Product details of Nature’s Superfoods Organic Premium Matcha Powder (30g)
So, Matcha is NOT your typical green tea. Although both Matcha and green tea come from the same plant Camellia sinensis, Matcha tea is much more nutrient-dense than green tea. You will be able to recognize Matcha from its much brighter green color and better taste (almost no bitter after-taste). Comparing nutrients, 1 cup of Matcha tea = 10-15 cups of green tea, approximately.
The tea bushes for Matcha are grown in shade (sheltered from direct sunlight), thus leaving the leaves with a brighter shade of green and higher amounts of chlorophyll and L-theanine amino acid. L-theanine amino acid is known to reduce anxiety and stress, and when combined with caffeine, induces a calmer, yet more alert, state of mind.
The finest Matcha is produced from young and tender leaves hand-picked during the very first harvest of the season (first flush). The tea leaves are then steamed, dried and then milled into fine Matcha powder. First-flush Matcha is the Matcha of choice as it contains significantly more chlorophyll and amino acids (including L-theanine) than the leaves that are picked later in the season. The more chlorophyll, the more vibrant green the powder will be. And the more L-theanine amino acid, the sweeter (umami plant sweetness) the Matcha will taste. So, bitter-tasting Matcha is not first-flush high-quality Matcha.
Not all Matcha teas are the same. Nature’s Superfoods has sourced for top quality, first-flush Organic Matcha Powder from Kyoto – Premium Matcha.
Differences between Ceremonial Matcha (hyperlink to Ceremonial Matcha page) and Premium Matcha :
|Ceremonial Matcha||Premium Matcha|
|Harvest||First Flush||First Flush|
|Quality of Leaves||Best quality – youngest, finest, most tender leaves||Good quality – young and tender leaves|
|Taste||Umami” (plant sweetness), with almost no bitterness||Umami” (plant sweetness), with a slight hint of bitterness|
|Color||Vibrant green||Vibrant green|
Both Ceremonial Matcha and Premium Matcha do not need added sweetener nor dairy products to make them palatable. They can be enjoyed with just hot water alone.