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AVANTCHA | Organic Matcha Blog

AVANTCHA | Organic Matcha Blog

Nurtured and cultivated on the banks of the Yahagi River in Japan is one of the most famous and desirable green teas on the planet: matcha. Matcha tea plays a central in role Japanese tea ceremonies and is renowned not only for its flavor, but also its calming and healing effects on the body and mind.

The farmers employ a special technique called shaded covered cultivation which generates the distinctive, vibrant green leaves for which matcha is so well-known. The entire harvesting and production process is conducted by specialists to create a tea, which is utterly well-balanced and aromatic.

As if to ensure its reputation as a unique and compelling tea, it is served as a powder rather than the traditional leaves or in teabags. Avantcha is proud to offer premium, organic matcha tea straight from the gardens and stone mills of Kagoshima.

Born in China, Raised in Japan

Some 900 years ago, on the eve of the 13th century, green tea plants first found their way onto Japanese soil from China. Carried by the Zen monk Eisai, they were soon planted in the temple grounds at Kyoto.

It was Eisai himself who introduced the revolutionary process of crushing and powdering the tea leaves before consumption; the translation of matcha into modern-day English is actually “powdered green day”. Over time, the process was refined and the Japanese began to cultivate matcha in larger quantities as its potency and delightful health benefits started to be recognized.

It wasn’t until the 16th century that the renowned matcha tea ceremony began to take form. This prompted the discovery that shading the leaves for a few weeks before picking produced a more refined taste; a process that is now exclusively associated with matcha tea.

Today, matcha is one of the finest and best-known teas in the world, and is regularly hailed as the healthiest tea ever produced.

What Makes Matcha So Special?

No Ordinary Green Tea

Rather than steeping the dried leaves in hot water and filtering the tea, matcha is ground down to a very fine powder, mixed and eventually dissolved into the water itself, making it a more potent beverage. It also traps in so many of the nutritional benefits, which aren’t accessed by traditional green tea since you consume the whole leaf.

This is the reason Avantcha only offers organic certified and radiation tested matcha. Any small trace of pesticide on the tea leaves might have an adverse effect on your health since you consume the whole leaf and not just the brewed tea leaves.

For the premium matcha production, the tea plants are shaded for a few weeks, which releases more chlorophyll and amino acids, like theanine. This gives matcha its deep green color and the rich Umami flavor.

The bright green color and rich flavor you should watch out for when making your matcha purchase. There’s a reason why real organic matcha has a high price tag since only the best leaves are hand selected and the farms are following a strict pesticide free production. Many of its rivals are shepherded under the umbrella of “matcha” but in reality it just contains powdered green tea and not the Japanese original.

What About Ceremonial and Cocktail Grade Matcha?

At Avantcha, we offer two different types of organic certified matcha:

Ceremonial Grade – first spring harvest and highest grade, made from only tea buds, used in traditional Japanese Tea Ceremonies; flavor is delicate but rich, naturally sweet and produces a foamy cup. Perfect to be sipped along just on its own.

Cocktail Matcha – is yielded from the second tea harvest; it has a more robust and strong flavor, that remains true when mixed with other ingredients. To be used by Baristas for Matcha latte, smoothies, in the kitchen for cooking or in the bar to mix with cocktails or mocktails.

Note: For maximum freshness, matcha should be stored in the fridge after opening for a max of 30 days.

Health Benefits

In addition to its unique shade-covered cultivation and powdered servings, matcha is universally praised for its health benefits. Matcha is packed with antioxidants, which we usually obtain from raw fruit and veg; one bowl of matcha, however, offers substantially more antioxidants than any single foodstuff.

  • High levels of retained antioxidants

Antioxidants are responsible to prevent or delay our cells damage, also they are known to increase metabolism levels, lowering cholesterol and controlling blood sugar.

  • Intensifies the release of chlorophyll

Chlorophyll is detoxifying, improves digestions, promotes liver health and speeds up wound healing.

  • Increased amounts of amino acids, like theanine.

Theanine is promoted for the ability to calm the mind, reduce stress, and improve sleep by boosting alertness and sharpening the mind.

The nutrition levels of one cup of matcha equals to 10 cups of green tea.

 

How to Prepare the Perfect Serving

Matcha is generally served one of two ways at home: in a bowl or by the cup. Fortunately, both methods are super simple and only require a little more effort than your traditional builder’s brew.

The taste of matcha is quite unique, and the Japanese actually apply a specific term – umami – which describes a fifth flavor which doesn’t fall into sweet, sour, bitter or salty; lying somewhere in-between sweet and savory, matcha offers a taste that is complex, satisfying and refreshing.

In a Bowl

Sift half a teaspoon of matcha into your bowl, breaking down any larger lumps. Add 80ml of water that is below boiling (80°C) and whisk vigorously. This is traditionally done using a bamboo whisk. Once the surface of the tea has a frothy texture, it is ready to drink.

In a Cup

Again using about half a teaspoon of matcha, combine the tea in a cup with a few drops of hot water. Mix together with your spoon to create a light paste, and gradually add the rest of the water, stirring all the while. Once all the tea is absorbed, you’re good to retire to your sofa.

Matcha can also be enjoyed in making desserts or exotic and refreshing drinks (even alcoholic cocktails!) so there are truly no limits on how much happiness can be found in this simple, traditional Japanese drink.

