Not all Matcha is equal, some is just more equal than others

When it comes to buying Matcha, you really do get what you pay for. Before starting Hello Happy Skin, I bought Matcha from many different places and noticed a huge difference in what I was buying. As a consumer, the most notable difference firstly was price. Then once I used the tea, it was colour I noticed and then it was taste. Having tried so much Matcha now, I am well aware of the quality level I am looking for. Bad quality means minimal benefits, therefore pointless consuming. 

It’s easy to be fooled when buying Matcha as the packet descriptions ca be so blaze. Some Matcha is described as 'Ceremonial Grade', 'Food Grade' or 'Ingredient Grade' and even 'Cooking Grade'……. What exactly does this mean? The simple answer is…….TASTE IT! Quality grades has a smoother taste, a better mouth feel, and is generally less bitter. On the flip side, lower grade matcha delivers a coarse, bitter and gritty taste.

Here are some tips for you to consider when buying Matcha.....

Origin: Where is it from?
Where is the region of origin? It is generally accepted that higher quality matcha comes from Japan. There are two regions in Japan widely considered to produce the best. While Matcha is produced in several regions; there are three major regions in Japan for Green Tea production; Uji Kyoto, Shizuoka, and Sayamain. China and Taiwan also produce Matcha, but Japan remains the favorite among aficionados. Personally I would never purchase Matcha not grown in Japan.

Price: How much is it?
Very simply, like everything in life, you can be looking for quality or quantity. Matcha is no different. You get what you pay for. But the price of quality matcha can vary. Research this before buying and compare the next 4 qualities against the price on offer.

Color: How does it look?
Your Matcha should be a VERY bright, almost fluro green. If its not, then DO NOT BUY IT!. Matcha is shade-grown; in this way, the tea leaves are forced to overproduce chlorophyll, which gives matcha its nice bright green color. Lower quality Matcha, by comparison, tends to be made up of leaves that have not been properly shaded, or that may be older and/or harvested from lower on the stalk of the plant; and therefore the color will be yellowish/brownish.

Taste: What does it taste like?
Good quality Matcha should have a sweet, vegetal smell to it. This comes from the amino acid called L-Theanine, again produced by the shade growing process. It is the L-Theanine which gives Matcha that nice, clean-drinking, green tea taste. And since low-quality matcha conversely lacks L-Theanine, it has a strongly bitter and astringent flavor that isn’t tasty or sweet.

Feel: What is the texture like?
Matcha looks and feels more like a fine powder than your typical loose leaf tea. The feel and texture of the powder is also a good way to determine quality versus an inferior product. A high quality grade is very fine and silky, similar to the feel of eye shadow, because its particle size is only 5-10 microns, meaning that it is as fine as baby powder. A lower-quality grade has a bigger particle size, which results in a coarser feel when rubbed between your fingers.

Happy Matcha-ring, Anna xx

The world's most potent detox

If you are looking for the world's most potent detox, you will not find anything more right for the job. There is nothing even close that can be compared with Matcha Green Tea!

Put simply; Matcha has has up to 137 times the antioxidants of regular green tea and 200 times the level of EGCG(Green Tea Antioxidants). We’ve all heard about antioxidants, but why are scientists so excited by them and how can Matcha's amazingly potent concentration of antioxidants help you.

Antioxidants are vitamins, minerals and enzymes capable of counteracting the negative effects of free radicals. Free radicals are molecules that are chemically unstable as they lack an electron. They borrow that electron from healthy cells leading to a chain reaction known as oxidative stress, which is similar to the process of rust on a car or peeled apples turning brown. In the human body, it is thought that these free radicals are the major cause of many of our most serious conditions including cancer, alzheimer's, heart disease, arthritis and many others.

Free radicals can come from chemicals in our foods, pollution in our air or even psychological stress, and are a leading cause of premature aging. By adding antioxidant-rich foods to our diet we can help our bodies deal with these destructive molecules. 

So if you’re looking for that next step in clear skin, weight loss support, cholesterol reduction, general health and wellbeinga and increased energy levels....then Matha is your new best friend..  

Generally speaking, green tea is an incredible source of antioxidants and certain green tea antioxidants such as EGCG and ECG are of huge interest to scientists due to their free-radical fighting ability. Matcha green tea, though is at another level.

If you're drinking green tea for detox, there is no more potent and powerful tea than Matcha Green Tea.

The celeb secret

So we can now truly say that the secret is out and about! It was a very well kept secret…..so well kept, that it’s really only been released to the Western world 1,000 years later! As we watch the latest Matcha trend unfold, we are seeing the celebs catching on to the health craze because of its incredible benefits. Those like Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Olson and DJ Chelsea all over the new green sensation that has been named by The New York Post as the "new Scientology”

The interesting part to understand now with these celebs is... are they drinking matcha lattes and posing them in their hands as the “in-thing’? or are they drinking them because of the health benefits? 

Whatever the reason, it’s a sure sign that there is definitely something spreading virally about the fluro wonder powder which is loaded with 137 x antioxidants of a standard green tea. Not only that, it aids in to lower cholesterol, support clear skin and encourage weightloss. Now, that’s a few exceptional reasons why Matcha is an obvious choice and can I say, if we also look cool drinking it in the process…...then what an absolute bonus!

Create Happy, Anna xx