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What is Matcha?

MATCHA IS POWDERED GREEN TEA

Matcha is a finely ground Green Tea powder made from the young and nutrient rich leaves of the green tea plant. Matcha powder is traditionally whisked with hot water to make a rich and frothy green tea, but can also be used to make lattes, smoothies, baked goods, and much more!

tenzo matcha comes from Japan

We believe that if you’re going to do something, you should do it right. That mentality took us around the world in search of the best Matcha. We eventually landed in Japan, where we found some of the brightest green powder we had ever seen. Japan has warm weather, and receives plenty of sunlight and rain — all of which make it an ideal climate in which to grow leaves.

Japan is where the Camellia Sinensis plant is grown. The leaves from this plant are used to make green tea. However, Matcha takes it one step further. In order to make Matcha, the young, nutrient-rich leaves from the Camellia Sinensis plant are ground up into a fine powder.

In fact, the Japanese have spent the last 1,000 years refining the process of growing green tea and have perfected the art of producing Matcha. Drinking Matcha allows you to consume the entire leaf and unlock the full nutrient potential of green tea. Matcha has the highest antioxidant rating of all major superfoods and naturally comes with a perfect dose of caffeine for a clean and focused energy boost.

matcha was first brought by Japanese monks from China

The first green tea seeds and bushes were brought to Japan in the year 1191 A.D. by a Japanese Buddhist monk named Myoan Eisai when he returned from travels in China. The young priest used his experience growing and drinking green tea to popularize what he called “the way of tea” as a meditative ritual within his community of Japanese Buddhist monks. The custom of drinking Matcha tea quickly spread throughout Japan and rose in popularity after being accepted into the daily practice of the samurai.

ancient samurai used to drink matcha

Yup, those samurai. The samurai were cultured, fearsome warriors who ranked highly in ancient Japanese caste society. Their identity was built on Zen Buddhism, practicing the principles of discipline, ritual, and purification. The tea ceremony developed into an art form and cultural tradition as the samurai added hundreds of detailed steps in the practice. Specific instructions for how to sit and how to prepare Matcha green tea, the proper hand movements and even the proper design for a tea room were recorded in detail.

Matcha Green Tea Ceremonies played a key role in samurai training, helping the warriors sharpen their focus, concentration and patience in preparation for battle. The Matcha green tea ceremony was developed as a spiritual practice in Japan adhering to the central ideas of harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility.

Matcha green tea in America is consumed in a more casual way, but it’s good to keep in mind the traditional Japanese tea ceremony from which the mindfulness of Matcha has its roots. The idea that every encounter is unique and can never be reproduced is represented by the Japanese saying “ichi-go-ichi-e” (“One time, One meaning”). In terms of drinking Matcha green tea, it means that each particular occasion and experience can never be replicated and, therefore, should be treasured.

tenzo matcha is shade grown
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GROWN IN SHADE

Matcha is treated with a light-controlled process in the last few weeks before harvest. Shading the green tea plants stimulates an increase in the chlorophyll production in the leaves and gives Matcha Green Tea its rich emerald color. The lack of sunlight also brings about the amazing health benefits associated with Matcha by increasing the naturally-occurring levels of antioxidants, chlorophyll, caffeine, and L-Theanine.

tenzo matcha is hand picked
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HAND-PICKED

The best Matcha Green Tea comes from the first flush, baby green tea leaves that grow during the spring. Only the newest buds of the shade grown tea plants are hand-picked for Premium Matcha production. The window for ideal Matcha Green Tea growth is very limited, which is one of the reasons that Matcha is one of the more expensive teas on the market.

tenzo matcha is steamed and dried
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STEAMED & DRIED

Within an hour of being plucked, the tender green tea leaves are treated with steam to halt the oxidation process and preserve the rich green color. The steaming process creates a sweet and vegetal flavor profile, unique among many varieties of tea.

tenzo matcha is stone ground
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STONE GROUND

Instead of being rolled, shaped and dried like traditional green tea leaves, the leaves destined to become Matcha are laid flat to dry. Grinding the leaves into Matcha is a slow process. If the mill stones overheat, the delicate green tea leaves might become damaged, which alters the flavor and taste. For reference, it takes about one hour to grind 30g of Matcha.

matcha is healthy

Matcha green tea is the healthiest drink on the planet. As a fat-burner and cancer-fighter, Matcha dominates the rest of the world of tea. It’s far more nutritious than standard green tea because Matcha is made from ground up whole green tea leaves. It provides a stronger source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and caffeine than standard green tea. With Matcha, you’re able to directly ingest all the nutrients.

The Power of Green Tea Antioxidants*

Matcha is loaded with a rare and powerful group of natural polyphenol antioxidants called Catechins that work to prevent oxidative damage to cells and reduce your risk of cancer* (1). According to the National Cancer Institute, the catechins in Matcha green tea are so powerful that they may actually reduce the risk of cancer, making Matcha green tea one of the top natural cancer treatment options out there.* (2)

MATCHA IMPROVES YOUR SKIN*

Green Tea improves your skin complexion and makes your skin healthy. The antioxidants in green tea neutralize free radicals in the skin and fight signs of aging (sagging, sun damage, and wrinkles) (3) while also reducing swelling and puffiness* (4). Create an easy Tenzo Matcha face mask with 1 tbsp Matcha, 1oz honey, and 2oz water. Apply to your skin once or twice a week for the benefits :)


Psst! We made a recipe for a magnificient Matcha face mask at the Tenzo HQ. Check it out here!

FEEL THE ENERGY

Tenzo’s matcha green tea will provide you with 36mg of caffeine per serving. 72mg of caffeine for every 1 level teaspoon of powder that you use. Matcha is perfect if you are looking for an extended 4-6 hour energy boost to focus and be productive. There are no jitters, spikes or headaches like you might have experienced previously with coffee. And the best part is, if you’re looking for a larger energy boost, all you have to do is use more Matcha!

Matcha can help support weight loss*

The antioxidants and caffeine in Matcha work together to boost daily metabolism and increase the rate at which the body utilizes fat as an energy source* (5). Drink Matcha daily to pick the lock on those hard to reach fat cells and burn more calories during your next workout.

The benefits of CHLOROPHYLL*

The process of controlling the light and shading the Matcha green tea leaves during the last few weeks of the growing cycle has an extraordinary impact on the chlorophyll levels. Chlorophyll is known to be a great detoxifier because of its ability to naturally eliminate chemicals and heavy metals from the body* (6).

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4384709/
  2. https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/diet/tea-fact-sheet
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3390139/
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12682270/
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3649093/
  6. https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/jhej/61/6/61_349/_article/-char/en

*The statements on this page have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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