Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Zhi Tea
Our special grade Organic Green Tea powder from Japan.
Exotic, potent, and very flavorful. High in antioxidants. Versatile and healthy.
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I love Matcha, but, it is a tea that I do not indulge in very often. The issue is not the cost as much as it is the tools (gadgetry) that are required for the preparation. I’m not big into ritual when it comes to making tea – I’m all about keeping it as simple as possible. And, while making Matcha IS simple enough, it does require a few extra tools that I don’t ordinarily use when I make tea. This, of course, means a little extra clean up… and all these little extras add up.
But I do try to have some Matcha at least once a week. It is incredibly good for you, and more than that, it’s incredibly delicious.
What makes Matcha so much better for you than other tea types is that you’re consuming the entire leaf. You aren’t simply steeping the flavor out of the leaf. Instead, the tea leaf (usually the shade-grown Gyokuro) is ground into a very fine powder and then whisked in hot water to dissolve.
This delicious Matcha from Zhi Tea is a very fine quality Matcha. The flavor is rich, vegetal, and sweet. There is also a bitterness to the Matcha that gives the flavor a very pleasing balance. As long as it is mixed in the proper proportions and is whisked thoroughly, it doesn’t taste or feel chalky. It has a very smooth, creamy quality.
I don’t add anything to my Matcha – no milk or sweetener – although, in the summertime, my favorite breakfast food just happens to be a Matcha Smoothie! I simply blend together some yogurt (or Kefir), a fresh banana and an assortment of frozen fruit pieces, along with a tablespoon of Matcha. The color of the smoothie is a somewhat strange pea-soup green, but, the flavor more than makes up for what it lacks in visual appeal. It is refreshing and satisfying.
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!