HOW WILL SWITCHING TO MATCHA CHANGE YOUR LIFE?
Have you ever experienced insomnia, anxiety, headaches or agitation before you have had your morning coffee or in the mid afternoon? These may be all side effects of drinking coffee. Switching to matcha can help iradicate all these side effects whilst still increasing your energy and alertness. How? The caffeine in matcha is very different to that of coffee, in matcha you also have l-theanine, which produces a slow release of energy and has a calming effect on the body which can help to reduce anxiety. Therefore, you will experience sustained energy throughout the day, with no peaks and dips. Put it to the test today and feel the difference for yourself. Find out more on the benefits of matcha here.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE CEREMONIAL AND EVERYDAY MATCHA BLENDS?
Matcha is so versatile and you can either drink it in its traditional tea form or it can be mixed up with other ingredients and enjoyed as a matcha latte, green smoothie, matcha ice-cream or matcha cake. Each blend of matcha has a different flavour profile. The Ceremonial blend has been carefully selected for its sweet and mellow flavour. It is the best blend for enjoying in its traditional form, straight as a tea (no additives needed). The Everyday blend has been selected for its versatility and culinary use. It is the best blend for your smoothies, bliss balls or chia pudding recipes. To see some of our favourite matcha recipes head to our recipes page.
IF I HAVEN'T TRIED MATCHA BEFORE WHICH BLEND WOULD YOU RECOMMEND?
If you are new to the umami flavour of green tea you may like to try it within a matcha latte or your morning smoothie, for this we would recommend using the Everyday blend.
HOW IS MATCHA GREEN TEA DIFFERENT FROM NORMAL TEA?
Matcha green tea differs from normal teas in the way it is produced and the way we consume it.
Matcha is grown for 2 months extra than normal tea and it is protected from the sunlight as soon as the newest leaves start to bud. About 90% of the sunlight is blocked out, this processes increases the production of amino acids and it is this that gives matcha green tea its unique taste that we love.
Once harvested the leaves are steamed, dried and then slowly ground into a jade-green powder.
Unlike normal teas we do not steep the tea in tea bags, rather it is whisked through the water and consumed in entirety.
CAN I MIX MY CEREMONIAL GRADE MATCHA WITH MILK?
Yes! Whilst a high quality matcha is intended to be enjoyed in its purest form- simply whisked with water, matcha can be mixed with just about anything and it is great with almond or coconut milk.
N.B The calcium content in some milks can reduce the absorption of nutrients.
WHERE IS THE MATCHA TEA HAUS MATCHA FROM?
All our tea is sourced directly from Japan.
HOW MUCH MATCHA CAN I HAVE EACH DAY?
We recommend a maximum of 2-4 serves a day, however everyone’s individual tolerance to caffeine differs. The caffeine content of matcha is less than a serve of coffee but higher than normal tea. One serve of Ceremonial matcha contains about 35mg of caffeine and a typical cup of coffee can have between 40-100mg of caffeine. The recommended daily intake of caffeine is between 200 and 400mg for adults and 45mg for a child between 4-12 (occasionally, not part of their daily diet).
CAN I DRINK MATCHA WHILST PREGNANT OR BREASTFEEDING?
If you are cutting out caffeine completely during this time matcha will not be suitable. The recommended caffeine intake during pregnancy is 200mg. One scoop of Ceremonial blend matcha has about 34mg of caffeine and slightly less in the Everyday Blend, so it is a great alternative to coffee so long as you are past your first trimester as some studies have indicate that green tea can reduce iron and folate absorption. More advice is available at Breastfeeding Australia Association, and as with any product please consult with your GP and follow their recommended advice.
WHY DOES THE PRICE OF MATCHA VARY SO MUCH?
Like with most things the quality of a product is often reflected in the price. The quality of Matcha can differ so much, the biggest distinguishing factors are whether it is organic or non-organic, was it grown in China or Japan and if it is from the first or one of the later harvests.
All of Matcha Tea Haus matcha is organic and grown in Japan, the ceremonial blend is picked from the first harvest.
WHERE CAN I FIND MORE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ON GREEN TEA
Beneficial effects of green tea: A literature review by Chako, Thambi, Kuttan & Nishigacki (2015)
Determinations of catechins in matcha green tea by micellar electrokinetic chromatography by Weiss and Anderton (2003)
Guide to Green Tea by University of Maryland Medical Centre provides a detailed summary on green tea and its possible interaction with other medication and health benefits (2013)
Health Benefits of Matcha Tea A summary of the history of matcha and health benefits