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(50g) Great basic grade organic matcha. Ideal for mixing and drinking.
(50g) Excellent organic grade matcha made from the youngest, sweetest and most tender leaves.
(30g) Organic expert signature matcha with slightly sweeter flavour than the Swooping Swallow.
(30g) An organic expert signature blend of matcha with limited availability.
(50g) Matcha Plus a combination of matcha and chlorella.
|Food Grade Matcha Green Tea Powder|
This matcha is ideal for getting your everyday health fix, mixing and baking. It is great for thin / usucha tea. Check out our recipe section for some ideas.
All our matchas are organic!
A higher grade matcha gives you a brighter colour and sweeter flavour.
Higher grade matchas are wasted in smoothies.
Rewind just twenty years and the question, “Which kind of tea do you like?” would probably have been answered with a brand of tea bag. At best, it may have elicited a response along the lines of alternative black teas such as Darjeeling, or the popular infusion Earl Grey. Even these now fairly commonplace teas were, in my youth, something of a speciality. It would be fair to say that many homes would not have been able to cater to such requests.
Indeed, the phrase in British English “Do you fancy a quick cup of tea?” can only be interpreted one way – blended, strong black tea, almost always from a tea bag and only served without milk by request; and usually to murmurs of surprise or even suspicion. About the only sense of individuality might come in the number of sugars one might take.
Fast forward to 2011 and, here in the UK, we find that tea has not been overlooked by the undeniable gastro-evolution presently occurring here in Great Britain – and one of the best bits of news is that it’s no longer the preserve of the big city chic. Every supermarket in the land has an aisle devoted to teas and coffees and the offering is becoming ever more varied.
Green tea in particular has experienced a meteoric rise in popularity. Not so much a renaissance, as by virtue of its shorter shelf life and the shear distances it needed to travel it was never the choice of tea in Europe – hardier, black teas were the only teas that would survive the trip and were therefore the only choice. Today, globalisation has been almost entirely positive on the tea industry and thanks to modern packing, transportation and storage techniques, geography is no longer a factor. The world of tea really has become a global village.
As the popularity of green tea continues to grow here in the west, the variety on offer increases and we are regularly treated to new and exciting tea offerings but “new” really is something of a misnomer. It is well known that Chinese civilisation is ancient and while tea consumption dates back mere centuries in Europe, it goes back millennia in the Far East.
One of the newest kids on the block for us is a finely milled green tea powder known as matcha – and even in Asia it’s one of the newer teas. While tea cultivation dates back to thousands of years, matcha in its current form it dates from around the time of the Norman conquest. Old and new are relative terms!
It’s later arrival than most other teas (where the leaves are strained off and just the brewed liquor is drunk) is no surprise when we consider that milling leaves and preparing a whole new category of tea, where the leaves themselves are drunk within the liquor, really was a major innovation.
Many people in this part of the world are now beginning to hear about this for the first time. Others may have consumed it one way or another without knowing it. And yet more of us have seen come across it and its ritualistic preparation without having realised it.
Grade is important when we consider how we’ll use the matcha. There are two distinct ways of preparing traditional matcha – thin and thick. As the name suggests, thin matcha is very watery. Thick matcha is a much stronger mix and a higher grade matcha makes more of a difference in a thick preparation. Also, some choose to depart from tradition and sweeten the matcha itself, or less controversially serve it with a sweet or candy on the side for after. Furthermore, matcha is becoming increasingly popular as a baking and general food ingredient with it being used to flavour dishes as varied as cakes, ice-cream and even pasta. In contrast to a neat cup of thick matcha, baking requires only the most affordable matcha. Another piece of good news for budding chefs keen to try matcha; it’s a great way of winning over all but the most ardent green tea detractors.
There are two ways of preparing matcha for drinking: thick (濃茶 koicha) and thin (薄茶 usucha).
Prior to use, matcha can be sieved in order to break up any clumps that maybe in the tea.
A small amount of matcha is placed into the bowl, traditionally using a bamboo scoop called a chashaku, then a small amount of hot (not boiling, about 80 °C or 176 °F) water is added.
|How long will delivery take?
All goods are dispatched from the UK. We aim to dispatch all goods within two working days. Orders with a total weight of 2kg or less are shipped using Royal Mail. The free service is the Royal Mail Standard class. This service typically takes two working days although it can take up to five. Order of 2 kg or greater are sent via courier, this service typically takes at least 48 hours and does not have a Saturday service.
What happens if my order doesn’t arrive?
If after 7 working days you still haven’t received your order please notify us and we’ll offer you the choice of a replacement or a refund.
Who can order from the wholesale section?
Anyone who wants to order matcha in large quantities can order from the wholesale section.
Are there more nutrients in the higher grades of matcha?
There are slightly more amino acids and antioxidants in the more expensive matchas.
What matcha can I use in food?
You can use all our matchas in food or for drinking. There is no difference in any of the products except the grade, which is reflected in the price. Our cooking grade matcha is simply our lowest grade, it is a grade that we feel is best suited to cooking with.
What’s the best way to take matcha?
If you are drinking matcha for health reasons. Mix matcha with orange juice or other citrus fruit juice to maximise your body’s ability to absorb matcha’s nutrients. Citric acid found in citrus fruit, such as oranges or lemons, can increase your body's ability to absorb the antioxidants in matcha by as much as 13 fold.
Is there a certain amount of matcha that I should be taking?
This really depends on what you are drinking matcha for. We typically recommend that you drink matcha three times a day. However, matcha does have caffeine in it so it’s probably best not to drink it too late at night. The good news though is that nobody has ever overdosed on matcha and there are no known side effects to over consumption.
What matcha would you recommend as a good starter option?
We recommend all our matchas. All of our matchas are priced according to quality and we recommend that you chose the matcha that best suits your budget.
Can I drink matcha whilst pregnant / trying to conceive?
When looking to learn more about the affects of matcha, we'd suggest researching the effects of green tea.
There is around 34mg of caffeine in a 1 gram serving of matcha. The recommend daily limit during pregnancy is 200mg.
The following is the caffeine found in a 7oz/207 ml cup of coffee
There was a study in the 1997 American Journal of Epidemiology study. Caffeine intake and delayed conception: a European multicentrer study on infertility and subfecundity, which found that the associations are weak and or nonsignificant even for women drinking more than the equivalent of 5 cups of coffee per day. However, there are other articles which argue otherwise.
Is there caffeine in matcha?
Matcha is a type of green tea and contain caffeine. There is around 34mg of caffeine in a 1 gram serving of matcha. The caffeine in matcha unlike coffee is released gradually in harmony with the amino acids found in matcha. In theory matcha should give you 4-6 hours of focus without the jitters associate with the caffeine in coffee.
Is your organic matcha certified?
Our organic matcha is certified and regulated by The Soil Association in UK and meets EU, USDA and JAS standards.
How does your product come packaged?
All of our matcha comes in 1.75 oz / 50g resealable standup pouches. So if you order 200 grams of matcha it will come in 4 x 50g packets. Our wholesale matcha is packaged in differently.