What is matcha green tea?
Matcha green tea leaves are grown in the same way as those used for regular green tea, only with matcha, the leaves are grown under a protective cover for the final two weeks. This extra love and care gives them that extra ‘green-ness’ and is the secret to their exceptional health benefits.
Once they are powered up and good to go, the tea leaves are dried and slowly ground to a very fine powder, which can be turned into a delicious tea, or mixed with fruit juice.
We could spend all day talking about the wonderful health benefits of matcha green tea, but here are just a few of its main superpowers:
Boosts your metabolism: Matcha has been said to boost your metabolism by some 40 percent, with weight loss being a common effect of regular matcha drinking.
Increases energy levels: A serving of ‘feel-good’ matcha green tea can keep you going for up to 6 hours! This is thanks to the unique way it slowly releases caffeine.
Full of antioxidants: Matcha's antioxidant power is based on catechins which hunt down and destroy the free radicals that can trigger various diseases. The great news is that matcha drinkers consume 137 times more catechins than ordinary green tea drinkers.
Cholesterol lowering potential: A 2011 study showed that green tea had a significant effect on lowering the LDL or 'bad' cholesterol levels in research subjects.
Mind improving: L-theanine is an amino acid that encourages alpha-wave activity in the brain. Alpha waves reduce stress and lower blood pressure so we feel less tense and can access higher-level brain functions like memory more easily.
And finally: Japan's longest-lived citizens regularly reach 100 plus, and they were regular matcha green tea drinkers.
How to drink
Option 1: Mix 1/2 a teaspoon with hot water. Add sweetness to taste. Perfect for those winter moments.
Option 2: Mix 50ml of your favourite juice with 1/2 a teaspoon of super tea. Perfect for when you're busy.
Option 3: Add 1/2 a teaspoon to a gorgeous smoothie. A great addition to your daily smoothie.
Option 4: Use in baking. Ready, steady, bake!
Some yummy recipes can be found here
Our great quality ceremonial grade matcha cannot be matched when it comes to value for money.
Our supplier has been producing the best matcha green tea for over 30 years, and we're lucky to have a great relationship with them. This helps to make sure you always receive matcha that is fantastic value for money, and tastes incredible.
PureChimp matcha is grown in the Kyoto region, which is over 700km away from the Fukushima disaster, which means it was not affected by the nuclear accident in 2011. Still, to meet EU standards, our supplier still tests every single batch of matcha before shipping to us in the UK.