Frequently Asked Questions
What is Matcha?
Matcha is a special type of green tea powder that is made by finely grinding down the green tea leaves after they have been shade-grown for about three weeks before harvest, and then the stems and veins are removed during processing.
Matcha Tea has been enjoyed in Japan for over 800 years, and it's easy to see why when it offers 100% of the goodness verses just 10% for traditional green tea.
How is it Made?
The green tea leaves are grown as normal up until around 20 days, or around 3 weeks, before harvest. This is when the tea leaves are covered to avoid direct sunlight, which slows down the growth and stimulates an increase in chlorophyll levels, turning the leaves a darker shade of green and causing the production of amino acids, in particular theanine. After 20 days of this process they're harvested.
Upon harvesting the green tea leaves must be dried out and ground down into the fine Matcha powder. It takes around 1 hour to grind down 30 grams of Matcha.
What Are its Health Benefits?
Matcha is rich in antioxidants called polyphenols, which have been linked to a protection against heart disease and cancer, as well as helping with blood sugar regulation and anti-aging. The other polyphenol in Matcha is called EGCG and has been shown to boost metabolism and slow the growth of cancer cells.
Matcha Monster products have more antioxidants in them than any other superfoods, and as you can see by the image below it's by quite a large margin.