There are over 1500 varieties of green tea, each one with its very own special properties and unique flavour profile – much like wine.
Green tea is judged on its various aromas, texture and by how long the flavour remains in the mouth once consumed. The more expensive varieties have a strong, slightly sweet note which lingers on the palate. One of the most treasured green teas is the Jasmine pearl. It can often go up to £500 per kg, as each leaf has been scented with jasmine blossoms and hand rolled into small “pearls” to capture the floral aromatic oils. Another favourite, praised for its delicate balance of sweet and savoury is the Sencha.
The matcha variety uses the entire green leaf which is then ground down into a fine powder. Before harvesting the leaves are covered with bamboo tarps to shield them from direct sunlight. This enables the production of chlorophyll and amino acids. Once hand-picked, they are steamed and set out to dry; which preserves the rich green colouring. Since we consume the whole leaf and receive 100% of its nutrients, a small pot of tea or a tub of matcha ice cream will provide us with all the benefits we need. One single cup of matcha has more than 137 times the amount of antioxidants than a cup of regular green tea. So you would have to consume 10 cups of any other variety to receive the same benefits.
The benefits of matcha are endless. It is packed with antioxidants including the cancer fighting ECGc; and is known to lower cholesterol and prevent disease. Recent studies have found matcha is an excellent source of energy due to a combination of naturally occurring components. It provides a surge in energy without the sudden crash experienced after consuming energy drinks and coffee. The caffeine we get from matcha is alkalising rather than acidic and provides a gradual release of energy. This makes it the perfect breakfast ingredient whether as tea or in the form of Coppa della Maga! Add our matcha green tea ice cream into your smoothies or use it as a cereal topping to keep your energy levels stable throughout the day: see here…