Kenko Tea is on a mission - to bring top quality matcha green tea powder and accessories to Australia. We believe matcha is not only one of the healthiest substance known to man, but it is also one of the tastiest!
We work directly with matcha producers in Nishio, Japan and import only the finest grades of matcha green tea available. While Matcha has a long history in Japan for it's use in tea ceremony, our goal at Kenko is to bring matcha out from the traditional tea ceremony and promote it as a drink for everyday wellbeing, health and optimal nutrition.
Matcha is a very special type of green tea, carefully produced by the artisanal tea growers of Japan. Instead of regular tea leaves which are 'steeped' in hot water, matcha tea is ground into a fine green powder, then mixed with water to create a super potent form of green tea, bursting with nutrients. The whole tea leaf is ingested, providing amazing antioxidant levels (137 X that of regular green tea!). Some people drink matcha for the taste, while many more are turning to matcha for it's incredible health properties. Kenko Matcha tea contains 100% pure stone ground tea leaves. Nothing else, zero additives, just natural, healthy, shade grown tea leaves. It is raw, vegan, 100% natural, gluten free and packed with antioxidants. Hooray!
Kenko Matcha tea has a natural sweetness, slight vegetal or grassy overtones, creamy texture and a hint of astringency. It should never be 'bitter' to taste (this is a sign of poor quality or old matcha). It can be prepared by simply mixing with hot water, made into a delicious green tea latte, or added to smoothies and sweets.
1 Unlike regular green tea, matcha tea leaves are shade grown to boost chlorophyll and L-theanine levels (the healthy stuff!). This gives matcha a natural sweetness and vibrant green colour (while boosting antioxidant levels).
2 The leaves are carefully hand picked by trained field workers. This ensures only the youngest and greenest leaves make their way into Kenko Matcha powder.
3 The lucky leaves to make it this far are then steamed to prevent oxidation (oxidised tea leaves can be dull and stale), then naturally air dried.
4 The dried leaves are then graded according to colour, texture, taste and aroma. Only the finest leaves are included in Kenko Matcha.
5 The graded tea leaves are then de-stemmed and de-veined to reduce bitterness, then blended to produce a consistant quality tea. The tea at this stage is called "tencha".
6 The tencha leaves are then stone ground using granite grinding blocks into a fine powder. This method of grinding matcha has been used for centuries, and is continued to this day. It is necessary to preserve matcha's unique colour, flavour and aroma profile.
(Shade Growing of Matcha Tea Plants in Nishio, Japan)
When you drink a normal tea that is steeped in water, the tea leaves are discarded, (causing most of the nutrients and antioxidants to be lost). Not so with matcha. When you prepare a tea using matcha powder you are ingesting the whole leaf, and consuming all the good stuff. This gives matcha it's impressive antioxidant and nutrient profile and makes it a super tea.
Matcha traditionally is prepared in two different ways, a thick (濃茶 koicha) preparation and a thin (薄茶usucha) preparation. If you prefer you can add milk and sugar like regular tea, to create delicious green tea lattes and smoothies.
Matcha Tea is made by shaking the powder through a fine wire mesh sieve into a bowl and then adding water. For a thin preparation, you will want to use around 1 gram of Matcha Tea powder (1/4 teaspoon) with 75ml of hot water. For a more flavourful, thick preparation, you will need significantly more Matcha Tea at about 3.75 grams (one teaspoon) of Matcha Tea powder with 40 ml of hot water. Of course, you can always play around with your own combinations and proportions of Matcha Tea to hot water, to create a tea that suits your taste perfectly.
It should also be noted that while matcha tea almost exclusively comes in the form of a powder, it is not to be confused with tea powder or even green tea powder. While technically a variety of green tea, Matcha has enough unique characteristics to set it apart from traditional green tea.
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