Matcha has been in my life for years and quickly became a morning staple due to all of the health benefits. It’s rich in antioxidants, boosts your metabolism and tastes amazing. I absolutely can not drink coffee because it makes me super jittery and anxious so this has been my alternative. There are two types of matcha, culinary grade and ceremonial grade. For drinking purposes, always go with the ceremonial grade. It’s less bitter and has a different flavor profile than culinary grade. There’s a pretty large price difference between the two so for baking or smoothies I usually use culinary grade which has the same health benefits and is still a high quality tea it’s just slightly more bitter. Ceremonial grade matcha is meant to be consumed without added sweeteners or milks.
On my recent trip to Montreal, we were lucky enough to stumble upon a family owned tea and spice shop in the Jean Talon market. We met one of the daughters who is in charge of all the teas and her knowledge on the subject is incomparable. She studied tea in China for 6 years and now imports all of her teas from China and Japan. If you ever find yourself in Montreal you must stop by. This shop is magical. I ended up purchasing some matcha which you can also buy online.
For those that don’t know, matcha is made from grinding up the whole green tea leaf. So you are essentially getting the entire benefits of consuming the whole leaf compared to steeped green tea.
You can read up on all of the health benefits here.