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FAQ's about Matcha

Matcha tea is made from leaves that have been grown in shade for up to 4 weeks before harvest. This process increases the chlorophyll content of the leaf which produces a full bodied, creamy vegetal taste.  Depending on the grade of tea, you may also experience an astringent flavor.  High grade matcha usually exhibits very little astringency.  Other factors like temperature of water and ratio of powder to other ingredients will influence the flavor of your finished tea.  Our organic ceremonial grade matcha is made from the Saemidori cultivar which is noted to have a creamy texture to the palate, a wonderfullly sweet aroma, and virtually no bitterness or astringency.

Matcha can be found in many different grades ranging from culinary to ceremonial, each having their uses.  Culinary grade matcha is typically included in sweet or savory recipes as it tends to have a strong flavor and carries a significant amount of bitterness and astringency, which is masked when added to food.  Latte or smoothie grade matcha is usually added to lattes or smoothies, or could be sprinkled on top of yogurt, ice cream, or fresh fruit.  Ceremonial grade is the highest quality grade of matcha and has the most delicate flavor profile, the sweetest aroma and the creamiest texture.  

Ceremonial grade matcha is used for the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, where the tea is consumed plain.  The tea ceremony includes specific tools with which to prepare the matcha.  Matcha is typically made in a matcha bowl (chawan) using a small scoop (chashaku) to measure the correct amount of matcha, and a bamboo whisk (chasen) to mix and froth the matcha.  The matcha powder is often put through a sieve to ensure any clumps in the powder get broken apart.    

A typical serving of Matcha is 1.5 to 2 grams or approximately 1 tsp.  You can use more or less based on your desired flavor or strength.  We recommend starting on the low end of the range to see how matcha affects you and then experimenting with greater amounts as you become familiar with the taste and how matcha makes you feel.  

Our suggestion is to drink a cup of matcha in the morning for a smooth easy transition from sleep to wakefulness, and then drinking another cup after lunch for a nice clean pick-me-up in the afternoon.  As matcha contains some caffeine, we recommend avoiding drinking matcha late in the day.  

Matcha oxidizes easily which effects the flavor, color, and aroma.  For optimal freshness, we recommend keeping your matcha in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator.  The packet your matcha arrives in is perfect for maintaining the freshness of your matcha.

If you are unable to keep your matcha stored under refrigeration, such as when you are traveling with your matcha or otherwise do not have access to refrigeration, matcha will keep its delicate flavor, color, and aroma without it for short periods of time (up to several weeks).  We do, however, suggest keeping it as cool and dry as possible.  

Our organic ceremonial grade matcha has been tested at an independent laboratory for its EGCg and L-theanine content and has been shown to contain 43mg of EGCg (epigallocatechin) and 16mg of L-theanine per gram.  A typical serving of matcha is 1.5g to 2g (~1tsp) and will contain between 64.5mg and 86mg of EGCg, and between 24mg and 32mg of L-theanine, depending on how much you use.

ZenDia matcha is incredibly versatile allowing it to be used in many ways.  Try adding it to a latte or a smoothie.  Matcha is delightful when sprinkled over yogurt or ice cream.  It can be used to bring depth and flavor to your favorite sweet or savory dishes.  In Japan it is often used in delicious confections of all kinds.  We encourage everyone interested in matcha to explore all the ways it can be used to ignite excitement in their lives.  

ZenDia matcha will always have a “best by” date printed on the package.  This date indicates how long the matcha will last in its original package without having been opened, which is usually 2 years from the date of production.

After having been opened, ZenDia matcha will maintain its delicate flavor, color, and aroma for several months when kept in the refrigerator in a sealed container.  The packet your matcha arrives in is perfect for storage.  Just reseal it after removing a portion and pop it back into the fridge.  For best results, we recommend consuming your matcha as soon as possible.

The tea ceremony has been a Japanese tradition for centuries.  Ceremonial grade matcha gets its name from this tradition.  Only the finest matcha is used during the ceremony for its rich flavor, full smooth creamy body, and lack of astringency.  Ceremonial grade matcha is intended to be consumed plain as any additions could mask the flavor of the matcha.  It should be very fine, powdery, and soft to the touch and exhibit a vibrant green color.  

Some studies show that drinking matcha with dairy milk can block the absorption of nutrients in the body. Try non-dairy milks instead, such as nut milks, rice milk, or coconut milk.  

