Matcha powder versus green loose leaf tea.

Loose Leaf Lovely But No Match For Marvelous Matcha

There’s nothing more relaxing than sipping a hot cup of tea full of elegant aroma and flavor. From loose leaf tea to matcha green tea powder, tea lovers absorb all the goodness and richness from the plant’s buds and leaves. The process for gathering and producing the purity of this ancient beverage has much to do with the growing conditions and time of year. Creating high quality teas requires patience, as it can take up to one hour to grind 30 grams of matcha tea.

Matcha Mania Around the Globe

boiled tea leavesMatcha, which is powdered green tea, is a very trendy beverage these days. Most people are unaware that matcha has been around for hundred and hundreds and hundreds of years. Not only do tea drinkers enjoy the get up and go of green tea caffeine, but also the many health benefits that are contained in every sip. Research shows that matcha green powder tea has the potential to lower one’s risk for cancer, weight gain, heart disease, high cholesterol, and a lot more.

Loose Leaf Tea Equals Steeped and Strained

loose tea leavesLoose leaf is a delightful way to enjoy the distinct taste of a cup of tea. It is made from the buds and whole leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. It is of higher quality than a supermarket box of tea bags. However, loose leaf tea is quite different from matcha.

Matcha wastes nothing, because it is produced from ground-up tea leaves. The bright green powder is mixed with water to create the matcha tea drink. Nothing is steeped and left behind.

Matcha Green Tea Powder: Macho in Many Ways

Not only is the pretty, green-colored powder tasty, but Matcha is also quite a tough, little beverage. Matcha is packed with powerful anti-oxidants to fight off free radicals in the body. The stress caused by these nasty molecules can encourage illness, infection, and other health problems. It’s matcha to the rescue, helping to repair the damage left behind.

Matcha comes already full of caffeine to boost the spirit, jump-start the energy, and clear the mind. The caffeine content is higher than that of loose leaf tea for a couple of reasons. First, matcha is a shade-grown tea. In addition, the matcha drinker is consuming the entire tea leaf, instead of merely an infusion of the leaf, such as in loose leaf tea.

Matcha Does a Body Good Again and Again

A few sprinkles here and there can create some yummy green tea powder delights:

  • A cup of hot matcha tea. Whisk one heaping tsp. of powder into a cup of hot water. When it turns frothy, it’s ready to sip.
  • Home-made matcha/fruit smoothie. Add 1/4 cup blueberries, raspberries or black berries, 1/2 cup yogurt, 1/2 cup ice, 1 tsp. ingredient grade matcha. Blend ingredients together in an electric blender.
  • Brownies with matcha topping. Bake brownies, cool on a wire rack. Sprinkle matcha on top.
  • Matcha slushy. Pour these in an electric blender and blend- 1-2 tsp. ingredient grade matcha, a cup of water, a few tsps. of organic sugar, and handful of ice.
  • Healthy topping on most anything. Matcha is delicious sprinkled on whipped cream, yogurt, and ice cream. It’s also pretty in color for many pastries, cakes, and even sushi rolls.

Drinking tea is a way of life for many people, and although loose leaf tea is excellent for blending several flavors together, matcha green tea powder is in a premium class of its own.

Photo credits to gudmundurbjarni & A Girl with tea

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