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The Most Common Questions About Matcha Tea Answered

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Wondering about that green tea drink everyone is drinking and talking about?

It’s called matcha, and it’s basically the new coffee! It has some pretty awesome health benefits too.

Here is a comprehensive look on matcha, what it is, where it comes from, and why you might include it in your daily routine.

What is matcha tea?

Matcha (pronounced ma-cha) is a form of green tea that is grown in Japan.  It literally means “powdered tea.” It’s produced in a unique way so it retains a beautiful, rich green color and flavor.

It’s been used in Japan and China for centuries for its health benefits and to help with ailments.

What are the benefits of matcha tea?

Matcha is FULL of awesome benefits. It’s not just any herbal tea!

  • Weight loss

Matcha contains three times the amount of EGCG than regular green tea. Wondering what on earth EGCG is? It’s an antioxidant that helps boost the metabolism, especially during exercise!

One or two cups of matcha could boost your metabolism up to 17% according to one small study.

  • Natural energy

Matcha not only boosts metabolism but boosts energy! It’s a more mellow and gradual boost in energy than a cup of coffee. You’ll feel less buzzed and more focused and won’t experience any crashes later on.

Matcha contains L-Theanine, an amino acid found mostly in teas, that works with the caffeine to provide a calmer and more focused energy. No jitters here!

  • Antioxidants

Matcha has 10 times the antioxidants than a cup of regular green tea, which helps control blood sugar, and cholesterol levels.

Its high antioxidant count can also help improve your immune system and detoxify the body. It also contains in vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc, magnesium, fiber, and chlorophyll all of which can aid in a healthy body!

Why drink matcha?

There are literally a million teas, elixirs, and health drinks out there, so why choose matcha?

Besides what I’ve already covered, matcha is a great natural way to improve your life.

It can replace coffee and coffee stained teeth, it can work as your natural caffeine pre-workout, or it can be your way of boosting your daily dose of antioxidants.

It’s relatively inexpensive considering its benefits, and it can be used in a variety of ways!

What does matcha taste like?

Matcha tastes similar to green tea, but is stronger in flavor and a little creamier. It’s pretty earthy, but can be sweetened up or included in recipes if you don’t like it plain!

Most people find it has a pleasant taste and especially enjoy it as an iced tea or warm latte.

How do you use matcha?

You can use matcha (as long is its culinary grade) in just about all of your cooking and recipes. Popular ways to consume it are in a teas, lattes, or in baked goods.

Here are some of our most popular matcha recipes!

Matcha Lemonade

matcha lemonade

Servings: 1

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 c water
  • 1 scoop IdealRaw Organic Matcha Tea
  • 1 tbsp. agave nectar or honey

Directions: 

Mix all ingredients. Pour over ice and enjoy!

Matcha Almond Cookies

matcha almond cookies

Servings: 2 cookies, makes 5

Ingredients:

  • 1 c blanched almond flour
  • 2 scoops IdealRaw Organic Matcha Tea
  • 1/2  c baking stevia
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • 1 medium egg
  • 2 tbsp white chocolate chips

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease baking sheet and set aside.
  2. Mix almond flour, IdealRaw Matcha, and stevia. Add coconut oil and egg and stir until mixture forms a dough. Fold in white chocolate chips.
  3. Scoop cookies (makes about 10) onto baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!

Coconut Milk Matcha Latte

Servings: 1

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 c unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/4 c hot water
  • 1 scoop IdealRaw Organic Matcha Tea
  • 1 tbsp. honey or agave

Directions: 

  1. Mix hot water and matcha until combined. Bring coconut milk to a boil and remove from heat. Blend until frothy and pour into matcha. Add honey, stir, and enjoy!

What is the best kind of matcha?

matcha tea

Matcha comes in two different types: culinary and ceremonial. Both are generally high quality but are prepared differently.

Culinary matcha has a stronger flavor and can be used in cooking, baking, and drinks while ceremonial matcha is purely for drinking.

Organic matcha is a great option because you know you’re getting the best quality available.

I always recommend IdealRaw Organic Matcha because it’s the highest culinary grade possible! You can use it in your cooking, baking, or just drink it on its own.

Here are a couple of reviews from our customers who love IdealRaw Organic Matcha!

“Instead of my second cup of coffee, I drink ice water with 2/3 scoop matcha mixed in. It gives that boost of energy to make it on the toughest of days. Started with adding a little sweetener then realized I didn’t need it! Mixes in easily! Had to cut back from a full scoop and can’t drink after lunch or too much energy! Will try it hot once cold weather hits.”

“The matcha has been a great drink to have before my workout.”

“After trying other Matcha teas, this has been my favorite by far. Has a great taste.”

“This tea is good. Very green. Little scoop that is really cute. I made a lemonade out of it that was posted and came out good. Does take a bit to get used to. Next will try hot. Summer time now so enjoy the cold drinks more. Does give you a pop of energy so drink early in day not at night.”

Where do you buy matcha?

Most health food and supplement stores will sell matcha and you can always find it online. Just make sure you do your research to make sure you’re getting pure, organic matcha and not anything cheaply made.

With IdealRaw Organic Matcha, you get more than your average green tea benefits. You get the whole leaf providing you everything you need for a productive day.



Lisa Danielson

Lisa Danielson

Vegan Nutritionist

Major advocate for all things green and vegetarian. With the nickname “Veggie Lisa”, I am here to help you love veggies as much as I do! With my tips and tricks for preparing delicious veggies, you’ll never think plants are boring again.


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