Matcha from ZenTei . . . . .

In the last wave of summer weather, I brewed up a cup of matcha from ZenTei.  It was an easy choice, after my eye caught a glimpse of its beautiful packaging on my tea shelf. This matcha is a hand-ground, organic green tea.

The powdered tea is smooth and green, though a bit muted in color.  Matcha is best at its freshest and greenest, and I should note that I’m tasting this sample after a friend, so it’s possible my sample was just a little past its prime.

In the warm weather, I tried this iced, unsweetened and without milk.  The matcha is very vegetal, leafy, and grassy.  This is a culinary grade matcha, so it’s best when paired with other flavors in baking, or when mixed with juice smoothies, or in a foamy milk latte.

I definitely preferred this tea as an iced latte with vanilla almond milk.  The sweet, nutty, frothy milk helped add more dimension to the grassy matcha, and added a touch of much-needed sweetness.

This is a versatile tea.  Mix it in your next batch of cookies, prepare it in a traditional whisk and bowl, or shake it up in a milkshake bottle.  Just don’t shake up a hot latte or you’ll be dealing with a matcha bomb; cold water matcha-shakes only.  Perfect for a high-caffeine, iced latte, pick-me-up on a hot summer morning.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Matcha
Where to Buy: ZenTei
Description:

Culinary-Grade Matcha has a stronger tea flavor than a traditional Ceremonial-Grade and allows the Matcha flavor to shine through even if mixed with other ingredients.  Traditionally whisked into a frothy beverage, Matcha can be blended into smoothies, green tea lattes or green tea lemonade.  Matcha is also perfect sprinkled over fruit or yogurt, added to salt to create a savory seasoning, mixed into baked goods recipes or added to ice cream.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Organic Yerba Mate Matcha Tea from The Kent & Sussex Tea & Coffee Co. . .

I haven’t had too many Yerba Mate Matcha’s to date so I always welcome them when the come along. Recently I sipped on Organic Yerba Mate Matcha Tea from The Kent & Sussex Tea & Coffee Co. In short, it was a pleasant sipping experience.

But let’s expand on that a bit. I took 1 flat teaspoon of matcha to a tea bowl and mix with a couple of drops of water to make a smooth paste then whisked more water to fill my matcha cup. I followed the instructions on the company website. Personally – I could taste a strong Yerba Mate first and foremost. So it tasted like a green grass and green pea type taste to me. It was a little bitter but the bitterness was welcome. According to the company website it’s best for mornings which makes sense because Yerba Mate is a natural energy booster. (More on that below) It does have an intense flavor.

Next time I am thinking about adding a slight squeeze of lemon juice to it. Another way I can see myself drinking this is iced. This was a pleasant sipping experience. I look forward to experimenting more with this and sharing it with the other Sororitea Sisters!

Now let’s get to the additional information about Yerba/Yerba Mate and how it works in this Matcha Blend.

The caffeine found in Yerba is said to provide a coffee-like buzz but without the unpleasant jitters or the crash afterwards. It’s a myth that is does not contain caffeine and the stimulating effects come from a compound called Mateine, In actual fact the term Mateine is actually coffee and it said to have derived from the Mate plant. Yerba also contains theophylline and theobromine similar to cacao, which are natural vasodilators and helps relax blood vessels and is used to combat high blood pressure. Yerba is said to have over 90 per cent more antioxidants than green tea, with immune boosting capabilities, it can also slow aging, reduce stress and insomnia. Using Yerba as as Matcha is a fast, and efficient way of squeezing it in to your every day routine, whether you sprinkle it on your cereal, smoothies or soups or use it as an every day drink. Using the whole Mate leaf will put a spring in your step for the whole day!

All of this info is also mentioned on the company website! I found the additional info wonderful! I LOVE learning!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Yerba Mate/Matcha
Where to Buy:  The Kent & Sussex Tea & Coffee Co.
Description

Yerba does contain caffeine! However, the caffeine in Yerba is said to provide a coffee- like buzz but without the unpleasant jitters or the crash afterwards. It is a myth that is does not contain caffeine and the stimulating effects come from a compound called Mateine, In actual fact the term Mateine is actually coffee and it said to have derived from the Mate plant. It also contains theophylline and theobromine similar to cacao, which are natural vasodilators and helps relax blood vessels and is used to combat high blood pressure. Yerba is said to have over 90 per cent more antioxidants then green tea, with immune boosting capabilities, it can also slow ageing, reduce stress and insomnia. Using Yerba as as Matcha is a fast, and efficient way of squeezing it in to your every day routine, whether you sprinkle it on your cereal, smoothies or soups or use it as an every day drink. Using the whole Mate leaf will put a spring in your step for the whole day!

