Are you looking to experience the power of matcha for yourself? The Matcha Movement is here! Matcha is the most popular green tea powder worldwide. It comes from a specific shaded green tea leaf from Japan with a higher concentration of healthier compounds, molecules, and antioxidants that fight toxins and free radicals in the body, making it a unique, reliable, and safe product for daily use.
Ceremonial grade matcha is the highest grade of green tea characterised by a vibrant, velvety, and green powder. I love ceremonial grade matcha because it is tasty, boosts my energy and is free from side effects.
I also recognise, acknowledge, and appreciate this staple Japanese green tea’s origin, history, and culture. The reason is that this green tea has transformed my life. Not only is matcha green tea delicious, but it has also improved my physical and mental well-being. Preparing, making, and enjoying powdered tea has a long history. Chinese Zen Buddhist monks began this ritual 900 years ago to achieve a meditative and ritualistic experience.
The word about this ceremonial and culturally staple powdered tea spread to Japan in the 11th century. Since then, matcha powder has remained an integral part of Japanese history, culture, and tradition.
Matcha comes from two Japanese words, “ma” and “cha.” “Ma” means rubbed or ground, and “cha” means tea. In today’s article, I will discuss ceremonial matcha powdered tea and its health benefits. Read on!
Is Ceremonial Matcha Healthier?
Ceremonial matcha is the healthiest form of green tea powder, offering various health benefits. Because the Japanese grow matcha plants under shade, it preserves L-Theanine and chlorophyll ad boasts a higher concentration of EGCG.
Research shows compounds improve mental well-being. Drinking ceremonial matcha green tea can boost serotonin, dopamine, melatonin, and endorphins. These hormones improve mood, focus, concentration, and cognition and promote a good night’s sleep.
In addition, the ceremonial matcha contains high-level antioxidants, such as catechins, which protect cells from oxidative stress, strengthen the skin barrier to prevent pollutants, allergens, and microbes, promote weight loss and reduce inflammation to heal internal wounds efficiently and quickly. Simply put, the ceremonial match can:
- Improve metabolism
- Increase energy levels
- Boost brain functions
- Increase focus and concentration
- Speed up fat burning
- Detox blood and tissues due to chlorophyll content
- Reduce inflammation due to potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds
Moreover, I recommend ceremonial-grade matcha because it has fewer calories than other products/drinks. For instance, it has less than 1g of carbohydrates. At the same time, it provides your body with vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, and proteins.
Ceremonial Matcha Vs. Culinary Matcha
Although ceremonial and culinary matcha is similar, they have a few differences. So, as the name indicates, I use this green tea for recreational and ceremonial purposes. On the other hand, people use culinary-grade matcha in baked goods, smoothies, and lattes.
I prefer ceremonial matcha because it has a subtle sweet flavour and does not require manipulation like culinary matcha through baking. In addition, the ceremonial match has a more vibrant green colour than the culinary matcha. It has a finer texture than its traditional culinary counterpart.
The Japanese harvest the ceremonial grade matcha in early spring to ensure it contains higher levels of chlorophyll, L-Theanine, EGCG, catechins, and other compounds. I have created the following table to let you understand the difference between ceremonial and culinary grade matcha.
|Type of Matcha Tea
|Culinary Grade Matcha
|Ceremonial Grade Matcha
|Strong, bitter, and earthy
|Subtle, sweet, and fresh
|Smoothies, cooking, and baking
|Teas and Lattes
Why Is Matcha So Expensive?
Ceremonial-grade matcha is more expensive than culinary powder because the Japanese make substantial efforts and follow the traditional approach to produce a high-quality and nutrient-rich powder.
It takes a lot of time and intensive labour to destem, devein, and turn the leaves into 100% authentic and pure powder. While ceremonial matcha is expensive, it is worth your body because consuming it daily is directly proportional to achieving optimal health. It is an integral part of a holistic health approach.
Does Ceremonial Matcha Have Caffeine?
Generally, one gram of matcha contains 34 mg of caffeine. For example, if you use half teaspoon (2 grams) of matcha powder, you will consume 68 mg of caffeine. Less than coffee.
On the other hand, one gram of ceremonial matcha contains just 34mg of caffeine, making it an ideal, healthy, and reliable choice for daily use. You can dissolve ceremonial matcha in water efficiently and quickly because it is finer than culinary-grade matcha.
Ceremonial matcha is the healthiest product to consume on a daily basis to streamline metabolism, optimise energy levels, enhance homeostasis, stay alert throughout the day, and detox your body. It also works synergistically with caffeine to improve brain function and boost serotonin and dopamine production without jitters and energy crashes. Until Next Time!