Learn more about matcha, its health benefits, and the art of making a perfect cup of tea…
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Top 5 health benefits of matcha
How to use the brewing kit
We actually have a page (step-by-step tutorial guide) dedicated to How to Brew Ceremonial Matcha.
Different tea schools in Japan champion different methods to prepare matcha. While you may have seen that the most ‘mainstream’ method is to froth matcha at the end, we, in fact, recommend drinkers to savor the taste of matcha without ‘frothing’, as drinkers can fully taste the complete anatomy of flavors in their palate without introducing another factor–air–into the scene.
Historically, frothing was implemented to make ‘bitter’ matcha taste milder. By frothing, matcha is infused with air, covering the tongue with an airy foam, making matcha taste creamier and milder in the process. This works perfectly with standard ‘bitter-tasting’ matcha. However, with our artisanal matcha, in which we put a lot of effort into perfecting its taste profile, our approach is to serve it without frothing — as the resulting liquid, just like fine wine, can directly cover your taste buds and deliver the full burst of flavors to your palate.
What sets us apart…
At Matchaeologist, we are obsessed with the quality of our products. We specialize in what we call ‘artisanal matcha’, or matcha crafted to be savored for its delightful qualities, using traditional methods developed by artisanal Japanese farmers for the past 800 years. The key characteristics that differentiate our matcha from others are: vivid pine green color, refreshing ‘ooika’ (覆香) aromas and an exquisite sweet-savory ‘umami’ (うま味) flavor profile–a result of the painstaking process that ranges from manually extracting only the most tender, highly prized parts of the virgin buds of shade-grown tea trees to fire roasting each batch to perfection to bring out the finest nuances of flavor in every roast. In terms of the health benefits, since we use only the burgeoning, virgin buds of shade-grown tea trees, our matcha is extremely rich in L-theanine. This is a type of amino acid that is known to contribute to the state of ‘calming alertness’, which helps enhance mental clarity and has historically been used in Japan by Zen Buddhist monks and samurai warriors before practising meditation sessions or stepping into arenas.
Our Matcha Brewing Kit also contains a carefully selected assortment of teaware products curated and designed through collaborative partnerships with fine craftsmen in Japan. Every one of our offerings is individually handmade for its unique character, and each aspect of our suite of products has been carefully designed to balance minimalist aesthetics with contemporary functionality, ensuring an optimal matcha-making experience for the modern lifestyle.
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