Matcha Organic Yerba Mate Matcha, 1/4lb powder tea
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Description

Matcha Organic Green Yerba Mate Matcha

(Organic Matcha Tea - Made to Japanese Specifications)

Small Batch Manufactured and Packed in Canada. HACCP Certified.

Ingredients From: Brazil

Region(s): Parana

Shipping Port(s): Santos

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

Growing Altitudes: 1500 3000 feet above sea level

Antioxidant Level: Very High

Caffeine Content: Medium

Shelf Life: About 3 months.

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

Cup Characteristics: Lightly vegetative with notes of walnut and toast. Will keep you bright-eyed and bushy tailed.

Infusion: Tending emerald green.

Luxury Ingredients: Green mate* *Organic

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

Information:
Did you know that the country of Brazil has the largest population of Japanese people outside of Japan? Beginning in the early years of the 20th century, thousands of Japanese immigrants made their way to the Portuguese speaking country to seek their fortune, finding jobs in the large agricultural economy there. Naturally, as with all immigrants to countries around the world, the Japanese made almost as much of an imprint on their adopted homeland as it did on them. So, why are we talking about Japanese immigration to Brazil? The answer is that the country also happens to be home to the fabulous Mate we‟ve used to expand the character of this Matcha. (And Matcha, as tea lovers know, is from Japan.)

It should come as no surprise that our inspiration for developing this innovative brew came from a visit to Brazil made by our Master Blender many years ago. It was the 1970‟s and he had gone down to source black teas from a grower, who as fate would have it, was a Japanese Brazilian. In addition to his black tea crop, the grower also kept a small plot of Mate behind his house for personal use. Our Master Blender tried a cup and was hooked.
Many years later, when we began manufacturing our own premium matchas, our Master Blender‟s thoughts turned to the Japanese Brazilian grower he had met decades in the past, and decided to craft a matcha / mate blend in his honor.
The result is the tea you are now holding. Grassy, bright and invigorating, we invite you to brew a cup and dream of far away, much warmer places.

Did you know: On a gram / gram basis, Matcha contains approximately 10 x the polyphenols of regular teas? Why? Unlike other teas, with Matcha, the leaves themselves are consumed.

STORAGE:
For the most benefit, use within 3 months.

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 180F/82C. 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, cup ice, juice of 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.

ANTIOXIDANT BENEFIT:
When consuming matcha you actually consume all the tea leaves. Scientific testing in Japan has indicated that on account of this fact the antioxidant benefit of matcha can be up to 5-9 greater then with normal green tea consumed in the conventional manner.

Interesting fact: Matcha made from high altitude teas such as Kenya green tea or Kenya white tea, have some of the highest antioxidant levels recorded for tea - considerably more than Japan green tea.

FOOD SAFETY ADVISORY:
We strongly recommend using filtered or freshly drawn cold water brought to a rolling boil when brewing all types of tea.

Today‟s water has been known to carry viruses, parasites and bacteria. Boiling the water will kill these elements and reduce the potential incidence of water-borne illnesses.

Ideal Brewing Temperature: 100C/212F.
Minimum Brewing Temperature: 90C/194F.

More brewing methods:
HOT TEA BREWING RECOMMENDATIONS:
Hot matcha latte brewing 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 and mix vigorously to make a smooth paste-like liquid. Top with freshly steamed milk (or substitute) and sweeten to taste.

ICED TEA PREPARATION RECOMMENDATIONS: 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 and mix vigorously to make a smooth paste-like liquid. Top with freshly steamed milk (or substitute) and sweeten to taste.