Matcha Organic Pearl, 1/4lb powder tea
Item# MatchaOrganicPearl1-4lbPowderTea
$23.99
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Description

ORGANIC PEARL GREEN MATCHA
(Organic Matcha Tea - Made to Japanese Specifications)

Small Batch Manufactured and Packed in Canada. HACCP Certified.

Ingredients From: China

Region(s): Jiangxi Province

Shipping Port(s): Shanghai

Grade(s): Fine Matcha 10-16 micron. Made to Japanese specifications.

Growing Attitudes: 1500 – 4500 feet above sea level

Manufacture Type(s): Traditional Matcha process, Small batch crafted, 100% natural.

Cup Characteristics: Pure, clean, refreshing, healthy and lightly astringent. A perfect green tea for a good life.

Infusion: Tending dark forest green

Luxury Ingredients: Green tea* *Organic

Organic Credentials: The Metropolitan Tea Company Ltd. Go to www.metrotea.com for most recent certificate. (Organic Equivalency with COR, NOP, EU)

Pure, clean, refreshing, healthy and lightly astringent. A perfect green tea for a good life.

Antioxidant Level: Very High

Caffeine Content: Low

Information:
Jianxi Province, the birthplace of the exquisite leaf used to make this fabulous matcha is also the birthplace of an art form known as the Tea Plucking Opera. Tea Plucking Operas got their start when pluckers, working the tea fields many centuries ago, would sing long operatic songs to one another to help pass the time during the long days of peak plucking season. Over time, these beautiful songs came to be adopted by travelling troupes of players who set them to music, performing them from town to town and eventually in large opera houses throughout China. It is believed that the following verse came from one such opera developed during the manufacture of Pearl River green tea, the source leaf for this blend.

Sailing all my life on lake and sea,
Why not set my house on anchor,
At a scenic spot,
Bucket up water under the Song-Jiang Bridge
Enjoy a cup of new tea
On Dangling Rainbow Arbour

While the name of the first tea plucker to sing the song has long been lost to the mists of time, the tea he or she helped produce still delights tea lovers to this day. In fact, Organic Pearl River green is still plucked and processed in the same way it was so many hundreds of years ago. With this blend, what differs is the patented method by which this leaf has been ground to produce matcha. To make it, only the finest leaves are processed and ground using a traditional Japanese stone grinder to powder the tea. Once powdered, the leaves fully release their rich antioxidant and polyphenol content and develop the thick, grassy character for which it has come to be prized.

We‟re sure you‟ll love this matcha as much as we do – and we won‟t be surprised if it spurs you to pen a few melodious verses of your own.

Brewing Matcha: One common misconception people have of Matcha is that is must be brewed according to the strict guidelines of the Cha no yu ceremony. In reality, Matcha can be brewed many different ways. We will detail some popular choices here, as well as the ceremonial method.

Hot matcha latte brewing methods - fast method: Use 1/2 tsp. (1g) per 8oz. (225ml) serving. Add 1/2 tsp. (1g) to base of cup and add 2oz. of hot water & mix vigorously to make a smooth paste-like liquid. Top with freshly steamed milk (or substitute) and sweeten to taste. (Try maple syrup or honey)

(Best and Most popular) Hot matcha latte brewing methods
- Recommended method: Makes 2 cups (halve the ingredients to make 1 cup): You will need a few items to prepare Matcha Lattes:
1. Matcha measure or tea spoon.
2. 16 oz. stainless steel carafe.
3. Espresso maker.
4. Matcha.
5. Flavoring syrup.
6. Milk 2% (Almond, soy or rice milk).
7. Long stir spoon.
To start, measure approximately 15oz. (450 ml) of milk into stainless steel carafe. Add 1 teaspoon or 2 matcha measures of Matcha. Stir with long spoon to combine with milk. Add 1 oz. (30 ml.) of flavoring syrup. Froth vigorously with frothing wand from espresso machine. When blend is smooth with micro bubbles, pour into cup. The aroma is great, it tastes better and you get all of the goodness from tea. Very invigorating! You may substitute 2 tablespoons of either Maple syrup, Agave syrup or Honey for the flavoring syrup to taste.

We recommend using a measuring cup to prepare and use as a training guide, and with practice a Matcha Barista should be able to prepare using a Freehand method – or also known as winging it. The measure, however, takes out the guesswork.

Don‟t forget to clean your equipment – this avoids contaminating future beverages.

Hot tea brewing method: Bring filtered or freshly drawn water to a rolling boil and let cool to roughly 180°F/82°C. Place approximately of a teaspoon of Matcha in your cup. Infuse with 8oz/250ml of water, whisk briskly and enjoy.

Ceremonial Matcha: Please note that in order to brew Ceremonial Matcha you will need a set of Japanese tea ceremony tools. (Bowls, scoops, and a whisk).
1. Prepare tea bowls by warming them with boiled water.
2. Prepare your Matcha whisk by soaking the tip in the boiled water in one of the bowls for about 10 seconds.
3. Pour the water out and dry the bowl with a paper towel.
4. Using your teaspoon, add 2 scoops of Matcha to each bowl.
5. Pour 1/3 of a cup of your hot water into each bowl.
6. In a slow “m” motion, submerge any loose bits of Matcha that may be floating on the surface of the tea.
7. Whisk the tea more briskly in a back and forth motion until the surface of the Matcha becomes frothy.
8. Consume immediately. (In Japan, it is customary to drink the entire bowl in 3 quick slurps).

Iced matcha latte brewing methods: Use 1/2 tsp. (1g) per 8oz. (225ml) serving. Add 1/2 tsp. (1g) to base of cup and add 2oz. of hot water & mix vigorously to make a smooth paste-like liquid. Top with freshly steamed milk (or substitute) and sweeten to taste. Cool for 30-60 minutes and pour over ice.

Slow brewed Iced Matcha: Place 3 level teaspoons of Matcha into a glass pitcher. Fill pitcher with ice and let sit. After a few hours, ice will have melted and tea brewed. Stir vigorously to ensure the Matcha goes into suspension. Pour over ice and enjoy!

Matcha Ginger Tea with crushed ice and lime: (Ingredients – 2 level teaspoons of Matcha, 2 tablespoons of chopped ginger, ½ cup ice, juice of ½ lime, dash of honey)
1. Blend ice, Matcha and ginger in a blender until ice is crushed.
2. Pour into a chilled glass.
3. Add lime juice and honey to taste.

RECOMMENDATION: We recommend the use of our ‘1 Cup of Perfect Matcha’ measuring spoon for best results.