Yes, matcha does contain caffeine.  Our ceremonial grade matcha contains approximately 21mg of caffeine per gram.  That means that you will consume between 31.5mg and 42mg of caffeine per 1.5 to 2 gram serving of matcha. To put this into perspective, a typical 8 oz. serving of coffee contains approximately 95mg of caffeine, depending on how it is brewed.    Therefore, you are consuming approximately half the amount of caffeine when drinking a serving of matcha when compared to coffee.

One of the main differences between coffee and matcha, however, is that matcha contains an amino acid called L-theanine.  This amino acid improves cognitive function and induces a soothing effect on the mind.  Buddhist monks have used matcha as an aid in meditation for centuries.  The stimulation from the caffeine keeps them alert, while the L-theanine keeps them calm and focused. Matcha is an excellent coffee alternative in the morning and a great energy booster after lunch in the afternoon.

Matcha is a very special kind of tea.  Much of the tencha, the tea leaves that are used to make matcha, grows on steep mountain slopes and is therefore harvested by hand.  Up to four weeks prior to harvest, large screens are erected to shade the tea bushes.  This shading induces an increase in chlorophyll within the tea leaves, which makes for a better matcha.  The artisan farmers who produce our matcha have great passion for growing high quality green tea.  They meticulously tend their plants, often seen tenderly touching the leaves, and can even be heard talking to them.  This nurturing relationship produces outstanding results.  

Once harvested, tea leaves are sorted, de-stemmed and deveined, steamed, dried, sorted again, ground and packaged.  Each stone grinder only produces about 40 grams of matcha in an hour.  Matcha has been crafted according to custom for hundreds of years, ever since the Buddhist monk Eisai (1141 - 1215) brought the first tea seeds back to Japan from China in the 12th century.

Growing and crafting matcha is labor intensive and production is limited, especially organic varieties.  The pricing of matcha is directly related to where the tea is grown, which farmer cultivated it, and which leaves are used in production.  There are many grades of matcha, however, the highest grades are the ones with the most vibrant green color and the softest texture.  They are creamy soft to the palette and contain almost no bitterness or astringency.  This denotes that only the youngest leaves were used and they were de-stemmed and deveined before grinding.  

All our matcha is organic and is only sourced from Japan.  Regular testing of air, water, and soil are conducted to ensure there are not pesticide or herbicide residues, heavy metals, or radiation present.  USDA organic certification requires strict guidelines be followed for the cultivation of tea plants and production of matcha to ensure the safety and quality of the final product.  

Please be aware, teas from China have been reported to contain heavy metals such as lead.  Take care when selecting your preferred matcha.

We are aware that other brands sell latte/smoothie grade and culinary grade matcha in addition to ceremonial grade.  For practical reasons, as we are a new brand, we are currently only able to offer one grade of matcha.  We decided ceremonial grade would be the best choice as it is the purest, most enjoyable grade to consume on its own.

We have plans to expand our line to include latte/smoothie grade matcha, culinary grade matcha, and have a brand new product in the works, as we write the answer to this question, that we believe matcha aficionados will enjoy greatly.  We hope to have this new product available this spring or early summer, and will shortly thereafter introduce the latte/smoothie and culinary grades.  

We recommend drinking 1 to 2 cups of matcha per day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  However, you could safely drink as many as 5 cups a day, with no harm done.  The USDA recommends consuming no more than 400mg/day of caffeine.   There are approximately 200mg of caffeine in 5 cups of matcha.  

We state 5 cups a day as a limit because when you drink matcha you are consuming the entire tea leaf.  One cup of matcha provides you with approximately 10 times the nutrients compared to a single cup of steeped green tea.  Therefore, 5 cups of matcha a day would provide you with up to 50 times more nutrients.  We believe this is plenty for a single day, although you cannot “overdose” on matcha.

Depending on how rich or strong you like your matcha, you will get between 15 and 20 servings of matcha from one of our 30g packets.  We recommend using between 1/2 tsp and 1 tsp (1.5 to 2g) of matcha with 2oz. to 6oz. of water.  We encourage you to experiment with different amounts of matcha and water to find your perfect matcha to water ratio.

