lose it’s vibrancy and some of it’s health benefits although it will still be fine to drink.
Our matcha contains 1,573 ORAC units per serve which is significantly higher than blueberries, broccoli and goji berries.
Matcha Health Benefits
Antioxidants help destroy the free radical particles that damage your cells causing cancer, ageing, strokes and other degenerative diseases.
By consuming matcha, you are ensuring your body constantly circulates antioxidants which destroy free radicals and takes them out of your body before they are able to inflict damage.
Zen Green Tea matcha also contains high levels of EGCG which has been studied and tested extensively for its ability to
prevent tumour and cancer cell growth, improve brain function, and its ability to increase fat oxidation (burns fat!). EGCG is actually sold as a supplement in many health food stores - but why would you need that when you have our amazing matcha.Matcha Health Benefits
This is a personal choice where we recommend that you speak to your doctor. We have quite a few pregnant or breastfeeding customers who have just one cup of matcha a day.
Matcha does contain the caffeine of 1/5 of a cup of coffee.
Good quality matcha has a very light, naturally sweet taste. You can choose whether you make a stronger flavour by adding more matcha per serve.
Matcha should have no bitterness at all and it is very easy to drink.Browse Matcha
Not all matcha is equal.
The three signs of matcha quality are:
- Colour: Matcha should be a vibrant green showcasing it’s chlorophyll
- Taste: Good matcha is naturally sweet with a vegetal smell that comes from high amino acid levels
- Feel: Quality matcha has smaller particles creating a silky smooth tea
Low quality matcha will taste bitter, be gritty in texture and deliver nowhere near the health benefits of Zen Green Tea matcha.
When you drink Zen Green Tea’s matcha you are drinking the whole tea leaf dissolved in water not just the steeped water from the leaves.
As a result you are consuming a green tea which is more than 10 times stronger than a regular brewed tea bag.
Matcha has gained a reputation in Asian culture to be the “Champagne” of tea due to only the finest leaves being selected and processed into a beautiful, young, matcha green tea powder.