HOW TO MAKE MATCHA WITH A BAMBOO WHISK
Using a bamboo whisk and tea bowl Sift 1-2 tsp matcha into a cup using a small sifter. Add 2oz hot water. For best results use water just under a boil. Whisk vigorously in a zig zag motion until the tea is frothy. Enjoy your matcha tea straight from the bowl.
You can enjoy Matcha also with a tea shaker and although not ideal you can also use a kitchen whisk if you don't yet have a bamboo one.
WHERE IS YOUR MATCHA SOURCED FROM?
Our matcha comes from Japan in the Shizuoka Prefecture and is certified organic in Japan by JAS (Japanese Agricultural Standard).
WHAT DOES MATCHA TASTE LIKE?
Matcha tea is made from shade-covered leaves. This process increases the chlorophyll content of the leaf and produces a full bodied, creamy vegetal taste, occasionally with an astringent note, depending on the grade of tea. Other factors like temperature of water and ration of powder to other ingredients will influence the flavour profile of your finished beverage.
I DON'T HAVE A WHISK, WILL MY MATCHA STILL BLEND AND TASTE GOOD?
Absolutely. Simply add 1Teaspoon hot water to the powder in the bottom of your cup. Make a smooth paste, then fill your cup with more fresh hot water.
We do recommend trying the whisk. It is uniquely suited for creating a frothy bowl of matcha tea which has an airy pleasant texture and tastes wonderfully delicious.
A few other ways that you can Matcha on the go without a whisk are:
1. Travel tea infuser (shake it up baby). Add Matcha to the sieve, pour hot water into the 'mug' part, screw together and shake.
2. Teapot with a tea sieve. Add Matcha into sieve and pour hot water over it.
3. Electric milk steamer. Add Matcha and water and press go.
HOW ELSE CAN I ENJOY MATCHA?
Matcha is delightfully flexible. We encourage people, especially new comers, to explore all of the ways matcha tea can fit into your life. Most of our customers drink some version of a blending drink such as almond milk green tea lattes or morning smoothies. Matcha is delightful sprinkled over yogurt or berries. Or add to salt for a savoury taste to eggs and fish. Check our the Recipe section on our website for more great ways to enjoy Matcha (Coming Soon)
CAN I ADD MILK AND SUGAR TO MY MATCHA?
The traditional way to drink your Matcha is with just hot water. The OG if you will. But I know that not everyone wants to go sugar free or milk free and that is ok! If you are going to sweeten your Matcha, use a natural sweetener like maple syrup or honey. Our Matcha naturally has a sweetness, so you shouldn't need much. Now milk. Cows milk isn't the best option for Matcha. It sticks to the polyphenols, which alters how well your body can absorb the nutrients from your Matcha. So essentially Cow’s milk just neutralizes the amazing benefits of Matcha. We recommend that you switch to a plant based milk like Almond or Coconut (I personally like a blend of both). Oat milk works great too.
WHY IS MATCHA MORE EXPENSIVE THAN REGULAR TEA?
Matcha production is limited. Covering the fields with bamboo mats, or tarps, weakens the tea plants, and a longer recovery period is needed before they can be harvested again. Most farmers pick matcha leaves entirely by hand – although machine picking is not un-common. Local farmers closely supervise the growing, harvesting and sorting of matcha leaves. At the factory, production requires several processes including steaming, drying, de-stemming, sorting, grinding and packaging. Each stone grinder produces only about 40 grams of matcha in an hour.
The pricing of matcha in Japan is directly related to which leaves are used, where they were grown and which farmers cultivated it. When you look to buy matcha, you’ll find the most expensive ones are the greenest colour and the softest in texture. This denotes that only the youngest leaves were used and de-spined (all coarse fibres, i.e. the stems, removed). Matcha is made in relatively limited quantities, and because it is so popular in Japan, relatively little remains for export.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO STORE MATCHA?
Keep your matcha well sealed in the fridge. Think of it as a fresh vegetable. Keep it airtight and in a dry area- keeping the air out and humidity away keeps the matcha super fresh and green!
DOES MATCHA HAVE CAFFEINE?
Yes. Matcha has about 30 mg caffeine/teaspoon of powder. Coffee has about 150 mg/8 ounces depending on how it is brewed. But matcha also contains l-theanine, an amino acid that improves cognitive function and induces a calm soothing effect on the mind. Part of the lure of the tea, is that Buddhists monks used it as an aid in meditation as the stimulation from the caffeine kept them alert, while the amino acids kept them calm and focused. Matcha is an excellent coffee alternative in the morning and an energy booster in the afternoon between lunch and dinner.
When drinking matcha, whole tea leaves are consumed (not just the steep as with other teas), providing 4 to 6 hours of mild steady energy. Matcha is both a stimulant and a relaxant, perfect for focusing on work, meditation, exercise or play.
WHAT'S MATCHA'S ORAC RATING?
ORAC is a measure of antioxidant efficacy of a particular food.The ORAC rating of matcha tea is 1300 umoleTE/g compared to 105 for pomegranate fruit and 93 for wild blue berries. The USDA recommends 3,000- 5,000 ORAC units per day. One teaspoon of matcha tea, about 2 grams, contains approximately 2600 ORAC units.
CAN I DRINK MATCHA WHILE PREGNANT?
The level of caffeine in matcha is below the recommended maximum for pregnant/breast feeding women, but it is still recommended to keep caffeine levels low during pregnancy. We recommend you consult your doctor to assess things on a case by case basis depending on your regular personal caffeine consumption and other factors. Congratulations on the matcha-mini!
