WHAT IS MATCHA?
The word “matcha” actually means “powdered tea” in Japanese. Matcha is the crème de la crème of green tea. Matcha is made from shade-grown, 100% green tea leaves that have been ground into an ultra-fine powder. Traditional green tea is steeped in hot water and then discarded, but matcha is placed directly into water and then fully consumed.
Several weeks prior to the leaves being harvested, the tea bushes are covered to block out direct sunlight. Doing so slows down the growth of the leaves, turning the leaves a darker shade of green and increases the production of amino acids.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CEREMONIAL GRADE MATCHA AND COOKING GRADE MATCHA?
Ceremonial Grade Matcha is handpicked during the very first harvest of leaves. MakeMeBliss’s first-harvest leaves are the highest quality leaves of the each growing season. These leaves result in greener colour, softer texture and your matcha tasting milder with sweet aroma.
Cooking Grade Matcha is handpicked during the second harvest of leaves. Matchaful’s second-harvest leaves stay on the plant longer, resulting in a bolder, more earthy taste profile.The deep and bold flavour is a perfect culinary contrast to other ingredients in your lattes, smoothies, snacks or desserts.
So how do I decide which to buy?
As you can see by the size and price, cooking grade is more economical. Your decision should ultimately come down to how you plan to consume your matcha. If you are a tea connoisseur who prefers to drink their tea with only water, we suggest purchasing Ceremonial Grade matcha. If you plan to use your blender, cook with, or make lattes with your matcha, we suggest purchasing Cooking Grade matcha.
HOW DO I DETERMINE THE QUALITY OF MY MATCHA?
The simplest way to determine the quality of your matcha is simply by looking at its colour. The highest quality matcha will look vibrantly green while lower grades will have a duller appearance with the lowest grades looking brownish green.
HOW DOES YOUR MATCHA GET SO BRIGHT GREEN? ARE THERE ANY FILLINGS OR COLOR ADDED?
Our matcha contains only one ingredient: 100% USDA matcha. Although the colours look almost too bright green not to have any additives, we can assure you that when you buy our matcha, you are buying only only one ingredient: 100% USDA matcha. This is part of the beauty of matcha!
WHERE DOES MATCHA COME FROM?
Matcha is grown across Asia. However, the most famous matcha-producing regions are located in the the Uji Prefecture (Kyoto), the Aichi Prefecture (Nishio) in Aichi, and Fukuoka. Our matcha comes from the Uiji region. It is highly regarded as the region with the best weather conditions and the richest soil. Creating perfect conditions for matcha production.
HOW DO I STORE MY MATCHA?
We suggest that once opened, that you keep your tin in either your refrigerator or freezer. We choose to keep our tins in the freezer as the lower temperatures help to preserve the freshness the longest. Once you've opened your tin, you should consume the tea within 6 months for optimal freshness.
IS YOUR MATCHA VEGAN AND GLUTEN-FREE?
Yes. Matchaful's matcha contains only one ingredient - 100% USDA organic, vegan, gluten-free matcha.
DOES MATCHA CONTAIN SUGAR?
Matcha naturally contains trace amounts of sugar - approximately 20mg / serving. However, we do not add any ingredients, including sugar, to our matcha.
HOW MANY CALORIES IS IN YOUR MATCHA?
Our organic matcha is an extremely low calorie beverage. Matchaful's matcha powder contains only three (3) calories per 1 gram serving of matcha powder. One (1) gram of matcha equals approximately one (1) our scoop or 1/2 tsp.
WHAT ARE THE DETAILS OF THE SUBSCRIPTION PROGRAM?
The subscription program is perfect for you if you don't want to have to remember to place your monthly (or every two months) matcha order and you love special discounts.
We will always send you an email before your next delivery to make sure you're ready for the order. If you're not ready - no problem. You can select a new date for delivery. We will only charge you when your order ships.
You will also receive a 10% discount on every single order and receive free shipping. That's a total discount of up to $12 a month.
We'll also be rolling out some subscriber perks soon, with subscriber-only recipes, videos, promotions, and more.
You can also cancel at any time, just drop us a quick email and we'll remove the subscription for you. Totally hassle-free, we promise!