Tea Time

What is Matcha?

Unlike most green tea, where the leaves are steeped, matcha is the whole leaf ground into a powder and whisked into water.

This superfood has ten times the antioxidants and double the caffeine of a cup of green tea. It has been dubbed the “healthy espresso.”

The greener the better

Like other teas, there are distinct grades of matcha. Younger leaves are ground and best used for fresh, sweet tasting cups of tea. More mature leaves, however, are best used for blending in power drinks or smoothies. The younger the leaf, the greener the powder.

Health benefits

There are four proven health benefits of matcha green tea:

1. It fights cancer

One of matcha’s antioxidants is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). According to the American Cancer Society, EGCG is believed to be an anti-carcinogenic in nature. Matcha also contains around 137 times more ECGC than the average green tea, according to a 2011 study.

2. It’s a jitter-free energy boost

Replacing your usual morning cup of coffee with matcha tea can cut a significant amount of caffeine out of your diet. Compared to 95 milligrams per cup of coffee, there are only around 30 milligrams of caffeine in a cup of matcha.

3. It lowers bad cholesterol

Matcha’s high levels of EGCG make it a strong ally in fighting high cholesterol and can protect the liver and kidneys against damage, according to a study performed by the Journal of Medicinal Food.

4. It has calming effects

Matcha offers more than an energy boost. According to a study by the Telegraph, matcha enhances cognital function while providing a calming effect of the central nervous system.

What are you waiting for?

Check out the Ithaca Coffee Company and Mate Factor for some matcha tea.


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