Know Your Greens: Chinese vs Japanese (Matcha) Green Tea


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Matcha Green Tea has long been touted for its many health benefits and enjoyed around the world by many looking to increase their everyday wellness thanks to powerful antioxidants, polyphenols and EGCG compounds.

There are two main styles of matcha tea available to the global market – a cheaper and more accessible tea that is grown, harvested and made in China and a more authentic, traditional tea from Japan.

While both Chinese and Japanese green tea contain similar health benefits on the outset, Japanese green tea (matcha) is by far and above the superior choice for tea drinkers thanks to the high concentration of nutritional benefits and more ethical farming/production practices overall.

 Health

Japanese green tea contains 60% more antioxidants than the mere 16% found in Chinese green tea. These powerful antioxidants (known as polyphenols) help neutralize free radicals which can accelerate the development of cancerous cells and aging.

Production

The production of traditional Japanese green tea is indeed a labour- intensive process with Japan supplying only about 1% of matcha to the world market.

Japanese matcha follows a multitude of specialized stages to preserve the quality and flavour of the tea powder paying close attention to growth, harvesting, manufacturing, refining and grinding of the tea leaves (Tencha) which are grown in the shade, quickly picked and lightly steamed and dried naturally to stop the oxidation process.

Whereas Chinese green tea (producing 80% of the world’s supply) does not adhere to the same level of quality: with leaves not grown in the shade and once picked - fried during processing to speed up the drying process and stop oxidation– compromising the true flavour and benefits of the tea itself.

Quality over Quantity

As you can imagine, many quality control studies have been done over the years since Chinese-produced matcha started to make an appearance. It has been consistently found that Japanese matcha (though higher in price per ounce) is the best option if you are looking for a powdered green tea loaded with benefits. Where as tests have shown that many brands of Chinese matcha has been regularly shown to contain traces of banned pesticides and lead – something definitely worth considering before you shop.

At Whisk Matcha we are proud to only feature top quality Japanese-grown and sourced matcha products.  

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No Radiation Risk Here: Get To Know Your Matcha

With so many different matcha products available in todays marketplace, its more important than ever to be an informed consumer: especially where quality and health are concerned. 

There is always buzz within the tea drinking world regarding the effects of radiation on Japanese tea. Considering a large part of Japan's agricultural region was affected by the fallout of the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant as a result of the Tohoku earthquake almost six years ago - its understandable. 

Rest assured though: the main tea producing region where our Whisk Matcha is grown (Uji Kyoto) was never contaminated by radioactive isotopes. Farmers have taken the utmost precautions when harvesting and testing for trace/unsafe levels of radiation (beyond what is normal considering radiation is everywhere... even in the bananas you consume).  

Learn more about our commitment to only using 100% radiation-free, matcha here and read about research we've done to ensure all of our Whisk Premium Matcha products are safe for consumption. 

As well, you might want to consider signing up for our upcoming Matcha 101 Seminar on January 18th at the L'Atelier in Vancouver where you can meet Kimmy Xiao and ask her all about this and many other tea-related topics to live your best #MatchaLife.  

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Whisk Matcha: Quality Over Quantity... Always!

These days its so easy to find yourself weaving through seemingly endless isles of mass produced products at large bulk-buy stores throughout North America – and beyond. Unfortunately, healthy items like matcha tea (meant to promote wellness) are also produced in bulk to satisfy an ever-increasing demand that translates to a loss in benefits.


Rest assured, Whisk Matcha is not mass-produced and maintains all its benefits.

At Whisk Matcha we stand by our belief (and passion) for artisanal quality, hand sourced, small-batch grown tea. Our Organic Ceremonial Grade and Pinnacle Gold Grade Matcha are hand picked, rather than machine-trimmed to ensure quality is never compromised. 

Where as larger tea companies sacrifice the many health benefits and nutty-sweet and smooth flavour of matcha: at Whisk, we choose to remain true to our roots in more ways than one.

Our matcha tea leaves are grown through a different, more precise method of harvesting. New growth leaves are picked from the fork of each branch, where all the nutrients are found, not simply snipped by machine at the same point of previous harvest – translating to diluted nutrients and less benefits to you – the consumer.

Our Pinnacle Gold is from a rare tea varietal called Asahi. The tea plants grown in individual planters providing the utmost of control and monitoring rather than in a massive tea field.  

Matcha growing and picking

So the next time you make yourself a warm bowl of our Whisk Matcha, know that you can sit back and relax, sip and savour the fact that we have taken every careful step to insure you are enjoying the very best matcha available!

 

 

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Health Benefits of Matcha

It’s no secret at Whisk Premium Matcha that we’re fans of all-things Matcha. But matcha does a body good in more ways than one! Here are a few additional reasons to learn to love matcha:

It powers the brain

Matcha consumption can increase focus and concentration thanks to something called L-Theanine found in green tea.

It helps weight maintenance and loss

Matcha has been shown to help burn calories up to four times faster than normal – without negative side effects, managing weight thanks to epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) levels that increases the rate by which stored fat is burned and limits the creation of new fat cells.

It is loaded with antioxidants

Matcha is loaded with antioxidants (more than regular green tea) with some research showing that the sort of antioxidants (polyphenols) found in matcha may help fight certain types of cancer.

It helps with skin care

These same antioxidants (as found in green tea) also help increase skin health by slowing signs of skin aging and reducing overall inflammation – thanks to EGCg.

It assists with heart health

Studies have also shown that the regular consumption of matcha and green teas have also helped lower blood pressure and LDL cholesterol – thanks to the level of catechins found. This translates to a decrease in risk of stroke and other diseases of the heart.

It helps keep you healthy

Matcha boosts the body’s immune system and contains substantial amounts of Vitamins A and C, Potassium, Iron, Calcium and Protein – something you definitely want to factor in as we swing into cold and flu season!

For more information on the many benefits of matcha check out our Matcha 101 page.

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