About Mamancy Matcha Tea
Premium loose leaf teas and chocolates made in the Pacific Northwest.
At Mamancy, we are committed to providing you with the highest quality teas. For matcha, that begins with sourcing beautiful tea leaves from skilled tencha growers in Japan. Tencha translates to “mortar” or “grind”, and it is a term used to describe the delicate and vibrant tea leaves grown specifically for matcha.
These special tea leaves are shaded for 20-30 days, which triggers the overproduction of chlorophyll and results in the rich and striking flavors that matcha is famous for. Once harvested, the tencha is steamed to preserve the taste and health benefits of the leaves. Then, after carefully drying, the tencha is slowly ground into a fine matcha powder.
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Matcha is a green tea that is ground up into a fine powder, which is normally whisked with water or milk before it is served. Since this tea is meant to be completely consumed, it has a bold and distinctive flavor that is stronger than steeped green tea. Matcha is known for providing a wide variety of health benefits in addition to its potent and unique flavors.
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History of Matcha Tea
Green tea originated in China in about 2737 B.C., and it was carried to Japan in the 9th century by Bhuddist monks. Around this time period, tea was commonly prepared by whipping a powdered version in a bowl with hot water. This powdered tea was famously described as the “elixir of the immortals” by Zen Priest Eisai as he carried the plant’s seeds to Japan.
While steeped tea later prevailed in Chinese culture, the tradition of powdered tea became a staple in Japanese society. This special tea became known as matcha, meaning literally “rubbed or ground tea”. Though matcha is now popular all over the world, Japan is the only place where this premium tea is grown.
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Health Properties of Matcha Tea
- Encourages heart health
Matcha can improve heart health in a number of ways – such as lowering blood pressure, cutting triglyceride levels, and reducing the amount of LDL (the “bad”) cholesterol in your body. All of these benefits can help prevent cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, and strokes.
- Bolsters the immune system
Matcha is packed with special antioxidants called catechins, which have been shown to boost the immune system and protect the body from damage caused by free radicals. We encounter free radicals on a daily basis through things like smog, pollution, and UV exposure, and they have been linked to issues such as cancer.
- May improve brain function
Matcha contains an amino acid called L-Theanine. Some studies have shown that L-Theanine can help improve focus and clarity, while also promoting relaxation and calmness – particularly in individuals with ADHD.
- Can boost weight loss
Research indicates that matcha can magnify the effects of hormones such as norepinephrine, which play an important role in fat loss. Matcha can also help curb cravings, which may help boost weight loss efforts.
- Higher caffeine levels
Matcha is made using whole tea leaves, which are blended directly into the water and not removed before drinking. That is why this tea has a higher amount of caffeine than other types of tea, including black tea. While some people may enjoy the boost of energy, caffeine can have adverse effects such as anxiety or poor sleep in others.
How to Prepare Matcha Tea
How you prepare your cup of tea can impact how well the flavors come through. To ensure you are enjoying all of the delicate and complex flavors that herbal tea has to offer, here is a guide on how to prepare your Matcha tea:
- Use filtered water at 176°F Poor quality water can mask the deep and complex flavors of Oolong tea, so it is important to use filtered water. The temperature of your water also determines how the compounds in the tea are released, so for best results it is ideal to use water that is around 176°F.
- Use a heaping teaspoon (~3g) of tea per 6oz cup. Flavor and taste can differ significantly depending on the specific matcha used, so you can add a little more or less depending on your personal preferences.
- Whisk the matcha into the liquid. Traditionally, matcha is blended with the liquid using a special bamboo whisk called a chasen. Don’t worry if you don’t have one, though! Matcha can still be thoroughly blended using a regular whisk. Just be sure to break through any clumps to avoid creating a grainy cup.
- Enjoy your matcha! Unlike other teas, which have specific steeping times and eventually need to be removed from the liquid, matcha is ready to drink as soon as it is blended.