Matcha tea has its origins in China and since the 12th century also in Japan, where it is part of tea ceremonies and whence it bears its name. Matcha tea has several specific peculiarities. One of the most important is its cultivation and subsequent harvest, but above all its positive effects on the human body. It contains a large amount of antioxidants, polyphenols and also catechins, which help improve the immune system.
Like green tea, Matcha comes from the plant Camellia sinensis. However, it is grown according to other customs and therefore has a different nutritional profile. About 20-30 days before harvest, the tea plants are carefully covered to prevent direct sunlight. This step ensures an increase in chlorophyll and an increase in amino acid content. Once the tea leaves are harvested, they are ground into a fine powder - Matcha. It contains nutrients from the entire tea leaf, which has the effect of increasing the content of caffeine and antioxidants.
Matcha is rich in catechins, which are natural antioxidants. According to a study, Matcha has up to 137 times higher catechin content than other types of green tea. Drinking Matcha thus significantly reduces oxidative damage caused by free radicals.
Matcha can be prepared as a hot or cold drink. It is also added to many recipes in many parts of the world, and even in the Czech Republic you can already find Matcha desserts in many cafés. If you choose a warm variant of the drink, we recommend using a special Matcha whisk for its preparation.
TIP how to prepare Matcha correctly:
- Prepare a wider bowl, teaspoon, whisk and hot water.
- Sift ½ teaspoon of Matcha through a sieve into the bowl.
- Fill the Matcha with 1 dl of water at 75 ⁰C (under normal conditions, the water cools to such a temperature about 2 minutes after boiling)
- Wish the Matcha until foamy.
You can then easily prepare the cold version in a shaker. Use 2 - 4 g per 200 ml of water and do not forget to shake well so that the drink has a delicious foamy consistency. You can also try the cold and warm variant with milk, ideally coconut or almond, thanks to which you will maintain a balanced nutrient ratio.
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