I had never heard of matcha before, and had to Google it to see what it was! Turns out it’s green tea leaves ground to a fine powder - so no tea bags, no additives, no fancy stuff, just green tea. Because it’s just pure ground leaves, it apparently has 15 times the health benefits of regular green tea. It also has 6 times more antioxidants than goji berries, and 70 times more than orange juice. That wasn’t a typo; it really does have seventy times the antioxidants. There’s also a high level of the amino acid L-theanine which is apparently good for boosting your energy whilst also keeping you calm and focused. And as if all that weren’t enough, it’s also known to help boost the metabolism and burn fat.
I’ve given up drinking coffee recently, and then decided to give up drinking Coke for Lent. Being the single parent of a toddler, I’ve relied (heavily!) on caffeine to get me through many a day over the last two years. This is the ultimate challenge for green tea - can it replace the caffeine kick?
Apparently Japanese students often use matcha to help them with studying, and Buddhist monks use it to help them focus when meditating. I have to say, I can see why. I started making myself a mug of green tea instead of coffee in the mornings a week or so ago, and I honestly believe it’s this that has helped me to suddenly stop drinking my daily cans of Coke. I have found that I have more energy, but not that sort of “hit” that you get from a sugary, caffeine-laden drink that often has you tapping your feet. I feel more awake generally on days when I drink matcha.
Because it’s a powder, it does settle in the cup. You need to mix it thoroughly, and if you leave it sitting for too long, it will settle at the bottom, which is not very appetising. That’s to be expected though; after all, if you make a “normal” cup of tea, you’re taking the tea leaves out and throwing them in the bin. The whole point of matcha is that you’re having the whole leaf.
On the whole, I’m really enjoying the green tea experience, and will definitely buy this product again!
Written by: Vicky Charles, Wiltshire