Matcha is nature’s most powerful green tea. A vibrant green tea powder from Japan, prized for centuries by Buddhist monks and appreciated for its unique properties and numerous health benefits. As Matcha becomes more popular worldwide and more people begin incorporating it into their lifestyle, it's inevitable that a few myths and misconceptions are going to pop up. Here are five of them:
1. All matcha is created equal
Matcha madness is in full swing in Australia, and with new Matcha brands popping up every month, it’s never been more important to know the quality of the matcha powder you are buying. Increased competition and demand brings more competitive pricing and the temptation for some suppliers to source cheaper, lower quality matcha in order to offer lower prices. Matcha is a premium green tea powder and it comes at a higher cost than other teas, but with very good reason. The growing, refining and blending process requires knowledge, precision and skills possessed by only a handful of Japanese tea sommeliers. The good news is, it can be fairly easy to tell whether the matcha you’ve bought really is powder perfection, or just your average green tea powder.
We’ve talked about it at length here, but when looking for ceremonial grade matcha, A tell tale sign is the colour, as the bright, vibrant green associated with healthy, quality Matcha will be absent in lesser products, replaced by duller shades of green, yellow or brown. Mista Matcha is proud to put our name behind what we believe to be the highest quality Matcha in Australia, preserving traditional techniques used for centuries by skilled Japanese farmers.
2. Drinking green tea has little or no health benefits
In actual fact, drinking green tea has many health benefits. Matcha is said to lower cholesterol and protect the nervous system, while helping to fight bacteria and arthritis. Studies have shown that it unique properties can also lower the risk of developing many diseases, including diabetes and heart disease.
3. Matcha is just the same as regular green teaAlthough Matcha is made from green tea leaves, its unique cultivation methods means it contains up to 137 times the amount of EGCG antioxidants found in other types of green tea, and significantly outweighs the amount other products with high levels contain, such as dark chocolate. Antioxidants inhibit cell damage, and this type is said to be very effective against carcinogens, which can cause cancer.
4. Matcha has to be enjoyed hot
Matcha is actually incredibly diverse. Although traditionally enjoyed as a hot tea as part of the Japanese Tea Ceremony, many recipes for hot and cold food and drink have been developed using Matcha, so it can be enjoyed in many forms. Don’t worry if you're not a big tea drinker; there will be something on our recipe page for you.
5. Preparing matcha is too time consuming
Lets face it; we’re always busy nowadays. We rarely get a moment to ourselves where we can unplug, unwind and enjoy a moment of stillness. Preparing a warm bowl of Mista Matcha takes less than 5 minutes out of your day, but allows you the time to be present, mindful and to enjoy living in the matcha moment. If you’re still not convinced, you can always shake up a cold brew matcha-to-go in seconds, using one of our matcha blender bottles.