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What is matcha?
Traditionally matcha is drunk in a Japanese tea ceremony, but these days its superpowers and sensational flavours are revered by tea drinkers all over the globe.
Magnificent matcha’s claim to fame is as the superhero of all green teas. Because it is harvested and produced differently to other green teas, Matcha is the richest source of nutrients and boasts the highest levels of beneficial antioxidants.
Like all green tea, Matcha originates from the camellia sinensis plant, but is harvested a little differently which creates its vibrantly green colour. Matcha powder is ground from ‘tencha’ which is what we call the green tea leaves in their entirety. The resultant fine powder retains all the nutrients of the green tea leaves and provides a mega boost of good green stuff!
How to make matcha?
Our matcha accessory tools let you pay homage to matcha’s origins in the traditional manner. Enjoy delicious matcha made with authentic style, whisked with a traditional matcha bamboo whisk, then sipped and savoured from a double wall glass matcha bowl. There’s no better way!
With other teas the leaves are brewed in hot water and discarded, but our high quality matcha powder is whisked in hot water set no hotter than 80°C, creating a delightfully frothy and flavoursome brew.
While multi-talented matcha doesn’t get into any trouble when it’s in hot water, it does like to reveal its sensitive side by teaming up with a dash of milk and honey - matcha latte style!
What does matcha taste like?
Like a finely balanced red wine, high quality premium grade matcha displays complex vegetal undertones with a full-bodied, rich creaminess. The aftertaste is laced with smooth sweetness for a tantalising and aromatic lingering finish.
Our nutritious matcha can be enjoyed in many forms from naturally organic to flavoursome combos. Try Matcha Jaffa Swirl, Mint Chip Matcha, Matcha Berry Ripple and Salted Matcha Milkshake for a sensational taste experience with built-in goodness!
Does matcha have caffeine?
All teas derived from the camellia sinensis plant contain varying levels of caffeine. Only tisanes made from fruit or herbal origins do not. Matcha contains caffeine but also the amino acid L-theanine, which means the caffeine content is processed a little differently in your body. Caffeine and L-theanine team up to provide you with slow release fuel for focused energy without the post-caffeine jitters.
Is matcha good for you?
Matcha is bursting with beneficial nutrients bound to boost your immune strength!
This superhero of all green teas contains high levels of several antioxidants including polyphenols and catechins. Drinking matcha every day or adding a scoop to your smoothies or porridge may help to protect your liver, improve your heart health, aid with weight loss, protect your cells from damaging free radicals, boost brain function and reduce the risk of chronic disease.
Who would have thought that vibrantly green cup of matcha could provide so much goodness!
How to make a matcha latte?
Want to impress your friends with your masterful matcha-making skills? Here’s how:
Boil the kettle to 80°C and add your favourite T2 matcha and the hot water to your matcha bowls. Use your T2 bamboo whisk to break up any lumps, whisking until the mixture begins to froth. Warm milk in a saucepan until it is hot, but not boiling, and add to your matcha bowls with a dash of honey to sweeten.
You can vary the ratios of hot water, matcha and milk to your preferred taste and our scrumptious matcha beverages each have brewing guides available so you can be sure to make the perfect cup of matcha.
Where to buy matcha powder?
When you first begin drinking matcha it is an introduction to a unique tea drinking experience as well as a lifestyle choice and a commitment to your good health and wellbeing.
Choose the finest quality matcha available in T2 stores and at T2 online, along with all the required accessories and teawares to ensure a perfect match, first time and every time.
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