Bio Matcha Mantoku
country of origin Japan
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Matcha from Kagoshima, south Japan
Lusciously green Matcha Mantoku is a particularly complex multi-faceted Kagoshima Matcha. Its fragrance has a fresh and yet warm note. On the tongue it unfolds a wealth of indescribable aromas, intense and yet almost without bitterness. Suitable for thin Matcha (Usucha) as well as thick Matcha (Koicha).
Japanese green powdered tea is used in the Chanoyu tea ceremony. The finest leaves of Japanese green tea are milled after drying in slow stone mills. Thanks to such special processing, matcha preserves all active substances like vitamines, antioxidants, minerals and fibre. It has and bright refreshing taste and aroma. It is a unique experience.
Preparation of Matcha
put 2 (or 4) bamboo spoons (chashaku) of tea powder in a pre-heated tea bowl (chawan), pour 2 dcl of 60°C hot water and whisk with a bamboo whisk (chasen). The tea will have emerald-green foam.
If you are new to Matcha, the intensity can be compared to the first taste of red wine or dark chocolate. The taste might feel new and hard to grasp and we encourage you to start with an „Usucha“ (light Matcha) of a high quality Matcha like KEIKO Matcha Supreme and Mantoku. These Matchas have no astringency or bitterness.
Shading of original tea plants has a long tradition. In the Kagoshima region in southern Japan (with the still active Sakurajima volcano), tea plants in the most suitable estates are covered with special nets (kabuse) Shading only lets 50 % of sunlight through. Growing in halfshade closely resembles the conditions of wild tea plants. Shaded tea develops more active substances and distinctive highly aromatic scent.
Owing to the content of non-oxidized polyphenols, green tea has a proven antibacterial and antiviral effect and decreases cholesterol levels. Quality Japanese teas also contain lots of vitamins A, B, C, E and P, and catechins, carotene, amino acids and minerals such as potassium, fluorine and zinc.
Unlike the usual green tea leaves which are discarded after steeping, matcha leaves are whipped with water and consumed. When drinking matcha, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and pulp from green tea are consumed in higher concentrations.
Matcha also contains a lot of L-theanines – unique natural amino acids, appearing almost exclusively in green tea – and theophylline which has a similar effect like caffeine. These substances are thought to jointly help maintain higher mental clarity and energy.
Tip: store matcha in the fridge.
Form: Powder Green Tea
Harvest: Spring Season
Country of origin: Japan