 

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Focus Vanilla Mint from Sportland Tea Co. . . .

This company has caught my eye before so I was very excited to finally try one of their teas.

This company has blends geared towards athletes. I am an athlete I play volleyball regularly and am very active in general and I love tea so my interest is definitely peaked. This blend is called a Focus Blend since with the caffeine it would help you focus more. This blend is very simple with matcha, yerba mate, peppermint and vanilla. The smell surprisingly light not overly peppermint. It has a nice fresh smell, lightly grassy from the matcha. Once brewed the peppermint smell was definitely stronger but still not overwhelming.

Man this is delicious. I am a sucker for vanilla and mint together and it really works in this blend. I don’t really taste the yerba mate at all which is great for me because sometimes yerba mate can come across a little too herby for me. The matcha is the strongest flavor but it is not bitter at all. I think the vanilla really mellows out the matcha so it is very smooth.

The mint really comes out in the aftertaste. This is a very refreshing blend I like it a lot. Sadly this blend appears to be sold out at the moment but I put in my email because I would love to have some of this on hand. I am checking out some other blends on their website that definitely sound interesting as well, a roasted oolong and rooibos blend with cloves, star anise and orange peel. Yes count me in!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Matcha/Yerba Mate
Where to Buy:  Sportland Tea Co.
Description

Sportland Tea Co.’s focus blend is a stimulating mix of matcha green tea and yerba mate.

With mint and vanilla for a smooth and delicious flavor, this blend offers a naturally sweet option to those looking for a boost of caffeine. Get the laser focus you are looking for!

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

My Mornings With Matcha Muscle. . . .

Just about every day I make a matcha smoothie to enjoy on my hour long commute from my house to taking my kiddos to school to work.  I’ve tried different variations of smoothie recipes.  Some turn out pretty amazing and others not so much.  I’ve found that having the right matcha really makes all the difference in the world.

The other day I finally stumbled upon the perfect recipe for me:

1 teaspoon of Matcha Muscle

3 tablespoons of yogurt

2 tablespoons of psyllium husk (for additional fiber)

2 tablespoons of CACafe Coconut Green Tea Powder

1/2 can of canned pears

Dash of Cream

Almond Milk

Sprinkled in Cinnamon and Ginger

Blend all ingredients with Ice and pour into your favorite traveling mug.

I am in no way a master at making matcha smoothies but this mix is heavenly!  The smoothie is sweet with a hint of spice from the cinnamon and ginger.  The Matcha Muscle adds the perfect  base, adding in a rich smoothness and a hint of vegetal notes.  I love how smooth the matcha is without any sort of bite and the fact there is added pea protein in the mix just makes me even more thrilled with this matcha.

Later in the day, I did try the Matcha Muscle by itself and I was just as impressed. Smooth, creamy, silky, without any sort of after bite.  Just delicious.

Over the last few days, I’ve found that I just can’t get enough of this matcha and love how there isn’t that noticeable bitter aftertaste that can sometimes accompany this beverage.   Works perfectly in smoothies and by itself.  Next on the list is baking with it.  I have a feeling I’ll be making some Matcha Shortbread Cookies very son.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Green Tea
Where to Buy:  Matcha Muscle
Description

Our original herbal blend of all-natural Japanese Matcha and 100% organic pea protein. When mixed with water it has a full bodied, creamy vegetal flavor with a lingering sweet finish. Each serving contains 10 grams of protein and a full dose of Matcha making it a perfect addition to any shake, smoothie, or cold pressed juice. Containing powerful amino acids and caffeine Matcha Muscle provides 3 to 4 hours of sustained energy without the familiar coffee crash.

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Ever Been Curious about Steeped Tea? Matcha Green Tea from Steeped Tea

Matcha Green Tea from Steeped Tea is straight-up matcha! That’s right…Green Tea Powder…as many of you already know!

There really isn’t a LOT to say about Matcha Green Tea from Steeped Tea but I will certainly try. It’s a more mellow tasting matcha that is for sure. It’s smooth, too! The natural creaminess is nice! Matcha Green Tea from Steeped Tea smells like green beans and tastes like green beans.

I guess one of the reasons I like straight-up matchas and like to spend some time with them is to see how they are alike but also differ. I’ve had some vegetal matchas before. Some that have tasted like specific vegetables such as peas, artichokes, various leafy greens, even, but Matcha Green Tea from Steeped Tea is a fine example of a straight forward green bean flavor found in a stand alone matcha!

This was nice hot or cold. It was an easy cup to drink! The matcha dissolved nicely in the hot water! A great starter matcha for sure!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green Tea/Matcha
Where to Buy: Steeped Tea
Description
This premium silky smooth green tea is full of antioxidants.
Ingredients: Green tea.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!