Matcha Spotlight Posted on 01 Aug 12:25 , 0 comments

Culturally Aware
Matcha green tea has been part of Japanese tea ceremonies known aschanoyu (茶の湯) or chadō (茶道) for centuries.  Thoughtfully grown and harvested, the tea leaves used for matcha powder are rich in chlorophyl and antioxidants which give it its vibrant green color.  Japanese tea ceremonies range from every day traditions to formal rituals.  However, in each practice, the tea preparation is performed with intention and treated as a unique experience.  The teachings of Sen no Rikyū, one of the most influential figures on the Japanese “Way of Tea”, inspired practitioners to treasure every ceremony with harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility as if it could never be reproduced again.

How often do you take the time to enjoy the experience of tasting, sipping and honoring your meals or tea?  Being mindful of our consumption is an important part of honoring the foods and healing ingredients that we consume.  It reminds us to slow down, chew, savor, and enjoy.  It tells us more accurately when we’ve had enough.  Furthermore, it helps us to cherish the hard work and craftsmanship that went into the food or drink we are enjoying. 

Nutritionally Wise
Matcha green tea is known for its nutritional powerhouse qualities. Because it consists of whole ground tea leaves, it is higher in antioxidants and amino acids than a typical brewed cup of green tea. One cup of matcha tea is equivalent to the nutritional and antioxidant values of 10 cups of brewed green tea. Matcha has been found to contain high amounts of the catechin EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), a strong cancer-fighting antioxidant, not found in other foods, that helps to protect the body from free radical inducers like pollution, UV rays, radiation, and chemicals. 

Another rare component of matcha is the high concentration of the amino acid L-Theanine.  L-Theanine can induce alpha-waves in our brain - a similar response that occurs in our brains through meditation. This amino acid is what gave Japanese monks the calm sense of alertness during long meditation sessions.  And while L-Theanine is common in all tea, matcha may contain up to five times more of this amino acid than traditional black and green teas. Drinking a daily cup of matcha green tea can help you stay focused, energized and alert. 

Our Ginger Green Tea Truffles are enhanced with matcha powder for its earthy and energizing flavor as well as its antioxidant power.  Take a moment to savor nicobella ginger green tea truffles while sipping on your matcha green tea.