WHAT MATCHA GRADE IS RIGHT FOR ME?
There are 3 main grades of matcha- ceremonial grade, premium grade and culinary grade. As a general guide, ceremonial grade is usually used only for traditional Japanese tea ceremonies where the process is completed very thoroughly and a strict process, premium grade is a great alternative that allows for optimum quality for both everyday drinking as well as cooking whilst culinary is mainly for cooking and baking. Matcha Maiden is a premium grade that gives a high quality matcha drinking experience without breaking the bank!
WHY DOES MY MATCHA TASTE BITTER?
There are a myriad of reasons as to why your matcha might taste bitter but the ones we see most commonly are; pouring boiling water directly onto your matcha, aged matcha and/or poor quality matcha. The optimal water temperature for matcha is 80-85C, not boiling, so we recommend cooling down boiling water with cold water before adding it with the matcha. Boiling water can burn the matcha and result in a bitter taste!
Additionally, lower quality or ‘old’ matcha can taste slightly bitter.
HOW MUCH IS A SINGLE SERVING OF MATCHA?
The most recommended serving size is ½ a teaspoon which is ~1.5-2g.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SENCHA GREEN TEA AND MATCHA?
The most obvious difference is in it’s physical form. Sencha Green Tea is the dried green tea leaves that most people drink- it can be found in green tea bags or as loose leaf tea. Matcha on the other hand is stone-ground green tea and is found in powder form.
Sencha is also grown in direct sunlight whereas matcha is grown in shade in its final months, increasing its incredible L-theanine content! Sencha is prepared by steeping/brewing the tea leaves in hot water and then discarding the tea leaves whereas matcha is dissolved into water or a liquid so the whole tea leave, technically, is consumed (more health benefits!)
WILL MATCHA GIVE ME ENERGY?
Yes, matcha contains caffeine (but not as much as coffee) so it will most certainly give you energy! Although matcha does have caffeine, it also contains an amino acid called L-theanine which helps to calm the mind and body, counteracting the negative side effects of caffeine on its own (the jitters and the crashes). This is why we love matcha- you get a sense of alertness whilst not getting the jitters!
WHEN TO DRINK MATCHA TEA?
There is no ‘BEST’ time however it could be a good idea to have matcha before a workout for a caffeine hit or first thing in the morning to kick-start the metabolism. For those who are caffeine sensitive, we would suggest to have it in the morning!
WHEN SHOULD I DRINK MATCHA FOR WEIGHT LOSS?
Although matcha doesn’t directly cause weight loss, it has been suggested to boost fat oxidization so having a matcha tea first thing in the morning could help increase fat burning, since the body should already be in fat burning mode!
CAN MATCHA PREVENT CANCER?
Matcha doesn’t directly prevent cancer, it’s extremely high antioxidant content help to neutralize free-radicals and oxidative stress- both of which are linked to cancer.
CAN MATCHA CAUSE GAS OR BLOATING OR OTHER STOMACH/DIGESTIVE ISSUES?
Generally speaking, matcha is simply green tea leaves ground into a powder so it shouldn’t cause gas or bloating. However, it is possible that matcha is sold with sugars, fillers and preservatives that do cause bloating and gas for some people. Matcha Nude is 100% pure green tea, stone-ground into a powder- so no sugars, fillers, preservatives etc. KEEP IT NATURAL, KEEP IT NUDE!
CAN MATCHA TEA GO BAD?
Matcha itself doesn’t go ‘bad’ unless it is exposed to other substances or contaminated with foods that do go bad. Matcha does get ‘old’ though which is mainly evidenced by the vibrancy (or lack thereof) of its natural green colour. Usually this is about 12 months after it’s made.
CAN MATCHA MAKE YOU DIZZY?
CAN MATCHA REPLACE COFFEE?
Matcha is a great coffee replacement for those trying to ween of high levels of caffeine and for those who are caffeine sensitive. Matcha contains a amino acid, L-theanine, which helps to counteract the negative effects of caffeine that cause jitters and crashes. L-theanine helps to calm the body and mind while still getting the small caffeine hit that matcha naturally has. However, for those who love the taste of coffee matcha might not be the perfect match(a).
MOTHER EARTH AND MATCHA NUDE
Matcha Nude uses all compostable packaging for the pouches that you Matcha comes in, as well as everything else that it arrives in, the mailers, any tissue paper, stickers or cards. We have a strong environmental stand because we know how important Mother Earth is to use and our future.
WHEN WILL MY ORDER BE SHIPPED?
Within a few days of ordering, if not the same day. COVID-19 is causing shipping delays, but your Matcha is on it's way to you.
WHAT SHIPPING METHODS DO YOU USE?
HOW MUCH DOES SHIPPING COST?
Basic shipping is $5 within Canada and there are several shipping options for both the USA and Canada.
*We are now charging $5 for basic shipping due to Covid-19 induced shipping delays and lost parcels. This allows us to post your parcel with a tracking number.
WHERE DO YOU SHIP?
Anywhere in Canada and the USA.
CAN I COLLECT MY ORDER IN PERSON?
Not generally, orders can only be delivered by post. We do sell some product in Banff, AB.
*If you live near Banff, AB, Canada, you can come pick up orders but you would need to still purchase online.
WHERE CAN I PURCHASE YOUR PRODUCTS?
Online. We are just an online distributor and don't have a shop front. We do however have some stock in stores in Banff, AB.
If you have any other questions please email us Info@MatchaNude.ca