What is Premium Matcha Green Tea?
You might be wondering what it is that makes Matcha so special, isn’t it just another type of green tea? Well it all comes down to how it’s grown and processed and also how you drink it.
Japanese Matcha comes from the same tea plant (Camellia Sinensis) as all teas but about 4 weeks before it is harvested the Matcha tea field is shaded in bamboo (or a man-made bamboo equivalent), this special shading technique results into a 90% reduction of sunlight. The plants, now growing almost in the dark, compensate for the lack of light by an intense production of chlorophyll making the leaves rich in amino acids, the process encourages the chlorophyll to rise to the top and then at the time of the harvest only the youngest most tender, emerald green leaves are picked from the top third of the bush.
After being steamed and then freeze-dried, the highest quality leaves are selected and the stems gently removed. The last step in producing Matcha takes place in the factory where special granite stone mills grind Tencha tea into superfine Matcha powder. The grinding itself is done in a cleanroom in which temperature and humidity are kept constant. Industrial quality filters keep the air clean and eliminate bacteria and germs. One single stone mill grinds only up to 30-40g tea per hour, which is basically the amount of one Matcha tin, more rapid grinding would burn the leaves
This very fine powder is mixed with water and drunk rather than being brewed and the leaves (or tea bag) discarded. This means that you get all the benefits of the Matcha tea in every cup you drink – nothing is thrown away.
Matcha is not just another type of green tea. It is the champagne of green tea, made from the finest shade-grown leaves stone-ground to a fine powder.
With regular steeped tea, 85-90% of the nutrients of the tea are thrown out with the leaves as most of green teas nutrients are non-soluble. With Matcha, you consume the tea leaves whole, just as in ancient times when tea was a medicine, not a beverage. Your body benefits from all the soluble and non-soluble elements of the tea first hand.
Not only have the Zen Buddhist Monks used Matcha for over 800 years, Matcha was also the tea the samurai who turned to before battle, because of its long lasting energy boost and its ability to promote a state of relaxed awareness. This sense of well-being is why OMGTEA has become essential part of our customer’s daily routine – giving them a natural boost for hours, the perfect way to start the day!!! Whilst also reducing the desire to snack and seek short term energy boosters like coffee!
If there is a better way to get the whole goodness of the tea leaf, we don’t know of it.
Premium OMGTEA has:
• 137 x the antioxidants of regular green tea
• 10-15 x the nutrients of regular green tea
• 8 times the beta-carotene of spinach
• It has been expertly sourced by OMG Tea and cultivated by the finest suppliers with the highest organic standards
• Put simply it is the champagne of green tea’s and most potent form you can drink
More about Matcha
Green tea is a rich natural source of antioxidants rich in polyphenols most of which are catechins which studies have shown to protect the body against the ravages of free radicals, slow the aging process and fight viruses and diseases. EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate) is one of the most beneficial of these catechins and is found in abundance in Matcha and scientists have now discovered EGCG to be at least 100 times more effective than Vitamin C and 25 times more effective than Vitamin E at protecting cells and DNA from free radical damage. Moreover recent studies show that Matcha can have 200 times the amount of EGCG as regular steeped green tea.
This is clearly why OMGTEA customers are reporting other fantastic health benefits over and above the energy boosting, invigorating and relaxing ones such as inflammatory pain relief, more youthful skin and hair, even a hangover cure! Not only is Matcha the most powerful antioxidant among teas, researchers have determined that gram for gram Matcha is the most powerful antioxidant known to occur naturally in nature.
(1)Source: Lipophilic and Hydrophilic Antioxidant Capacities of Common Foods in the United States, Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry 2004, 52, 4026-4037 // ORAC Analysis on Matcha Green Tea: Brunswick Laboratories