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Matcha Green Tea

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    Although matcha green tea comes from the very same plant as regular tea – camellia sinensis – it is actually a very different thing.


    Plants destined for matcha are covered for three weeks to a month before harvesting, to ensure that no direct sunlight reaches them. 


    This ups the plant’s levels of chlorophyll, increases its amino acid profile and results in a darker green leaf.


    Containing the whole leaf, ground into a fine matcha tea powder, this tea is richer in antioxidants and higher in caffeine than traditional green tea. It also has a range of potential benefits all of its own.

    Matcha green tea appears to have a number of possible benefits, chief among them its use as a weight loss supplement. 


    According to studies, matcha may increase the rate at which the body burns calories by up to 43% of daily energy expenditure.


    There are three chief ingredients in matcha, L-theanine, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and caffeine each have a positive impact on cognitive performance.

    Arguably, yes. Packed with antioxidants, matcha green tea has been linked to heart health when taken in certain quantities. 



    Which matcha you choose is dependant on how you intend to use it. 


    While some powders are ideal for use in cookery, others make a perfect drink. 


    If you are just starting out on your matcha journey you might choose a matcha kit, complete with bowl and brush for a traditional treat inspired by the thousands of years old Japanese tea ceremony.


    If you are short on time, a matcha tea bag is a simple alternative to green tea powder, making getting your daily dose of matcha a breeze. 


    Cold brew and flavoured versions are also available.

    To enjoy a traditional matcha tea, simply sift one to two teaspoons of your matcha green tea powder into a bowl. 


    Pour in just-boiled water and whisk vigorously in a zig-zag pattern using a hand whisk. The matcha tea is ready to drink once smoothly blended, with a rich foam on top.


    Alternative ways to use your matcha include using hot milk for a green tea latte, blending the powder into smoothies or adding to pancake mixes or ice cream. 


    Matcha powder can also be used in any number of baking recipes too, giving brownies, cakes and biscuits an earthy flavour.

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