Matcha tea is made from leaves that have been grown in shade for up to 4 weeks before harvest. This process increases the chlorophyll content of the leaf which produces a full bodied, creamy vegetal taste.  Depending on the grade of tea, you may also experience an astringent flavor.  High grade matcha usually exhibits very little astringency.  Other factors like temperature of water and ratio of powder to other ingredients will influence the flavor of your finished tea.  Our organic ceremonial grade matcha is made from the Saemidori cultivar which is noted to have a creamy texture to the palate, a wonderfullly sweet aroma, and virtually no bitterness or astringency.

Matcha can be found in many different grades ranging from culinary to ceremonial, each having their uses.  Culinary grade matcha is typically included in sweet or savory recipes as it tends to have a strong flavor and carries a significant amount of bitterness and astringency, which is masked when added to food.  Latte or smoothie grade matcha is usually added to lattes or smoothies, or could be sprinkled on top of yogurt, ice cream, or fresh fruit.  Ceremonial grade is the highest quality grade of matcha and has the most delicate flavor profile, the sweetest aroma and the creamiest texture.  

Ceremonial grade matcha is used for the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, where the tea is consumed plain.  The tea ceremony includes specific tools with which to prepare the matcha.  Matcha is typically made in a matcha bowl (chawan) using a small scoop (chashaku) to measure the correct amount of matcha, and a bamboo whisk (chasen) to mix and froth the matcha.  The matcha powder is often put through a sieve to ensure any clumps in the powder get broken apart.    

A typical serving of Matcha is 1.5 to 2 grams or approximately 1 tsp.  You can use more or less based on your desired flavor or strength.  We recommend starting on the low end of the range to see how matcha effects you and then experimenting with greater amounts as you become familiar with the taste and how matcha makes you feel.  

We recommend drinking 1 to 2 cups of matcha per day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  However, you could safely drink as many as 5 cups a day, with no harm done.  The USDA recommends consuming no more than 400mg/day of caffeine.   There are approximately 200mg of caffeine in 5 cups of matcha.  

We state 5 cups a day because when you drink matcha you are consuming the entire tea leaf.  One cup of matcha provides you with approximately 10 times the nutrients compared to a single cup of steeped green tea.  Therefore, 5 cups of matcha a day would provide you with up to 50 times more nutrients.  We believe this is plenty for a single day, although you cannot “overdose” on matcha.

Our suggestion is to drink a cup of matcha in the morning for a smooth easy transition from sleep to wakefulness, and then drinking another cup after lunch for a nice clean pick-me-up in the afternoon.  As matcha contains some caffeine, we recommend avoiding drinking matcha late in the day.  

Matcha oxidizes easily which effects the flavor, color, and aroma.  For optimal freshness, we recommend keeping your matcha in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator.  The packet your matcha arrives in is perfect for maintaining the freshness of your matcha.

If you are unable to keep your matcha stored under refrigeration, such as when you are traveling with your matcha or otherwise do not have access to refrigeration, matcha will keep its delicate flavor, color, and aroma without it for short periods of time (up to several weeks).  We do, however, suggest keeping it as cool and dry as possible.  

Our organic ceremonial grade matcha has been tested at an independent laboratory for its EGCg and l-theanine content and has been shown to contain 43mg of EGCg (epigallocatechin) and 16mg of L-theanine per gram.  A typical serving of matcha is 1.5g to 2g (~1tsp) and will contain between 64.5mg and 86mg of EGCg, and between 24mg and 32mg of l-theanine, depending on how much you use.

Depending on how rich or strong you like your matcha, you will get between 15 and 20 servings of matcha from one of our 30g packets.  We recommend using between 1/2 tsp and 1 tsp (1.5 to 2g) of matcha with 2oz. to 6oz. of water.  We encourage you to experiment with different amounts of matcha and water to find your perfect matcha to water ratio

The tea ceremony has been a Japanese tradition for centuries.  Ceremonial grade matcha gets its name from this tradition.  Only the finest matcha is used during the ceremony for its rich flavor, full smooth creamy body, and lack of astringency.  Ceremonial grade matcha is intended to be consumed plain as any additions could mask the flavor of the matcha.  It should be very fine, powdery, and soft to the touch and exhibit a vibrant green color.  

Some studies show that drinking matcha with dairy milk can block the absorption of nutrients in the body. Try non-dairy milks instead, such as nut milks, rice milk, or coconut milk.  

