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Matcha, which means “finely powdered tea”, is made from young green tea leaves. This tea has rich historic roots in the Japanese tea drinking ceremonies. Much care is taken in the practice of growing and curing matcha. Around two weeks before harvest farmers build structures around the plants, creating shade. It is thought that this makes the leaves softer, sweeter and brighter. After harvest, the tea leaves are quickly steamed, then dried and put into heated ovens for around 20 minutes. The stems and twigs are then removed and the leaves are ground into a very fine powder.
Matcha is thought to promote longevity in those that drink it regularly. It does contain caffeine and can be a good substitute for coffee as it is a little easier on the system.
How to use:
Add 1/2 teaspoon of Matcha to 5 oz of hot water. Whisk thoroughly for 45 seconds. Fine powder may settle to the bottom of the cup.
Cautions & contraindications:
Although Matcha is generally considered safe when consumed in small amounts as a beverage, it’s important not drink too much. Due to the caffeine content, Green Tea may trigger certain side effects such as headache, insomnia, irritability, diarrhea and heartburn when consumed in excess.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. Please consult your healthcare provider prior to the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition. Individual results may vary.