JAPANESE GREEN TEA

Camellia Sinensis is the species of plant which all tea is derived from. However, it’s the methods of growing and processing which gives the tea its distinctive character and flavours. Green tea and Matcha are non-fermented tea, whereas black tea and oolong tea are partially fermented, which decreases its antioxidants level and produces a different flavour.

Japanese green tea, or Sencha, has a distinct flavour of freshness which is attributed to the rich volcanic soils, fresh clear water and air, such as the famous tea fields in the Shizuoka prefecture, located near Mount Fuji. The different exposures of climate in the area does also help to produce different tasting teas, as well as the time of harvest and production methods of steaming. For these reasons, Japanese Green Tea delivers a clean appearance and refreshing aroma, which we refer to as a “pure taste”, distinctive to high quality Japanese Green Tea.

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Matcha House Signature

Japanese Green Tea:

Fukamushi Matcha Kukkicha

Health Benefits

 

Green tea has an abundance of the antioxidant Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG). Also known as catechin, these antioxidants may help to prevent cell damage by reducing the formation of free-radicals, thus protecting body cells and molecules from damage 1.

The amino acid L-theanine can be found in green tea, and especially in abundance in Matcha. This has been shown to reduce acute stress 2, lower blood pressure and reduce anxiety 3. Although green tea does contain caffeine, L-theanine help to reduce the “jittery” effects is observed when drinking coffee and is preferred for that afternoon pick-me-up without the alertness carrying over towards bed time.

 

Therefore, studies have linked Matcha and green tea to many health benefits which may help to:

  • Prevent heart disease

  • Prevent Type 2 diabetes and cancer

  • Encouraging weight loss by increasing rest metabolism

  • Reducing blood pressure

  • Reducing anxiety

 

Making Japanese Green Tea

To ensure you get the best Japanese green tea experience every time, follow these simply steps so you may be able to appreciate the high quality pure taste of tea as we do.

 

1. Add 300ml – 450ml of 80°C water into a tea pot

[ Tip: If you do not has a thermometer, boil water and let it cool first. Adding boiling water will burn the tea leaves, giving you a harsh and undesirable taste, ruining the quality of the tea.] 

 

2. Place the tea bag into the pot, “hand whisking” the tea bags by quickly moving the tea bag back and forth

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3. Let the tea bag steep for 60 secs – 90 secs, allowing the tea to infuse

 

4. Remove the tea bag and enjoy

Removing the tea bag ensures the tea leaves do not become overheated which may produce a harsh bitter taste, ruining the quality of the Japanese green tea.

 

5. To make a second pot of tea, repeat steps 1 – 3, leaving the tea bag in the pot.

REFERENCES

1 Forester, SC, and Lamert, JD (2011) “Antioxidant effects of green tea”, Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, vol. 55, no. 6, pp. 844 – 854.

 

2 Kimura K, Ozeki M, Juneja LR, and Ohira H (2007), “L-Theanine reduces psychological and physiological stress responses”. Biological Psychology,  vol. 74, pp. 39–45

 

3 Rogers PJ, Smith JE, Heatherley SV, and Pleydell-Pearce CW (2008), “Time for tea: mood, blood pressure and cognitive performance effects of caffeine and theanine administered alone and together”. Psychopharmacology, vol. 195, pp. 569–577