Use the discount code ORGANICMATCHA20 on the checkout page
to get 20% discount on ORGANIC MATCHA – CEREMONIAL OR ORGANIC MATCHA – COCKTAIL

   

 

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AVANTCHA | Organic Matcha Blog

AVANTCHA | Organic Matcha Blog

Nurtured and cultivated on the banks of the Yahagi River in Japan is one of the most famous and desirable green teas on the planet: matcha. Matcha tea plays a central in role Japanese tea ceremonies and is renowned not only for its flavor, but also its calming and healing effects on the body and mind.

The farmers employ a special technique called shaded covered cultivation which generates the distinctive, vibrant green leaves for which matcha is so well-known. The entire harvesting and production process is conducted by specialists to create a tea, which is utterly well-balanced and aromatic.

As if to ensure its reputation as a unique and compelling tea, it is served as a powder rather than the traditional leaves or in teabags. Avantcha is proud to offer premium, organic matcha tea straight from the gardens and stone mills of Kagoshima.

Born in China, Raised in Japan

Some 900 years ago, on the eve of the 13th century, green tea plants first found their way onto Japanese soil from China. Carried by the Zen monk Eisai, they were soon planted in the temple grounds at Kyoto.

It was Eisai himself who introduced the revolutionary process of crushing and powdering the tea leaves before consumption; the translation of matcha into modern-day English is actually “powdered green day”. Over time, the process was refined and the Japanese began to cultivate matcha in larger quantities as its potency and delightful health benefits started to be recognized.

It wasn’t until the 16th century that the renowned matcha tea ceremony began to take form. This prompted the discovery that shading the leaves for a few weeks before picking produced a more refined taste; a process that is now exclusively associated with matcha tea.

Today, matcha is one of the finest and best-known teas in the world, and is regularly hailed as the healthiest tea ever produced.

What Makes Matcha So Special?

No Ordinary Green Tea

Rather than steeping the dried leaves in hot water and filtering the tea, matcha is ground down to a very fine powder, mixed and eventually dissolved into the water itself, making it a more potent beverage. It also traps in so many of the nutritional benefits, which aren’t accessed by traditional green tea since you consume the whole leaf.

This is the reason Avantcha only offers organic certified and radiation tested matcha. Any small trace of pesticide on the tea leaves might have an adverse effect on your health since you consume the whole leaf and not just the brewed tea leaves.

For the premium matcha production, the tea plants are shaded for a few weeks, which releases more chlorophyll and amino acids, like theanine. This gives matcha its deep green color and the rich Umami flavor.

The bright green color and rich flavor you should watch out for when making your matcha purchase. There’s a reason why real organic matcha has a high price tag since only the best leaves are hand selected and the farms are following a strict pesticide free production. Many of its rivals are shepherded under the umbrella of “matcha” but in reality it just contains powdered green tea and not the Japanese original.

What About Ceremonial and Cocktail Grade Matcha?

At Avantcha, we offer two different types of organic certified matcha:

Ceremonial Grade – first spring harvest and highest grade, made from only tea buds, used in traditional Japanese Tea Ceremonies; flavor is delicate but rich, naturally sweet and produces a foamy cup. Perfect to be sipped along just on its own.

Cocktail Matcha – is yielded from the second tea harvest; it has a more robust and strong flavor, that remains true when mixed with other ingredients. To be used by Baristas for Matcha latte, smoothies, in the kitchen for cooking or in the bar to mix with cocktails or mocktails.

Note: For maximum freshness, matcha should be stored in the fridge after opening for a max of 30 days.

Health Benefits

In addition to its unique shade-covered cultivation and powdered servings, matcha is universally praised for its health benefits. Matcha is packed with antioxidants, which we usually obtain from raw fruit and veg; one bowl of matcha, however, offers substantially more antioxidants than any single foodstuff.

  • High levels of retained antioxidants

Antioxidants are responsible to prevent or delay our cells damage, also they are known to increase metabolism levels, lowering cholesterol and controlling blood sugar.

  • Intensifies the release of chlorophyll

Chlorophyll is detoxifying, improves digestions, promotes liver health and speeds up wound healing.

  • Increased amounts of amino acids, like theanine.

Theanine is promoted for the ability to calm the mind, reduce stress, and improve sleep by boosting alertness and sharpening the mind.

The nutrition levels of one cup of matcha equals to 10 cups of green tea.

 

How to Prepare the Perfect Serving

Matcha is generally served one of two ways at home: in a bowl or by the cup. Fortunately, both methods are super simple and only require a little more effort than your traditional builder’s brew.

The taste of matcha is quite unique, and the Japanese actually apply a specific term – umami – which describes a fifth flavor which doesn’t fall into sweet, sour, bitter or salty; lying somewhere in-between sweet and savory, matcha offers a taste that is complex, satisfying and refreshing.

In a Bowl

Sift half a teaspoon of matcha into your bowl, breaking down any larger lumps. Add 80ml of water that is below boiling (80°C) and whisk vigorously. This is traditionally done using a bamboo whisk. Once the surface of the tea has a frothy texture, it is ready to drink.

In a Cup

Again using about half a teaspoon of matcha, combine the tea in a cup with a few drops of hot water. Mix together with your spoon to create a light paste, and gradually add the rest of the water, stirring all the while. Once all the tea is absorbed, you’re good to retire to your sofa.

Matcha can also be enjoyed in making desserts or exotic and refreshing drinks (even alcoholic cocktails!) so there are truly no limits on how much happiness can be found in this simple, traditional Japanese drink.

Use the discount code ORGANICMATCHA20 on the checkout page
to get 20% discount on ORGANIC MATCHA – CEREMONIAL OR ORGANIC MATCHA – COCKTAIL

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