Making the Switch to Matcha
Do you find yourself engaging in the morning coffee too often and want a quick and clean change? You could try the fresh green powder matcha, which is just like green tea and currently trending all over social media for its great benefits.
Originated in the fields of Japan and the most cultivated forms of tea in the country. It has gained much popularity in the world and made its way to our supermarkets thanks to social media and well-informed consumers who are more inclined towards health and superfoods.
What is matcha?
Matcha is stone ground green tea leaves which are processed into a fine green looking powder. This is then whisked in hot water to form a liquid matcha that could be added to milk or water to consume as a tea.
Why is matcha expensive?
The process of extraction of powdered matcha from its fresh leaf form makes it expensive. Farmers keep them in shade for 20 days before plucking the leaves and then dry them later to produce powdered form. Also, farmers only pick the best leaf buds for making matcha.
Types of matcha in the market?
- Ceremonial Grade:
- It is whisked in hot water for consumption.
- It is also the highest grade matcha.
- This one has the highest price point as well.
- Latte Grade:
- It is made from the first harvest leaves.
- It is served with milk.
- Culinary Grade:
- Made from second or third harvest.
- Used for baking and making smoothies.
What are the benefits of matcha?
- Rich in antioxidants.
- Improves cardiovascular health.
- With regular consumption, it may support the body’s efforts to maintain health and prevent disease.
- Better skin: Matcha contains catechins which helps in reducing signs of aging and skin elasticity.
- Reduces stress.
- Boosts immunity.
These immeasurable benefits have done wonders in Japanese culture and we can too incorporate them in our daily morning ritual to get that added benefit which definitely our coffee is not providing.
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-Written by Sushmita Majumdar