What is matcha?
Matcha is a finely ground powder of green tea leaves that are derived from the plant that produces all varieties tea, Camellia Sinensis. Matcha has a deep-rooted history that dates back centuries. Matcha is cultivated and produced in Japan, more specifically, in the abundant regions of Uji and Nishio. It is a versatile powerhouse of antioxidants that is the focal point of the traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony and in recipes with a modern twist — like boozy matcha cocktails, matcha desserts, and savory dishes.
Matcha is one bad ass tea. It’s a powerhouse of antioxidants that include catechins, epigallocatechin gallate (also known as EGCg), flavonoids, and polyphenols.
Here are some other fun facts:
- Theophylline, the type of caffeine found in matcha, provides consistent flow of energy through the day
- One cup of matcha is equivalent to ten cups of green tea
- The EGCgs found in matcha boosts your metabolism and aid in weight loss
The feels | matcha makes you feel good
Did you know that matcha also contains an amino acid called L-theanine, which promotes a calming alertness without the crash you may experience from other sources of caffeine (like coffee). It’s also a mood enhancer which is perfect for moody Cancerians, like Jules. L-theanine increases the production of alpha waves in the brain which helps you relax and chill out.
Why does just love matcha?
Matcha is a part of my self-care routine. When I’m in need of some quality “me time” to pour back into myself, my first thought is to treat myself to some matcha. Everything about it fills my soul with so much happiness - the different shades of green, its earthy/grassy notes, being completely present as I whisk in my chawan, and lastly its versatility.