Made from stone-ground quality select Sencha shaded two weeks prior to harvest, Matchau Shihou boasts the full benefits of green tea since you consume the entire leaf. It is a higher grade matcha with more nuanced flavors. Matcha is traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies, but you can also use it in recipes or make a nice latte.
Origin: Japan Brew Color: Hunter green Benefits: Energizing, may increase metabolism and help fight fat, contains Vitamin C, Magnesium, and Zinc Flavor Profile: Crisp, light, and vegetal with lingering grassy notes Caffeine Content:
How to Brew: You'll need matcha, matcha whisk, matcha bowl (or any bowl with a flat bottom), matcha spoon or teaspoon, and a strainer (optional)
Add 2 scoops or 1 teaspoon of matcha to the bowl. A strainer may be used to sift the matcha free of clumps.
Slowly add 1/3 cup of hot water (~175°F).
Lightly press the matcha whisk into bowl and whisk in a quick back and forth motion until a smooth layer of foam is created.
Note: The method above is to make usucha, or thin tea. The way to prepare matcha for the tea ceremony is known as koicha, or thick tea.