Matcha is a powdered green tea made from grinding specially cultivated green tea leaves known as “tencha.” Matcha is considered to be a superfood, as it is known for its many health benefits, including rich nutrients and antioxidants. Once a coveted green tea amongst Buddhist monks in Japan, matcha green tea is now one of the most popular ingredients in the world, found in a range of consumer products such as beverages, pastries, and even skincare products!
While all green teas – including sencha and hojicha – originate from the Camellia sinensis plant, matcha is distinguished by the way green tea leaves are grown. Ikeda Matcha green tea is sourced from the finest tea pastures of Kagoshima, Japan, where the leaves are shaded from sunlight prior to harvest in order to preserve their natural nutrients, color, and flavor. Compared to steeped green tea, entire tea leaves are consumed when drinking matcha so that you enjoy all of its antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. One cup of matcha has the nutritional equivalents of 10 cups of regular green tea!
According to research from organizations such as the National Center of Biotechnology Information, matcha includes but is not limited to the following health benefits:
There are many factors that affect the quality of matcha. Here at Ikeda, we distinguish matcha grades by rating its CAT: Color, Aroma, and Taste in both powder and liquid form.
High quality matcha, such as one used in Japanese tea ceremonies, will be a vibrant emerald green. This is due to its increased chlorophyll levels from proper shading of tea leaves prior to harvest. Lower grades of matcha, such as culinary matcha, tend to have more of a yellow-brownish hue.
L-Theanine amino acids preserved in green tea leaves gives matcha a fresh, grassy, and soothing fragrance with a hint of seaweed.
The amino acids abundant in ceremonial matcha gives it its umami after taste. Culinary grade matcha has an astringent note, and it gets stronger with lower grades. The astrigency makes for a nice accent when paired mixed with other ingredients such as milk and sugar, which makes for a delicious matcha latte.
Ikeda Tea World carries a wide range of both quality organic and non-organic matcha sourced directly from the Kagoshima tea fields. We offer bulk matcha that includes everything from ceremonial to industrial grade matcha, as well as the ability to create custom matcha blends along private labels for your business. Contact Ikeda today for a quote and a sample of our premium matcha!