Matcha is a finely milled vibrant green tea powder made from Japanese tea leaves. Clearspring organic Matcha comes from Uji, a region high in the hills around Kyoto, renowned for producing the best Japanese teas. Only accessible by foot, this remote area is unpolluted and rich in friendly bugs such as spiders, ladybirds, praying mantis and dragonflies to keep the pests under control (best to use organic matcha as non-organic matcha is grown using excessive amounts of agricultural fertilisers and pesticides). Shade grown for the final few months to allow the leaves to fi ll with chlorophyll, the finest young tea buds are picked, dried and ground in a granite mortar.
Culinary Grade: The cheapest of the three grades, perfect for smoothies and cooking but will be quite bitter when drank.
Premium Grade: A high quality green tea that contains just younger leaves from the top of the plant. This grade is best for daily consumption and is characterised by its fresh and subtle flavor perfect for drinking.
Ceremonial grade: This is the highest quality you can buy. traditionally used in tea ceremonies and buddhist temples. This is always ground by stone mill and is undoubtably the most expensive. The untrained matcha drinker may not be able to tell the difference between premium and ceremonial grade as there are no designated characteristics to the highest grade but each is graded on flavour, colour and texture.
How to make a cup of Matcha tea:
Traditionally, Matcha is drunk whisked in hot water as a smooth green tea. Take ¼ teaspoon (1g) of Matcha powder and add hot water from a kettle which has not quite boiled to maximise the flavour. Thoroughly whisk using a traditional wooden whisk or a hand held electric milk frother to avoid lumps of powder in the bottom of your cup.
Vanilla Matcha Latte
Mix 1g of Matcha powder with a little bit of cold water in a cup then add to hot vanilla soya milk while whisking thoroughly. Alternatively use vanilla rice or almond milk.
One of the most popular ways of preparing matcha is as an iced smoothie. Just combine the following ingredients in a blender and enjoy.
• 200ml of soya / rice or almond milk
• 1 table spoon of Clearspring malt syrup
• 1 tea spoon of Clearspring Matcha powder
• 1 banana (can substitute with other fresh or frozen fruit)
• Ice cubes