Yes, matcha does contain caffeine.  Our ceremonial grade matcha contains approximately 21mg of caffeine per gram.  That means that you will consume between 31.5mg and 42mg of caffeine per 1.5 to 2 gram serving of matcha. To put this into perspective, a typical 8 oz. serving of coffee contains approximately 95mg of caffeine, depending on how it is brewed.    Therefore, you are consuming approximately half the amount of caffeine when drinking a serving of matcha when compared to coffee.

One of the main differences between coffee and matcha, however, is that matcha contains an amino acid called l-theanine.  This amino acid improves cognitive function and induces a soothing effect on the mind.  Buddhists monks have used matcha as an aid in meditation for centuries.  The stimulation from the caffeine keeps them alert, while the l-theanine keeps them calm and focused. Matcha is an excellent coffee alternative in the morning and a great energy booster after lunch in the afternoon.

ZenDia matcha will always have a “best by” date printed on the package.  This date indicates how long the matcha will last in its original package without having been opened, which is usually 2 years from the date of production.

After having been opened, ZenDia matcha will maintain its delicate flavor, color, and aroma for several months when kept in the refrigerator in a sealed container.  The packet your matcha arrives in is perfect for storage.  Just reseal it after removing a portion and pop it back into the fridge.  For best results, we recommend consuming your matcha as soon as possible.  

ZenDia matcha is incredibly versatile allowing it to be used in many ways.  Try adding it to a latte or a smoothie.  Matcha is delightful when sprinkled over yogurt or ice cream.  It can be used to bring depth and flavor to your favorite sweet or savory dishes.  In Japan it is often used in delicious confections of all kinds.  We encourage everyone interested in matcha to explore all the ways it can be used to ignite excitement in their lives.  

ZenDia matcha is incredibly versatile allowing it to be used in many ways.  Try adding it to a latte or a smoothie.  Matcha is delightful when sprinkled over yogurt or ice cream.  It can be used to bring depth and flavor to your favorite sweet or savory dishes.  In Japan it is often used in delicious confections of all kinds.  We encourage everyone interested in matcha to explore all the ways it can be used to ignite excitement in their lives.  

Once harvested, tea leaves are sorted, de-stemmed and deveined, steamed, dried, sorted again, ground and packaged.  Each stone grinder produces only about 40 grams of matcha in an hour.  Matcha has been crafted according to custom for hundreds of years, ever since the Buddhist monk Eisai (1141 - 1215) brought the first tea seeds back to Japan from China in the 12th century.

Growing and crafting matcha is labor intensive and production is limited, especially organic varieties.  The pricing of matcha is directly related to where the tea is grown, which farmer cultivated it, and which leaves are used in production.  There are many grades of matcha, however, the highest grades are the ones with the most vibrant green color and the softest texture.  They are creamy soft to the palette and contain almost no bitterness or astringency.  This denotes that only the youngest leaves were used and they were de-stemmed and deveined before grinding.  

All our matcha is organic and is only sourced from Japan.  Regular testing of air, water, and soil are conducted to ensure there are not pesticide or herbicide residues, heavy metals, or radiation present.  USDA organic certification requires strict guidelines be followed for the cultivation of tea plants and production of matcha to ensure the safety and quality of the final product.  

Please be aware, teas from China have been reported to contain heavy metals such as lead.  Take care when selecting your preferred matcha.

We are aware that other brands sell latte/smoothie grade and culinary grade matcha in addition to ceremonial grade.  For practical reasons, as we are a new brand, we are currently only able to offer one grade of matcha.  We decided ceremonial grade would be the best choice as it is the purest, most enjoyable grade to consume on its own.

We have plans to expand our line to include latte/smoothie grade matcha, culinary grade matcha, and have a brand new product in the works as we write the answer to this question that we believe matcha aficionados will enjoy greatly.  We hope to have this new product available this spring or early summer, and will shortly thereafter introduce the latte/smoothie and culinary grades.  

 

Do you have additional questions or comments?

Please call us toll free at 800-477-2320 (M-F, 9am - 5pm) or send an email to hey@zendiamatcha.com.  

We look forward to hearing from you!!

Additional Questions or Comments?

Call us at 800-477-2320 (M-F, 9am - 5pm) or send an email to hey@zendiamatcha.com.

We look forward to hearing from you!!

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