What is Matcha Green Tea Powder? - Matcha Me

What is Matcha?

What is matcha green tea powder?

You may be wondering, ‘what is matcha green tea made of? Matcha is made of just green tea leaves! Specifically, it is a finely ground green tea powder which is grown in Japan. It is a very special kind of tea, due to its farming process. Unlike standard green tea, the tea leaves used to create matcha are carefully shade grown. This increases the theanine and caffeine content of the leaves and improves the final flavour, colour and mouth feel. The leaves are then picked, de-stemmed and stone ground into a fine powder that dissolves beautifully into water and milk. Consuming the whole tea leaf in powder form, compared to just consuming the brew from leaves, is one of the reasons matcha has been praised as a superfood.

What is organic matcha?

Organic matcha is slightly different because this matcha cannot be shade grown in the same way as original matcha. In order to shade grow the leaves to improve their colour, flavour and health benefits, farmers must use natural fertilisers. (Because plants can’t grow without energy!). These fertilisers are natural and are usually made from fish meal and pure nitrogen, but they are not certified organic. Organic matcha doesn’t use these products and therefore has a milder umami flavour and weaker amino acids.

However at Matcha Me, we have selected an organic matcha that we think tastes just as good as our original product! So you don’t have to worry about choosing organic or non-organic because both of our matchas are 100% natural and taste amazing!

Where is matcha from?

Matcha is unique to Japan and is an important part of Japanese culture. It has been celebrated for hundreds of years through its use in the Japanese tea ceremony, and by buddhist monks who use matcha for its health benefits and during meditation.

Our matcha in particular comes from an area called Uji which is a famous tea growing region in Kyoto - the absolute heard of matcha! You might have heard of Kyoto - a place rich in traditional Japanese culture such as geisha and tea ceremonies! 

China also produces a green tea powder that is cheaper than Japanese grade matcha and is not processed in the same careful way. This results in a sandy mouth feel, a sub-optimal flavour and a texture that does not froth or dissolve like a Japanese matcha does. Chinese powdered green tea has also come under scrutiny for the use of banned pesticides. Therefore, when selecting matcha, you should ensure that it comes from Japan. This is why Matcha Me is passionate about sourcing its matcha from the famous Uji region of Kyoto in Japan!

Matcha tea side effects and health benefits

Matcha tea has a whole host of wonderful health benefits! It is packed full of amino acids, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. All this packed in goodness boosts metabolism, balances pH, enhances mood and concentration, provides a sense of calm and prevents ageing and chronic disease. There are even studies that have proven the effectiveness of matcha in fighting certain kinds of cancers and the research in this area is ongoing.

See our Matcha Health Benefits page for more information!

Why is matcha so expensive?

To put it simply, matcha requires a lot more work, time, and overall involvement than other forms of tea. Producing an a high quality, beautiful matcha tea takes a lot more time, work and involvement than other forms of tea. Shade growing, picking and de-stemming of leaves and stone grinding processes all takes time and effort by matcha farmers. Luckily, the result is a better tasting, and better-for-you beverage.

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Matcha is a completely natural substance made from the special harvesting and processing of green tea leaves. It originated in Japan, and has been part of Japanese tea ceremonies for hundreds of years due to its health benefits and its ability to provide lasting energy and mental focus.

Matcha and brewed green tea come from the same plant, but they are prepared and then consumed differently. Tea plants used to grow leaves for matcha are shade grown to produce higher amounts of chlorophyll and amino acids, making matcha much better for you than steeped green tea. It also does not come in a bag, it is in powder form so you reap the benefits of consuming the whole leaf!

Matcha is very good for your body. It is high in antioxidants which help to prevent ageing and ward off disease such as cancer by fighting against free radicals which damage the body’s cells. It also protects the liver against damage and aids in weight loss, making this simple 100% natural powder an amazing tool for a healthy lifestyle. As a bonus to enhancing your body’s health, it also helps with mental health by boosting mood and mental cognition.

We offer only the best quality premium Japanese matcha! We have scoured Japan searching for the best premium matcha! We found a certified organic (Organic House Matcha) and a non organic (Culinary Matcha) which are both amazing! Our matcha products are Japanese 100% pure matcha powder which have a brilliant umami-sweet taste with no nasty additives.

There are 3 grades of matcha - ceremonial (a highly expensive matcha used for very special occasions), premium (a high quality matcha that is more affordable) and blended or non-Japanese matcha. At Matcha Me, we think it is important to get the best quality matcha for an affordable price which is why our organic house matcha and our culinary matcha are both premium grade.

Yes matcha is a powdered green tea and green tea does contain caffeine. Because matcha is a powdered form of the whole green tea leaf, it contains more caffeine than regular brewed green tea, at about 30mg per serve. This is about half the amount found in a serving of coffee. However, the caffeine in matcha is actually better than the caffeine you get from coffee and this is thanks to the amino acid content that makes the body’s absorption slower. This makes the energy boost more sustainable and means you don’t get the the crash, spike or jitters!

Yes we do offer wholesale of our products, sourced straight from Japan. We pride ourselves on helping our wholesale customers achieve their goals when it comes to matcha. To find out more, read on at our wholesale page and send us an email!

Combine 1-2 tsp of matcha powder into ¼ cup of hot (but not boiling water). Whisk in a zig-zag motion until the matcha dissolves, no lumps are left and a thick froth forms on top. It couldn't be easier!

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Matcha is a great accompaniment to your weight loss plan because it is full of weight loss benefits. It speeds up your metabolism, speeds up the rate at which your body burns calories by speeding up thermogenesis and it also helps with exercise endurance and muscle recovery times.

Matcha is a very healthy drink that has been enjoyed for thousands of years, but some people might interpret the powder’s many health benefits to think that they can consume lots of matcha! Matcha still contains caffeine and you may experience some stomach upset or nausea if you have too much. Try not to have too many cups of matcha a day, or make your matcha teas weaker and avoid drinking matcha on an empty stomach if that causes you upset.

Matcha has a really interesting sweet-savoury taste, thanks to the chlorophyll and amino acid content that make it so dang healthy! The best way to describe matcha would be earthy, vegetal and smooth with a sweet taste after drinking.

Matcha lasts for up to a whole year and a half! For best storage, store your Matcha Me matcha in a cool, dark place such as the fridge. You can also store it inside a cupboard. Please don’t store matcha in direct sunlight or it may lose its colour and nutritional value slightly quicker than normal.

Both matcha and green tea are derived from the plant called camellia sinensis, however matcha is not whole dried leaves, it is a smooth bright green powder that dissolves into hot water. It is a lot higher in nutritional benefit than regular green tea leaves that you brew due to consuming the whole leaf. This makes matcha a great choice for a healthy lifestyle!

You can buy our matcha exclusively from our online store on our website! Our house matcha is organic and we also sell a culinary matcha! Head over to our wholesale page and use the contact form if you are interested in wholesale for your cafe or business or if you’d like to stock our matcha!

We chose the Uji region of Kyoto, Japan to source our matcha from. We tried many different matchas from many farms in the area until we found one that we thought tasted the best, had the best colour and dissolved beautifully.

Yes we do sell accessories on our website! We sell beautiful Melbourne made artisanal pottery cups as well as traditional bamboo scoops and whisks for making your perfect drink.

Matcha Me was born and raised in Melbourne Australia, but we source our matcha from Japan. We ship from our matcha from Melbourne to the rest of Australia for free and we also offer international shipping.