Know where your matcha is sourced
At OMGTEATM we want to inspire people with our products. Meaning that it’s not about selling the cheapest matcha tea around to our customers but rather priding ourselves on offering them the best quality matcha for the best price. Something that is uppermost on our agenda each and every day.
Purely and simply our matcha is 100% matcha.
OMGTEA’s matcha comes from Kagoshima Prefecture and is the pride and joy of our tea farmers there. Kagoshima is famous for its lush vegetation, a volcanic tropical paradise that could easily become known as the ‘Hawaii of Japan’.
This warm, humid volcanic island boasts mineral and nutrient-rich soils which provides the best conditions for the tea to grow, and this shows itself in the taste and quality. These optimum conditions are why matcha has been successfully cultivated in Kagoshima for around 700 years.
There has been questions lately in the media about the potential harmful lead levels in matcha and the following information should help dispel this negative coverage for Japanese Matcha at the least.
“The key is to know the origin of your matcha”. Katherine OMGTEATM
With the growing popularity of matcha, Chinese tea producers have also started to cultivate and sell matcha and this is where the problem with lead content in matcha lies. Industrial and car exhaust pollution have a serious effect on the soil and air in China and it’s not even recommended to buy organic from there because the tea leaves absorb lead from everything in the environment.
Not too surprisingly the lead content in Chinese tea leaves has been found to be high and a study in 2006 found that 32% of the Chinese leaves sampled exceeded the safe upper limit of micrograms of lead per serving. The Japanese tea leaves did not have any tea leaves that exceeded the safe upper limit, most having little or non.
It’s also important to point out at this stage, that whilst it’s always good to be cautious scaremongering is commonplace in todays day and age and the vast majority of observational studies on large populations of tea drinkers (even those in China!!!) show the health related benefit of tea consumption i.e. the larger the intake, the greater the benefit, particularly in reducing the risk of age related diseases and that’s enough for me.
So forget the lead and get ahead with OMGTEATM – try some organic matcha here.
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