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I’ve been getting asked about matcha a whole lot lately. I heard that matcha shots were the “it beverage” at New York Fashion Week, and many dedicated coffee lovers are ditching java in favor of matcha. If you’re curious about this trendy beverage, here are seven things you should know. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: A Few Things You Should Know about Matcha | Shared by Craig Hochstadt


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A Few Things You Should Know about Matcha Shared
by Craig Hochstadt
Ive been getting asked about matcha a whole lot
lately. I heard that matcha shots were the it
beverage at New York Fashion Week, and many
dedicated coffee lovers are ditching java in
favor of matcha. If youre curious about this
trendy beverage, here are seven things you should
know.
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Green Tea Processing
Tea leaves
Partial withering
steaming
Rolling and drying
Final frying
Green tea
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Benefits of Matcha Green tea
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Its a special form of green Tea
Matcha literally means powdered tea. When you
order traditional green tea, components from the
leaves get infused into the hot water, then the
leaves are discarded. With matcha, youre
drinking the actual leaves, which have been
finely powdered and made into a solution,
traditionally by mixing about a teaspoon of
matcha powder with a third cup of hot water
(heated to less than a boil), which is then
whisked with a bamboo brush until it
froths. Unlike traditional green tea, matcha
preparation involves covering the tea plants with
shade cloths before theyre harvested. This
triggers the growth of leaves with better flavor
and texture, which are hand selected, steamed
briefly to stop fermentation, then dried and aged
in cold storage, which deepens the flavor. The
dried leaves are then stone-ground into a fine
powder.
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It offers Health Benefits
Because matcha is made from high-quality tea, and
the whole leaves are ingested, its a more potent
source of nutrients than steeped green tea. In
addition to providing small amounts of vitamins
and minerals, matcha is rich in antioxidants
called polyphenols, which have been tied to
protection against heart disease and cancer, as
well as better blood sugar regulation, blood
pressure reduction, and anti-aging. Another
polyphenol in matcha called EGCG has been shown
in research to boost metabolism, and slow or halt
the growth of cancer cells.
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It Contains Caffeine
Because youre consuming whole leaves in matcha,
you may get three times as much caffeine than a
cup of steeped tea, about the amount in a cup of
brewed coffee. Matcha aficionados say that
compared to the caffeine buzz from coffee, matcha
creates an alert calm due to a natural
substance it contains called l-theanine, which
induces relaxation without drowsiness. Still, I
do believe its best to nix all forms of caffeine
(including matcha) at least six hours before
bedtime, to ensure a good nights sleep.
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It Traditionally Involves Meditation
The preparation of matcha is the focus of
Japanese tea ceremonies, and it has long been
associated with Zen. This is likely one reason
its becoming so popular, as meditation is
becoming more and more mainstream. Because Im
blown away by the research on the health and
weight loss benefits of mindfulness meditation, I
included an entire chapter about this practice in
my new book Slim Down Now, and recorded a
five-minute guided meditation video on my website
(click on the word mindful, top right to
view).   I believe that if preparing and sipping
matcha becomes a way for you to slow down, and be
in the moment, its benefits will extend far
beyond the antioxidants it provides, because
meditation, in any form, has a myriad of rewards.
Its been shown to reduce cortisol (a stress
hormone known to drive appetite and increase
belly fat), lower inflammation (a known trigger
of premature aging and disease), curb impulsive
eating, lower blood pressure, and boost
self-esteem and compassion.
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The Powders may be Sweetened, and the Quality
Varies
The taste is of matcha is strong. Some people
describe it as grass or spinach-like, and it has
an umami taste. Because of this it may be
sweetened to improve its palatability. One client
was thrilled to tell me that he was drinking
matcha, but instead of traditional matcha powder,
he was drinking a powdered mix. The first
ingredient was sugar, and it also contained
powdered milk, so it was essentially like hot
chocolatebut with cocoa swapped for
matchasomething I wouldnt recommend. Tea
experts also warn that with matcha quality is
key, and it comes at a cost. In other words, high
quality, fresh, pure matcha is expensive. A low
price tag can be a red flag for a poor quality
product.
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