Green Tea and Matcha Green Tea
Green tea is the virgin of tea manufacturing, the least processed, the freshest, and the youngest.
Preparing Green Tea
When preparing green tea, it is important to use water well below the boiling point (we suggest 130 degrees F. for Green and White Teas) and to stay near your pot while it is steeping. We recommend, at least initially, following the brewing instructions we provide with each tea. True tea quality is always judged in the cup – so, at the end of the day, the best answer to specific steeping inquiries inevitably requires modification to your specific taste preference. It is your cup of tea, so enjoy it as you see fit!
Low in caffeine, high in antioxidants, rich in vitamins B and C, this light, grassy tea boasts a whole cocktail of wellness support! The health benefits of this incredible plant, Camellia sinensis, are the subject of a great number of medical experiments and psychological studies presently. Scientists and Physicians are fascinated with all of the new data that is coming forth! It’s never been a better time to start drinking teas!
Green teas, (for centuries the beverage of choice in Asia), are rapidly gaining popularity in the western world. It’s natural aroma and widely acclaimed health benefits make green tea appealing to both the tea lover and previously non-tea drinker. Due to our own personal appreciation for high quality Artisinal green teas, we are striving to offer an ever-growing selection of rare varieties, to include our own Traverse City-grown White Teas. Our award-winning signature blends include as many fresh, certified Organic and Demeter Biodynamic Michigan-grown ingredients as possible. The aroma of these teas surpasses anything you have ever experienced with regards to subtlety and complexity.
The Production of Green Tea
Step 1: Drying
After plucking, the green leaves are spread out in the on withering troughs to dessicate (dry out).
Step 2: Firing
Once they have become soft and pliable, the tea leaves are “fired” in woks or ovens (to keep their green color and prevent oxidation,) or can be rolled, twisted or balled into a desired shape, and then repeat firing is completed after shaping to prevent the leaves from oxidizing as it occurs during the production of black tea, and to dehydrate them for proper preservation.
“What is an O.R.A.C unit?”
Matcha green tea contains the highest concentration of antioxidants compared to all natural fruits and vegetables known thus far. The Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity (O.R.A.C) test is a scientifically controlled set of experiments developed by the United States department of agriculture (USDA) and Tufts University to assess the antioxidant potency of foods and beverages. The results of the ORAC test helps to standardize, quantify, and objectively compare different foods and beverages for their antioxidant potency.
Results for the latest O.R.A.C tests have shown that organic ceremonial grade Matcha green tea contains 1384 O.R.A.C units per gram. When compared to other antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables, as published by the Agricultural Research Service, the in-house research arm of the USDA, Matcha clearly stands out above the rest!
In summary, Matcha green tea contains over 10 to 15 times the overall nutrients when compared to traditional Green, White, Black, Rooibos, and Yerba Mate Teas, as well as when compared to popular fruits and vegetables.
Why so much excitement about Matcha? Here’s why: Matcha green Tea is, in our opinion, the very best investment for the buck in the supplement world since green tea has been proven to improve circulation, which in turn supports cellular oxygenation, which in turn can help reduce inflammation.
Top antioxidant foods O.R.A.C units per gram (umoleTE/g:) *
|Our Ceremonial Grade Organic Matcha green tea||1384.00|
|Red bell peppers||7.10|
*Agricultural Research Service: http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/np/fnrb/fnrb499.htm – studies published in the Journal of Nutrition (vol. 128, pp. 2383-2390) and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (vol. 68, pp. 1081-1087); 2 ORAC Analysis on Ceremonial Matcha Green Tea ME17916 Lot#D1805: Brunswick
Some of our favorite ways to enjoy Matcha…
WITH FOOD: Sprinkle on top of your cooled oatmeal or applesauce.
MATCHA SHOT: In a blender, combine 1 ounce Vanilla Coconut Milk and 1 ounce Pineapple Juice, and 1/2 tsp. of our Matcha powder – blend and enjoy right away.
NEW CAPSULES!! That’s right- just take 2 matcha capsules for your full 1 gram serving and enjoy the convenience and feel-good-ness! See our Matcha section to order yours today.MADE IN THE U.S.A!!
Warm Matcha Bowl: Add 6 oz. very warm water to a bowl, then whisk in one teaspoon of pure Maple syrup and 2 tablespoons of Coconut Milk (or any non-dairy “milk”). Whisk in 1/2 tsp. Matcha powder and enjoy reverently…ceremonial-style.