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My Introduction to Matcha Green Tea by N. Christensen Posted on 8 Jul 23:40 , 0 comments

The Best Organic Matcha Green Tea in Japan | Grace & Green

 I first tried high quality organic matcha when I was living in Sapporo, Japan. Thanks to a friend, I had the opportunity to experience a Japanese tea ceremony with 3 other friends!

 We went to the home of a friendly and welcoming woman who was dressed in elegant kimono. I wasn't sure what to expect as she ushered us into a lovely little tatami-floored room.

 We were concerned about making foolish mistakes during the ceremony, but our host put us at ease with encouragement and jokes. We settled onto the floor in the traditional Japanese sitting pose, but of course we were not able to maintain the pose for the entire ceremony. Our host was very understanding and invited us to adjust our seats as needed. I could tell that the most important thing for her was to share the beauty and peace of the ceremony. Her enthusiasm and love for the tea ceremony was expressed in each graceful movement she made.

 The Best Organic Matcha Green Tea in Japan | Grace & Green

 When she opened the small wooden jar containing the matcha powder, I was surprised by the vibrancy and depth of the green of it, since I had only ever been exposed to cheap and low quality sencha tea-bag style green teas back home in Canada. High quality matcha tea powder is green like the forest on a spring day, and is just as pleasant and refreshing.

 We enjoyed watching the meticulous process of the tea ceremony, and we were impressed by the care and attention shown by our host. She made the ceremony look both simple and incredibly complex at the same time! Eventually she passed me a beautiful little bowl of gently steaming matcha. After twisting the bowl this way and that(I'm sorry I can't recall the meaning behind this), I had my first sip of high quality matcha green tea.

 There was a wonderful, creamy frothiness to start, followed by an earthy yet smooth green tea flavor. The flavor matched the color of the powder I had seen - vibrant and unique, but not glaring or garish.

 Of course, there was also the warmth of the caffeine, and I realized as I finished my matcha, that the feeling was entirely different from that of caffeine from coffee. Matcha left me with an invigorated yet mellow feeling, with none of the jittery jangles that can result from coffee.

The Best Organic Matcha Green Tea in Japan | Grace & Green

 Now that I'm back home in Canada, organic matcha green tea is a special treat for me, and I'm thankful I had the chance to try it for the first time in Japan! I'm also thrilled to find that people in Canada are becoming more aware of the advantages of high quality organic matcha, and what a lovely drink it is!

 - N. Christensen

 

  


Our Matcha Green Tea Factory - Everything there for Matcha Lovers Posted on 2 Jul 09:29 , 0 comments

Matcha Green Tea has a very long history. In modern matcha green tea factories, the latest machines are used to enhance the quality of matcha and to produce under sanitary condition.  Watch and learn how matcha green tea is powdered and put it into tins!

 

 

 

 


Uji is the birthplace of Matcha Green Tea Posted on 28 Jun 20:34 , 0 comments

 

 

    


Much has been  said about the health benefits of Matcha Green Tea.  What are some of these? Posted on 9 Jun 21:06 , 0 comments

 High Quality Organic Matcha Green Tea from Uji, Kyoto, Japan | Grace & Green

 

The history of Matcha dates back about 800 years. Matcha was originally used as medicine for people who wished for perpetual youth and longevity. The only thing that is accurate  about the health benefits of Matcha is that even though it does offer many health benefits, it does not offset poor  life habits like smoking, eating too many sweets, drinking alcohol to excess, too little physical exercise, etc.   From its history, we may infer that Matcha can contribute much to your good health.

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Authentic Matcha Green Tea Posted on 7 Jun 13:12 , 0 comments

Authentic Matcha Green Tea from Uji, Kyoto, Japan | Grace & Green

 

As matcha green tea is becoming popular worldwide, you can easily find matcha green tea that is not made in Japan. Usually the price of them is much less expensive. 

The method of making Matcha was developed in Japan after the introduction of green tea powder into Japan from China. The most distinguishing feature of Japanese Matcha is the use of a Tencha oven. This oven was invented in Japan and is called a Horii-type Tencha oven (see the picture below). All Tencha ovens in Japan are said to be of the Horii type.

 

Tencha Oven for Matcha Green Tea | Grace & Green

 

 Another important feature of Authentic Matcha Green Tea is that it is made from some special cultivars that were developed in Japan exclusively for making matcha. Some of them are Samidori, Asahi, Gokou, etc.

 

 


What is culinary / cooking grade Matcha? Posted on 4 Jun 00:31 , 0 comments

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There is no definition for culinary / cooking grade Matcha. Conscientious tea companies are using low grade Tencha, which is not suitable for drinking, to make culinary grade Matcha by either stone mill or machine. Therefore, the price of the tea is much cheaper than authentic high grade Matcha. In Japan it is said that only one third of Matcha (including culinary / cooking grade Matcha) is made from Tencha. So what is the left of them? They are green tea powder made from Sencha (most common Japanese green tea). Therefore they are not Matcha technically.